As the title says, the 2017 BUKU Music + Art Project was the definition of lit. The boutique festival is a perfectly curated world of hip hop and EDM that takes place in a city like no other. We covered this years’ fest have recapped with our photos from our favorite performers. Check them out below!
Kaiydo was the first performer of the festival, and he didn’t let that get to him. Known for his Soundcloud smash “Fruit Punch”, Kaiydo proved why he’s going to be a big deal in rap in 2017. Currently, he’s taking over SXSW and next month, he’s heading out on tour with Kemba, Boogie and Michael Christmas.
The gorgeous Alina Baraz slowed things down on a cloudy, chilly Day 2 with her sultry and dreamy tunes. Alina is another name to look out for in 2017. Signed to Mom & Pop Music, Alina’s currently on her Let’s Get Lost tour and has a new single with Khalid entitled “Electric”. This fall, she’ll be joining Coldplay on their stadium tour. Epic!
Run The Jewels
It’s gets no better than Run The Jewels. When Killer Mike and El-P take to the stage, you better be ready for the frenetic, high-octane sounds that are about to take over your body. They absolutely destroyed BUKU’s Power Plant stage!
Ambré Perkins has been a name that’s been on our radar for quite a while now (thanks to her friendship with Kehlani), but it wasn’t until her Day 2 set at BUKU that we fell in love. The young New Orleans native stunned with her amazing voice, relatable lyrics, epic production mixes and guitar playing skills. After the festival was over, we dove into Ambre’s 2090s album and fell even more with the 20 year old’s music. Definitely be on the look out for more from Ambré in 2017.
I didn’t start getting into Vince Staples until his Primadonna project, but once I heard that, I was hooked. “Norf Norf” became my anthem like I was from Long Beach (I’m far from it). Maybe even more impressive then Vince’s music is his live performance stage show. His creative team and lighting guys definitely deserve huge credit for what they were able to pull off! I can’t wait to hear more from Vince soon. His ‘Big Fish Theory’ album should be dropping very soon! 🙏
I had never heard of Sleigh Bells before checking out their set. But the moment they took to the stage, lead singer Alexis Krauss blew me out of the photo pit with her insane rockstar presence. Sheer badass-ness; Sleigh Bells was definitely a highlight that I wasn’t ready for.
Going into BUKU, Amine really only had two songs on the Internet, so his set was majority new music. And yo…the new music sounds crazy! “Caroline” won’t be the last of Aminé, trust me!
Going in, I was most excited to see Travis Scott. I missed his set when I attended Made In America Festival last year, so this was my redemption day. And man, Travis did NOT disappoint! He has insane levels of. energy (he literally looks like a mad man on stage), and that energy carries over into the crowd. There were moshpits galore, fans stage diving, Travis climbing to the rafters…it was BUKU crazy.
Juvy, the 504 legend, wasn’t even supposed to perform, but thank God he did! Young Thug was slated to hit the main stage on Friday, but for “personal reasons” canceled his flight to NOLA, thereby canceling his set. So, BUKU organizers called up the legendary Juvenile to deliver a 45-minute set that was twice as crazy as Young Thug could’ve dreamed of. With hits like “Slow Motion”, Back That Azz Up”, “Project Chick”, etc. Juvy def took over for the 99 and the 2000.
The man. The mouse. The myth. The legend. Deadmau5. Not much to say other than Deadmau5 KILLED. The perfect fest-ending headliner.