Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q a curveball for lacking Summerfest

Summerfest’s lack of the hard rock and metal genres is increasingly apparent year after year, but their growing relationship with hip-hop and rap artists has been on the rise for even longer and takes a new turn with Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q.

Public Enemy, Lupe Fiasco, LeCrae will all see a slot at Summerfest, but few hip-hop/rap artists ever see the Marcus Amphitheater main stage at the Big Gig. Many have said Summerfest is upping the country headliner lineup because they bring in the people and sell a lot of beer, and by booking premium country headliners Summerfest is able to take an ambitious chance on artists like Kendrick Lamar on the second leg of the 11-day festival. Summerfest’s booking of the rising rap star couldn’t be further from the truth, in fact Kendrick Lamar easily rivaled many of the country and other artists spearheading the Milwaukee music festival a whisked some much needed fresh air into Summerfest.

Paired with Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q opened with a headline worthy set of his own, hitting hard with “Gansta” and closing with well-known “Man of the Year”. Schoolboy Q is on a similar path as Kendrick, both having planted roots at Milwaukee’s Rave/Eagles Ballroom and, like Kendrick, a few short years later headlining the world’s largest music festival. Schoolboy Q also shared plans for a future release following 2014’s Oxymoron.

Kendrick Lamar’s setlist drew from his nearly brand new To Pimp A Butterfly including “King Kunta” and also settled heavily on good kid, m.A.A.d city with “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe”, and “m.A.A.d city”. Lamar was well-focused on a crowd very in tune with is work.

Immersive and completely electrifying, Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q set the bar for future rap artists at Summerfest and blew away expectations of some doubting the success of the relative newcomers to the headlines of rap. With the perpetual recycling of artists year in and out at Summerfest, no one will complain if we see Schoolboy Q and Kendrick Lamar back as soon as possible.

Schoolboy Q Setlist: Gansta – Hands on the Wheel – What They Want – Collard Greens – Hell of a Night – 2 On – Blessed – Studio – There He Go – Break the Bank – Yay Yay – Man of the Year

Kendrick Lamar Setlist: Money Trees – Backseat Freestyle – m.A.A.d city (pt. 2) – Swimming Pools – Fuckin’ Problems – Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe – Poetic Justice – Hail Mary – m.A.A.d city (pt. 1) – Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst – i – King Kunta – Alright – Hood Politics – A.D.H.D.

Kendrick Lamar

DSC_9368

DSC_9371

DSC_9379

DSC_9389

DSC_9403

DSC_9406

DSC_9436

DSC_9440

DSC_9443

DSC_9474

DSC_9478

DSC_9482

DSC_9500

DSC_9507

DSC_9530

DSC_9533

DSC_9539

DSC_9548

DSC_9564

DSC_9571

DSC_9584

 

DSC_9588

DSC_9595

DSC_9607

DSC_9640

DSC_9651

Schoolboy Q

DSC_9351

DSC_9336

DSC_9324

DSC_9322

DSC_9292

DSC_9276

DSC_9261

 

DSC_9254

DSC_9247

DSC_9228

DSC_9217

DSC_9186

DSC_9184

DSC_9182

DSC_9177

DSC_9151

DSC_9146

DSC_9144

DSC_9134

DSC_9116

DSC_9103

DSC_9063

DSC_9055

DSC_9053

DSC_9050

DSC_9039

DSC_9005

DSC_8997

DSC_8989

DSC_8976

DSC_8971

Comments are closed.

Contact Us

info(at)illuminoise.com Milwaukee, Wisconsin