Have You Recovered? Meek Mill And Others Broke The Internet In Washington, DC

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Yet another summer has technically come and gone, and all the while we are still holding onto most of the memories that we made, there’s still a chance to take advantage of the dwindling days of nice weather to create new ones. Insert the inaugural Break The Internet Festival that took place just this past weekend in Washington, DC.

With what was one of the hottest days of the season, the temperature sure didn’t stop over 4,000 millennials from packing out the Gateway Pavilion in South East D.C. on Saturday, September 10, 2016. A burning question that I’ve been wondering is, why is it that some of these promoters choose to hold these outside shows when the heat is turned up to oven hot? I mean I know that they don’t have any control of it, but it seems like too much of a coincidence that it chooses to be 95 degrees and above at most of these outside events that we’ve covered lately.

It’s always interesting to see music festivals start out at their very beginnings, and I had the honor of saying that I witnessed the VERY first Break The Internet Fest. With some new festivals, people are a little shy to attend because of the sheer fact of the “unknown”, but that totally wasn’t the case because of the powered up lineup. The organizers had tapped some big names in the rap game to tackle this show…Meek Mill, Yo Gotti, O.T. Genasis, Jacquees, Dreezy, Kent Jones, Reesa Renee were all there, but we were treated to a few special appearances too.

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The show officially started at 3 PM with a few local DMV acts to help welcome the crowd in. To our surprise, quite a few people had already started arriving relatively “on time”. The festival DJ kept the tunes pumping while people walked around the grounds of DC Gateway, and while music was the main focus, there were also vendors on site, as well as a nice variety of food trucks.

Unlike most music festivals, this one came with a purpose. The underlying reason for this show was to honor those striving for academic excellence. Co-founder Mia Fields-Hall says “(The) Break The Internet Fest was created to give college kids a chance to continue their education without financial stress and to encourage them to go above and beyond their dreams.” This was no more evident than when $2,500 college tuition scholarship was awarded to a graduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Power 106 Grabs Big Sean, YG & Chance The Rapper For PowerHouse 2016

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After months of having to deal with what seemed like an extended, and unwanted Winter season, we are getting a few weeks of Spring before we flip over to the Summer months.

It’s that time again to get ready for the Hip Hop party of the summer! No Summer is set on the West Coast without the footprint of the annual PowerHouse concert.

Los Angeles radio station Power 106 has leaked the first set of performers to take the stage at the #PowerhouseLA on June 3rd at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. Every year we get a fully packed show, and this year will be no different.

For a powerful lineup, we’ll see Big Sean, Chance The Rapper, YG, Yo Gotti and the return of Fat Joe and Remy Ma. Of course these aren’t the only performers who will kill the stage that night, we’ll have to wait and see what else is up the sleeve of the radio execs because second artist announcement is coming April 25 and a third reveal is arriving on May 5.

Pre-sale tickets go on sale Thursday, April 21, at 10 am using the password CRUZ,  while regular tickets go on-sale to the general public Friday, April 22, 10 am via Ticketmaster.

 

Review: 1st Annual MeccaFest

In the midst of the chaos that is Howard Homecoming Weekend, was a new event by the name of MeccaFest. This is one of a few new festivals to debut this year and it is always nice to see something new emerge in the chocolate city. It allows to you to see the many different approaches used to try to bring the public the best experience possible. In this case, the Howard University alumni’s that produced the event were trying to recreate Howard’s Yardfest; which no longer host live performances.

The line up for the event included rapper Future, Elle Varner, Rae Sremmurd, Teyana Taylor, Jeremih and more. The event was scheduled to start at noon on this beautiful Friday in the nation’s capitol, however, the performances did not make way until around 4 p.m. Among the many opening acts was a girl group by the name of ‘Good Girl’, I was impressed. They have a little ways to go but the potential is definitely there. They are engaging, have a well-balanced show and good look to them. I would say that they were obviously a little uncomfortable in the tight space on the stage with band equipment and more than a handful of dancers but that can be worked on. Teyana Taylor put on a SHOW, best part of the entire show in my opinion. Of course, some wished that she was singing during the performance of her single ‘Maybe’ but the focus seemed to be the dance. However, she did have surprise appearances by Yo Gotti and label mate Pusha T that sent the crowd into an uproar. Another surprise during the festival included DC’s own, Wale and Memphis bred, Snootie Wild. Wale performed a few of his hits and they both joined Jeremih on stage for a little while as well.

Overall, I would like to say that I had a wonderful time covering this event but in this particular instance, that was not the case. You had artist that did not show or just plain refused to perform because people who had no purpose of being on the stage did not want to get off.There were security teams that did nothing about the crowd that took over restricted areas so that they could get near the acts on stage. Also, not informing the crowd that an artist that they came to see was not performing. Instead, you had the DJ continue to spin records while hosts jumped around the stage keeping the crowd preoccupied and when the audience finally realized that things were being packed up on the stage; you cut the lights off.

I could go on and on but hopefully next year they learn from the mistakes and build from there. Check out a few performances below.