You could use a ton of clichés to describe our pal Phishbeard. Let’s just say homeboy marches to the beat of his own drum. A nomad, a free spirit, someone who shoots first and asks questions later. Homeboy spent Memorial Day weekend at the Gorge enjoying the 2012 Sasquatch Music Festival. He took no less than 1200 photos. Here are the best ones. We hope you enjoy.
Chiddy Bang/Diplo Axe Presents One Night Only The Firebird St. Louis, MO 03/30/12
Words/Photos/Videos By BzNtz
Cruising around facebook, I found a event for a free Diplo/Chiddy Bang Show in my town. The shows are put on for free by Axe body spray in various college towns across America. The catch? The shows are only announced 24 hours in advance.
I was lucky enough to be able to trade shifts and get out of work early. After getting to the Firebird, I had my doubts of getting in. The Firebird is one of the smaller venues in St. Louis and the response to the show was massive.
My friend Stephanie got my ticket for me and was waiting for me when I showed up. We took a picture together and I bought her a beer and shot. I bought myself a beer and got a place to watch Chiddy Bang from.
The venue was uncomfortable packed to the point where you had no choice but to be friendly with everyone around you. People were packing in as the set times grew closer. The lights dropped and Xaphoon Jones took his place at the drumset.
The music started and Chiddy Bang came out rocking the title track ” Breakfast ” off of their debut studio album ” Breakfast “. The crowd ate it up, rapping back words, and bouncing off the floors.
Chiddy Bang is a two piece group from Philadelphia, PA. They fuse hip hop with various samples to create a unique sound.
Xaphoon Jones plays drums and produces while Chiddy handles the microphone.
They played mostly songs from the new album. One that stood out was ” Baby Roulette “. Featuring the lyrics: ” My love is supersized, ain’t no happy meal “. They had the packed house smoking, sweating and dancing.
They put on a great 40 minute set ending with ” Opposite of Adults “. Which was cool because that was the song that originally got me interested in the group. They left the crowd chanting for more as they walked off the stage.
About 30 minutes later the crowd once again started its push as the minutes and seconds ticked away before Diplo took the stage. In all honesty I did not know very much about Diplo before this night.
Now I have done my homework I found out what a hard working man Diplo is, from his non profit to teaching school, to his project Major Lazer. Diplo stays very busy, and does very well for himself and others.
Right before the lights dimmed again, they came out with about 10 cases of huge light up glowsticks and tossed them by the handful to the crowd.
The house music stopped, the lights went dark and out walked Diplo with a varsity jacket bearing his name on it. Within seconds of touching the DJ set up he had the crowd going. For the next 2 hours the party would not stop.
He would bounce from song to song, and genre to genre so fast it could make your head spin. With beats that shook the walls, and the crowd losing their minds. It was chaos inside the Firebird.
Diplo is very good at what he does which is capture the crowds imagination and go wild with it. Everyone seem lost in their own little world while the music was pumping out the speakers. People were dancing with no cares in the world at all.
I left halfway through the set, and when I came back he invited the ladies of St. Louis to come dance with him on stage. For the next 30-40 minutes the stage was filled with a bunch of girls breaking it down to the songs pounding out the speakers.
After an hour and 40 minutes Diplo tried to leave only to have the crowd chant his name until he returned. He once again fired up his DJ rig and put on one last song for the crowd to lose their minds too.
Confetti shot off, and mixed with the beer and sweat on the floor made for one hell of a mess to clean. I hopped in my car feeling good for seeing such a great show for such a cheap price and headed to White Castle. Where I secured a tasty late night snack and called it a night.
Thanks to: Axe, Chiddy Bang, The Firebird, Diplo, Lauren and Dan from Axe, and everyone else who made this night great.
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Thursday August 12, Chiddy Bang came through St. Louis on The Swelly Life Tour, named after their debut album which will be released in a few weeks, and played to a sold out crowd of 375 at Old Rock House. I went into this show not expecting a lot as I hadn’t heard much from Chiddy Bang, but after obtaining free tickets via an Old Rock House Twitter contest, decided to check it out.
Opening the evening was Donnis, who I unfortunately was unable to catch. I walked in right as 25 year old Donavon Johnson, better known by XV, took the stage. I had never heard of XV, who also goes by Vizzy, but a few songs in and Vizzy had me hooked. XV gets his moniker from the Roman numeral for fifteen, the age he began rapping, and claims Wichita, Kansas as home. He has released more than twelve mix tapes in the last four years and is set to release his major label debut, The Kid with the Green Backpack, in late 2010-early 2011.
XV played for about an hour and squeezed in quite a few songs including a song called “Awesome” which started with him asking people up front how they were feeling tonight until the fourth or fifth response was ‘awesome’. This was probably one of my favorite songs he did, and not just because he throws a Pink Floyd reference in. He also did “Everlasting Gobstopper”, which samples audio clips from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. When he asked the crowd if anyone was a fan of the Pixies, I became rather excited. He then did a song called “Nevermind” that samples “Hey” by the Pixies from their 1989 album Doolittle. The song most people seemed to recognize was “Fall Out The Sky”. This is a song from his highly acclaimed Everybodys Nobody mix tape, released last year. Vizzy definitely got my attention and I haven’t been able to take his mix tapes out of regular rotation for the last week.
Chiddy Bang was the headliner for the night, and had quite a performance to follow. Chiddy Bang hails from Philadelphia, where it’s always sunny and there is a 73% chance you will have batteries thrown at you, or you are booed for having a spinal cord injury during a NFL game. Chiddy Bang consists of Xaphoon Jones, who plays drums and produces the samples, and Chidera “Chiddy” Anamege, who provides the rhymes. They are a rather unique group, as they are kind of alternative hip-hop. You can get a definite Pharell Williams, Gorillaz vibe from them, and a majority of the crowd seemed to be kids you would see at a local skate park, watching Rob Drydek or shopping at a Pac Sun store.
My favorite song from this set was called “Never”, which is on their debut album The Swelly Life. During the song they brought out XV to help out. He stayed out for one more song before heading off. At one point during their set they brought out Cheeseburger Don, Chiddy’s little brother who was celebrating his 21st birthday and who Jones described as the “resident bad motherfucker.” They asked the crowd for random topics, which Cheeseburger Don wrote on cue cards. It was then time for Chiddy to freestyle to the topics that Don held up on the cards. The topics presented were: 21st Birthday, dildo, jean shorts, STL, sharks, taxes, and of course weed. Chiddy did a fantastic freestyle for about three minutes and hit on each topic, going back to touch on some a second time. There were two songs that the crowd really seemed to dig, one was called “Truth” and featured a sample of “Better Things” by Passion Pit, as well as references to Full House’s resident bad motherfucker, Jesse Katsopolis, as well as Bill Nye the Science Guy. The other was “Opposite of Adults” which samples MGMT’s “Kids”. Chiddy Bang has been selling out shows all over the country for the last few weeks, and there is no doubt as to why.
The energy that Chiddy Bang, as well as XV, brought to Old Rock House on this August evening was pretty incredible. It was tough to find a time when a majority of the 375 packed in the venue weren’t swaying from side to side or throwing their hands up. I hadn’t been to many hip hop or rap shows, as a matter of fact I’ve only seen Ice Cube, Eminem, and N.E.R.D. before this show, but I definitely left this show with two new artists that I wont soon forget.