The second iteration of Mr. Hova’s music festival is coming back to the Ben Franklin Parkway Labor Day weekend. The lineup was announced via Spotify playlist, which I thought was a pretty great way to announce it. After having some time to digest the list and listen to the handful of acts I hadn’t heard of before I’m ready to give my thoughts and excitement level of each act.
Mord Fustang/Jesse Rose/Red Light/Robert DeLong/GTA/TJR/Feed Me
I know very little about any of these acts. All I can tell you is Jesse Rose sampled the music from the bar scene in the original Star Wars and as far as I know GTA stands for Grand Theft Auto.
Excitement Level: Big Pimpin’ plays on my Pandora station.
Porter Robinson/Wolfgang Gartner/Rudimental/
These three bands I also know very little about, but dove a little deeper into their catalogs cause their music kept my attention. I’m all in on the Rudimental song Not Giving In.
Excitement Level: Winning an Ebay auction for a Jay-Z t shirt.
Schoolboy Q/Ab-Soul/Jay Rock
Now we are getting somewhere. Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul in particular have become more mainstream. I’ve listened to both a healthy amount over the last six months. They are from the same rap generation as Kendrick and ASAP, but just not quite as good yet.
Excitement Level: Scoring free nose bleed seats to a Jay-Z concert.
These three groups I have played an obnoxious amount over the last year. It’s embarrassing how many times I’ve listened to Sande’s Next to Me. When I saw a Kendrick Lamar remix was released I listened to it another 1,100 times in a row. Every time AlunaGeorge puts leaks out a new track I’m adding it to a playlist. As for Haim if they receive six tenths of a cent for each time one of their songs is played on Spotify, they can probably afford to buy a new Toyota Prius thanks to me.
Excitement Level: Getting an invite to Hova’s annual Two Kings party during NBA All-Star weekend.
Walk The Moon/Fitz & The Tantrums
I absolutely have to show some love for Walk The Moon who hail from the Queen City. That’s Cincinnati for the uneducated. I think I have all the lyrics to the song Anna Sun memorized by now. I bet I could give a show stopping karaoke performance of it at this point. As for Fitz & the Tantrums most of the time I try to avoid bands attempting to be from a different era with as much vigor as I try to avoid contracting an STD. Fitz & the Tantrums is the exception. I could listen to their first album without skipping a track and I’m looking forward to the new album coming out this spring.
Excitement Level: Watching Jay-Z perform at MSG.
Gaslight Anthem/Empire of The Sun/Imagine Dragons
I’ve listened to all of them a number of times. I like all three just fine, but they are never going be my favorite. I’ll listen to them, enjoy it, and then move on to the next act. I do have to tip my cap to Empire of the Sun though, they let their freak flag fly.
Excitement Level: Being given a signed copy of Jay-Z’s book.
2 Chainz/ASAP Rocky/Kendrick Lamar
Are they the three best rappers out there right now? Maybe. I’m sure Kayne and Jay-Z would have something to say about it, but one these three are on every track that is released. I hope they all make music for the next 20 years. I hope they join forces and form an Avengers type rap group. Most of all I hope 2 Chainz NEVER gets rid of his Instagram account. That shit is gold.
Excitement Level: Sitting courtside at a Nets game with Jay-Z.
Macklemore/Wiz Khalifa/Public Enemy
Right now I can still listen to Macklemore. By the end of the summer though I’m going want every thrift shop in America repossessed by the government. Wiz Khalifa I liked a lot more when he was just releasing mix tapes. As for Public Enemy I love their music, but at this point Flavor Flav should take the clock off and retire.
Excitement Level: Seeing Jay-Z make an appearance on 106 & Park.
I got to see Calvin Harris last year at Lollapalooza. It was loud. There were drunk teenagers running around and I was ready to leave after five minutes. I imagine Deadmau5 is the same except with the addition of an LED mouse head. I like listening to both on my phone, but live not my thing.
Excitement Level: Re-watching the Beyonce documentary on HBO.
I love hip hop. I think in my older age though I’m growing to love R&B more. I’m not sorry about it. Both Solange and Miguel are awesome. Enough said.
Excitement Level: Being asked by Jay-Z to run his gubernatorial campaign.
Queens of the Stone Age/Phoenix
Phoenix is French right? Moving on. No in truth I don’t mind either, but it is getting late and I’m a little cranky.
Excitement Level: Jay-Z announces his second retirement.
Nine Inch Nails
When I was younger I liked NIN. I had a lot of unexplained teenage angst and thought it was a requirement to listen to NIN. As I got older my angst went away along with any love I had for Nine Inch Nails. I just can’t really listen to it anymore. I respect the work Trent Reznor has done on movies like the Social Network, but I have very little desire to listen to him in concert.
Excitement Level: Hearing about a Hova Beyonce divorce.
If you hate Beyonce you probably hate me, love communism, hate puppies, love Slytherin, hate fun, and love Nick Cage movies.
Excitement Level: Getting the call to be Blue Ivy’s godfather.