Meek Mill is the hottest rapper in the game right now. And if the 2.5 million people who downloaded his Dreamchasers 2 mixtape in the first 24 hours didn’t substantiate those claims, a pack of 17-year-olds waiting outside the doors for hours just to be front row for the opening night of his Dreamchasers tour confirmed it. After local talents Radio Ramone and Jazz Lazer warmed the crowd and fellow Maybach Music Group artist Gunplay lit the fuse, Meek blew the roof off the house with a raucous set that ignited several mosh pits. Wearing all black with a scowl, the Philly rapper’s high-pitched cadence mesmerized the crowded venue from the moment he plunged into “Flexin.” The 25-year-old rumbled through “House Party” and “Tupac Back” before turning the stage into his personal pulpit with “Amen,” complete with dollar bills raining from the sky. Closing with his smash single “I’ma Boss,” Meek finally cracked a smile as he held his microphone out to soak up the crowd barking the infectious chorus in unison. Meek’s actual “Bawse” Rick Ross must be proud. ★★★★☆
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.