West Coast hip-hop sensation Kendrick Lamar came into town on BET’s Music Matters Tour headlining a bill that featured Stalley, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock. Prepping the imminent release of his debut album, Good Kid., m.A.A.d. City, “K-Dot” got the crowd moving with mixtape and indie releases such as “Hol’ Up” and “A.D.H.D.,” which were received with high praise from a diverse crowd. Lamar rhymed to songs such as “Cut You Off (To Grow Closer),” showing off his lyrical skills. Tracks such as “The Spiteful Chant” and “Michael Jordan” prompted the audience to go word for word with him. Lamar ended with a rousing ode to L.A.’s women, weed and weather with his first major debut single, “The Recipe.” ★★★☆☆
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.