“Fever dream” for fans of Ye, Drake, J. Cole • The Tulane Hullabaloo
This past Thursday, hip-hop fans had an experience some would call a feverish dream if you told them two months ago. Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, and Drake teamed up at THE Colosseum for the “Free Larry Hoover Benefit Concert”, where hip-hop icons crushed their years of “beefâAnd joined forces for an unforgettable night.
The concert was broadcast live on Amazon Prime Video and Twitch for the world to see and showed us how, even though the world has changed so much in the past 20 months, real rap is still alive. Ye deepened his discography, something he hasn’t done for a very long time, and Drake has blessed audiences with some of our favorite tracks from his latest project. “Boy in love certified.
Although the duo only took the stage together for two songs – Ye’s, “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” and the multi-artist track, “Forever” – the evening seemed like the most fitting way to celebrate the feverish one-year dream that 2021 was for the hip-hop industry traditional.
You might be wondering why this year has been so filled with new releases from the world’s favorite hip-hop artists. It was, like most things in 2020, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The lack of big name hip-hop releases in 2020, however, was not due to a lack of creativity or a lack of effort. It was only economic.
In today’s age of music streaming, a album is so much more than several songs in common. An album requires precise deployment with strategic social media campaigns, merchandise, and the basic ingredient that was lacking last year: in-person concerts, tours, and music festivals. Whether you’re a fan or not, it’s a fact that hip-hop has remained the most popular genre on the Billboard charts in the United States since 2017, and that hip-hop would be, without its energetic gigs.
For those who were fortunate enough to attend a concert or music festival in the second half of 2021, there was a greater appreciation for the shared excitement of movement, sound and vocals that could not do it all. just not be recreated in a virtual setting, or at the forefront, like Travis Scott Live Fortnite concert.
The explosion of new music in 2021 began with “Tit out of season“ which was released on May 14. Coincidentally, the day after the Centers for Disease Control announced that fully vaccinated people can remove their masks both indoors and outdoors. That alone could be seen as the start of the rap fans’ âfever dreamâ year in which the greats of the 2010s rappers finally released what they concocted in quarantine.
This has clearly paid off as last month’s nominations for the Grammy Awards 2022 would be dominated by the most popular names in the hip-hop industry.
Just a month after Cole was released on June 25, fans were greeted with the trendy summer months. With Tyler, The Creator releases their sixth studio album “Call me if you get lost, a luxurious bon voyage which helped solidify the Grammy award “Igor“ the rapper’s diverse sound since he started experimenting with 2017’s “flower boy. ”
The following weeks would consist of several intimate performances of “Call Me If You Get Lost”, including one in Brooklyn Music Hall in Williamsburg which also aired on Twitch and introduced hip-hop audiences to the hybrid performances that would ultimately define the rest of the summer with Ye’s “Donda“ listening evenings, as well as his “Free Larry Hoover Benefit Concert”, both being both held in person and broadcast on streaming platforms.