If you are a fan of the youth movement in Hip-Hop and the explosion of EDM, Trillectro ’13 was the place to be this past weekend in Washington D.C. The STASHED crew was in the house to take in the second annual mashing of genres in the DMV area.
Curated by Modi Oyewole, Marcel Marshall and Quinn Coleman of DC to BC, Trillectro took over the Half Street Fairgrounds overlooking Nationals Park. The marathon of a festival consisted of nearly 20 artists across two stages, one being sponsored by Karmaloop.com. The show was hosted by Lowkey of YouHeardThatNew.com and Ashley Outrageous, two blog stars who have flexed their internet weight into big moves like this.
Between performances, it was Lowkey who hyped the crowd with the energy of a seasoned rapper while it was Ashley who chopped it up with the artists moments before they took the Trillectro stage.
Standout performances came in the form of up-and-comers like Two- 9, Ghost Beach, Shy Glizzy, New Retro and Misun were welcome surprises for people who haven’t heard of the acts before the show. Phil Ade got the crowd going as the former prodigal son of the DMV returned with a new flair and material that the DC natives ate up.
King Chip got the first taste of the now-packed crowd when he hit the stage. The Cleveland representer performed cuts as the artist formerly known as Chip The Ripper as well as some standout features he had with the likes of Kid Cudi, Big Sean and more.
Travis $cott, the breakout Houston, TX artist, arguably had the performance of the night by turning his set into a near riot. Performing songs he appeared and produced on including “Crown (Magna Carta Holy Grail),” “Quintana,” and “Upper Echelon.”
Casey Veggies also showed out by performing cuts from his latest effort, Life Changes, as well as bringing out hometown crooner Raheem Devaughn for some good ole’ Go-Go inspired tunes.
Following Veggies, A$AP Ferg and the rest of the mob, including a surprise performance from A$AP Rocky turned the stage into a giant mosh pit for the night’s biggest moment. Performances of riot starters like “Work” and “Shabba” turned the DMV crowd into an absolute free-for-all.
Wale, who was a special guest of the show, took the stage to acknowledge the crowd and lead them in a sing-a-long of his biggest hits dating back to his mixtape days. Although the hometown hero couldn’t perform due to contractual obligations regarding his upcoming What Dreams May Come Tour with J. Cole, he still managed to keep the crowd entertained by singing along to tunes like “Clappers,” “Bait,” and “Nike Boots.”
Carnage closed the show out with a raucous DJ set that seemed to set off waves of mosh pits and fist pumping to send the thousands of concert-going fans home happy. For a festival that is only in it’s second year of operation, they managed to bring out the likes of the cities finest, not to mention the Mayor of Washington DC, Vincent Gray and star Washington Wizards point guard, John Wall.
For a region that was desperate for an identity less than a decade ago, Trillectro showed that they now have something that they can call their own for years to come. Check out some of the backstage photos from some of the performers in the gallery below.
Photo Credit: Ernest Estime.