Last year’s JMBLYA festival was pretty dope, including performances from Vic Mensa, Mick Jenkins and Travis Scott. This year demanded a bigger venue and more energy as Future headlined the 2016 lineup of: Rae Sremmurd, Kevin Gates, Post Malone, Kehlani, Keith Ape, Carnage, Noodles and last but not least Jazz Cartier.
We sat down for a second with Jazz Cartier after his performance to see how Dallas was treating him.
Thoughts on the trip out here to JMBLYA after hitting the stage?
What’s coming up next? How did the virtual reality concept come about for his last video “Red Alert / 100 Roses“?
Jazz has lived everywhere from Africa to Europe to Toronto, what gave him the biggest influence though? Some artists lean heavy on collabs fresh out, others like to establish their own sound and following first before getting too deep into features so we had to find out if there were any artists he’s targeting or is the focus on his personal sound.
As a younger artist, what does Sway’s impact on the culture mean to you? You know he’s seen a lot of movements in music so as someone who is new in comparison, how do you view it?
Following the chill conversation with Jazz, it was a live set from Kevin Gates that took things to another level. If you’ve ever listened to his music, it’s that deep personal connection – that brutal honesty that fans can’t get enough of. Word for word, the crowd gave him lines right back as he finished the set with the always popular “I Don’t Get Tired”.
After the hometown special guest Post Malone ran through a few favorites, including new music he’s perfected while on the road with Bieber, it was an insane duo Rae Sremmurd that had the crowd on 1000 start to finish. Ripping through tracks off ‘Sremm Life’ that quickly became anthems like “No Flex Zone” or “Throw Some Mo'” before getting into their new drop “Look Alive” it was mayhem once they hit the stage.
Last act of the night was Future Hendrix, who is coming off a “Monster” year and looks to run the summer again with Drake announcing their Summer Sixteen tour. “If Young Metro don’t trust you…” rang off and immediately the crowd blew. As he gave us a little bit of everything from ‘DS2‘ to ‘WATTBA‘ and of course ‘Purple Reign‘.
It would be hard to top the amount of content he released over the last year and a half but one thing we’ve learned…don’t count him out. The summer is probably just the beginning of another win streak.
Festivals are always a great chance to see how much fans really connect with each artist and vice versa. Don’t forget that in just two weeks Soundset will be kicking off hosted by Heather B and Sway himself, if you have yet to peep the lineup – we got you just in time. Peep the lineup below: