On Tuesday night, Red Bull Sound Select – with a clutch curatorial assist from Viva! Presents – set the Echoplex ablaze with a killer lineup that featured Hiphop acts Cam & China, Los Rakas, Antwon, and BiA. Inglewood natives, Cam & China, kicked the night off early with jams from their 2016 critically acclaimed self titled EP before inviting TIU’s King & Blast and other guests onstage for surprise performances. It felt like a family affair on stage and in the crowd.
That energy set the perfect vibe for Los Rakas; the Panamanian Hiphop duo that recently garnered a Grammy nomination and performed at the White House and Coachella in the past. Their high octane performance of favorites like “We Dem Rakas” and “Soy Rakas” had the crowd going wild while singing along to the duo’s unique blend of hiphop and reggae (aptly dubbed “panabay” as a nod to their Panamanian & Oakland roots) in English and Spanish. Antwon followed up their set and kept the crowd entertained as they awaited the night’s headliner, BiA.
BiA, the Latina rapper signed to Pharrell’s i am OTHER imprint, burst onto the stage to the deafening applause of her fans, that pushed closer to the stage to get a better view and tell the Perico Princess “I love you!” BiA was already on a high from meeting and opening for Gucci Mane the night before – a tale she described before performing her 2016 ode to him “Gucci Comin’ Home.” – but the crowd elevated her higher. Milly rocking across the stage throughout the night, BiA kept her fans entertained by performing unreleased music from her upcoming debut album as well as additional tracks from her #CHOLASEASON mixtape. The ground breaking MC attracted an enthusiastic crowd that was filled with fans and peers alike. It was the proper sendoff before heading back on your with Ariana Grande.