Black Friday Hip Hop and R&B Show Sunset Cove Amphitheater

On Black Friday, 2012 in West Boca Raton, Florida, about 2 thousand Hip Hop and R&B fans gathered around the Sunset Cove Ampitheatre to listen to today’s rising stars. The event, known as the Black Friday Festival, was an annual concert that is hosted in Boca Raton of many Hip Hop musicians, from those starting out to headlining musicians. The main event of the 2012 show was Compton’s own Kendrick Lamar and G.O.O.D.
Music’s Pusha T. Other artists that performed were Kid Ink, DJ Irie, and many more local rising artists.

The show started off with many of these local acts, including three musicians from the city of Boca itself. Some of these local acts include DJ Demetrius, Emir Duru, and Ty Sade. As the show went on, the more primetime musicians performed. Kid Ink then came to the stage, singing songs such as his main Single “Hell and Back” and “Time of Your Life.” Following Kid Ink was the newest member of Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music group, Pusha T. Pusha T, is featured in some of today’s top hits, including Mercy, Don’t Like, New God Flow, and the main artist of Trouble on My Mind and Pain. He performed many of these hits, including New God Flow, Trouble on My Mind, and Mercy.

The crowd was singing right along with Pusha T, knowing nearly all of the words to his songs. The last and main event of the Festival though was the New King of the West Coast, Kendrick Lamar. Lamar, the singer of the former number one hit, Swimming Pools (Drank) rocked out the show singing his new album, Good Kid M.A.A.D. City and his first album, Section.80. He started off the show with Westside, Right on Time, a key hit of Lamar. Throughout the show he played other hits including the Recipe, M.A.A.D. City, A.D.H.D., Backstreet Freestyle, and closed the show to his number one song, Swimming Pools.

The fans loved Lamar and were eager to be some of the first to hear Lamar’s new album live in concert. The night was a perfect night for Rap fans with great weather, amazing music, and hundreds of fellow Rap fans to sing along with.

by Ben Pawliger

Austin Mahone and Jamie Dee by Ian Zwick

Austin Mahone “Say Something” and Jamie Dee “Tip Toes”
Music Review
“Say something” by Austin Mahone is the definition of today’s music, party addictive beats accompanying this Justin Bieber/Drake type voice make this song an immediate hit. A weird combination but it works in a way that gives a fresh new look at today’s up in coming artists. The song to sum it up is about a teenager who has eyes for that special girl, a common theme in recent years. Justin Mahone is quite new with only 2 confirmed songs the other being “11:11”. “Say Something” is the kind of song where you walk into a room and when it comes on, it becomes a party. Its got a vibe that makes you want to dance, although my only complaint is that the lyrics could have been touched up. Overall Austin Mahone’s hit song “Say something” is definitely an example of a new era type song and I hope we get more similar to this song soon. Here’s a link Austin’s video.

When I first started listening to Jamie Dee’s single “Tip Toes” the thing I tried to do most was figure out whom she sounds like, who she is reminiscent to, and I concluded that she is like no one I have heard in a while. Her song is about a girl who likes a guy who has her on her “tip toes”. I personally had mixed feelings for the song itself, although I love Jamie Dee’s voice. Her song has a dance type beat to it and will definitely get you in the mood to, but at the same time I felt like the song was kind of relaxing which is strange. I also found Jamie’s Youtube channel which has most of her songs and covers. I hope to see more from her in the future and a song that really captures her beauty inside and out, and her amazing voice and range.
Jamie’s Youtube where you can find her amazing songs/covers