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Our beat reporters say what they love

Every semester in The Daily Californian’s arts & entertainment department, we welcome a new batch of beat reporters. While they will spend the semester reporting on a multitude of different projects and exhibits specific to their expertise, they rarely have the opportunity to focus on their topics on a small scale.
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Rolling Loud 2018: Chxpo

When San Francisco-based Lil Kayla was inexplicably replaced — only to arrive an hour or so later for a brief set — by a half-baked performance from Cleveland-based rapper Chxpo, people quickly took notice, and they were not happy.
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Rolling Loud 2018: Towkio

On his most recent album, WWW., Japanese-Mexican rapper Towkio jumped back and forth among different genres: soul-infused hip-hop to pop, R&B to trap. Given the blend of genres the rapper so fearlessly explored, it was disappointing to hear the rapper relegate his setlist to a series of repetitive, trap-inspired songs.
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Rolling Loud 2018: Rich the Kid

Beginning with a few memorable tracks off of The World Is Yours, Rich took ownership of both the stage and the audience, inspiring the crowd to dance and rap along with him as he made his way across the stage in an effortlessly breezy manner.
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Rolling Loud 2018: Young Thug

The moment a recently bailed-out Young Thug came out to his Rolling Loud set Sunday in a huge chain, yellow hoodie, black coat, plaid pajamas and dad sneakers, it became evident that the coming hour was going to be anything but a letdown.
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Rolling Loud 2018: YG

On the Pinclout Stage of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, the lights went dark and the outro speech to YG’s “Handgun” played over the speaker. “Now you’re ready for the world, yadidamean?” the anonymous man says, as if to initiate the entire audience. “Stay dangerous.”
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Rolling Loud 2018: Saweetie

Hayward, California native Saweetie was one of the newer and more diverse faces of hip-hop who performed at Rolling Loud this weekend. She’s among the handful of female rappers who are on a relatively quick trajectory to success.
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