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88rising makes hip-hop its own at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

On Oct. 31, music from hip-hop heavyweights like Drake and Run The Jewels was relegated to background music for 88rising’s final stop on the “88 Degrees and Rising” tour. Focused on but not limited to representing Asian and Asian American artists, the part-media company, part-record label set out on tour in September.
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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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