On Sunday October 12th our team went out to the Shrine Expo Hall & Grounds to checkout this year's annual Fool's Gold Day Off. Last year this event was free with RSVP but this time around tickets were sold online. Because of this I was expecting the turnout to be less than last year but surprisingly it seemed like it was just as big.
Arriving to the event we were able to catch the end of Hoodboi who's set thankfully got pushed back an extra 15 minutes. Hoodboi is one of the fastest rising Jersey Club artists in the scene right now easily comparable to Trippy Turtle or DJ Sliink. I first heard of him last Summer when my best friend could not get over how many R&B throwbacks this guy dropped on one of his Soundcloud mixes. Now that he's signed onto Fool's Gold Records it's only a matter of time until he hops on the big festival circuit. Hoodboi's performance was early on in the day and the stage was already packed for it. He got the floor moving and continuously brought up the energy with his originals and remixes.
Next up on the lineup we had a legendary West Coast hip hop performance by Kurupt. You might recognize him from his features off of Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre's albums The Chronic and Doggystyle. He brought the show back to the 90's with a ton of hits from the era. After his set came the Invisible Skratch Piklz, a turntablist quartet consisting of Shortkut, D-Styles (Low End Theory), DJ Qbert, and Mix Master Mike (Beastie Boys). Their set was extremely technical since it consisted of the four of them dropping beats and scratching samples for the entire half hour. It was way different than any set I've seen and the best part was when A-Trak joined his former crew and tossed around the vinyl doing what he does best.
Gladiator came on afterwards with some epic trap music allowing all the EDM fans to commence the turn up while the weather began to cool down. They threw down all the essential trap songs including Flosstradamus's Moshpit, DJ Snake's New Slave Remix, and Bro Safari's Scumbag. They even dropped an unreleased Jack U track that fit perfectly with the vibe of their set. Eventually they closed it out with Skrillex's Cinema giving everyone a classic song to chant along to.
By this point we had run into several awesome people including Ape Drums, Ookay, JayKode, and even Hoodboi. Not too long after Travi$ Scott came on stage with a lunatic energy that made me cringe with fear and excitement. Mr. Scott recently gained a lot of attention from his mixtape Days Before Rodeo. The performance consisted of all originals that brought a lucid thug vibe, for lack of better words. A lot of interesting trap beats with psychedelic effects and recognizable hooks. It was apparent by all the excitement that many people had came to see his performance and it was not the least disappointing.
Finally one of my favorite DJs of all time as well as the founder of Fool's Gold Day Off took the stage. A-Trak kept the good times rolling with plenty of trap music to start his set. He normally drops a few tracks of this genre within a house set so hearing him run the trap song after song was a treat. Like always he killed it with an interesting selection and god-like transitions. By the end of the set he gave the ravers what they came for with his originals like Tuna Melt Ft. Tommy Trash and some Duck Sauce tunes.
Vic Mensa performed by the time the sun came down with a set that kept everyone on full rage mode. I noticed that his DJ took the time in between songs to drop recognizable tracks that kept the audience pumped up. One of these tracks was a remix of Seven Nation Army that led to a massive audience chant. The highlight of his set was when he performed his verse from Chance The Rapper's Coco Butter Kisses.
Finally Detroit rapper Danny Brown took to the stage as the headlining act of the night. Danny was recently signed onto Fool's Gold Records where he dropped his lyrically insane and hypnotically mesmerizing album Old. Listening to his music I always knew that he was one of the most unique rappers I had ever heard and now that he has the spotlight he's proven that he can hang. He dropped banger after banger including Smokin Drinkin, his collaboration with A-Trak. His set described so much of what Fool's Gold is about. Every beat had a unique style and Danny's energy made it clear that hip hop can be forward thinking. The combination of rage mode and deep expression left us with a performance as well as an entire concert that was simply unforgettable.
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