Bonnaroo — the largest music festival in North America, spanning four days and hundreds of performances — ain’t exactly the likeliest hub for hip-hop heads. It’s located on a giant farm in Manchester, Tennessee, about an hour outside of Nashville, but don’t expect Three 6 to show up. This crowd of 80,000 is pumped to see literal rockstars, the ones that headlined: Phish, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Radiohead. It’s a rock scene, for sure. In the press area, Kendrick Lamar walks by unnoticed, but Kenny Rogers is flanked by dozens of onlookers.
Still, no music festival is complete without a solid hip-hop lineup these days, and Bonnaroo didn’t disappoint by a longshot. Festi-goers emerged from countless tents and untellable stenches to see a pretty healthy range of hip-hop artists, from the GZA to Big Freedia. Because of some shoddy-ass WiFi and a stolen camera, we’re a bit late with our coverage, but for the next couple days, expect to see the photos, videos, and interviews we garnered over the holiday weekend.
The first day of Roo was the rappiest, as Danny Brown, Kendrick Lamar, and Yelawolf successively took the stage in This Tent to do what they do best. (More than a few cats counted Danny Brown as one of the best shows of the whole extravaganza.) Check out our pics from day one and come back tomorrow for the rest!
Photos by Lauren Schwartzberg/RESPECT.
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