2013 was one of the best years for music festivals. Coachella had another knock-out lineup and festivals like HARD Summer and Lollapalooza continued to raise their respective bars from years past. We even got the inaugural TomorrowWorld in Atlanta. With so many incredible festivals and even more insane lineups, we decided to put together a list of some of our favorite hip hop/trap music festival performances of 2013, in no particular order.
Make sure to holler at us in the comments below with some of your favorite performances this year that we might have missed out on.
Earl Sweatshirt at Coachella
Earl Sweatshirt performed at Coachella in 2013, a performance many fans chanting ‘Free Earl!’ previous years never thought possible. The 19-year-old MC – widely considered the most verbally gifted member of Odd Future – was visibly hyped to perform. Backed by Flying Lotus, Earl’s Coachella set was loaded with special guests including Tyler, the Creator and Domo Genesis. Music festival site Travel Hymns speculates Earl will return to the Coachella 2014 lineup.
Baauer at Coachella
Baauer dropped an absolutely filthy set on the Coachella crowd in 2013 – even by Baauer standards. His first major performance of the festival season, Coachella foreshadowed the colossal year ahead for the artist. Baauer’s relentless work behind the boards helped prove to casual audiences he was far more than the dude who brought the done-to-death ‘Harlem Shake’ to the world.
RL Grime at Tomorrowworld
The first installment of TomorrowWorld, an Atlanta, GA offshoot of Belgium’s wildly popular Tomorrowland, was lucky enough to see RL Grime properly represent trap in 2013. Considered the best set of the festival by many in attendance, RL Grime helped open the door to future trap artists looking to set things off at the newly christened festival for 2014.
Flosstradamus at HARD Summer
Another pioneer in the trap world, Flosstradamus stole the stole with a classic performance on the final night of HARD Summer in downtown Los Angeles. Loaded with drops and newly remixed tracks including Kanye’s ‘New Slaves’, J2K and Autobot know how to engage the crowd like no other. Flosstradamus came out swinging, their memorable 2013 performance a cut above the rest.
Kendrick Lamar – Lollapalooza
One of the biggest highlights at Lollapalooza this year was Kendrick Lamar, fresh off the release of his critically acclaimed album, ‘Good Kid, M.A.A.D City’. Kendrick easily asserted himself as the MC to watch in 2013 with this performance, an accolade he’s justified with his current billing on Kanye West’s Yeezus tour.