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Trillectro 2015 Brought Chance the Rapper, Dom Kennedy and Kehlani to the DMV [PHOTOS]

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Trillectro turned the DMV up with it’s fourth installment of the hit music festival. Huge thank you to Modi, DC to BC and the Trillectro team for accommodating me. Making its annual appearance at a new venue this year, the Merriweather Post Pavilion seems to have brought about some positive new changes too. Smoother entry, varied seating options and more female acts spiked concert goers’ trill barometer as they recapped the event in real time on social media. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it, but here’s my interpretation of what you guys had to say.

For a fresh dose of estrogen, this year’s show was hosted by Miami’s self-proclaimed “Director of Vibe” Yes Julz. With her own version of a “Hit the Quan” dance contest, she laid a clear path to turn up for opening acts like RL Grime. The crowd went crazy for the Trap / Bass/ Hip-Hop DJ who said himself that the show was a movie!

 

.@RLGRIME just demolished the crowd @trillectro #Trillectro2015 pic.twitter.com/bS84JVxhhg — Tom Hausman (@thausmannews) August 30, 2015

Virginia’s own D.R.A.M. kept the stay hot and the wires live with viral hit “Cha Cha,” while Bay Area beauty Kehlani got lit with her awesome R&B vocals and trill dances moves. Keeping it West Coast, Dom Kennedy also performed a set alongside Norwegian turntablist Cashmere Cat.

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The 9:32 Stage served as a home base so to speak, providing the shining stars of the DMV a platform to showcase our own trill scene. Openers included Mista Selecta, Babeo Baggins, Hi$to, Nativesun, and Ayes Cold.

Trillectro_JMSN_Kehlani_DomKennedy_CashmereCat_ChancetheRapper_thebobbypen_12jpgThis year’s headliner Chance the Rapper shut everything down with an epic performance co-staring live band Noname Gypsy touching on hits from both his breakout mixtape Acid Rap (2013) through to his latest release Surf.

So good to see @SoxSquad @chancetherapper and @NonameGypsy kill it last night at @trillectro. Great show! pic.twitter.com/F0fEqMH2s9 — Jazmo Saggs (@ItsJustInU) August 30, 2015

Editor's Note
To be honest, a lot of the photos I saw on Instagram made the event look more weak than any Trillectro I had ever been to before. In fact, having just attended the 10th annual Summer Spirit Fest as just a fan only a few weeks ago, the lawn section was literally bear in comparison to the sea of people who filled the almost 20,000 seat venue.

Undisclosed sources who did attend Trillectro shared with with that they felt some of the acts were subpar and that the original feel of the event had been lost. I can only image that to be so. I’m considering my immediate peer group and I’m sure transportation became an issue where it hadn’t been before, you can’t get too drunk and have to drive 30 minutes both ways so that take some of the fun away from the original Trillectro venues and tickets were considerably more expensive than they had ever been before just to sit on the grass and watch the show from jumbotrons.

Perhaps that was the point though, as these same reviewers also shared that press credential check-in was smoother than ever before, that the media tent was more organized, the crowd was more diverse (read: more young white people) and the venue was more comfortable than both The Fairgrounds and RFK stadium.


Despite the mixed reviews, it appears all who attended enjoyed themselves and at the end of the day, that’s all that matters. Catch our photos from the day here in the gallery below. Until next year, stay trill.