Since 2015, we have asked independent artists to share their favorite memories from their time at SXSW. In just a couple of years, this project has become one of our most popular features thanks to the growing interests of bands and singers from around the world. Forty-five artists participated in this year’s edition, including Mike Melinoe.
Experimental psychedelic rap with ear-worm lyrical breaks, from Detroit.
1. Anything and everything happens at SXSW, and it did. A few friends and I went to a lounge tent for some food, which I didn’t want so I gave to a friend instead. Of course, my friend says ” I don’t eat pork either”, so we talked and decided maybe he will. While watching this band, I noticed my friend wasn’t eating his food and instantly knew he wasn’t going to eat it. A few minutes pass and the singer from the band is now performing off the stage, he’s running all over. The singer makes his way to us and grabs my friend’s food and smashes it onto his bald head and kept performing. Crazy thing, my friend was never going to eat it, and he vocalized that. The odds of the performer taking the food and smashing it on his head, instead of my friend wasting was so amazing, time wise.
2. Gucci Mane’s an artist I thought I’d never see perform. I witnessed nothing but great energy and love from that performance at Stubb’s. Rarely do I go to concerts, other than mine, on the regular. Also, I was able to see Erykah Badu and Wu Tang in one night. Two great acts, in one night.
3. While I was at a Def Jam event, I ran into Jinx from “Complex” and “Pigeons and Planes”. I had a brief conversation with him and kept it pushing. A few hours later, an artist by the name Earl St. Clair began to perform and I saw magic in that venue. People were so shocked by the talent and stage presence. SXSW always introduces me to new artists of all genres.
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