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SXSW Day #2 Recap: Mac Miller, J. Cole, Janelle Monae & Slaughterhouse

Submitted by on March 18, 2011 – 8:13 amNo Comment

For those who have never been to SXSW in Austin, TX, I advise you to go if you are big fan of music. If music is not your thing, don’t waste your time because your feet will make you pay for it.

Day #2 of SXSW is full of small concerts, listening parties and enough chaos to keep you both entertained and overwhelmed. Couple that with it being St. Patrick’s Day and you have a recipe for madness. We’ll just tell you how DrJays.com got down in Austin.

The day kicked off around 1 p.m. with a listening party for DJ Quik‘s eighth studio album The Book Of David at the Nick Kicks retail store. Quik gave a select group of journalists a preview of his new album as he got behind the 1′s and 2′s.

Quik’s album proves, once again, he is easily one of the most unappreciated producers in the game. Quik revealed he plays all of the instruments on the album himself and that this is the album he had the most fun working on since the beginning of his career, which started in 1987. You can hear the pleasure in songs like “Real Women” and “Boogie Till You Work It Out” (Featuring Ice Cube) which are completely Quik’s concoctions with no inklings of industry nonsense.

After the session wrapped up (and all the liquor was gone), the next destination was the NahRight x The Smoking Section‘s showcase at a location called Peckerheads. Although it was a sweat box, people still crowded to see their favorite indie hip-hop acts take to the stage and rock for those who chose to pile up on each other. Mac Miller and Emilio Rojas controlled the crowd of SXSW registered attendees and people who just wanted to enjoy a free concert.

After a few hours of trunk rattling hip-hop (that eventually blew out the speakers during Mac’s performance), it was off to grab a quick bite to eat then on to BET‘s “Music Matters” showcase which featured Miguel, Melanie Fiona, J. Cole, Big Sean and Dom Kennedy. With a line wrapping around the block, DrJays.com was just glad to be in the house. Miguel delivered a showstopping performance from his new album All I Want Is You and the mixtape leading up to his solo release “Mischief” was the highlight of the evening. DrJays.com then attended Atlantic Records‘ “Killers, Lasers, Papers” concert at La Zona Rosa. Although both Lupe Fiasco and Cee-Lo pulled out due to undisclosed reasons, it was still a successful show as B.o.B. and Janelle Monae saved the day with energetic performances.

But just when you thought our night was finished, we had one last stop—10.Deep x OnSmash.com‘s showcase featuring Slaughterhouse as the headliners.

The showcase took place at a packed Suite 101 and would be our final destination. Upon our arrival, the show was already in full swing as the LEP Bogus Boys and Danny Brown warmed up the crowd for the four headed monster consisting of Joell Ortiz, Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’9″ and Crooked I. By the time the collective hit the stage, it was 1 a.m. and our feet were toast from standing up and walking the city for 12 hours. However, that didn’t stop us from enjoying the hell out of the show as the four emcees ripped through their recent catalog of fan favorites.

By the time we hit the hotel room, it was 3 a.m., our feet were demolished and we were dog tired. But guess what? We get to do it all over again on Day #3!

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