Mad Decent Block Party Brings Star-Studded Lineup to Two Day Event

by Braeden Mueller

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Mad Decent Block Party (MDBP) is rolling into Rawhide Event Center Friday and Saturday. For the FIRST ever two day edition of MDBP, promoters are bringing a star-studded cast with them. On Friday the lineup consists of Brillz, Diplo, FKi 1st, Jackal (DJ set), RL Grime, Snakehips, Tchami, and What So Not. Day 2 contains even more excitement as Baauer, Dada Life, Flosstradamus, Grandtheft, Justin Martin, Le Youth, and Lil Dicky are set to take the stage. Let’s take a closer look at each day to see the must see acts, and a writer’s choice to see.

Day 1:

Brillz

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Coming off his new release of “Give It Time EP” Sami Diament, otherwise known on stage as Brillz, is bringing a new sound to the EDM scene. His hip-hop infused with trap sound is bringing “TWONK” to a new spotlight. Be prepared for some of the craziest beats known to man and one of the heaviest trap sets this weekend.

Diplo

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The creator of Mad Decent Block Party and the undeniable champion of getting girls to twerk on stage. Diplo has been more of a traditional trap/rap set but plays everything from rap to dubstep to Major Lazer (his Carribbean influenced alter ego). Here’s what you can expect from Diplo; fans getting on stage and getting down and mayhem from behind the decks, as he construes some of the smoothest drops around.

FKI 1st

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Named “Top 5 producers shifting the sound of Atlanta rap in 2014” by Billboard magazine, what can’t FKI 1st do? From discovering Post Malone, and producing tracks like “Weekend” by Mac Miller, he is just starting to emerge as a new club talent. Currently on tour with Post Malone and Justin Bieber, this rap set is about to be “lit.” His debut album is set to debut this spring on Mad Decent label, and we cannot wait!

Jackal (DJ set)

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Inspired by Skrillex’s sound, Jackal has made himself a name on the scene with songs like “Chinchilla” and  “Netflix and Kill” which produces heavy bass. This sound will stick with you until you leave the venue. His new hit “Anonymous” will leave you dancing away with the trap/bass set of a lifetime. Expect much bass and heavy drops with this set.

RL Grime

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The must see set of the weekend happens to be RL Grime. Using a new trap sound by remixing “Sosa” and the Weeknds’ song “The Hills.” This set will involve unique drops and crazy mix ups. The world is starting to take notice to his sound, as he played “Paradiso” and even has a Vegas residency. This one can’t be missed. He has teased the world with a new album but until then we enjoy “Void” and “Auroa.”

Snakehips

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The groovy sound that will make you singing the melodies every day will be from this set. With hits like “Cruel” we can expect everyone in the crowd to be boogieing to this set. Nothing too heavy or hard with this set. What you can expect is the melodic journey of a lifetime and you can enjoy it only on Friday.

Tchami

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The rubber sound of Tchami took hold of the EDM world as soon as he released his “MYB” remix. Now, with his own record label, Confessions, the future is high. Fresh off of playing Lollapalooza and Coachella, this DJ will bring the shufflers and vibes to Rawhide for a set of deep house to radiate within your soul.

What So Not

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Coming off one of the best summers that a DJ could have, What So Not has shot to the top of the EDM world. This is my choice for the best set of the weekend, and after hearing his Electric Forest set review and praise, you’ll see it is well deserved. Named one of the best sets by EDM Chicago, he is bringing a new sound that can’t be defined. Mixture of trap and heaven trap with some bass is the best way to describe it but DO NOT MISS THIS SET!

Day 2

Baauer

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One of the most talented musicians, Baauer brings his unique take on trap to Rawhide. From trekking to get his own samples from all over the world, this is the set that will break all genres. Trap/Rap/Bass will be expected and with his new album Aa out we can expect a heavy trap with some mixture of rap.

Dada Life

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Sweden is coming and bringing “Dada Land” mentality with it, so be prepared. On top of the Electro House world, this duo brings the big room house music and excitement to Phoenix. Playing Tomorrowland should be the cursor that these guys will not disappoint (expect European electro house.)

Flosstradamus

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HDY Youth is taking over MDBP, and boy what a “Prison Riot” it will be. Recently announced the HDY tour around the USA, the trap king’s is here. This duo will be bringing their take on hip-hop/trap that usually involves mosh pits and pure craziness to go along with their unique sound. Check out their new song with Post Malone called “Came Up.”

Grandtheft

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The Canadian producer will “Keep it 100” with some melodic beats that will have us dancing and then switch it up to drop some of the new trap sound in the world. Fresh off of playing Lollapalooza this summer, his set blew everyone’s mind and one can expect the same in Phoenix.

Justin Martin

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Dirtybird label picked up a gem with Justin Martin, and his new album Hello Clouds has us dancing to house music all day long. His set will be filled with the best vibes of the weekend and bring the crowd to move in a way they haven’t known was possible. Expect the chill set and atmosphere that will have us dancing all the way into the night.

Le Youth

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High energy and great melodies will be abundant with this set. Becoming more famous in the music world, Le Youth’s hit “COOL” has the melodic singing along with groovy bass that one would expect from him. Expect a fusion of R&B music and 90’s House music to fulfill the ears of the crowd.

Lil Dicky

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Former YouTube star to professional rapper, what can’t Lil Dicky do? Known for the fast and articulate raps, that made him famous his first album followed suit. He has songs with Snoop Dogg, Fetty Wap, and Rich Homie Quan all who are established in the rap world. Expect weirdness with his sets that will bring an energy that won’t be seen anywhere else. Checkout his debut album, “Professional Rapper,” to see what the hype is about.

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