Mad Decent Block Party Goes Mad Wild


Diplo headlined Friday’s edition of this year’s MDBP. Photo by Malcolm Brinkley for iHeartRadio.

Mad Decent Block Party Goes Mad Wild

by Braeden Mueller


The Mad Decent Block Party is typically a one day event in most cities, but Phoenix is not most cities as proven by the inaugural two day setup.

Day one was a great precursor to the event’s climax, and it was highlighted by RL Grime’s massive trap set that had the crowd on another level. Other notable sets were Jackal who brought some of the nastiest dubstep and trap that Phoenix has heard, and also Brillz who unlike other artists came into the crowd during RL Grime’s set and went crazy with the crowd.

Also, late addition Illenium did not disappoint, bringing his signature live performance energy, and many—including myself—thought was easily the most euphoric set, period. He debuted his new collaboration with Seven Lions and his new remix of Flume.

The closer of day one, Diplo brought his unique trap and dubstep sound that had the crowd all in a chaos that one would expect from a Diplo set.

With the second day came something the crowd did not see coming, Grandtheft brought out Jazz Cartier and a friend to rap and climb a ladder on stage. Jazz Cartier then stood and walked on the crowd to amp us up and finish the Grandtheft set.

Next up was Lil Dicky, who had the rap set of the weekend. He performed all of his most popular songs, but the finish was the best. Lil Dicky pulled a woman from the crowd, stripped to his boxers, and gave her a lap dance to his song “Lemme Freak.”

The crowd’s energy was just getting started as Justin Martin threw down the house vibes that had the crowd in a trance throughout his set.

With the finishing trio of Baauer, Dada Life, and Flosstradamus, the crowd knew that it was about to hear some of the great DJs in the world.

Baauer brought a unique trap sound, mixed with mashups that had the concert jumping. Shortly after Baauer finished, Dada Life proclaimed Phoenix as “Dada Land” and had the entire crowd grooving with the big European Electro Pop we are accustomed too. They even brought out pillows for a massive pillow fight that resulted in fluff everywhere on the ground.

Lastly, the trap duo out of Chicago, Flosstradamus, arrived and brought the crowd to a “Prison Riot.” Their drops were heavy, the bass was blasting, and the crowd was moshing to every song. The duo brought the crowd to another level not seen this weekend, and overall their set was one of the most “lit.”

I am already looking forward to next year, though this will be hard to top. Although knowing Diplo, he will be up to the challenge.