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The Next Eminem?

So, I always love discovering new artists. It kinda sucks if your an up coming white rapper cuz if your good your always gonna be labeled as the next Eminem lol. But anyway, so earlier this year I discovered NF, a white christian rapper who doesn’t cuss, doesn’t do drugs, and raps about real life issues such as mental health. The fact that he doesn’t cuss is just impressive because I know I as well as many other rappers use curse words to fill out bars sometimes. His music is super relatable to just about anyone as we all have health with these mental health issues at one time or another.

He’s got many flows in his arsenal, he can rap fast, slow, he can sing rap(is what I call it, still rap but kinda singing), the guy is super talented, and as I said before super impressive with his rhymes, not just because he doesn’t cuss but the technicality is all there, if anyone should be labeled the next Eminem it should be this kid, I guess just the clean version tho? He kind of has a dark demented twist vibe about him which reminds me of slim.

So luckily for me shortly after I discover him he’s on tour visiting my hometown, which is surprising cuz no one ever comes here to perform, a fact that is quickly changing tho thanks to the Clyde theatre and Sweetwater. Anyway, I got tickets got to see him live which was pretty dope.

I will say though, the sound kinda sounded a bit off, I’m not sure what it was, but there was something up, but only for a few songs, most of his songs sounded amazing and everything was on point. There was a bunch of platforms that raised about 12-20 feet in the air which was pretty cool. All in all, solid performance, put on a dope show, I would recommend fans of hip hop to try and catch a show of his.

Which Fyre Festival Documentary is Better? Netflix or Hulu? | 2 Sides to every Story | Evan Reviews Everything

If somehow you missed the fiasco which was Fyre Festival when it originally happened back in 2007, I’m sure you have heard about it more in great detail this past week with the release of 2 documentaries, a Netflix Documentary called “Fyre: The Greatest Party that Never Happened” and a Hulu Documentary called “Fyre Fruad”.

We all had a laugh at rich millennial’s expense back in 2007 when they quickly realized their THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS luxurious getaway to Pablo’s Oscobar’s island for fine cuisine and top of the line musical performances with beautiful models and influencers was actually a SCAM. It was a huge cultural moment and dominated the social feeds with countless viral videos, pictures, and memes all poking fun at the “poor” rich kids.

As a festival goer I could perhaps feel bad for some of these people, but to me, these are the same kind of people(for the most part) that go to Coachella, because its fucking Coachella, they don’t go for the experience or music, they just want an instagram picture there and to be able to say they were there.

That being said, there are a lot of people to feel sorry for in this story. The locals of Exuma Point that were never paid, Fyre Fest staff never paid, Maryann Rolle who spent 50,000 of her personal savings to cater to the attendees and staff, Fyre Media Staff left with debt on personal cards, investors being lied to and losing millions and countless more.

So which one would I say is better and recommend?

Well both. For different reasons. I think you should watch both to get both perspectives.

The Netflix Documentary
  • Features alot of exclusive behind the scenes footage of the early stages of shitty planning leading up to the epic failure of Fyre.
  • Includes interviews from previous Fyre Team Members and people from Exuma Point that were directly affected.
  • The build up of hype for the influencers just to see that change so quickly is priceless
The Hulu Documentary
  • Goes more into depth about the leading up to Fyre Fest, as well as an interesting look at financial specifics in which Billy was committing criminal offenses.
  • Includes interviews from an (ex) Jerry Media Employee that is quite a revealing look into the Media Company’s role in all of this, as well an interview from previous employees of Billy Macfarland, as well as an interview from Billy Macfarland himself.
  • With the Interview from Billy, he is asked some real legitimate questions about the fraud he was committing and the look on his face/delayed response really expose this POS as a pathological liar.
  • This documentary call’s Jerry Media out for their involvement, the statements made by the ex-employee paint a different picture than that painted by Jerry Media in the Netflix Doc(I wonder why? See below)

Things I don’t like about these Documentaries

The Netflix Documentary
  • This documentary was produced by Jerry Media, and while they don’t paint themselves to be saints, they try to neglect some of the responsibility by putting it on the Fyre Team.
The Hulu Documentary
  • Hulu paid Billy Macfarland for his interview.

My final thoughts on Billy,

He is not remorseful and he doesn’t see anything wrong in the things he has done. Doods a POS. The whole thing was a scam from the get go. And he knew it.

the worst thing about these fyre fest documentaries is that the very scammers responsible for Fyre Fest are profiting from them.

#FUCKfuckjerry

Its all very interesting from a marketing stand point. The whole story is a testament to how powerful influencer marketing really is.

I wonder how many brands will want to partner with Jerry Media after this. In the netflix doc (that they produced) they laid it all on the FYRE team, which when i watched at first I believed them because i have had clients like they were describing the Fyre team to be.

Then after watching Hulu’s it became apparent that they knew much more than they led on in their doc.

If my agency was marketing something like this and we started to figure out what was going on/being asked to filter negative comments, I would have backed out and told the public exactly why.

They were posting up until the day of… trust me those fuckers knew, they should have did what was right but it seems like they thought they were going to be the exception when it came to getting paid. Which they weren’t, so now they can play victim too! oh and they can also donate to the go fund me page to try and save some face.

if they really felt that bad, why not reach out with that money to that lady sooner, why wait almost 2 years untill 2 documentaries make you look bad to give her back what is hers?

I bet if these documentaries were never made, they would have NEVER gave that woman money back.

The netflix documentary and them donating that money is PR STUNT, their way of saving face.

i would recommend watching both for different reasons though, each one features exclusive interviews, and you can better compare the conflicting talking points, and watching both gives you better insight over the whole story.

Just so crazy that something like this could happen the way it did. The power of influencer marketing is astounding.

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So, Whats the take away?

The power of influencer marketing. Im a digital marketer so you know I was gonna go there! But seriously, how could they pull something like this off!? Well, all they had to do was make a bunch of influencers believe it was real and post about it. Thats about it lmao.

There is a GoFundMe for the lady who spent her life savings catering for the Staff and attendees.
https://www.gofundme.com/exuma-point-fyre-fest-debt

Electric Daisy Carnival 2018 | Motor Speedway | Las Vegas, NV


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You know I had to go back to Las Vegas. What better reason than Electric Daisy Carnival? None. I decided soon after I got home from Life is Beautiful that I was going back for North America’s biggest dance festival.

I have been wanting to go to EDC for a very long time but each year it just hasn’t worked out. This year with my flexible work hours it worked out quite well 🙂 ! I had to bring Lindsey along with me, so that was a good time.

We decided to stay at the Stratosphere because I saw it the first time in Vegas, and I really wanted to do the sky jump, we’ll get to that later. Anyway, the stratosphere was a super nice hotel, the casino was nice and the bars were top notch, lol. Everyone else arriving that day was for EDC, we ended waiting in line for like an hour just to check in.

Once we got to our room we unloaded all our crap and started planning out what exactly we were going to do. We got there Thursday and the festival didn’t start until the Friday so we had a night to relax and check out the sights/food Vegas had to Offer.

We walked up and down the strip, checking out some really cool shops, ended up buying fucking clothes, smh. We checked out the bars, ran into a dam robot making drinks! Lol it was crazy, and that robot made a dam good drink, I tell you what! We checked out the hotels and casinos as well but we didn’t gamble really, we didn’t want to lose all our money the first night.

We did stumble upon, Johnny Rockets, inside The Flamingo, and wholy shit am I glad we did. That place is bomb, and I’m not gonna lie, we both love In-N-Out Burger but we both think we may like Johnny Rocket’s More! If you can believe it!? It was that good, I’m not gonna try to even come up with the words again, it was hard enough the first time when I left them this Awesome Review!

We went to The Hard Rock Cafe Casino/Venue, totally saw DJ Khalid on our way in and it was super crazy, only because no one else really noticed him. I’ve seen famous artists before and its crazy but for some reason its even crazier when your the only one that notices them, he was low key af, I would have talked to him but he was on the phone, perhaps thats why no one else was bothering him lol. I bet he does that to move thru a crowd, he skirted off in a mini van with like 8 doods, weird as shit and super crazy that I had to make a video of it. Lindsey didn’t even notice him, but the funny thing is was she was trying to take a picture of the sign above the doorway and totally snapped a pic of him by accident, everything but him is blurry in the picture lmao!

Of course we had to check out the legendary fountain. I thought it was gonna be lame and overrated but dam was that a badass fountain lol. It shot like 60 feet in the air and it had crazy lights and the lights and fountain were synced with some jamming music, it was pretty tight, I wasn’t expecting all that. I just thought it was a fountain that shot up like 15 feet every so often, that shit was a show in its self lol.

After we checked out the strip and all that good stuff we headed back to our room to get a lil rest before the festival started. We woke up a lil early and moved our chill sesh up to the pool where the tunes were on point, I was pulling soundhound out for literally every song lol. The pool was on the roof and it had really cool chill spots and a pretty sick bar, and you already know the view was stellar. It was crazy how many people were in Vegas for EDC, almost everyone up chilling at the pool was going. Met a lot of cool people.

First Night of EDC

Getting to EDC was a journey all in its self, the traffic was way crazier than I had even imagined, but once we got out our uber and headed to the line, we got in fairly quickly, and the security checkpoint was a breeze, didn’t really check out bags, barely a pat down, so that was nice, made the lines move very quickly. Once we walked up the ramp and got eyesight over the hill, the electric sky was revealed to us, literally one of the craziest-cool looking things I have ever seen, it was like a living organism I cant even describe how much shit was going on.

The lineup was seriously stacked for all three days, which was awesome because I had to buy tickets for this festival before the lineup even dropped, so I was worried, but in the end I was not disappointed.

The first night the people I had to see were; Lauren Lane, JOYRYDE, Mike Will Made-it, Kaskade, Chevvy Chase, Diplo, Borgore, Excision. We saw them all and they all killed it, we saw some other people through the night but I don’t remember the names. Throughout all of this amazing music, we were constantly stumbling upon something new and crazy, it was so fascinating to see how much work they put into this festival. It was so big and awesome that the moment I walked in I got a little sad that it only lasted 3 days, lol. There was a lot of really cool and nice people, like usual, always nice leaving “real life” where you usually have to deal with asswholes, and go hand out with a bunch of awesome like minded people, always a good time!

There was a shit ton of people here, I knew it was North America’s biggest dance festival but I had no idea it was going to be as crazy as it was, and that was only Friday, the least busiest day of the festival. It was crazy, but the crowd was so awesome and their was nothing but good vibes, there was only one show that the crowd was shit, I’ll cover that when we get to the third night, but other than the 1 show, the crowd was really crazy. I’ve been to a lot of festivals, concerts, and shows, but I have never been to a festival (Biggest One in my Country) where you could get literally right up front and have 3-5ft all the way around you to dance, it was amazing, everybody was with it, usually its cramped and you never have room to really dance if you get close, you all just kinda bounce together lol.

We smashed on the food pretty quick, it was like we were trying to taste every option the first night. I will say my all time favorite food truck there was called Burgerfest, I got some BBQ Bacon burger, good this may have been the best burger I have ever eaten, I should really find them online and leave them a good review lol.

After we ate everything in the place we headed back to try and get some rest before the next onslaught of epicness.

Second Night of EDC

We walked around and tried to experience everything we missed the first night, I think you could be there a week before you saw half the shit there. There were some really cool light installations that we were chilling in and we met some cool people that we kicked it with for awhile, I believe they were from Indiana as well, small world. We saw; Moksi, Strange Club, Detlef, Space Jesus, Toneshifterz, Tiga, Kygo, Hardwell, Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Zeds Dead, NGHTMRE, Cheat Codes, and various others throughout the night. Everyone I just listed straight killed it, kygo and tiesto back to back was epic then they did a set together, shit was insane. Kygo is becoming a quick favorite of mine. It was my first time seeing toneshifterz, I thought they were pretty sick. This was my second time seeing cheat codes, there dope as hell. I don’t even remember the ride back to the hotel that night, I passed out the second we got in our uber, good thing too cuz the traffic was ridiculous!

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Third Night of EDC

The third night was, excuse my language, FUCKIN INSANE, I’ve never seen so many people in my life. I thought the first few nights there were a shit ton of people, but the last night was like double that. I wish I would have taken a video of what it was like, we were moving in huge herds, everyone just pushing forward to get to the next show, it was the craziest thing. If someone would have tripped their poor souls would have been trampled. The third night we found out post Malone was gonna be there lol so we were like shit we gotta see him. We were actually seeing Big Wild at the same stage right before hand so it worked out perfect. Big Wild was insane, I Hope I have videos of him straight killing it, he’s insane! Then post was next and the crowd started to shift, we got a good spot but not too close. But it didn’t matter he drew a huge crowd, before we knew it we were packed tight as shit could barely move. And of course you had people just showing up trying to push there way to the front, which is fine if your cool about it but these people were asswholes pushing people and shit trying to fight, not a cool vibe, but still we stayed to see post. But that post malone crowd was definitely the only negative thing about EDC. We saw Borgeous, GRAVEDGR, Big Wild, Rezz, Headhunterz, Post Malone, Zedd, Tchami, Eric Prydz, Black Tiger Sex Machine, 1080p, Martin Garrix, Zomboy, Afrojack and others that night. They all killed it, my favorites were Big Wild and Headhunterz, such insane shows.

All in all, Electric Daisy Carnival was by far the most insane festivals Ive been to, I feel like I didn’t even get to experience it all, I don’t think theres anyway you could in that short amount of time, I might just have to go back.

Plus while EDC’s going on the have something called EDC Week where all the clubs and venues got sick shows and after parties, you could easily spend thousands on tickets alone.

So much to do, for anyone thats never gone, I would highly recommend going! Totally worth the money!

The picture above is a french toast breakfast sandwich and is was dope. go get it. at roxys.

Life is Beautiful 2017 | Downtown, Fremont | Las Vegas, NV


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Life is Beautiful was a very unique experience as it was my first time attending the festival as well as my first time being in Las Vegas, I had been there once before, but I was young so that doesn’t count, the only memory of that I have is Treasure Island lol. Anyway, Life is Beautiful had an amazing line-up, and after having to skip the amazing line-up that Camp Bisco had to offer I had to make it to Life Is Beautiful, I made all my arrangements months in advance and invited my friend Paige to come with me.

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I didn’t expect anything less when I found slot machines in the boarding area and throughout the airport, to be honest it seemed more like a casino than an airport. That might be a bit of an exaggeration but you get my point. I think I had to wait a while for Paige’s plane to land, I stopped in a bar and got a lil pregame in before we hit the town.

We took an uber from the airport to our hotel and driving into downtown Vegas was a treat, the place doesn’t even seem like a city, its more like a giant theme park, or at least that’s how It feels for me. We stayed at “The D” which was right down the street from the Life Is Beautiful Festival on Fremont. The hotel was super nice and their casino was nicely laid out, we didn’t walk away with millions but I do have a 0.05 voucher from that casino so you know, that’s something, lol.

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The first day of the festival was incredible, we had some tasty drinks and had some amazing food. Their were about 25 different food trucks their, each one a unique and delicious choice for any hungry belly. They had some really cool art displays, like the art motel and all these other buildings dedicated to art which had amazing pieces from artist all over.

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The people at this festival, like most other festivals, were all about peace and positive vibes, its so nice to get away and spend a week listening to awesome music with such like-minded people. We met a lot of people and I actually ended up talking to a news reporter and landed a interview with her and ended up on the news, lol. Paige got a video and you can see it online, I I have to download it before they delete it, we talked for ever, I really popped, but then they cut me up into like 15 seconds and make me look dumb, lol oh well.

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Through the three days of the festival we heard some amazing sets by Lorde, 2 Chains, Slightly Stoopid, Zeds Dead, Tchami, Big Gigantic, Kaskade, Wiz Khalifa, Schoolboy Q, Tycho, Lil Dicky, Gorillaz, The XX, Pretty Lights, MGMT, De La Soul, Vince Staples, Pusha T, Big Wild and a few others. Each performance was top notch, I loved every minute of it. Pretty Lights had the best set hands down, it was perhaps my favorite set I’ve seen of him and I’ve seen quite a few, the lights were on point. Another show that was sick was Slightly Stoopid, I’ve been wanting to see them for a very long time, and they did not disappoint.

The Festival grounds were littered with amazing art pieces, like this bear that was poly-art, it was super psychedelic and had amazing colors when lit up at night. There were super detailed murals on all of the walls, we were surrounded by such awesome art on all sides it was easy to get lost.

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All in all the festival was amazing and as long as they have a good line-up I would recommend going, it was money well spent.

Unfortunately we were only in Vegas for a few days for the festival so we had limited time to check out the entire city. I wanted to bungee jump off the needle down there but we didn’t have time. Another thing we wanted to check out was the pawn shop featured in Pawn Stars, but again ran out of time. One cool thing we did do, was go to a Criss Angel Show, and let me tell you that blew my freaking mind! If you are thinking about going I would say stop thinking and just do it!! Me and Paige walked out of there questioning reality, that’s how good it was, he’s incredible and I tip my hat, he really is the mind freak, lol. We also hit up the zip line on Fremont and that was really cool, it wasn’t too much money and I would say its worth it, plus you can buy pictures of yourself at the end, its a lot of fun, better try it.

We had a lot of fun going to Vegas, had a lot of of laughs, A LOT OF GOOD FOOD, met some cool people, lost some money but walked away with 4 cents, I plan on coming back for EDC 2018, so that’s a good time I look forward to.

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400 Fest | Brickyard, Indy 500 | Indianapolis, IN | July 21-22

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This was an interesting one. I had never heard of 400 Fest before, the only reason it popped up on my radar was because of Pretty Lights and Mac Miller. With it being so close to home I had to get tickets. I bought two and ended up bringing Lindsey along for the ride. The place we stayed this time was much better than where we stayed in Chicago, kind of far from the venue though.

So anyway, we get to the Indy 500 Motor Speedway, and I’ve never been here before and I’m like, WHOLY SHIT THIS PLACE IS HUGE!!!! I never realized how big that place was, and when we were walking in I was so excited, I was thinking dam this is gonna be a huge event/venue right? NOPE. They made us walk the whole way across to the other side and tucked us back in this lil corner and I’m just shaking my head thinking of all the wasted potential! They could have a huge festival in that place, using the whole area and make it really cool, but they just have this one stage back in the corner, I digress.

The music was on point though, what else do you expect from Pretty Lights and Mac Miller. Chainsmokers finished, there alright, I like a few of there songs, but not really for me, I Thought Pretty Lights should have closed, but it was very apparent that I was the only one that thought that.

The crowd wasn’t really felling pretty lights it seemed like, no one in the crowd other than me was moving it seemed like, I was calling them all crazy in my head, especially when the chainsmokers came on and everyone when nuts.. so it clearly wasn’t his crowd, and most were there for chainsmokers, I guess lol. We saw Cheat Codes and that was the first time I saw them live and I was feeling them a lot, I had heard a few of their songs before but after hearing their set I’m for sure a fan. Major Lazor was there as well, he killed his set and had some dope ass visuals!! DNCE was there and that was also my first time seeing them, they put on a good show, you should check em out.

So overall the music was on point, the crowd was weak, the venue had potential but was not utilized properly in my opinion, also there was like a circle of 10 cops every other 50 feet, no joke, it was the most cops I had seen in my life in one place, it was very locked down. I had heard some talk of a lot of under covers being there, so overall it was a sketchy vibe, but still had to blaze to Mac Miller lol.

We went to the Art Museum as well which was really cool, if you have never been there you should check it out there are some amazing pieces in that building. And the surrounding area, is simply beautiful, with gardens, fountains, paths, and trails you can walk through, its a great place to take pictures. The food they offer isn’t half bad either.

-Evan

Pretty Lights Live | Episode 8 | Northerly Island | Chicago, IL

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What a treat to see Pretty Lights Again! I’ve seen him too many times to keep track but every time it feels like its the first time, lol. This was how I kicked off my new found freedom, which was no doubt the best choice for my first event to celebrate freedom.

I headed to Chicago wit Lindsey, when we arrived at our hotel, we were both less than satisfied, but what are you gonna do? Make the best of it, that’s what! We got a nice buzz going, ate some edibles and headed out for the first day of jams.

This was the first time I had been to Northerly Island, and I gotta say that I thought the Venue was pretty sick. They had an area with seats for when you needed to take a break or sneak off to do some party snacks. They had very limited drink offers, as most events do, but these choices were some off brand stuff I never even heard of. Usually whether its a festival, show, concert, event or whatever, they usually have Bud, Budlight, Coors, but none of that here, AND this off brand beer was like 18 bucks a tall boy, no no no, way too much, good thing I had my flask! CHEERS!

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Once the show was done they let us loose on downtown Chicago, Me and Lindsey found a Philly cheese steak place that was the 2nd most bomb cheese steak I ever had Ill have to look up the name of the place for a proper shout-out.

The next day before the show we got nice and lit and walked around Chicago. Out of all the times I’ve been to Chicago, I’ve never been to Cloud Gate, so we made sure to check that out, which was really cool, but it was hard to get a cool picture because of all the people.

We also checked out the aquarium, which at first I was super excited for, I had been hearing good things for quite some time. But I was heavily disappointed in our experience, it was super costly per person, you could never afford to bring more than 1 or 2 family members, and once we got in we found many large large fish crammed into little aquariums, it was very sad and I was surprised the animals were being held like this, one fish was so big it literally could not turn around in its small aquarium. The dolphin show was cool and they had a very big swim area. Got food from there that wasn’t all that great either, so overall I wouldn’t recommend it, but if you don’t mind forking over the dough theres a few cool things about it.

We went to the Art Museum as well which was really cool, if you have never been there you should check it out there are some amazing pieces in that building. And the surrounding area, is simply beautiful, with gardens, fountains, paths, and trails you can walk through, its a great place to take pictures. The food they offer isn’t half bad either.

Those were the main highlights of this trip to Chicago, been there many times, and I’m sure ill be there many more times in the future. LOVE THE WINDY CITY.

-Evan