Blurry Vision: The Best in Alternative R&B and Hip-Hop
Thanks to Coachella founders, Goldenvoice, the bay area is getting a premier festival for alternative hip-hop and R&B.
Blurry Vision is the newest festival to hit California, and it is one to not be missed. Set to be at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park in Oakland, CA, the festival brings up-and-comers and powerhouses alike for a weekend of youthful artists. The highlight of the festival comes from it’s range of alternative acts, from the depths of SoundCloud and Bandcamp.
Lets get into the lineup… In all honesty, day two headliners, Migos, stick out like a sore thumb. However, while SZA, Alina Baraz, and Brockhampton have become mainstream sensations, the artist on the bill that stick out, stems from the underground scene. Drake’s label, OVO Sound, is very much dominating this festival; Majid Jordan, DVSN, and Roy Woods are all bringing their signature Canadian R&B sounds to the Bay. The real treat comes in the form of NxWorries, the duo consisting of Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge. Both artists have been making waves for a while, but when the duo teamed up for 2016s Yes Lawd!, the two artists came together for a soulful sample-based R&B fusion album.
The festival truly brings the best of alternative R&B, sometimes dubbed PBR&B. SZA remains the forerunner of the genre, but an array of artists in the genre made their way to Blurry Vision. Both Sango and Xavier Omär ride a similar wave together, as both artists have collaborated multiple times; such as their 2015 EP The Hours Spent Loving You. The bedroom sounds of lo-fi also thrive on this lineup, with artist like the internet sensation Clairo and the lowkey Temporex. Even former memelord Joji (Filthy Frank) will be bringing his trap infused R&B to the Blurry Vision stage.
While R&B thrives amongst the lineup, dope hip-hop artists also come together for the fest. TDE’s Isaiah Rashad joins his label mate, SZA, for Blurry Visions. The bay’s own Kamaiyah also comes to rep her city, bringing the area’s signature sound to the vibes of the festival. Viral Youtuber, Caleon Fox, will also make an appearance, bringing meme music to the millennial crowd.
Since the wave Odd Future created for alternative hip-hop, the genre has been thriving. Modern acts like Aminé and Brockhampton continue to carry the torch, and some of Blurry Vision’s lesser known rappers may be next up. Being versatile is a necessity nowadays, and artists like Smino and Trinidad Cardona both do just that. The ability to sing and rap is a common thing, and both artists execute it to their strengths. From across the pond, Dublin’s Rejjie Snow will be making an appearance, definitely an artist to be excited about. His debut album, Dear Annie, has caught a lot of positive attention, making him an artist not to miss.
Overall, Goldenvoice crafted a festival to be remembered. Bringing alternative R&B and hip-hop to new heights, Blurry Vision is one that should go on every festivalgoers list. Blurry Vision takes place May 12th and 13th in Oakland, CA, and tickets are on sale Friday, at 10AM PST.