Mad Decent Block Party
Better than: Decent
At the L.A. stop for the annual Mad Decent Block Party on Saturday, there was more booty shakin' and molly poppin' than you could shake a giant foam finger at. This year marked the festival's 2nd run at L.A. Center Studios and its 4th tour through L.A. The daytime concert is a showcase of artists on Diplo's label, Mad Decent, which is based in L.A. these days.
Fans had to buy tickets in advance for the first time this year; it didn't sell out, but there was still a massive turnout of Greek system types and hipsters alike, ready to express themselves on hot concrete all day long.
The open-air event was lively and actually kind of intimate. With only one small stage, a handful of food trucks and a few promotional booths, everyone was basically forced to crowd into the same place. It was a shoulder-to-shoulder sweaty twerk fest that went down approximately like this:
1:20pm: Arriving, I saw bro tanks and booty shorts abound, and figured I was in the right place. To my right were a slew of Puma and iHome promotional booths with long lines of sweaty, scantily clad twenty-somethings hungry for free stuff.
1:25pm: While enjoying a Lime sweet & spicy steak taco, I learned that they confiscate the cap if you buy a water bottle. "If you throw a water bottle without a cap, it won't be able to hurt anyone because all the water will fly out," explained a Red Bull rep.
2:18pm: In true DGAF fashion, Riff Raff came out on stage late, cradling his new Siberian husky puppy, which he calls Jody Husky in his hand. This was his first show in L.A. since our giant expose on him, and we were very curious to see his show.
The rapper's braids looked freshly done and he was dressed in green tiger-print pants and a wacky tribal-print tank top. Riff Raff performed "They Figured I Worked for Mexico" while a white guy wearing ironic chains next to me did the Dougie.
2:20pm: Riff put the dog on his neck like a scarf while rapping "Deion Sandals." There was weed in the air, but it was still early in the day, so not many people had showed up yet. Riff noticed the weak turn out too. "Maybe one day I'll be a real boy and play like Major Lazer, right now I gotta play at noon and shit."
2:31pm: Lil Debbie joined him onstage for "Brain Freeze," while a back up dancer started violently twerking. Lil Debbie, a rapper from Oakland and formerly part of Kreayshawn's White Girl Mob, seemed to lack energy, although maybe I was just bitter because I kept getting hit in the head with the same beach ball over and over.
2:45pm: Far East Movement exploded onto the stage to perform "The Illest." The deafening bass was obscuring the sound of the song's melody, and the whole thing turned into a confusing mess of hopping, dancing, and weak stage diving by Prohgress. A mosh pit started and I retreated to the media area above the crowd.
2:52pm: Riff Raff had the crowd pretty turnt up. Unfortunately, his sound got cut off in the middle of "Cuz My Gear" because he was over his time. "Oh ya'll gon cut me off?" he said, throwing the mic to the ground and storming off stage.