Danny Brown and ScHoolboy Q Criticize SXSW: “It’s Stupid”

Danny Brown and ScHoolboy Q's appearances at SXSW may have been regarded as hip-hop highlights by many festival goers and media platforms alike, but as SXSW came to a close this weekend, both rappers have now criticised this year's event by claiming it is too "corporate." Noting that he would not like to return to SXSW unless changes were made, ScHoolboy Q discussed his opinion with Washington Post, and criticised how the event was no longer about the fans but more about the money.

"It's Stupid ... They changed it all up. It’s corporate. I don’t ever want to come back unless they change it to where the fans are in. I’m tired of performing and seeing my fans outside the gate...That’s not fair. It’s not about the fans no more. It’s all about money [and] who can give you the best look."

Danny Brown has since followed Q's critiques with some of his own, and having recently revealed that his own personal playlist includes the likes of Kevin Gates, Starlito and Freddie Gibbs in an interview with HYPETRAK (here), he told Complex that he prefers to use the festival as a way to expand his music roster by watching acts he's not currently familiar with rather than to watch headliners.

"The best thing for me was, I remember coming out here years, years, years ago, before it was like all the major label guys and all the guys were coming out here ... It was pretty much an up-and-coming artists—it was really more so about bands at that time. It wasn't even that much Rap going on. In those days, it was just more about you got put up on something. More so than now when people coming here they just going to see the Kanye show or they going to see—now you don’t really get put up on nothing. It kind of lost a little something with that. My thing is, when I come out here, I try to go see all the people that I don’t know."

By: Zahra Jamshed / News / March 19, 2014 / 6999 Views
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    "it got too mainstream"

  • http://www.FuckYourGallery.com FuckYourGallery.com

    Trill shit

  • no1d

    That's not what they are saying at all. They are saying that now it's no longer a platform for fans to discover and promote new and unestablished bands rather than just coming for a headliner. The whole point of the festival is lost, not that it just became "too mainstream." It's inevitable though and a new annual gathering needs to be created for just up-and-comers.


    trill shit tho?

  • Mook
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    the sad thing is i agree with you completely and i like what Q and danny brown said but i knew my comment would be funny

  • gangstablng3

    too corporate meaning when they look out in the crowd its all google employees

  • no1d

    What you said is funny because people will start to say this, that this was the complete bad thing about SWSW, that it became too popular, but that's only part of it. The funny thing is that people who only went to one show will be the ones hating it until they ruin some other lowkey festival. So I totally get where you're coming from saying that.