Pyrotechnics framed a freshly pressed, white shirt-sporting RL Grime. “Chicago, when this comes in, I need to see you go crazy,” whooped RL Grime’s Henry Steinway. During his official take on Chief Keef’s “Love Sosa,” I caught sight of an ivory church steeple—adorned with a modest cross, parallel to the Coast stage.

10 photographers shot Magnus Høiberg, also known as Cashmere Cat, while he flipped “Bartier Cardi” (feat. 21 Savage) by Cardi B also Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want To Have Fun.” The Norwegian record producer, with undeniably great hair, stayed true to his signature simplistic stage and lighting design.


Crywolf‘s Justin Taylor Phillips performed “Windswept“: Phillips commanded the stage. “And I see your face through his eyes/With every move of your hips/You’re breaking my bones/While holding me hostage,” howled Crywolf. He crouched down on the platform’s stage monitors, directing his despair towards fans, pointing every which way.

Attendees who weren’t watching Mura Masa‘s highly anticipated act gravitated towards Gramatik‘s Denis Jašarević. Preceding Amsterdam artist Yellow Claw, Denis’ zippy lasers and trip-hop/electronica/hip-hop/hybrid funked up NCMF festies.

Vendors were scarce as well as basic. Minneapolis, Minnesota’s lifestyle collective Sly Apparel was the only merchant that caught my eye. Their skateboard-centric “STEEZ” snapbacks, Bella boyshorts and $15 “Good Vibes are Louder than Words” tie-dye tee bled authenticity.


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