Rapture Festival hits Brisbane led by Eminem. Kendrick Lamar, J Cole and Action Bronson join him and I took the images.
I arrived at Suncorp Stadium on time, but Action Bronson hit the stage a little early so I had to work with two songs only. After weaving my way quickly through backstage and fighting my urge to eat a sandwich off Eminem’s rider, I made it to Action Bronson with two songs to spare. If you’re unfamiliar with photography etiquette, photographers get the first three songs to take photos. I made do with what I had but I was fairly happy with the outcome even though it lacked the lighting dynamics of the later performances. Bronson played most of his material off Blue Chips and Saab Stories.
I had only heard a few J Cole tracks through Spotify in the lead up to Rapture Festival, but his live music performance really blew me away. High energy that took those few songs to new heights and made all his others sound commanding. The live band helped and J Cole dominated the stage evenly from side to side. He also was genuinely appreciative of the reception he got so far from home.
Kendrick Lamar is one of my favourite rappers. I like his style both on and off the stage and in my opinion deserves all the opportunities he is being given. Now that my Kendrick praise is over, onto his performance. I’ve heard a lot of negativity about Kendrick’s performance online saying he can’t rap the whole verses to his tracks. What Kendrick does it organic, and that to me is better than just being able to emulate the record. Like J Cole, Kendrick had a live band with him and altered some of his track to sound significantly different, yet familiar, to the originals. Kendrick pushed through almost all his tracks from Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City in an hour-long set without giving ammo to those internet naysayers. Simply, Kendrick Lamar remains faultless to me.
You might be asking, ‘Where are the photos of Eminem? It’s his festival!’ You’re right, but Eminem travels with his own photographer and didn’t let other photographers access the pit. He did put on a killer show, though. Eminem remains the king.
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