HeRobust, Atlanta Trap Star, Moves to Miami, Debuted at The Stage's Massive Wednesdays
The Stage, Miami
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Better Than: Having some sick trap artist in from Atlanta, only to watch him leave.
Miami crowds are famous for their love of House music, and moombahton is quickly becoming all the rage, but it wouldn't be fair to say Miami hasn't had one foot in the trap for some time.
After all, this is the land of the Cocaine Cowboys and the Tony Montanas. The 305's trap runs deep and there are still plenty of streets a girl shouldn't walk down by herself after dark. And damn do we know how to dance.
So, if Atlanta's rising trap-star HeRobust was going to move anywhere, he should be one happy motherfucker to end up right here.
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Last night, HeRobust, nee Hayden Kramer, made his Miami debut at the Stage to a modest crowd of trapaholics. The vibe was cool and chill, laidback and fun as the opening set from Y-Diz got the crowd loose and their limbs flying.
Another local, albeit not so new to the scene, Y-Diz dropped psychedelic melodies and textures of lots of bassy tracks and styles. Using a midi sampler, he threw his own crazy flavor onto the rhythms and drops, switching up the tempo here and there to keep the crowd on its toes.
By 12:30, HeRobust took the stage and greeted the crowd of new faces he'll most likely be seeing a lot more of.
"What's up y'all? How are you doing Miami?" he said into the mic. "I'm HeRobust, I'm from Atlanta, and when I say 'Wht's up Atlanta,' I usually get some applause, so what's up Miami!"
He dropped right into his edit of Lil Wayne's "A Milli," bouncing behind the decks and mouthing along to the Austin Power samples. He went hard from the get-go, moving into a string of edits and originals, including "Round of Applause," "Bass Canon," "When You Was on Myspace" and "Mercy."
He never let the vibe down once, building up the crowd who, we must note with some awesomeness, were all dancing and grooving hard to the beat.
"Do you know that I just moved here?" he asked. "I live here now. You're going to see me a lot I hope. I hope to make friends with a lot of you."
And it's true. Kramer has only been in Miami for about a month, though a lot of his time has been spent travelling to different one-off shows across the country. Soon, he'll be kicking off on official tours supporting Big Gigantic, Gramatik and Cherub, but he's very excited to be a new face in our city.
"I definitely want to have a presence. There are some awesome artists down here that I'm hoping to hook up with," he said, feeling optimistic about his new home. " I feel like I just put in a lot of groundwork contributing to the foundation of kind of an underground culture (in Atlanta) that appreciates this kind of music. Now I'm moving here, and I don't have the lay of the land yet, but from this event, it seems like there in a really similar stage."