Basel 2013: Kendrick Lamar Ruled, Kanye West Was a No-Show at Mana Wynwood

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Check out Crossfade's full 30-photo slideshow of Kendrick Lamar at Mana Production Village.

Last night, I tweeted at Kanye West for the first time ever. Did I think he'd read the tweet? No, duh. But I did want to document that my feet hurt a lot, and that it was his fault entirely.

A substantial group gathered under the Flaunt magazine tent in Wynwood waiting for Kanye to arrive. The audience steadily melted, along with the mud on the totally naked performers' bodies. We -- nude ladies and black-clad crowd -- all ended up collapsing slowly to the floor with fatigue. Kanye was supposed to be the cherry on top of the dirt slathered, human sundae that was L.A. artist Vanessa Beecroft's performance. Sure, it wasn't billed that he was definitely attending, but there's no doubt he was the "special guest."

"For the love of Yeezus!" we silently screamed, "Show us some 'Mercy,' 'Ye!" But the whole night was certainly not ruined by the lack of a ramble about rappers making designer clothes (for the people who cannot afford them). Nope. About 20 minutes of Kendrick Lamar at the end of the night almost completely erased the memory of that grueling hour and a half that we spent waiting with fear for vaginas to finally emerge from beneath thinning mud. And we're not exaggerating, Kendrick really, really did it.

See also: Basel 2013: Best Parties You're Not Invited To

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Photo by Morgan Coleman
Check out Crossfade's full 30-photo slideshow of Kendrick Lamar at Mana Production Village.

Adjacent to the Flaunt exhibition was the Mana Wynwood space. It's the building where iii Points brought DJ Shadow, Jamie xx, and James Murphy to perform only a few months back. This time -- hosted by 3P Productions, Flaunt, and the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami -- the stage was prepped for Kendrick Lamar and his Top Dawg Entertainment label mate SZA.

For Basel, the vast warehouse area became an intimate and quite lovely space. There was a red glow that warmed up the dark walls. A large mural looked like a Japanese-inspired tattoo, sans coy fish, and long boxy sticks were used to create both chandeliers and a tree-like DJ booth. And perched up in that booth was local wunderkind DZA, alongside Airtime. I don't think anyone can play more fun music every single set than resident Peachfuzz DJ, DZA. Every time, he gets the people's booties popping, their memories churning, and their mouths singing along.

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SZA cooled down the Basel crowd with her jazzy jams.

The place was packed from the second doors opened, but it never felt claustrophobic. (And I'm a serious claustrophobe.)

SZA came on early. She was the antidote to the sticky, icky Basel fever. She held her own with chill, Kate Bush-inspired tunes and a strong voice. She was flanked by a keyboardist (who was straight jam-jamming), a drummer, and two female DJs. Though smoke and images from a projector obscured her at times, she never let her friendly energy and powerful presence be obscured. At one point, the singer even sweetly explained how to pronounce her name to the curious crowd.

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The audience was entirely a mixed bag of art people, real people, locals, and huge Kendrick fans. One particularly "hip"-looking girl was even wearing Google Glass, which instantly removed all actual hip points from her tally.

It took almost an eternity for Lamar to take the stage. But the DJs kept everyone saying, "Yo, this is my jam!" and singing along.

See also: SZA on Kendrick Lamar, Basel 2013, and Being Obsessed "Beyond Reason or Safety" with Music

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Sound Stage at Mana Wynwood Production Village

318 NW 23rd St., Miami, FL

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17 comments
Brandon M. Davis
Brandon M. Davis

Yo, those poor girls! I felt so sorry for them. They were very beautiful and I hope they get another chance

WhyNotNow
WhyNotNow topcommenter

It is my understanding that kanya and kimmy were displaying their "art" over at the Moore building in the design district. Something to do with a new condo presentation. Glad I got a good nights sleep.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

kayne is a “Muther Fuckin' Gay Fish

Kenia West
Kenia West

Kanye too busy with his awesome tour. Lol #hatersgonhate

Logic Prophit
Logic Prophit

Guess Messiah complex Kanye couldn't be bothered to rub elbows with us peasants

Victor Runciman
Victor Runciman

THANK GOD! ... Kanye "Confederate Boy" West is ABSTAINING from mingling in the city. He is the KIND OF SCUM that gives Miami a BAD REPUTATION!

Valerie Hower
Valerie Hower

Kendrick has so much more talent than Kanye anyways...really.

Meredith Duran
Meredith Duran

Andrea Duran...a real wordy one too....those damn self absorbed rectangular paper filled objects!

yodaddy
yodaddy

@Valerie Hower yeah all those hit productions and albums, kanye that no talent bum

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