Basel 2013: Fool's Gold Day Off With Trick Daddy, A-Trak, and Danny Brown

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Fool's Gold Day Off
With Trick Daddy, A-Trak, Danny Brown, and others
Mana Wynwood, Miami
Sunday, December 8, 2013

They called it a Day Off, but that shit was lasted from early in the afternoon till way after dark. The insta-midnight feel inside Mana Wynwood's warehouse setting helped dancers forget the sun was beating down on sad souls outside, and thus, we raged harder than any regular day party ever could.

As is the current trend, the dance floor fair made way for more hip-hop vibes than long-time Fool's Gold fans may have expected, but we were definitely pleased. A surprise guest appearance from Danny Brown made our night, and of course, Miami's own legendary Trick Daddy reminded us that "we do our own shit," and Miami still runs the scene.

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We arrived unfashionably early as doors opened at 2 pm. We were right there in line with all the anxious under-agers and about 20 bros who came out with aspiring local rapper Eskeerdo, all of whom were decked out in the same white tanks and shirts with his face all featureless and Aoki-fied.

Once inside the hulking venue, we were treated to local bass fiend Damaged Goods opening the floor. He wasn't holding back, giving us a heavy dose of festival-ready hardstyle from the onset. All the babies were loving it, though we could do without that kind of skull-bashing monotony.

As it would turn out, Damaged Goods was one of the most EDM-friendly sets of the whole shebang. He was followed by the mysterious Eskeerdo, who delivered a set with lyrics like "all y'all rappers sound the same," while managing to sound pretty much like anything else himself. We will give it to him that his marketing game is great, but if he spent more time curating a voice than waving his face around on things, we'd appreciate it.

Fool's Gold co-founder Nick Catchdubs broke it down for a quick set, bringing lots of trill trap shit including Young Scooter and some sexy Jeremih moves. A-Trak made his appearance on stage to hype up the crowd and give a special introduction to this boy from Atlana. He said he was the future, someone he'd been holed up with in the studio, and then he brought out Young Thug.

Photo by Marco Torres

We know the trappin' youth as a "Stoner" and we lol'd right along to "Danny Glover." Like, who doesn't fux with Lethal Weapon? With A-Trak's blessing, this kid must be destined for more hit-making greatness. Get ready.

Anyone hoping for less hip-hop and more four-on-the-floor was sadface when Young Thug made room on the stage for Brenmar. The New York-based producer/DJ loves dem street gangster beats, and he was slangin' 'em like dope bags. After a quick 3-minute DJ break, Brenmar gave way to Travi$ Scott.

Yet another rapper, Scott had plenty of energy left over from Basel Castle the day before, although this may have been a crowd less suited to his style. He came wildin' out on "Quintana" and tried to keep the crowd hyphy despite their apparent confusion. He finished with "Upper Echelon" before giving the kids what they wanted.

Location Info


Sound Stage at Mana Wynwood Production Village

318 NW 23rd St., Miami, FL

Category: General

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Hmmm... so I did a fact check on "Eskeerdo" he's a Grammy nominated writer turned artist with 9 Million records sold and counting. The guy spends most of the year in Los Angeles writing for the biggest names in the industry from Pop to Hip-Hop, and somehow you've managed to reduce him to a "aspiring" & "local" Artist and describe the team he works diligently along side as a bunch of "Bros" ... I guess facts don't matter when you're trying to sound intelligent.

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