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Afropunk 2016

At Commodore Barry Park in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
2Saul Williams

Having only heard a few of his poems, I already wanted to catch this guy and I did hear him, sortof. I was still waiting in line on the outside while he was playing, but he preached at least 20min of pure gold while I was anticipating.
The Golden Age Of Apocalypse

Still outside, but the noises being made were those that only Thundercat has ever and would ever dream up. The Brainfeeder staple undoubtedly had the stage gyrating.
4Cee Lo Green
The Lady Killer

Still outside, and with acoustics ranging from bad to really not very good between the line and the stage, it still felt tremendous to hear Cee Lo scream "Fuck You" somehow
5George Clinton
Some of My Best Jokes Are Friends

Disoriented and crowded, we just made it over to hear the last 3 George Clinton songs. Reappearing twice on Sunday, George's hilarious trend of impersonating Lil Jon would have stricken as odd for the Parliament, Funkadelic legend. But his delivery was always with such gusto and he always played off so beautifully without losing even a tough of those 70s & 80s vibes that made him the godfather of all things funky.
6Tyler, the Creator

The incendiary twitter handle formerly known as @fucktyler brought a raunchy time, though with a huge crowd and flylo starting, it was reminiscent of the unfortunate Disclosure outdoor set at Governor's Ball 2014 with a miscommuniqué between festival organizers and the best way to display the hyper talented rapper (ironically Tyler's set at GovBall was killer + Disclosure's 2013 "Settle" was boss)
7Flying Lotus
You're Dead!

Fortunately, Flying Lotus had an incredibly bright projected display with him and he killed it on stage. He somehow managed to have a unique set, once again, the 7th time his set has had entirely different choreography than any other performance he's ever made. He remixed fellow Warp Lablemate Aphex Twin while playing features with Schoolboy Q, Kendrick and Captain Murphy himself - always great to hear him open his mouth in addition to produce and choreograph.
Big Calm

Much chill. Even on a scorching afternoon with approximately 1 in 1000 festivalgoers (maybe 40 in total when combining both full days) giving my red "make america great again" hat a dirty look, with 2 or 3 even giving a hint of ill informed snark. So much chill. ~left my soul there - down by the sea~
10Young Fathers
White Men Are Black Men Too

Catching the tail end and enjoying the back and forth.
11Earl Sweatshirt

As much as Tyler's set was overcrowded, Earl's somehow had all the right vibes. Wonder who all these people are that see Tyler but don't see Earl? PS Shoutout to the dudes in Red St Louis Cardinals hats
12Bad Brains
Bad Brains

Bad Brains, Fishbone, Living Colour delivered a script but the realness overwhelmed all in the most gorgeous way possible. Against a backdrop of "no ableism"(?), The Cover of James Browne's "(I feel like being a) sex machine" made all performers on stage (including George Clinton) make me unable to not witness the strength of street knowledge
13Ice Cube
The Predator

After a brief interlude featuring Bob Dibuono, Ice Cube came out, with his son, with MC Ren, DJ Yella and played a nice long set for us all bringing me down from Bad Brains / Fishbone / Living Colour much like Nas brought me down from Dave Chappelle's Radio City Music Hall performance in 2014
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