Revolt TV is known for its one day showcase that takes place at Vulcan Gas Co. on 6th street during SXSW with past headliners including Wu-Tang Clan and a Swisha House Reunion. The unofficial showcase has become a staple for the SXSW week as all you need is a VIP invite or an RSVP to attend. This year the showcase featured headliner DMX who was juxtaposed with new age rappers creating a lineup of about 18 artists total. Showcase highlights included performances by Adé, Dreezy, YFN Lucci, and DMX. Early performances included those by Steven Malcolm, T-Dubb-O & Twoodley, Destiny Rogers, N7 & PWAP, Leigh Paris, Sada Baby, and Oswin Benjamin. Around 7:30 pm Maryland rapper Adé took to the stage performing songs from his most recent EP, Always Something, including “Something’s Up” and “Something New.” The lyricist recently signed to Epic Records and provides a nice contrast to the mumble and trap rappers who dominate the industry today. Performances by Cantrell, Childish Major, and Thutmose. As Thutmose exited the stage, an organizer came onto the stage and instructed everyone in general admission had to exit and re-enter per fire marshall orders.The break came mostly unexplained as workers tried to readjust the VIP sections and get the venue back up to par with fire marshall standards. Meanwhile, those of us still in VIP contemplated whether or not the show was going to be cancelled. As about 45 minutes had past and we began to conclude that the show was being shut down, doors reopened and general admission began to fill back up.
With minimal hesitation Dreezy took to the stage with two backup dancers who twerked around as she performed hits “Body,” “We Gon Ride,” and “Chanel Slides.” The time delay brought on by emptying and refilling the venue led to shorter set times for the artists leading up to the main event of the night. YFN Lucci followed as attendees eagerly reached out for the rapper to touch their hands. Lucci performed songs including “Everyday We Lit” and “Key to The Streets.” Flipp Dinero performed next featuring two of his hottest songs of the moment, “Leave Me Alone” and “Feelin Like.” After brief underwhelming performances by Think It’s A Game, Q Money, and POSA, the DJ prepped the crowd for the headliner’s arrival. Songs like “Swag Surf” played before the DJ noticed the arrival of CeeLo Green, Big Boi, and Goodie Mob into the VIP section. After the DJ’s brief two song tribute to these artists, the lights dimmed. Shrieks of excitement, barks, and championship game winning cheers filled the venue as HipHop legend, DMX, made his way to the stage in a white Ruff Ryder’s football jersey performing “We Right Here.” The show marked the rapper’s first performance in Texas and one of his first shows period since his release from prison a couple of months ago (after serving a year for tax fraud). Throughout the night DMX fueled his performance off of the crowd’s energy as he took us back to the golden age of hiphop performing legendary hits including “X Gon Give It to Ya,” “What’s My Name,” and “What These Bitches Want.” The Ruff Ryder legend took a moment to share with fans how he was feeling as he described “being on stage in front of a room full of people that love you” as better than the “best p*ssy” he had in his life. He continued on to state that he would not be where he was without them [the fans]. DMX proceeded to hop up on top of the tallest speaker on the stage to perform “Ruff Ryders Anthem.” As the infectious hook could be heard around the venue, attendees sang along lifting their cell phones up to record. DMX continued on, pulling various songs out of his seven album catalog, including “Where the Hood At” “One More Road To Cross” “The Professional” “It’s All Good,” and “Get It On The Floor.” As the night progressed X debuted his newest single “Get At Me Dog.” Towards the end of the night, X took a few moments to publicly pray thanking God for everything in his life even the bad times. Lights then dimmed as attendees used lighters and cell phone lights to illuminate the venue as he performed “Slippin” a song that sort of narrates X’s life as it discusses hitting rock bottom and overcoming obstacles to better yourself as a person. The night was definitely one for the books and the highlight of the SXSW experience. As a DMX fan myself, it was a moment I never thought I would be able to experience.