North Texas hip-hop lovers and festivalgoers were eager to attend 2019’s JMBLYA festival in Dallas, despite the high chance of bad weather and risk of cancellation. The seventh annual lineup taking place at Fair Park had fans hyped to see artists including Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, Kevin Gates, Gunna, and more.
Texas native WhooKilledKenny and “the whoa” creator 10k.Caash were first to perform. Fans welcomed both Dallas artists for their sets as the festival’s population grew larger and vendors continued to arrive. Next up was the Bay Area’s P-Lo, followed by JPEGMAFIA, who delivered one of the more eccentric performances of the day. DaBaby, one of the featured special guests, and Maxo Kream imbued JMBLYA attendees with exciting energy. City Girls, the rap duo best known for a featured commentary on Drake’s “In my Feelings”, member Yung Miami boosted the crowd’s excitement performing the 2018 viral hit. Arguably one of the more anticipated performances is viral sensation Bhad Bhabie. The young female rapper has built a huge fanbase following her post Dr. Phil fame. Fans were crowding the festival grounds and paying visits to various booths and food stands. Seeing friends meet up and enjoy each other shows the true magic that music festivals have- to bring all different kinds of people together to have fun. “Mo Bamba” rapper Sheck Wes blessed fans with the wild performance that he became known for on Travis Scott’s Astroworld tour last year. Next up was Gunna, who performed hits from his Lil Baby collaboration album, Drip Harder, as well as hits “Space Cadet”, “Drip or Drown”, “Speed It Up”, and more. NBA Youngboy has built one of the most solid and loyal fanbases of recent times, and fans exploded with energy for his set. 2018’s JMBLYA featured Louisiana rapper Kevin Gates, but due to unfortunate circumstances he could not attend. Fans were relieved this year when the “2 Phones” artist could make it. Gates put on a powerful show for everyone. The headlining special guest, Lil Nas X, performed his viral country-rap hit “Old Town Road” which was possibly one of the most hyped up songs of the entire festival. Fans then immediately rushed over to the second stage to see one of the most talented and loved rappers of all time, Lil Wayne. Joined by his band, Weezy had the crowd going wild as he performed “Love Me”, “6 Foot 7 Foot”, “Believe Me”, “Uproar”, “Lollipop” and more of his iconic tracks from over the past decades. Everyone in attendance then moved across the lot to the main stage to see Grammy nominated artist, Travis Scott. Scott has been consistently growing a following over the past few years and is known to provide an unmatched performance. Fans were welcomed by La Flame himself as they climbed on stage during his vehement performance. Gunna joined in for “Yosemite”, which was featured on Travis’ highly successful 2018 album, Astrowrorld. As many had expected, a surge of downpour struck Fair Park midway through his performance. Some came prepared with umbrellas and waterproof ponchos, but nonetheless, everyone raged on paying no mind to the rain. “Butterfly Effect”, “Mamacita”, “Stargazing”, and of course, “Sicko Mode”, were a few of the songs included in JMBLYA’s final performance. A snippet featured in one of Kylie Jenner’s promotions, “Highest In the Room” was also performed as the finale.
The seventh annual JMBLYA certainly gave Dallas fans a memorable experience. However, Austin fans were not so fortunate, as intense weather conditions caused the festival’s cancellation. A statement announced that heavy rainfall, hail, and winds over 50mph, caused significant damage to the event’s infrastructure; which posed a threat to the safety of attendees, artists, and staff. Organizers provided ticket buyers a complete refund as well as a separate concert at Emo’s featuring Lil Wayne, Kevin Gates, Maxo Kream, Bhad Bhabie, and a few others for $25. For more information visit jmblya.com.