On March 14th, all of us at CYP2 will be heading out to SXSW to join in on all the Austin Party Weekend fun!!! Once again, Check Yo Ponytail will be partnering up with Mad Decent and Fool’s Gold, to bring SUPER PARTY back to SXSW!!! For the second year in a row, SUPER PARTY returns to Emo’s East and Annex (formally Beauty Ballroom) for an all-day / all-night party with some of the best music around. Check out the flyer with artwork from Nick Gazin, and make sure to RSVP for more information. See you at SXSW!!!
Lineup: A-Trak, The Presets, 12th Planet, Andrew W.K., Flosstradamus, UZ, Wavves, Kitten Party, !!!, Riff Raff, Icona Pop, Classixx, R.L. Grime, Brooke Candy, Secret Guest, Why?, Trash Talk, TOKiMONSTA, Mykki Blanco, Oliver, Io Echo, Kitty Pryde, Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire, Pictureplane, Antwon, Kastle (Live), Zebra Katz, Hundred Waters, The Very Best, Bonde Do Role, World’s Fair, Franki Chan, Icky Blossoms, Chrome Sparks, Dawn Golden & Rosy Cross
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We’ve had one hell of a year at Check Yo Ponytail. So many great shows with ridiculous memories and tons of friends both new and old. In January, we had Fool’s Gold takeover on my birthday, followed by Skrillex and friends the day after. In February, Com Truise headlined his first Check Yo Ponytail and Das Racist brought a rooster to the club. In March, we took on SXSW by throwing SUPER PARTY, our own radical festival with a bit of help from Mad Decent and Fool’s Gold. In April, James Ferraro brought a motorcycle on stage.
In June, we curated our own stage at Electric Forest in Michigan. In July, Big Freedia brought her Nola Bounce to LA for Independence Day; and later that month, the punk and rap crowds united for Trash Talk and Spaceghostpurrp.
August brought the Very Best and LA local, Tokimonsta to the Echoplex stage followed by some much needed rest in September. We got based in October with Riff Raff & Kitty Pryde, followed by our radical 2 Year Anniversary party in November with Andrew W.K., Icona Pop, and Diamond Rings, and a suprise from Skrillex.
Thanksgiving week brought the more vibed out side of Odd Future with The Internet; and as the holidays started to set in, we were graced by a candlelit performance from How to Dress Well. To top off the year on our final show, our good friends Trash Talk joined forces with Odd Future’s, Mellowhype, to give the punk and rap kids exactly what they wanted…one last chance to rage before the apocalypse.
Before we share some more of our favorite moments of 2012, all of us at CYP2 would like to thank each and every one of you that attended any one of our many shows throughout the year. You are the reason we are able to continue putting on shows that feature eccentric, inspiring, and sometimes legendary artists that we are fortunate enough to present. With that said, here are a few of our favorite moments from throughout the year.
Skrillex Takes over CYP2 w/ 12th Planet, Caspa, and Diplo
Das Racist rap with a rooster before it’s rescued by Pictureplane.
Pictureplane throws an inflatable shark into the crowd during 12th Planet’s set at Electric Forest
Bounce for America with Big Freedia and the Divas
Killer Mike gets real for a minute
Grimes throws a dance party
Demonbabies gets Major Lazer’d at Electric Forest
…and one more special one with Kid Sister and the CYP2 Audience singing Happy Birthday to me during the Fool’s Gold Takeover in January (complete with Tron cake)!
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It is speculated that the elusive viral rapper known to the public as, Riff Raff, is one of two things; an eccentric performance artist that has thousands of devout followers convinced or a seasoned rapper that has captivated the mainstream rap audience through his unashamed, scattered brilliance. Whichever it is, Riff Raff is exactly that.
Let’s set one thing straight about Riff Raff. The former contestant on MTV’s, From G’s To Gentlemen, is not joking around in the slightest. While you may never get a straight answer from him, his pseudo-based mentality keeps him outrageously outgoing with his iced out presence and the now iconic cornrow/chinstrap combo. Few details have been made known as to who he was before his emergence into the spotlight and when you combine all that mystery with his delightful, yet puzzling personality, it all shapes up to provide a dynamic contrast to his often outlandish presence.
Musically, Riff Raff’s casual delivery is matched by an every expanding sample base that enables his tracks to possess the same enthusiasm as his personal life. Beats are heavy but minimal, leaving more space for Riff Raff’s erratic timbre. Just this year, Riff Raff signed an eight album deal with Mad Decent, also leading to the development of Three Loco, a power rap trio comprised of Andy Milonakis, Dirt Nasty, and Riff Raff himself. If that wasn’t enough, Riff Raff’s upholds his virality by releasing a new music video almost weekly it seems. Whether you love him or hate him, Riff Raff makes no apologies and is certainly more real than many give him credit. It’s hard to argue his existence when we are all having so much fun understanding it.
Riff Raff will be performing at Check Yo Ponytail on October 17th. Joining him will be Kitty Pryde, Lil’ Debbie, Fat Tony x Tom Cruz, and Brrrang A Dang. In the meantime, check out his latest video for, Rice Nation Vacation.
Tickets are available HERE.
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