Diplo’s Mad Decent Block Party returned to Chicago despite negative feedback from previous years. This year hosted in Chicago’s heart of the Museum Campus, Northerly Island, Mad Decent definitely received a much needed facelift. On the shore of Lake Michigan, Diplo headlined the event at the First Merit Bank Pavilion. The beautiful city skyline was a perfect match as the background met the sounds of Mad Decent.
Surprise electric Chicago duo Louis The Child, added to the lineup also making them the only Chicago based artist to Mad Descent’s stop in Chicago. The duo worked the growing crowd with their headlining caliber set list.
The clear fan favorite was pop mega star Kesha. The fans came in droves to see the new lease on life artist. With support from The Creepies, Kesha didn’t disappoint the crowd with her crowd pleasing performance of “TiK Tok”, “Your Love Is My Drug,” and “Take It Off.” Despite her recent legal issues, Kesha’s performance spoke for itself. Currently on tour, Kesha hasn’t lost her groove leaving Mad Decent fans with a rock out set.
Rae Sremmurd’s short career is met with discussion of their successful hip-hop longevity. The Mississippi brothers have proven time and again their place in today’s hip-hop discussion with record-breaking singles “No Flex Zone,” “No Type,” and “Come Get Her.” Festival fans were treated with a hip-hop thrill ride. The non-stop energy seeped through the crowd as the duo of brothers didn’t stop giving an energy packed performance from start to finish. Definitely one of the biggest take aways from Mad Decent is seeing these young hungry hip-hop artists.
Mad Decent creator and one of the biggest faces in music, Diplo closed off the night. Diplo a true music jack of all trades kept the Mad Decent crowd going into the night with a mixture of electronic, hip-hop, and house classics. Diplo’s long list of hit records were present with performances of “Where Are U Now,” “Revolution,” and “Take U There.” The music master had incredibility balanced all types of electronic music from trap, big room house, reggaeton, and moombaton.
Minor setbacks from the volume to time in between sets didn’t hinder the fact that Mad Decent found its footing in Chicago.
A true treat Diplo had in store for Chicago was his final five minutes of his set. After thanking Chicago for its day one fans he ended his set with Chicago house and juke jams. A true appreciation for Chicago’s music scene. We’d love to see Mad Decent and Diplo come back bigger than before.