2019 Red Bull Music Festival Los Angeles: CupcakKe, Illegal Civilization, Gunner Stahl & More
The festival takes place from February 8 to 23.
The 2019 Red Bull Music Festival in Los Angeles is kicking off next month and the second phase of the event’s lineup has been released.
Previously, photographer Gunner Stahl, creative collective Illegal Civilization and a live rendition of the Red Dead Redemption 2 soundtrack had been announced. Now, Red Bull has revealed other programs and artists involved with this year’s festival including CupcakKe, Trina, and Junglepussy, as well as showings of films such as Selena and more.
Also announced is the Producers Roundtable show, which will feature producers Sounwave, MixedByAli, and Tae Beast talking about how they’ve contributed songs to Top Dawg Entertainment’s roster of rappers and singers, most notably Kendrick Lamar, SZA, and Schoolboy Q.
The full lineup as well as tickets to each show can be found here. A synopsis of some of the shows — including programs led by Gunner Stahl, Illegal Civilization and others — can be read below.
February 12: PRODUCERS ROUNDTABLE with Sounwave, MixedByAli and Tae Beast @ Ukrainian Culture Center
From Kendrick Lamar to the Odd Future crew, Los Angeles is home to some of hip-hop’s most innovative sounds. LA natives Sounwave, MixedByAli and Tae Beast are among those behind the scenes crafting the beats. Sounwave is a Grammy-nominated producer and frequent collaborator of Lamar, working across releases like DAMN and the soundtrack for Black Panther. An in-house producer at pioneering rap label Top Dawg Entertainment, MixedByAli pulls together tracks with Lamar and SZA. Tae Beast, meanwhile, is a key in-house producer for TDE, working across their roster and producing singles with ScHoolboy Q and more. This roundtable discussion will feature the trio, going deep on how they’ve crafted some of contemporary rap’s biggest hits.
February 14: HEARTBEATS with Trina, CupcakKe and Junglepussy @ The Majestic Downtown
On Valentine’s Day, Red Bull Music will bring together two generations of rap powerhouses to the halls of a historic bank vault in downtown Los Angeles. Presenting their self-affirming and unapologetically raunchy takes on love and romance will be Miami legend Trina and Chicago’s rising star, CupcakKe. With her signature register, Trina has been prolific over the past two decades releasing a number of provocative club anthems with frequent collaborator Trick Daddy and a string of successful mixtapes. In recent years, CupcakKe has quickly made her mark on rap, delivering sex-positive and often comical rhymes to beats that range from hard-driving drill to bouncy hip-house. Joining the two will be the fiery New York City rapper Junglepussy as well as other special guests to be announced.
February 16: ILLEGAL CIV MOVIE MOTEL with Mikey Alfred, Tierra Whack, Tommy Genesis, Na-Kel Smith, Rocket Da Goon, Show Me The Body, 1TakeJay, Sunni Colón, Warm Brew @ The Pink Motel
Founded by the multitalented Mikey Alfred, Illegal Civilization is an eclectic crew based in Los Angeles. Through producing, directing, designing, curating, skating, and much more, they’ve made an impact across the arts and collaborated with the likes of Jonah Hill, Spike Jonze, Kali Uchis, Tyler the Creator, and Frank Ocean. On February 16, a day-long event in an iconic ’50s-era motel will showcase the wide-ranging vision of Alfred and his crew, featuring music from Tierra Whack, Tommy Genesis, Na-Kel Smith, Rocket Da Goon, Show Me The Body, 1TakeJay, Sunni Colón, Warm Brew and more. This day long event at the Pink Motel in Sun Valley is a celebration of Illegal Civilization’s work in music, film, skating and beyond.
February 21: GUNNER STAHL & FRIENDS
Hip-hop photographer Gunner Stahl is known for capturing raw moments with some of the world’s most iconic musicians. Shooting the likes of Tyler the Creator, Playboi Carti, Lil Uzi Vert, Gucci Mane, The Weeknd and many others, the 26-year-old has become his generation’s hip-hop documentarian. For one night only, experience the most current sounds in hip-hop as seen through the eyes of a visionary photographer. Stahl will lead the night with a DJ set capturing this sound — with surprise guest performances from a range of familiar faces from his work behind the camera.