There is only one Bay Area rapper at the Outside Lands Music Festival

Pageant teams have all the time catered to the mainstream. With regards to the flyer, no less than, headlines all the time appear to be the draw, and anybody with textual content dimension 14 or smaller is not thought of culturally vital sufficient to spend tons of of {dollars} seeing it. I believe we have all come to phrases with this competition logic.

So when the Outdoors Lands lineup was introduced, I used to be shocked that I might solely acknowledge one Bay Space rapper on the ticket. How can the most important competition within the Gulf area not embrace extra rap expertise from the area, particularly when there are such a lot of? Certain, Inexperienced Day is nice, but it surely’s additionally very quick. So does the E-40. So, the place are all of the rappers within the Bay Space and why aren’t they superstars?

The quick reply is that the demographics of the Gulf have modified. One other quick reply is that Bay Space rap has all the time been extra native, and music festivals promote out to vacationers.

Enter Larry John. So far as I can inform, he is the one Bay Space rapper on the ticket. (Editor’s be aware: Simba, who additionally performs in Outdoors Lands, was born within the Bay Space, however his competition bio describes him as “primarily based in Los Angeles.”)

Larry makes the type of music that Mac Dre will co-sign and Drake will inevitably “borrow” a verse sooner or later. June raps about his actual life and the teachings he discovered alongside the way in which. Whether or not he is squeezing inexperienced juice, monetary stability, or simply discussing a number of of his girlfriends, he has a approach of taking the listener with him on his genuine bay life journey. Neither he nor his followers need it some other approach.

I sat down with him to ask him what it means to carry out at Outdoors Lands, a competition that does not essentially do sufficient to advertise native rappers, what it means to hold the mantle of rap gods that preceded it, and what it seems to be like the way forward for rap within the Bay Space can be damned for demographics.

This interview has been evenly edited for readability.

San Francisco rapper Larry John will perform at Outside Lands on Saturday, August 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Twin Peaks Theatre.

San Francisco rapper Larry John will carry out at Outdoors Lands on Saturday, August 6 at 5:30 p.m. on the Twin Peaks Theatre.


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San Francisco rapper Larry John will perform at Outside Lands on Saturday, August 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Twin Peaks Theatre.

San Francisco rapper Larry John will carry out at Outdoors Lands on Saturday, August 6 at 5:30 p.m. on the Twin Peaks Theatre.


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San Francisco rapper Larry John is scheduled to carry out at Outdoors Lands on Saturday, August 6, at 5:30 p.m. on the Twin Peaks Theatre. credit score: MIGGS

SFGATE: The place precisely do you think about your self to be?

Larry John: San Francisco, the place I used to be born. I went to Vallejo for just one yr. I frolicked at HP. I am nonetheless in San Francisco now. Sorry, I do know I am boring.

SFGATE: As a neighborhood, the place can individuals uncover you within the metropolis?

June: Honey Bear Bubba. Reno liquor. Get some squid in peace too. Truthfully, I journey the bike and st. Music recording. Hanging out with my girlfriends. Now that I am 31, I am out of the loop. I received my son full time, so I’ve my son – t.

SFGATE: As the one rapper on an abroad ticket, how do you are feeling about that?

I imply, I believe he is a brilliant dope man. You will have labored for a very long time to get to the place you’re. I do know the hip-hop scene within the Bay Space, and we do not get a number of love like that, even for the family stuff. They gave me a good time. They confirmed a lot love, and it makes me really feel like all the pieces I have been doing is paying off.

However I believe Outdoors Lands, from what I find out about it, type of caters to a very totally different crowd anyway. Perhaps they assume rap within the Gulf is overrated. I am out of the loop. It is a complete new wave of music. The Bay Space is hard with regards to music, and I’ve all the time puzzled why there is not a lot hip-hop right here? So it is arduous to say that this needs to be a method, after which when one thing massive occurs [for Bay Area rap], could also be captured or one thing like that. It is a number of politics, man. I do not do politics. I simply do me.

SFGATE: The one factor I do not like in regards to the Gulf is that individuals really feel entitled. Folks assume they’re from someplace, so that they need to be someplace. This kind is in keeping with the particular occasions and folks wishing to ebook for you.

June: I am one of many largest artists within the Gulf and I do not even get on the radio. I don’t rely on it. it’s what it’s. Construct your factor, the cash will come and you must maintain swinging. I want it some other approach.

San Francisco rapper Larry John will perform at Outside Lands on Saturday, August 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Twin Peaks Theatre.

San Francisco rapper Larry John will carry out at Outdoors Lands on Saturday, August 6 at 5:30 p.m. on the Twin Peaks Theatre.


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San Francisco rapper Larry John will perform at Outside Lands on Saturday, August 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Twin Peaks Theatre.

San Francisco rapper Larry John will carry out at Outdoors Lands on Saturday, August 6 at 5:30 p.m. on the Twin Peaks Theatre.


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San Francisco rapper Larry John is scheduled to carry out at Outdoors Lands on Saturday, August 6, at 5:30 p.m. on the Twin Peaks Theatre. credit score: MIGGS

SFGATE: How vital is off-land efficiency?

June: It is in my metropolis, and I am selling the album now, so why not? I am not dying to carry festivals. I do not care if there are 100 individuals in my group, I simply maintain pushing. I do not care about set occasions or anything, I simply do what I need and go house.

I solely perceive the trail I am on. I do not really feel the competition goes to make or break me. I’m very grateful for this chance, however I do know that nobody however me will obtain it. It is not going to be a competition, radio or weblog. I put within the floor work. For those who explode within the streets and obtain it within the streets, they’ll discover you. They need to have no matter is sizzling on the streets.

Svgat: Why ought to individuals cease and see your group?

My stage can be very numb. The present can be superb. A wholesome and natural expertise. However festivals are totally different. We did a solo present in Chicago that bought out in at some point. We make Lollapalooza which is a distinct approach. It will likely be psychedelic, however it’s totally different.

I believe it is nice when individuals do not know who I’m. It is the enjoyable half when individuals do not know who I’m. I can go out and in with 200 different followers and that is the fantastic thing about it. I do not even know what sort of individuals there can be. I simply need to make a superb present and get again within the bag.

SFGATE: The place do you assume the way forward for bay rap is headed?

June: I believe something is feasible. I believe there can be a brand new wave of younger artists and somebody will flip into the mainstream. There may be a number of expertise within the Bay Space. And I, I am part of this, however I positively assume it could possibly be a mainstream factor. The mainstream is certainly watching. The Gulf has all the time been a gifted place. Folks come right here to get concepts for issues of their very own from what I see.

It is not an actual business right here so far as music is worried. It is like a tech world, a road musician, so it is arduous for individuals to develop up. Maneuvering by the Gulf area may be very tough. That is why I keep away from speaking about sure issues. It is all about how you progress.



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