9 best moments from FYF Fest 2016

Summer festival season inches to its 2016 bow, but Los Angeles’ FYF Fest still has something to say. A relatively new addition to the higher levels of the music festival hierarchy, the once-named “F— Yeah Fest” began in the dingy club The Echo with primarily punk acts back in 2004. Now it attracts the likes of Kanye West, D’Angelo, and Phoenix. And at this year’s iteration, which took place Aug. 27-28 in Exposition Park, Kendrick Lamar came home, LCD Soundsystem raged on its comeback tour, and Grace Jones introduced herself to a new generation.

 

Here are the best things we saw at the two-day party.

Kendrick Lamar shows his hometown love

Two-hundred and 90 days. That’s the time since Kendrick Lamar’s last show in L.A. This weekend, he tasked himself with putting on one fans would remember when he took the stage late Saturday night. “L.A., this will be the livest f—ing show you’ll ever see!” he insisted early in his set. People then shouted lyrics and jumped for 85 minutes straight, proving him right. Lamar ran through a healthy chunk of last year’s To Pimp a Butterfly and 2012’s good kid, m.A.A.d city joints, as well as a couple from the untitled, unmastered project and his debut album, Section.80. Lamar played two ScHooyboy tracks that feature him — “Collard Greens” and the remix of “That Part.” While the bucket-hat-sporting labelmate didn’t show up, two others from Top Dawg Entertainment did: Isaiah Rashad for his single “Free Lunch,” and the vet Jay Rock for his and Lamar’s “Money Trees.” Before his encore break, Lamar jokingly called out a fan holding a sign seeming to boast their rap abilities. A blistering “For Free” recitation quieted that quest and cemented Lamar as King Kendrick.

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