My sneakers are streaked with mud, the flavor of tender carnitas tacos is all but a memory, and the last in a succession of VIP wristbands — which had been piling up on my forearms like a garish rainbow all week — has been cut off. SXSW is officially done.
Photo by Courtney Chavanell Joey Bada$$ performs at SXSW 2015 in Austin, Texas.
The annual music fest in Austin, Texas, brought what has become its modern milieu: emerging artists vying for exposure amid big-name acts (usually backed by even bigger-name corporations) in a veritable battle of the bands. The perpetual whispers of whether Jay-Z, Drake, or Kendrick would show up didn't quit, either. From superstars to one-hit neophytes, here's how New York rappers repped at SXSW 2015.More »