SZA, Smino Top a Tough Year at Buku

Buku 2018 was a bit of a dumpster fire. The new stage layout separated the Power Plant stage from the other stages by a train track which led to extreme traffic when a train passed through. Mid-performance injuries, delayed and disastrous shows, a  strange fire ignited across the river, and cancellations from Lil Uzi Vert, Ski Mask the Slump God, and Famous Dex were sadly part of this year's Buku story. Some artists came out hot; others were tired or sloppy. Here’s our look into the highs and lows of this year's Buku Fest.

Buku News: Jay Electronica was the Prodigal Son on Saturday Night

Jay Electronica was the prodigal son on Saturday night at Buku, and one of the few rappers who performed up this weekend after Lil Uzi Vert, Ski Mask the Slump God and Famous Dex no-showed. The New Orleans native rapper grew up in the “the Magnolia projects in the Third Ward slum,” to quote Electronica. Essentially homeless, he traveled between Atlanta, New York, Detroit, and Baltimore, befriending other hip-hop artists and deejays.

Lil Uzi Vert, Illenium, Noname Round Out Buku Lineup

The Buku Music and Art Project rounded out its lineup yesterday with the addition of Lil Uzi Vert, Illenium, Noname and another handful of names. The festival takes place March 9-10 at Mardi Gras World, and this year it rolled out its lineup in three phases. Late last year, Bassnectar, Migos, MGMT and SZA were among the dance and hip-hop artists already announced.

Jeremih and Chance the Rappers Release Their Follow Up to Last Year's Christmas Mixtape

Three days before Christmas 2016, Jeremih and Chance the Rapper dropped Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama—a mixtape that had all the hallmarks of Chance’s work the rest of the year. It had a spiritual, moral and socially active backbone as well as a clear sense of place. It was unquestionably an urban album, and “I’m Your Santa” moves to Chicago stepping’s trademark groove.

The Soul Rebels Celebrate Their Hip-Hop Roots at the Joy

The Soul Rebels are the needle that has successfully risen to the top of New Orleans’ massive brass band haystack with a simple formula: New York hip-hop collaboration. Over the past few years, they’ve performed with the likes of Nas, Prodigy, GZA and DMX. These legends came up spitting over boom-bap 808s and chopped samples, and they've found a home on the band’s snare-based grooves and horn harmonies.

Buku Adds Migos, Virtual Self, A Day to Remember and More to 2018 Lineup

A month or so ago, the Buku Music and Art Project announced Bassnectar, MGMT, SZA, and 14 more acts that will be on the lineup when the festival returns to Mardi Gras World March 9 and 10. Today, Buku added Migos, Porter Robinson's Virtual Self, A Day to Remember, Rezz, Little Dragon, a DJ set from Bonobo and more.

Noname Radiates Confidence

Fatimah Warner snuck onto the scene in 2013 as Noname Gypsy, outclassing Chance the Rapper on his own track, “Lost,” from Acid Rap, the mixtape that catapulted him to unprecedented levels of indie success. Her verse, delivered with an instantly mesmerizing monotone and featuring rhymes like “Miss Mary Mattress, geriatric / Fuck me into open caskets,” got the world wondering who this mystery woman was.

Jay-Z Stays on his Grind

Jay-Z has always been the best at brushing off hate. His 4:44 tour reached the Smoothie King Center on Thursday, bringing with it a slew of disturbing questions for the rapper and his marketing team: Why are tickets selling on StubHub for $6? Why are there so many empty seats? Is Hov really past his prime? Jay remained unfazed.

Bassnectar, MGMT, Sylvan Esso, SZA Top Buku's First Talent Roll-Out

Now that Voodoo is behind us, the Buku Music and Art Project is ready to start rolling out its lineup. This year, we’ll discover Buku’s lineup in three phases. Today we learned that the festival returns to Mardi Gras World March 9 and 10, 2018 with Bassnectar, MGMT, Sylvan Esso, SZA, Alison Wonderland, Isaiah Rashad, Flatbush Zombies, Borgore, Mura Masa, Bishop Briggs, Hippie Sabotage, Smino, Honey Dijon, Soulection, CloZee, Jade Cicada, Zack Villere and Bouffant Bouffant.