Becky G, Nicky Jam, And Cardi B Turn Mala Luna Fest Into A Dance-Fueled Fiesta
If you’e ever attended a Scoremore-produced festival in Texas, then you already know it’s a guarantee that the lineup is going to include some of the biggest names in music along with some up-and-comers whose careers are about to take-off… This year’s Mala Luna Festival in San Antonio was no different. With doors opening at noon and a jam-packed 2-day schedule, festival organizers had no choice but to include two separate stages parallel to each other. Luckily, after days of rain, the weather gave attendees sunny skies and a cool breeze which made it easier for ticket-holders to run back and forth between the Beat and Lonestar stages to make sure they were able to catch the best possible view of their favorite artists.
The Beat Stage included Tierra Whack, an artist from Philly whose creative visuals have helped her fan-base grow enormously this past year. You could easily tell who came just to see her as they sang her Whack World lyrics while she passed out candy to the crowd in honor of Halloween weekend.
Hip-Hop collective out of Los Angeles Shoreline Mafia brought a whole new grunge-rap vibe to the stage, reminding me of a new-generation A$AP crew, throwing water onto the tired crowds while tryna keep the energy going.
The self-proclaimed prince of rap Lil’ Baby, whose hard street lyrics are earning him droves of fans, revitalized the energy-drained audience as he ran through his catalog and invited friend and fellow rapper Moneybagg Yo to perform their smash hit
“All Of A Sudden”.
Electro-House DJ Deorro represented for the Latinos as he hyped concert-goers into a dance-fueled fiesta with his famous track “Bailar” ft Elvis Crespo… The crowds were unwavering though as they awaited international Reggaeton superstar Nicky Jam to close out the Beat stage.
It was obvious as soon as his DJ began teasing the crowd with his songs that the #LatinoGang showed up to sing-along with him as he smoothly maneuvered through his high-energy dancers, running through his most famous hits like “Hasta el Amanecer” “El Amante” and “X”, a song that has gained the attention of actor Will Smith and launched Nicky Jam into cross-over success even though the song is fully in Spanish.
In between sets on the Beat stage, an entirely different set of acts were performing on the Lonestar stage, which made most festival-goers have to schedule out which performances they were willing to miss or cut short in order to gain them a coveted spot as up-front and close as possible.
Noah North, an Austin native who is quickly becoming a heart-throb and all-around lady’s man kept the girls screaming from excitement and snapping as many Instagram pics as possible while he crooned his lyrics… Think Drake’s charm and good looks mixed with your favorite r&b singer if you will…
Rich The Kid, who was set to perform, canceled his appearance last minute due to unforeseen circumstances and was replaced by Moneybagg Yo, another crowd favorite who kept the street anthems going as concert-goers rapped along with him.
Although still early in the day, I needed a quick break so I found my way to the Big Daddy’s Eats and Treats trailer and had the best fresanada topped with chamoy and gummy bears that I have ever eaten in my life. Honestly, it was so good that I just wanted to find a way to include it in this post lol.
I remembered one of my current favorite artists was up next so I ran back to the stage to catch her performance.
In case you’re not hip to Becky G yet, she recently won favorite female artist and favorite urban song at the Latin American Music Awards. She gave me a brief interview after performing “Mayores” featuring Bad Bunny and “Sin Pijama” featuring Natti Natasha, both songs that have absolutely dominated the Latin Billboard charts and both reached over a billion views.
“So many people told me ‘Why do you wanna do this song with Natti? That’s your number one competition’ and every time somebody said that I feel like I triple rolled my eyes,” she said when I asked her about her friendship with fellow Reggaeton star Natti Natasha and their collaboration. “I’m a real girl’s girl, I love Natti so much. I love a lot of the women alongside me in this whole ‘urban music women’s empowerment’ movement. I told everybody that I don’t care what anybody says. I’m doing this song with her and she felt the same way. By myself I got to 1 billion views and by herself she got to 1 billion views and together we are at 3 billion views.”
My day had been so full after our interview that I had to take a quick break and completely missed Tyler The Creator’s set… I could hear the loud crowds during his performance and lowkey wish I would have had the energy to catch it but up next was the queen herself and I absolutely could not miss it as we had all waited the entire day to get the best possible spot for Cardi B.
Listen… If you’ve never seen a Cardi B performance in your life, I’m telling you right now, she’s the queen at what she does for a reason. Not only does she have the moves, but her rugged, power-house vocals don’t miss a beat, and neither does that stripper-booty of hers. After running through her new single “Money” as well as “Ring” featuring Kehlani, “I Like It Like That” featuring J Balvin and Bad Bunny, the crowd was still waiting to hear the songs that helped put her on the map… “Lick” and “Foreva” were ok, keeping the crowds hype, but we knew and she knew that we were still there waiting to hear her first number 1 “Bodak Yellow”.
“I’m tired,” she told the audience, walking off set and leaving us hopeful that she would return to perform what we had came to hear… Luckily, she came back, full force, belting out our favorite lyrics “you can’t fuck with me if you wanted to… These expensive, these is red bottoms, these is bloody shoes.”
And just like, she disappeared off stage, leaving concert-goers with a full day’s worth of memories to last a lifetime and a second day full of performances to follow.