Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days In LA series has shown their impeccable taste in music once again by featuring artist Vince Staples as Tuesday night’s headliner at El Rey Theatre. The up-and-coming artist put on a wild show for fans who knew every song from his debut album, Summertime ’06, and clearly Los Angeles has been feeling Staples for a minute as they also went crazy for songs from his debut EP, Hell Can Wait.

The Long Beach rapper dedicates his music to opening the eyes and minds of his followers while still maintaining a hard beat. His onstage presence is exciting and personal, featuring intimate conversations with fans in the crowd. Staples interacted with the audience in a way I have never seen before by telling jokes, calling fans out, and building up to his powerful songs.

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Opening for Staples was New York City-based hip-hop crew Loaf Muzik. The four members boast different styles but perfectly complement each other in sound and spirit. Their Live From The Dungeon mixtape combines each artist’s rhymes with the others’ in an innovative way. Their classic hip-hop music and authentic underground sound had fans bouncing, and their performance was fresh and impactful. I look forward to seeing them thrive because they have a one-of-a-kind style and captivating energy that can be universally appreciated.


Martin $ky started the party off with music from his new Everywhere But Here EP. His Chicago roots had the crowd going, and LA was really feeling this new artist. $ky’s vibe is chill, but he mixes it up with some dope bangers. He has worked with artists such as Casey Veggies and Rockie Fresh, giving his music a taste of that West Coast vibe but staying true to his East Coast rhymes. Read more about what is coming up for Martin $ky below.

Martin Sky

How has your career been ever since the release of “Everywhere But Here”?

I’ve grown more than anything, both as an artist and a person. I’m still learning everyday as far as production, so every time I release something, it’s gonna be better and better. People are really receiving my recent releases, and that’s got me super excited to drop more music.

What was it like working with Casey Veggies and Rockie Fresh?

It was a learning experience, for sure. Any time I link with someone musically, it’s because they’ve inspired me somewhere down the road in my career. I just soak up as much knowledge as I can and do work.

What is your favorite track from the EP? Why?

My favorite track from the EP would have to be “Red Shift.” It’s just a super ill vibe that I made. Not really that deep.

Is there anything happening in the near future that fans can look forward to with Martin $ky?

Instrumental EP on Black Friday. It’s gonna be interesting to see how people react to that. I’m making things on there that I wouldn’t necessarily rap on, but I still like.

What would you like for people to know about you and your music that they may not already?

I just want people to know I’m not just a rapper. I have a lot to offer to music. I can write songs, produce records, and rap myself. I produce 99.9% of my all my music. It’s not easy, but it’s the only way I would wanna do it.

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