All photos were taken by Elastic Muse.
A stone's throw from the small crowd gathered in downtown Manhattan to mark the two-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, Canadian rap legend Buck 65 walked onto the Irving Plaza stage ready to crush, kill and destroy for the better part of an hour.
*All photos by April Siqueiros.
Afropunk 2013 drew a diverse Brooklyn crowd of varying piercings, skateboard lengths and socioeconomic statuses for a gathering of retro rockers, socially-conscious emcees, preacher's sons and a dude from Detroit whose life is a never-ending stream of blunts and blowjobs. Spontaneous dance circles of multifarious origins broke out over the weekend and were far more entertaining and skillful than the typical crackers-on-drugs-dancing-in-mud displays most festivals are keen on. I was also refreshed by Afropunk's lack of neon headdresses, war paint, and floral wreaths, my favorite irrational festival pet peeves of late.
On day one, I caught the last bit of indie rap veteran Jean Grae's set before NYC's...