XXL‘s SXSW Diary, Day 2: It’s Show Time!

Tuesday March 13, 2012… 9:15 p.m.
Don Trip and Hopsin arrive 5 minutes away from each other. We catch up with Don first and later let Hop see the 2012 Freshman issue for the first time.

Tuesday March 13, 2012… 10:30 p.m.
Don takes the stage and performs joints from his recently released Guerilla, before closing his set with the introspective, “Letter to My Son.”

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Tuesday March 13, 2012… 10: 40 p.m.
We find out that Kendrick’s fight got cancelled. Calls are quickly put into Mobb Deep who agree to fill in for the performance.

Tuesday March 13, 2012… 11:00 p.m.
Hopsin hits the stage. The West Coast rapper brings a lot of energy during renditions of “Pans in the Kitchen,” “Baby Daddy” and “Sag My Pants.”

Tuesday March 13, 2012… 11:30 p.m.
It’s Danny Brown’s turn. The Detroit lyricist gets a great response from the crowd as he spits songs like, “Blunt After Blunt,” “Die Like a Rock Star” and “Adderal Admiral.”

Wednesday March 13, 2012… 12:00 a.m.
Future’s in the building. The Atlanta rapper changes the complexion of the show and turns the Warehouse into a club as he performs hits like, “Magic,” “At the Same Damn Time” and “Tony Montana.”

Wednesday March 13, 2012… 12:35 a.m.
We catch up with Future after his performance and conduct a brief interview by his truck. He then chops it up with Danni and Alicia from Reebok for a few minutes.

Wednesday March 13, 2012… 12:47 a.m.
I bump into Skyzoo and chop it up with him for a few minutes.

Wednesday March 13, 2012… 12:55 a.m.
Mobb Deep and their entourage arrive at the Transmission Warehouse. Here, Havoc is backstage reading XXL minutes before his performance.

Wednesday March 13, 2012… 1:00 a.m.
Mobb Deep takes the stage. The go through some of their classics including “Shook Ones Pt. 2” and “Quiet Storm” to the crowd’s surprise.

Wednesday March 13, 2012… 1:40 a.m.
The show’s over and a few random folks tell me they enjoyed the concert. Adam and I connect with Nick Huff from Hard Knock TV and D-Ray from Monster to get some food before calling it a night. Shouts to Monster Energy, Soul By Ludacris and Reebok for sponsoring the tour.

[Read XXL's SXSW Diary, Day 1 Here]

Stay tuned to see what XXL‘s editors were up to on Day Three of their SXSW journey.