Review + Photos: JMBLYA Music Festival 2018 (including J. Cole, Migos, Playboi, T.I., Trippie Redd, and Young Thug)

Photos by Joshua Guerra (@joshguerra13) | Review by Joshua Guerra and Catherine Marfin


The sixth annual JMBLYA Music Festival came back to Austin, Texas bigger than ever headlined by J. Cole. With a new addition of Houston, Texas and a second stage, it brought in 80,000 fans across three cities.

The initial lineup included Cardi B and Kevin Gates, but due to pregnancy by Cardi B and other issues surrounding Kevin Gates they were both unable to perform and replaced by Young Thug and T.I. respectively. Many fans took to social media to express their anger of both Kevin gates and Cardi B not appearing at the festival but many more fans expressed how JMBLYA got better with the additions of Young Thug and T.I.

A start late to the fest in Austin made a few complications with the rest of the festival and artists not coming on stage made for a change in set times. Regardless of the change of set times and who was performing where, the festival still lived up to its hype. Trippie Redd got the crowd as hyped as they could get in over 90 degree Texas heat as he came out and performed one of his hit songs featuring Travis Scott “Dark Knight Dummo.” Playboi Carti added more hype performing his hits “Magnolia,” and “Woke Up Like This.”

T.I.’s performance was followed with hit after hit after hit. Every person in the crowd knew his songs and was singing along to them. This was the second time T.I. was in Austin in the past 3 months after making a few appearances in March for SXSW. Migos are a trio that will show up anywhere at anytime and many people were wondering why they were back on the JMBLYA lineup when they played last year, but I guess ScoreMore can always count on Migos to perform at their festivals. Offset, Takeoff and Quavo, the trio that make up the Migos hyped up over 20,000 fans in attendance to many of their hits including “Walk It Talk It,” “Bad and Boujee,” “Slippery,” and “Stir Fry.” Had Cardi B not been pregnant or a few months less pregnant, it leaves fans wondering if she would have made an appearance onstage with her fiancé Offset for their song “Motorsport.”

J.Cole started his first ever Texas tour dates with ScoreMore, who have always been good to him since his early years in his career. From performing in smaller venues around Texas to now headlining the festival put on by the promoter who took care of him on his first Texas tour is a big accomplishment. With the recent release of his latest album K.O.D, Cole had a lot of material to perform. He performed songs such as “KOD,” “ATM,” “Kevin’s Heart,” and an a capella version of “1985,” which went viral later that night due to its lyrics and complications surrounding upcoming rapper, Lil Pump. Of course he also played some of his classic hits like “Wet Dreamz,” “Power Trip,” “Work Out,” and ended the night with “No Role Modelz.”

The ScoreMore team put up another great festival for Texas and they continue to make it bigger and better than the last. They added Dreamville in North Carolina, their first outside of Texas festival, they have Neon Desert music fest in El Paso, Texas at the end of May, and Mala Luna in October in San Antonio, Texas. With past headliners being artists ScoreMore has worked with since they were younger, would not be too shocked if Kendrick Lamar ended up headlining Mala Luna or next Years JMBLYA.


Including: J. Cole, Migos, Playboi, T.I., Trippie Redd, Young Thug


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