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Gallery+Story: Krystall Poppin, Cardi B captivate County Coliseum

For thousands of El Pasoans, a wad of three crumpled ticket stubs represented the ultimate Bardi gang loyalty after an 18+ month waiting game to watch the star perform at the El Paso County Coliseum.

Third time was the charm for the highly anticipated Cardi B concert October 8 after two cancellations stemming from physical limits of a late third trimester during the 2018 Neon Desert Music Festival and most recently, medical complications from cosmetic surgery in May 2019.

Still, the rapper owned the setbacks with a Cardi-like sincerity.

“I got lipo.. my baby [expletive] me up, I had to,” Cardi announced to thousands of eager fans. “Some of ya’ll didn’t believe I was gonna come, I came though. And I wanna say I loooooove ya’ll and I’m soooooooorry. Now let’s turn the [expletive] up.”

Covering snippets from almost the entirety of her last album Invasion of Privacy and her latest singles Money and Press from her upcoming Tiger Woods release in 2020, the Cardi B show was well worth the wait.

What was missing in duration (it lasted about 50 minutes) made up in production quality and stage presence. Beyond her fiery rap game, vibrant light engineering and rousing pyrotechnics, the provocative musician emanates a ‘hood charm’ that connects her audience with a ‘keep-it-real’ approachability laced with burlesque comedy.

A memory is stickiest with sentiment and Cardi melts dicey moves and humor with mindful effect.

The stage however, was already on fire prior to Cardi B’s performance thanks to El Paso’s own female rapper Krystall Poppin.

The evolving musician expanded her fandom amongst unbeknownst Cardi B early birds whose expressions showed a sense of awe when she announced her pride for her native hometown as she thanked the crowd for sharing her moment.

“Opening for Cardi B was absolutely the most rewarding moment in my music career so far,” Poppin said. “It definitely reminded me why I started making music in the first place. Now I know that I can tackle any stage that comes my way from now on.”

Led by the infectious hype energy of her DJ, See3AM, Miss Poppin performed tracks from her recent album release, Raw Gold Honey with an explosive grace that owned the stage.

Hot off the Cardi B warm up performance, KP and the crew will make their way to Atlanta, Ga. for the A3C Festival & Conference on October 12, followed by the Mala Luna Music Festival in San Antonio in late October.

Photo gallery by Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post

Cardi B reschedules El Paso County Coliseum concert to October 8

Promoters for the award-winning rapper Cardi B announced Friday that she will now perform on Tuesday, October 8, at the El Paso County Coliseum.

The hip-hop artist, who made history this year as the first female solo artist to win a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, rescheduled after postponing her concert on Tuesday, May 21, “due to circumstances beyond her control.”

Tickets for the May 21st show will be honored on the new date.

Born Belacalis Marlenis Almánzar in the Bronx in 1992, Cardi B burst onto the entertainment scene in 2015 as a cast member of the reality TV series, “Love & Hip Hop: New York,” where she was considered the breakout star.

After two seasons, the 26-year-old rapper left to pursue a music career. In 2017, she released her smash debut single, “Bodak Yellow,” which reached the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, followed by “Money.”

In 2018, Cardi B released her debut studio album, “Invasion of Privacy,” which featured hit songs such as “Bartier Cardi,” “Be Careful,” Ring” and the current chart-topper, “I Like It.” Her latest hit singles include “Girls Like You” with Maroon 5 and “Please Me” with Bruno Mars.

Cardi B has won and been nominated for several awards, including the MTV Video Music Awards, BET Awards, Billboard Music Awards, American Music Awards, Soul Train Awards, Lo Nuestro Awards, iHeartRadio Music Awards, and so many more. She has been nominated for seven Grammy Awards, finally snagging the statue for “Invasion of Privacy” in February.

 

Bianca’s Borderland Beat: The Poppin’ heard ‘Round the World

If you put your ear to the El Paso earth, a good listener will catch the faint rumble of a desert daisy bashing its way through the surface. The approaching week will see a flower burst into bloom by way of written word wizardry, an upcoming pivotal performance and an ensuing storm of supporters chanting her name.

In the past 7 years, Krystall Poppin’s tectonic career shifts have catapulted her to an unforseen career peak thus far, and recent upheavals have pushed the mountain of her music journey to new heights.

Come May 21, the Latina rapper will shine as bright as the El Paso star in the biggest performance of her hip hop orbit, heating up the stage for headliner Cardi B at the El Paso County Coliseum.

“I still can’t believe it,” Krystall Poppin said of the invitation to perform as the opening act. “To this day, I’m like, is this really happening?”

Krystall, who also goes by KP, was on the Halos and Horns tour with Houston rapper GT Garza when her manager DS Junior got the call from the Cardi B concert promoters. For KP and her team, it could potentially be the climactic moment they’ve been waiting for in their years-long pilgrimage with her music.

“I’m doing everything in my power that I put on the best show possible and that everyone knows who Krystall Poppin is at the end of that show,” she said.

Her Power and its Path

So what is the origin of this Poppin power?

A good chunk of it is siphoned from the unconditional support of her immediate team, long-time manager DS Junior and her DJ, 3AM who have been alongside KP for the majority of her musical path.

That path began in 2012 when the early seeds of hip hop were planted in a young woman named Krystal Garcia, whose poetry channeled its way out one night during a rap cypher at a house party. The words flowed out of her in clean cadence, candidly impressing the audience with the surprise of her verbal ferocity.

Not only was she a female jumping fearlessly into a pit of male lyricists, she was a female that could rap well. With a slight push of inner confidence, Krystal Garcia unknowingly gave birth to her rap career as Krystall Poppin.

Shortly after, KP was approached by a local rap group requesting her vocals for one of their songs. They brought studio equipment to her home, and it was in her bedroom where KP recorded her first track as a rapper with the group. She immediately called in her mom for parental endorsement.

“I asked her, ‘you wanna hear it?’ and she said ok,” KP reminisces with a giant grin. “I put the headphones on her, and I could hear the song starting, and as soon as she heard my voice she started crying. I wanted to cry and I knew at that very moment she supported me.”

And the tears followed from the rest of KP’s family, who has been on board since day one of her life as a musician.

“They probably believed in it more than I did at the moment,” she said. “And I just want to do everything I can to make sure I make it, for them. Because at the end of the day, when I think of my success in my head, it’s not me just in a mansion chillin’ in a jacuzzi. My vision is to have a huge ranch with my whole family living in there, no worries, living our best lives together.”

Over the years, her new creative outlet led her to collaborate with other hungry artists and producers in El Paso, including well-known local group, Live From the Da Corner (LFDC) crew with Tobias Brown and Mikey Cloud. She juggled several performances with LFDC and as an independent artist both locally and nationally, further polishing her naturally infectious stage presence and surging her digital following to thousands.

The early orbit of her career circled around the release of her first full solo project “Starstruck” with SoundStage 9 records in 2016.

She had moved to Las Vegas with DS Junior about a year prior and returned to El Paso to complete the project at McGee Studios. A billboard promoting her album release on I-10 reinforced her tenacity to make it as a rap artist.

“Everyone was excited, they were like, Krystall Poppin, she’s doing this, she’s doing that,” KP said. “All attention was on us.”

Her single, Miss Poppin garnered tens of thousands of views on YouTube, bringing the likes of local celebrities Chuck Debroder and DJ Jonny Kage. To the eyes of her fans, KP was headed to the top with nothing stopping her.

And then she stopped.

The Blackout

It was 2016, not long after the release of “Starstruck” when the sudden disappearance of her visual rap resume became evident on her digital networks. KP was gone, and she would remain in the social media shadows for two years before fans would hear another pop from Miss Poppin.

“After the album released, I realized there was so much that I didn’t know,” she explained. “I just felt that I needed to take the time to really understand what I wanted, what I wanted to do and how I wanted to do it because up until that point I was basically being told what to do.”

KP, though in good hands with producers and immediate supporters, was uncomfortably standing solely on her rapping skillset, with no knowledge of the complexities behind the scenes from recording to management to running her social media.

“This is what I wanted to do my whole life, and I needed to know the ropes, I needed to know what was going on” she said. “So, I decided to take a step back, out of the eyes of the public, so I could find myself, discover who I was and what kind of music I wanted to make, the sound I wanted.”

A spiral of confusion would send KP’s outlook on music to near extinction as internal battles with doubt, identity and homesickness poisoned the once unstoppable desert daisy.

Secrets in Vegas

Curiosity and exploration held together the marrow of KP’s creative spirit amidst her musical enigma. Barely keeping her dimming desire afloat while feeling anchored in the uncertainty of her music direction, she immersed herself into experimental avenues in search of what was missing.

This was a trying moment for her tens of thousands of fans and particularly DS Junior, the hardworking, full-time mastermind behind her explosive image and visual production.

“It was hard for me as a manager because we had already gained so much traction, we had already invested so much of everything” DS said. “The city was loving it, we were doing all this work and it was getting to the point where we were starting to see the fruits of her work.”

Nonetheless, DS Junior fully supported KP’s decision to take a step back, even embracing the unforeseen chasm by joining her creative trials. She dabbled with the bass, learning from teachers on YouTube and began toying with software to produce her own beats. KP also tinkered with a piano and guitar, even stretching her vocals beyond rapping to sing collabs with DS Junior.

Before fully committing as Krystall Poppin’s manager, DS Junior once pursued a music career as a vocalist and collaborator with other local rappers, including Tobias Brown.

A silver lining to KP’s sudden public detachment was the rebirth of his talents, awakening him to form what they call their “secret band.”

“It’s going to come to light someday,” she laughed as she revealed one of the big mysteries behind her cyber silence. “We haven’t performed yet or anything like that, we just made the music, and we have so much music! It’s totally not what you would expect from us, it’s crazy.”

Rap and hip hop were obsolete in the duo’s music venture that experimental year in Las Vegas.

KP was learning how to produce, DS was once again playing instruments; it was the artist play time they never had time for during their “Starstruck” hustle.

“It made me happy to see him in the studio, creating,” KP beamed. “Not only was he creating, he was inventing this sound, and the vocals that I was experimenting with just… felt so good.”

With both their spirits reawakened and refreshed, the idea to road trip across the country in a camper came to light. The conversation was a subtle knock from destiny, as DS Junior later came to realize.

“As we were going through the process of creating all that, I’m looking at my phone’s notes from years before,” DS said. “I find a note from two, three years earlier that said ‘buy an RV, go around the country, make a blog, work on music.’ Whaaat?!”

DS Junior stared at the note in shock, realizing he had planted this very seed himself, and it was now manifesting into reality.

“I just couldn’t believe that we were at this point in time now doing that,” he exclaimed.

As their idea came to life and their vision of a music studio on wheels began to take shape, KP once again began to feel confident in her artistic skin to the point of yearning for her musical roots in hip hop.

“Once we started renovating the RV, I started missing rap,” she said. “I couldn’t leave it alone, so I started writing my raps again and it was crazy because I was sharper. A year of experimenting with the band made me a better rapper.”

Raps and a RV

Two concurrent evolutions – KP’s new music and the RV road trip – matured under wraps through 2017. By the spring of ’18, the story of the “Honey Whip” had gone public for the world to watch on YouTube as Krystall Poppin’, DS Junior and his younger brother Hiram Santoy documented their cross-country tour across 26 cities to meet new people, absorb culture and grow as artists.

“I feel the music I make now, is totally because of the experiences on the road,” KP said of her evolving sound. “My world is so much bigger now, I feel that broadened my vision for my writing as well.”

KP’s credits her storytelling evolution to interactions with strangers, collaborations with new artists and even the rocky times on the road. New, saturated layers of inspiration came from watching others’ creative processes while witnessing the compounding growth of her audience in full support of her journey as the Honey Whip hopped from town to town.

“The craziest thing is just running into people and them just believing in it, me and DS” KP said of her grassroots tour. “When I jumped into it, I believed in it with myall  heart and my soul, but meeting others, and them seeing what’s going on saying things like ‘wow, you’re on to something’ it just feels so good.”

The buildup of buzz with their Honey Whip odyssey caught the attention of local media stations and awoke her musically dormant online personality. KP was back full force with what she felt was ripe sound, dropping her first single in 2 years: Timmy Tah.
“We decided to put that one out first because I felt it really displayed the direction I wanted to go in now,” she said of the new music. “It went really well, I think people were really accepting to it.”

The evolved style KP adopted in Timmy Tah may have shaken away some of her older fan base, but the ballooning of her new audience was happening so quickly that it was hardly noticeable.

“It may not be the same as the music she started with,” DS chipped in. “Definitely a new sound, more fresh, more comfortable.”

KP’s musical maturity was palpable across the board. Her smile was brighter, her self-care was evident and her sound was notably sharper. It took the complete severing of her dream to rediscover the fire that led to its inception in the first place. It was by far the best career move for a rising star that was now shooting across the industry sky.

Heads turned during the cross-country cruise on the Honey Whip, which was partially documented on YouTube while the crew awaits potential network interest. KP was approached by rising Houston rapper GT Garza and invited to join his Halos and Horns tour in early 2019, rerouting the Honey Whip’s GPS and bringing on an old comrade from LFDC.

Remember Tobias Brown? An old friend of DS Junior and LFDC member that once shared the vibrant stage energy with KP would rejoin the Krystall Poppin crew as her DJ only weeks after his decision to begin learning the craft.

“When they got the tour going, I had actually just bought my first piece of DJ equipment,” 3AM said. “I told myself, just in case something pops off, and sure enough, something popped off!”

It was a perfect coincidence for 3AM to venture into DJing as the Halos and Horns tour launched. But it almost didn’t happen.

“I told him about the tour, and at first he said no,” DS laughed. “He was going to get some job, but then he called me back and said, ‘let’s go on tour!’”

The connection between the trio is infectiously inspirational. The sequence of events that brought them all to this point in time had been destiny’s meticulous plan all along.

“We already kind of had a little bit of history on stage together, and everything just kind of fell into place,” KP said of her team.

For 3AM, the journey is a no brainer, believing strongly that their connection is purposeful. His profession in film and his own music history pairs well with the creative capacities of DS Junior’s production abilities and KP’s internal fire that lights the way.

“I feel like we’ve got to a point where we have a product where there’s enough people putting time into it, enough dedication that it’s moving,” he said. “We in the front seat with our hands up!”

The KP Chronicles Continue

What’s next for KP and the Honey Whip crew? As the big day hovers over hours-long show practices and heavy promotion, KP, DS Junior and 3AM replenish their spirits at their El Paso homes any chance they get.

Scribbled dates, file stacks and a mountain of memory cards litter DS Junior’s mobile desk backpack. The team buzzes from city to city completing the Halos and Horns tour with intermittent rehearsals for the Cardi B concert coming up May 21.

At the same time, new projects are sprouting in Houston and Atlanta as the name Krystall Poppin’ reverberates off her road trip travels and new music releases.

Stay with us for Part 2 of the KP Chronicles: Life After Cardi B.

Cardi B headed to El Paso County Coliseum in May; Tickets on Sale Friday

On Wednesday, officials with the El Paso County Coliseum released details on award-winning rapper Cardi B’s concert in the Sun City.

The artist, who made history this year as the first female solo artist to win a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the El Paso County Coliseum located at 4100 E. Paisano, promoters announced.

Born Belacalis Marlenis Almánzar in the Bronx in 1992, Cardi B burst onto the entertainment scene in 2015 as a cast member of the reality TV series, “Love & Hip Hop: New York,” where she was considered the breakout star.

After two seasons, the 26-year-old rapper left to pursue a music career. In 2017, she released her smash debut single, “Bodak Yellow,” which reached the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, followed by “Money.”

In 2018, Cardi B released her debut studio album, “Invasion of Privacy,” which featured hit songs such as “Bartier Cardi,” “Be Careful,” Ring” and the current chart-topper, “I Like It.” Her latest hit singles include “Girls Like You” with Maroon 5 and “Please Me” with Bruno Mars.

Cardi B has won and been nominated for several awards, including the MTV Video Music Awards, BET Awards, Billboard Music Awards, American Music Awards, Soul Train Awards, Lo Nuestro Awards, iHeartRadio Music Awards, and so many more. She has been nominated for seven Grammy Awards, finally snagging the statue for “Invasion of Privacy” in February.

Tickets, which start at $80, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 15, and will be available at the El Paso County Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-7453000 and online.

Lil Wayne Steps in for Cardi B at Neon Desert

AUSTIN – The Grammy Award-winning and oft-labeled “Best Rapper Alive” Lil Wayne will now help headline Neon Desert in El Paso this Memorial Day weekend.

This performance marks a long-awaited return to the region after the rapper last performed in El Paso in January of 2016, which was actually the very first time Lil Wayne ever performed in El Paso as a solo artist.

With regard to the recent cancellation of Cardi B’s upcoming summer tour dates due to her pregnancy, including Neon Desert, the ScoreMore Shows team has recruited some of today’s biggest hip-hop acts to take her place on the main stage.

 “We love Cardi B. We love the album. Our ScoreMore team was so excited for the opportunity to work together. Unfortunately, it won’t be on these shows, but the reason as to why is something that should truly be celebrated as we wish Cardi B, Offset and their entire family nothing but the best as they embark on this exciting new chapter,” said Sascha Stone Guttfreund, President and cofounder of ScoreMore Shows.

“We hope to work with her in the future. It is unfortunate it just didn’t work out this go-round, but we’re so lucky that Lil Wayne is ready to rock with us.”

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At the Drive-In, Gucci Mane, Cardi B, Café Tacvba Among 2018 Neon Desert Acts

Friday morning, Neon Desert Music Festival officials unveiled their full music lineup for the eighth annual event, which will again take place across two days on Memorial Day weekend in the heart of downtown El Paso.

The West Texas festival is set to return this year on Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27, with GA, VIP, and Platinum VIP tickets on sale now online.

Via a news release, Neon Desert officials stated, “NDMF prides itself on being one of the first major US music festivals to emphasize booking not only mainstream American acts, but acclaimed international and Latin performers, as well.”

This year’s lineup continues that tradition with an eclectic mix of world-renowned headliners, like the El Paso-born rock icons At the Drive-In, who continue to perform in support of the band’s reunion last year after a long-awaited hiatus since 2001, and Dutch EDM superstar Martin Garrix, who is currently ranked the No. 1 DJ in the world on DJ Mag‘s annual Top 100 DJs Poll.

Other headliners include Atlanta trap rapper and New York Times best-selling author Gucci Mane, who is prepping for the release of his next project, The Evil Genius, this spring which will serve as a follow up to the four notable albums that he dropped in 2017, as well as the debut of Glacier Boyz, his rumored collaborative super-group project with Migos and Lil Yachty; and American DJ/producer Dillon Francis, who is best known for bringing the moombahton dance scene to the national spotlight and is currently prepping for the release of his next album which is said to heavily feature Latin and Spanish-language music.

Neon Desert will also bring to West Texas some of the biggest names in Latin music today, which include the rock group Café Tacvba, who hail from Ciudad Satélite, Mexico, and continue to perform in support of their recent album, Jei Beibi, released last May; the Puerto Rican-born reggaeton singer and songwriter Farruko; Bomba Estéreo, who are best known for their psychedelic-cumbia style of music and who just released their latest album, Ayo, last fall to praise from critics and fans alike; and Mexican singer and songwriter Caloncho. All of these performers have either been nominated for or have won a Grammy or Latin Grammy Award.

Additional performers include a highly curated mix of nationally recognized performers alongside exciting up-and-comers, like Bronx-born Cardi B, who continues to dominate the radio charts after debuting her No. 1 smash hit, “Bodak Yellow,” in late 2017, the song that made her the first woman rapper to score an unassisted No. 1 hit on the Billboard 100 charts since Lauryn Hill did the same nearly two decades ago.

Indie rock darlings Third Eye Blind, who are set to perform a variety of their greatest hits, including “Semi-Charmed Life” and “Jumper”; rapper Playboi Carti, who continues to ride high from the success of last year’s debut mixtape that included the viral hit “Magnolia”; New York-based indie-pop band The Drums; electronic music duo GTA; and the mysterious masked DJ and producer Malaa, many fans of whom suspect is the collaborative secret project of Parisian producers DJ Snake, Tchami, and Mercer.

In addition to the music performances throughout the weekend, fans at the 2018 festival will experience a unique urban festival environment that literally transforms historic downtown El Paso into a festival playscape for attendees of all ages.

Key features of the festival, which regularly covers over 15 city blocks in the heart of downtown El Paso, include a dedicated stage for local artists in the San Jacinto Square, as well as a skate ramp, pro wrestling, numerous live art installations, and more.

Neon Desert will also curate a full slate of local merchants, food vendors, and live visual artists for the two-day event in a continued effort to provide ticket buyers with an authentic West Texas festival experience unlike any other.

Weekend passes are on sale now at www.neondesert.com. GA two-day tickets are priced at just $119, while J&K VIP tickets are $275, and J&K Platinum VIP tickets cost $550. J&K VIP ticket holders will receive a variety of perks, including re-entry to the festival, a dedicated VIP-only entrance and exit, complimentary drinks throughout the entirety of the festival, complimentary dinner each night, and official Neon Desert merch.

J&K Platinum VIP passes, which sold out in its debut last year, offer the most elevated experience available to ticket buyers. These lucky Platinum VIP attendees will receive all of the regular VIP perks in addition to exclusive access to a main stage viewing deck, special Platinum VIP area, and more.

Interested patrons are encouraged to act fast as these tickets are in short supply and will increase in price as the event date approaches.

Neon Desert is also once again offering a discount-priced two-day GA tickets for all US military members and local veterans at Fort Bliss. Weekend GA passes of Neon Desert Music Festival are available now for purchase for just $99 specifically at the LTS on East Bliss, BLDG 20732 and the Freedom Crossing LTS Kiosk. Interested ticket buyers must present an official military ID in order to purchase tickets to this event.

In total, more than 40 music performers from El Paso and across the globe are set to take the stage at Neon Desert Music Festival 2018, with the full lineup listed below:

Martin Garrix – At the Drive-In – Gucci Mane – Dillon Francis

Cardi B – Café Tacvba – Third Eye Blind – Farruko

Playboi Carti – GTA – Malaa – The Drums – Bomba Estéreo

LANY – Lecrae – Caloncho – Cuco – Nao – Cults – Little Jesus

J.I.D – Earthgang – Boogie – Buddy – The Garden

Nick Hirsch – The Swell Kids – Great Shapes – Dulce Mal

Sick.Life – A. Billi Free – Space Captains Collective – Pilots of Venus

Gila Monster – Medvedi – Divine Kegel – Soul Parade – Fat Camp

Sleepspent – Young Deluxe – Wildsters – Mikey Cloud – Mountain Vibes

The Fifth Estate – Cry Baby – Stangus – Matt U Johnson – The Sandy Ohms

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