Snoop Dogg's inaugural summer festival was left with an unignored absence this year as fans couldn't help but to acknowledge the late great Nipsey Hussle. On March 11th, Instagram released the heavy hitting hip-hop line up including acts such as Snoop Dogg, YG, and The Game. It was also announced that Hussle would be one of the top acts as well. Unfortunately , twenty-days later Hussle was shot and killed in front of his clothing shop in Crenshaw. This left a noticeable hole in the Los Angeles based line up. How could the other acts recover as several of the artists were extremely close to the Crenshaw Crusader? Sticking to what Hussle knew best, the marathon indeed continued. On July 27-28, Once Upon A Time in the LBC threw a huge west coast party in memory of Hussle. Here are our top artists who stole the show at OUAT in the LBC.
Summertime in the LBC was the original installation brought together by Goldenvoive and Snoop Dogg. So ultimately, who else is the best person to start off this list. The Long Beach hip-hop legend through the city on his back nearly twenty-years ago and has been carrying it ever since. From boomboxes to flat-screen TVs, Snoop Dogg has since become a staple of pop culture. With his influence, he built a structure for artists to reconnect with their fans of all ages. Snoop closed off both festivals in high spirits. He performed classic hits such as "Nuthin' but a G Thang". "The Next Episode", and "Gin and Juice". Snoop also stuck to his roots performing Doggystyle with a mic in the left hand and a blunt in the right.
Veterans & New Artists
One thing the festival excelled at was blending both upcoming and veteran artists. The grand stages at the festival connected with audience members from all walks of life. Old School versus new school, Black versus Hispanic, and many more. All of the artists capitalized on this opportunity. The Queen Mary stage enjoyed music from the early 90s courtesy of Kieth Sweat, Bone Thugs N-Harmony, and Warrem G. They also saw classic performances from the Mary Jane Girls, Lisa Lisa, the Dramatics and Zapp. Eventually the stage transitioned to the early 00s with Lil Rob, Baby Bash, Too Short, and Jon B. Los Angeles rapper The Game decided to represent both eras of music by performing music from The Documentary and newer projects that he's been working on to date. Newer artists who took the stage this year was OT Genesis and Blueface.
As a stand alone performance, RnB artist Ginuwine made waves this weekend. Ginuwine is sadly one of those artist that never got the respect that they deserved. He came out in all white with two powerful background singers, taking audience members back to the times of great rhythm and blues performances. One thing that was incredible to hear is that his voice is still there! He performed classics "Difference", "Anxious", and event "Tripping". During his set you can feel the love in the crowd as couples slowed dance to the soulful spirit of the artist. He even proved that he still had it on the dance floor while performing "Pony", Surprisingly these are just the few of the many songs that Ginuwine performed during his 45 minute long set.
Very seldom we are able to acknowledge that we have an artist bucket list- a list of artists we are dying to see, Eventually we'll make an article of our list ,but that's a whole other story. This festival we were able to cross off someone on our list and that was DMX. The man, the myth, the enigma, DMX is one of our favorite artist, so seeing him live made history. The energy that this man continually brings on stage is unheard of from a rap artist. Coming out in a long white tee and Timberlands, DMX certainly brought the east coast to west side festival. The Dog's raspy voice never broke grasp of the crowd with hits like "X Gonna Give it to Ya", "Where the Hood At" and "Get It on the Floor". DMX performed hits that we forgot was ever his, proving that this artist has a closet full of great music. No he did not perform "Rudolph, the Red Nose Reindeer", though the crowd did request it. He brought out his energy in the fan section by walking up and down the aisles. Closing the performance, DMX prayed for the crowd and for the remembrance of Nipsey Hussle and all of the fallen soldiers of music.
With Nipsey Hussle's death being the forefront of this year's festival, all eyes were on YG. Despite their gang affiliations, these two men were one in the same. Two boys from South Los Angeles, who used music as a way to escape their circumstances. With this similarity, they became super close in sharing ideas, music, and projects. It was obvious that Hussle's death hit the Bompton rapper pretty hard. YG is a man of wonder who believes in putting other younger rappers on to game before others catch their hype. Before his set, he brought out friend and fellow rapper RJ to perform a couple of hits from Ommio. He also brought out Oakland artist Kamiyah. Mind you both artists (RJ and Kamiyah) had their own sets earlier throughout the day, but YG thought it was only right to push the artists before his set as he drew in the larger crowd. After YG finally took the stage to perform his usual top hits "BPT", "I Wanna Party", and many more. The young artist of course recognized Hussle by performing two of their collabs. The LBC crowd was mixed with both Black and Brown, so it was only right for YG to do his latest hit celebrating Latino culture, "Go Loko'. In this performance he brought out a mariachi band, while still sticking to his Westcoast two step. Though we have seen YG several times, this was one of his most memorable performances to date. It is beyond amazing to see how this man has grown as a street local rapper to a international artist all while continue to be himself.
*Photos Courtesy of Goldenvoice