The popular Hip-hop radio station 93.5 KDAY put together an excellent event with Fresh Fest.
For those not in the know, 93.5 KDAY is a popular Hip-hop radio station that is based in Los Angeles. They mostly play classic Hip-hop on the airwaves and they have been a constant presence on the Hip-hop scene for many years. It is only natural that the radio show would throw a concert for fans of the classic hits.
Fresh Fest featured Hip-hop artists from different eras of the genre and it’s storied history. Highlights included E-40, DJ Quik, Suga Free, Tha Dogg Pound, and Noreaga. The show was held on August 27th, 2016 in the Shrine Auditorium which neighbors the USC campus here in Los Angeles. The venue is massive and every single seat was packed to capacity.
E-40 was the headliner and he held his spot down flawlessly. He took the stage and talked to the crowd briefly about the longevity of his career and how lucky he felt overall. It was an effective way of flexing the strength of his music without sounding obnoxious. He then dipped into much of his catalog of hits and had the crowd up and out of their seats the entire time.
DJ Quik and Suga Free took the stage together and absolutely rocked the crowd. The two west coast legends brought out their funk heavy classics and had the entire venue dancing and grooving along with them. It was a pleasure to watch the two seasoned veterans control the crowd so effortlessly. At one point, DJ Quick broke out into an a cappella rendition of his song “Lets Get Down” and the fans erupted in cheers. The duo was so good that a young lady even rushed the stage before being taken out by security. DJ Quick and Suga Free were magic!
Tha Dogg Pound did not disappoint and brought their trademark west coast gangster themes in full force. Kurupt opened their set by actually bringing a huge dog on stage. Needless to say, the dog was effective in setting the tone for their set. It was tough and rugged as one would expect it to be. The Dogg Pound was gem that night.
Noreaga came through with his entire Drink Champs podcast crew and had the crowd in the palm of his hands. Even though the show mostly featured West Coast heavy weights, it was refreshing to have Noreaga represent the east coast his signature style. He was an excellent addition the lineup and his antics backstage were even better!
93.5 KDAY really has something special with Fresh Fest. They’ve managed to capture lighting in a bottle and entertain their fans with the highest quality music and performers around. I look forward to the next Fresh Fest and if you missed out this year I highly recommend attending the next one.