Summertime in the LBC

Summertime in the LBC Recap

Summertime in the LBC concert 2018 was complete chaos.  Partygoers and Hip-Hop heads didn’t let the scorching heat get in the way from having some fun in the sun.  Summertime in the LBC 2018 drew out thousands of hip-hop fans Saturday, waitng to see their favorite west coast and east coast artist.

Everyone had access to all the merch, good food , endless music and games. This is the second year Summertime in the LBC held their concert located at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA.  Summertime in the LBC (SLBC) had a blend of everything from west and east coast hip hop, Motown oldies and R&B.  Artist such as Amanda Perez, The Isley Brothers, The Dramatics, Evidence, Too Short, The Dogg pound Mack 10, Midnight Star and Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes all gave outstanding and memorable performances.  Each one of them rushed the stage with full force and energy.

East Coast hip-hop artist and duo Redman and Method man’s hit song “Da Rockwilder” had people going crazy jumping up and down on their feet.  Bay area legend E40 did his thing with “Changes” off the D-Boy Diary: Book 2 album and performing classic joints like “Rappers Ball” off his 1996 album The Hall of Game. Long Beach native Warren G walked on stage with a huge smile and Modelo beer bottle. “Regulator” and “This D.J” one of his two most popular songs from the 90’s, had listeners feeling some type of way, and reminiscing of the good old days.

Pomona's very own Suga Free hit the stage being as loud as he could be playing tracks such as “If you stay ready” and “I rather give you my Bitch” representing the city of Pomona to the fullest.  And you know whenever Suga Free hits the stage, he's always pairing up with his good friend Compton rapper DJ Quik.  DJ Quik gave a great performance and even bringing out his talented son David Blake jr on stage to perform some of his songs.

Another Compton rapper came out representing the west coast by the name of Game.  Game an outspoken and talented rapper performed songs from his 2005 album The Documentary.  When it comes to a crowd pleaser, Games got his fans on lock. East coast dynamic duo Ashanti and Ja Rule came out with extreme energy, letting the whole world know they are a force to be reckoned with. Ashanti and Ja Rule been on tour all over the world and have many hits songs together like “ Always on time”, “Mesmerize” and “Put it on me.”  But when Ashanti performed her solo hit “Baby” many women were left with tears in their eyes.

Talented Long Beach group The Dove Shack hit song “Summertime in the LBC” is a smooth and melodic sound. Both Warren G and The Dove shack introduced the G-Funk Era music back in the early 90’s.  “Big Snoop Dogg” as many people this generation would call him performed many hit songs from the early 90’s and 2000’s. Snoop with his sharp grin and smooth voice came out with a gold mic and smoking a joint. His classic hit song and possibly a west coast anthem “Nuthin but a G-Thang” was a crowd favorite.  West Coast artist WC (Dub-C) walked out on stage C-walking, a dance move that originated in the early 1970’s by Crip gang members. None the less WC is a west coast legend everyone is happy to see.

Lastly, the headliner of the night the G.O.A.T (The Greatest of all Time) South Central Los Angeles born and bred legendary Ice Cube aka The Don Mega opened up with “Today was a Good day”, had everyone young and old rapping to his song.  “Check yo self” was a huge hit, sounded like everyone knew the song word for word.  The jam “You can do it” had many listeners thinking about the 1999 comedy movie Next Friday and waving their hands from side to side.  Ice Cube delivered a spectacular performance as always proving that the legendary artist still got the lyrical skills as he did back when he was a member of the gangsta rap group N.W.A.  Summertime in the LBC was definitely a bang for your buck and next years line-up should be even better.

Photo and text by Daniel Seyum