A day after temperatures exceeded upwards of 100 degrees, hip-hop fans eagerly invaded the Queen Mary in Long Beach, putting the heat aside to see some of hip-hop’s legends take the stage at Summertime in the LBC.
Goldenvoice, the company known for putting on the world-renowned festival Coachella each year, hit it out of the park once again with this event, booking a plethora of musical acts, some that go back as far as the ’50s. From The Isley Brothers to DJ Quik, Summertime in the LBC delivered nostalgia that seemed like it was never ending for fans young and elderly.
Not only was the lineup absolutely stacked with West Coast rap icons, the venue by the sea was nothing short of amazing for Summertime in the LBC.
Southern California was well represented, with the likes of Warren G, DJ Quik, The Dove Shack and Tha Dogg Pound with Kurupt and Daz Dillinger. Other notable acts included Bay Area-based DJ Quik, E40, Too $hort and East Coast rappers Method Man and Redman.
One of the big names to hit the main 40 oz. stage included The Game. Decked out in an all-Gucci jump suit with a bottle of Hennessy in his hand, the Compton-based rapper brought his West Coast swagger, delivering tracks like “Hate It Or Love It” and “West Side Story.”
R&B power couple Ja Rule and Ashanti also made an appearance, showing Long Beach that they still could rock the show and seemingly never left the music scene. Ja Rule, who was rocking the infamous Sean Wotherspoon Air Max 97/1’s, brought his familiar high energy, and recognizable and patented raspy voice. Ashanti showcased her vocals that have been driving her success to this very day.
The duo performed classic hits like “What’s Luv?” and “Always On Time,” both which had the entire venue singing along and in their feels.
One of the most eye-grabbing performances of the night definitely had to be Ice Cube. The former N.W.A. rapper can definitely still rock the mic, something he made crystal clear to the fans during his hour-long gig. Opening with “It Was A Good Day” made it just that for those in attendance. Cube even brought out Dub C to reunite Westside Connection, which was only missing the late and great Nate Dogg.
To cap off the night, one of Long Beach’s very own closed the festival out. Snoop Dogg brought his laid back demeanor to the stage, blunt in hand. Performing tracks off his debut studio album “Doggystyle,” his set included appearances from Kurupt and fellow Long Beach-native Domino.
Summertime in the LBC was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see acts that you may never see in one place again. Despite the heat, the Queen Mary was perfect for the given occasion as Long Beach was a fitting landing spot for all of these rappers and artists to rock the stage once again.