Saturday, KDAY's one night only sold out Fresh Fest 2010 at Nokia Theatre was a west coast affair. Rodney O and Joe Cooley opened the show in the 80s and Rodney took the chance to let everyone know that he was the first to say F__k New York (not that he's proud of it or anything) AND he grew up with 2 Live Crew out in the IE putting the West Coast influence in down south music (and you can't fade their man finger waves). They performed Everlasting Bass but let the curtain close just as But You Don't Hear Me Though dropped (what's up with that?).
Kid Frost was up next introduced by special guest...Danny Trejo yea, the dude from "Machete." After introducing, Mr. Frost, Mr. Trejo stuck around to do some regular hype man duties like get his groove on and add some layers to the background vocals. Apparently Frost has a new album rolling out because we heard some autotune-y song about Twitter near the end of his set (do what you gotta do Frost), a set which didn't include La Raza for some insane reason.
Up next was DJ Quik with his Shirley Temple's on the keys and his band (especially the shirtless guy on the drums) who brought some of Quik's biggest hits like Tonite, Down Down Down and Jus Like Compton to life. If it was your first time seeing Quik and the band, one thing you notice is like few performers, he sounds just like the cd...even when he belted out a couple of El and Saadiq's hooks (move over Percy). Another thing you noticed is he seems to enjoy performing his songs and is just as comfortable behind the keys shakin them curls as he is showing what Quik's Groove looks like during Let's Get Down. David seems to have transitioned from a gangsta in a medium sweatsuit to a weird musician in jeans and t-shirt, but weird in a kinda endearing way.
Tha Dogg Pound, the reigning champion on the West Coast for the most people on stage, hit us with Let's Get High among other jams with the help of Lady of Rage (her afro puffs) and RBX (his evil laugh) for a Lyrical Gangbang, Bo-Rock from Dove Shack make a quick hook appearance to remind us of Summatime in the LBC. Some kid did some song. The Twinz stopped by to make the summa go Round and Round. Of course Warren G had to Regulate (he should probably take Daz along next time he checks in at the Celebrity Fit Club) and a gang of other people were on stage to keep them all company.
Then some dude in a blue suit, oh that's Sugar Shane Mosley, comes out to introduce Ice Cube, who only brought out his official concert deejay, Crazy Toones, and his big brother W.C., as a hype man/resident c-walkin' expert. The crowd yay-yay'd it up to Cube hits, including Steady Mobbin', Bop Gun, We Be Clubbin', You Know How We Do It, It Was a Good Day and a couple of songs from the upcoming I Am the West including She Couldn't Make It On Her Own featuring his son, Doughboy ("the future of West Coast rap" says Doughboy's pops) and I Rep That West.
With a quick "don't act up when you leave here" daddy-like comment Cube reminded everyone to pick up I Am the West on Sept. 28th and closed it out.
Check out Where ya at? for LAHHE's photos and video from Fresh Fest 2010!!