As I prepare for another hype weekend in LA, I’m STILL recuperating from last weekend. Pride for East and West Coast indie hip-hop was alive and well in So Cal and supporters came out in droves to the Back To Basics Fest at The Observatory last Saturday. When I saw this line-up, I couldn’t believe my eyes. All of these dope artists on the same bill for $32?!?! Obtaining access to this sold-out show, I arrived as Rhode Island repping Sage Francis (who I’ll be interviewing very soon) took the stage, performing like a spoken word artist/poet, impressing me with his unique flow.
The Pharcyde as duo Bootie Brown aka Frank Friction and Uncle Imani later followed, getting the crowd hype when doing “Runnin’” and “Passin’ Me By”, which took me down memory lane, as I vividly remember playing those songs to death back in the 90’s. Next came Oakland Hieroglyphics legendary crew member Del The Funkee (y) Homosapien , packing the room every time he comes through So Cal, mixed things up this time, doing classics like “Mistadobalina”, “Dr. Bombay” and shouted out the ladies of hip-hop, bringing out Ladybug Mecca from The Digable Planets as a surprise guest who did excerpts from their classic hits and new material.
Rounding out the night, I then checked out Double K and Thes One Cali-repping People Under The Stairs’ set (who I’ll also hopefully be interviewing in a bit ) that kept the party going with songs like “Acid Raindrops” and “San Francisco Nights”. Born and raised in the Bronx, it was a MUST I stopped by the Constellation Room to see Ultramagnetic MCs’ Kool Keith aka Dr. Octagon perform his unique blend of “pornocore” and “horrorcore” that night. Last but not least, Dilated Peoples comprising Evidence, Beat Junkies DJ Babu and Rakka Iriscience ended my night on a high note. I returned home tired and proud of what I’d just seen. Hip-Hop is def not dead!