Last Saturday (Sep. 30) hip-hop legends filled the Glen Helen Amphitheater at this year’s How the West Was Won music festival. Live Nation has been hosting the concert for years, but this was the first one at this venue, after Irvine bulldozed the show’s previous home.
For many fans, the change in location created a much further drive, but as west coast greats like Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Daz, Digital Underground and Lady of Rage took the stage, thoughts of anything but the dope ass live performances, should’ve ceased to be a concern. When the artists played songs from “back in the day,” the screams of the crowd bounced off the mountains, amplifying the sound. It’s a surprise the roar couldn’t be felt in our feet.
Of the epic acts that took the stage, Stix’s performance is one deserving of extra recognition. During his set, he commanded the crowd’s attention as he spoke to the fans about countless people who have lost their lives to law enforcement. In honor of all those directly and indirectly affected, he took a knee on stage while the fans showed respect, then he theoretically tore the roof off.
The nearly sold-out concert has made it’s mark in the music industry and this year proved, the venue makes no difference, people will come as long as Live Nation keeps bringing some of the best west-coast hip-hop live to one place.