NYC's Flatbush Zombies were one of the acts we chose not to miss, and they lived up to our selection. Their entire performance was more aggressive than the other acts on the bill, with the Zombies choosing a setlist seemingly determined to give attendees many new hospital bills and the memories to keep them company as they recover. We couldn't think of many other acts that would fit just as well at a punk rock fest as the Zombies, and we can't help but be perplexed as to why they weren't booked for Coachella this year.
As far as we're concerned, down-south legend Scarface is one of the essential hip-hop artists to listen to. Song for song, he may even be a better, more captivating storyteller than Slick Rick. And, we can safely say inconsistency and left-field choices have never been too prominent in Scarface's career. So, when he interrupted his career-spanning set to sit down with a guitar and strum some chords, well, we were obviously caught off-guard.
We're going to go out on a limb here and assume the Monster energy drink and the company behind it didn't really have much to do with Paid Dues' lineup, but the stage of their namesake definitely had the best talent and most entertainment at it.
No matter your political preference, we're willing to bet if you attended Paid Dues you didn't exactly vote Romney. Or it's possible you don't take much stock in the electoral system and didn't vote at all. Regardless, when Killer Mike launched into a performance of "Reagan" we're almost positive your face and fists were clenched we're certain you couldn't keep your attention off the stage.
You know how we said all the praise lauded upon Freddie Gibbs may sound like a broken record soon but it will still continue in full force? This is one of those instances. Freddie Gibbs just makes us excited about witnessing a hip-hop show in every way and he represents how a rapper should be performing. He interacts with the crowd, has stamina bordering on infinite, never stumbles on his lyrics, and his trademark banter involving repeated "FUCK POLICE!" chants and throwing jabs wherever he wants somehow never gets on our nerves or gets old.