Thanks to UCLA Radio, I will be in attendance at Real 92.3’s Real Street Fest! And at the Orange County festival’s debut, here are THE 5 things that I am personally looking forward to at the premiere hip hop destination of the Summer.
1. Cali-Based Attractions
Different from other festivals taking place this Summer, Real Street Festival taps into Los Angeles culture, offering live iterations of quintessential California experiences. From the iconic Big Boy’s Neighborhood, which will hold a barber shop, nail salon, and a graffiti wall, to the West Coast Customs Car Show, both held inside the Honda Center, the attractions offered not only draw upon established Los Angeles entities, but up and coming artists, as will be displayed in the Artist Alley and Vendor Village. So I am really excited to see how a lot of the culture that I grew up consuming will be brought to life on the Honda Center Grounds.
2. YBN Cordae
2019 has been shaping up to be a big year for the Maryland artist, seeing him perform many sold out shows domestically as well as overseas, in spite of not having an album to his name. However, with the release of his debut album The Lost Boy slated for July 26, it will be particularly interesting to see the type of live show he will have, especially considering the rate of his rise. Plus, after seeing “Kung Fu” live at Camp Flog Gnaw 2018, I cannot wait to see YBN Cordae perform a myriad of his other singles alongside the album, such as the album’s lead single “Have Mercy.”
3. Star Power
In spite of having a significantly smaller amount of artists performing at their festival, Real Street exchanges quantity for quality with a solid mix of A-list talent, as well as bubbling up and coming talent. From established juggernauts such as Future, Migos, and Rae Sremmurd, to newly discovered up and comers such as Yung Pinch and Blueface, Real Street Festival is shaping up to have fans of hip hop satisfied, all the while giving attendees a chance to look into who’s up next.
4. The Women In Hip Hop
As hip hop continues to grow as a genre and a culture, more women are letting their voices be heard, and Real Street Festival does a good job giving an array of them a spotlight on their stage. As someone who has begun to gravitate heavily towards different women in hip hop, it is nice to see people like Megan Thee Stallion, Saweetie, Doja Cat, and Cardi B getting their just dues, and I am really excited to see their confidence and talent shine bright on the Real Street stage.
5. Top Dawg Entertainment
Often times when one thinks of hip hop in California, conversation seldom passes without the mention of Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE for short). The label that houses hip hop powerhouses like Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q, as well as R&B superstar SZA, will be on display on Day One of the festival. Consisting of label veteran Jay Rock alongside some of their newer signings such as SiR, Reason, and Zacari, I am really excited to see the family that TDE has established in the studio and in each of their solo endeavors come into fruition. Plus, knowing just how much California shows love to TDE, it will be equally gratifying seeing just how the crowd reacts to each respective performer from the label.