Every year at Lollapalooza, I feel like there's one legendary hip hop act that either graces the main stage or a jam-packed after party. This year, it was Salt-N-Pepa in the latter environment at the ASOS Rocks After Party at the Hard Rock Hotel last Saturday night.
Before they took the stage, we got a chance to sit down for a candid talk with Salt-N-Pepa, as they updated their fans on...
- The 25th anniversary tour for the 'A Salt With A Deadly Pepa' album
- Their thoughts on Nicki Minaj, and if she could have made it in their era
- A message to today's generation of artists
- What else to expect from Salt-N-Pepa going forward
Right after the interview, we got as close as we could amongst the die-hards to capture their full-out show where Salt-N-Pepa performed all their biggest hits including "Whatta Man", "Let's Talk About Sex", and my favorite: "Push It", complete with a couple of dancers and a well-planned routine. It was pretty surreal watching the legends take me back to my early childhood (or the hilarious Jeffster cover on 'Chuck'), as the concert was a shoulder-to-shoulder party in the pit right in front of the stage. The true Salt-N-Pepa fans were having a blast up front: dancing and bumping into random fans all the while. Great times. It was an honor to see them perform and talk candidly above. Because, no matter your generation of hip hop fandom, Salt-N-Pepa is a must-see!
Other standout performances at the #ASOSRocks After Party this weekend were courtesy of Emeli Sande (whoo, she can sing.) and Angel Haze (whoo, she can rap.) More photos and a recap of our three nights at the #ASOSRocks After Party coming later today! Shoutout to BMF Media for putting on yet another fantastic weekend of events, year after year here in Chicago.
Kid Cudi and Ice Cube brought the house down at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. The Boost Mobile sponsored event traveled to three cities with the last one on Saturday, August 25th. A line of of 40 artists brought in a mixed bag of legends and rising stars. Both new and seasoned acts were featured.
Saturday's line-up featured performers such as Ice Cube, Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty by Nature, DMX, and tastes of the Wu-Tang Clan. Sunday followed with more legends such as Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Nas, and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.
New generation artists included Tyga, Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller and Yelawolf. The time warp line up of artist gave concert go-ers an up front and personal view of where hip hop is going today (hehe pun intended). Two-day passes were the only tickets sold filtering out those not committed to the line up. With a 20,000+ expected audience, 11 hours, and two stages that party was bumping all weekend long.
Veterans stepped up there game. Naughty by Nature performed such hits including the pioneering hit "O.P.P.", while Salt-N-Pepa brought back more hits and kept the cown Push(ing)-it.
However, mixed feelings towards the new comers such as Mac Miller and Yelawolf whose performances left the crowd feeling a bit lack luster. Did they get cold feel amongst their hip hop idols. Do we even dare to compare them to the legends of the art.
The night was topped off by a fantastic performce from Kid Cudi, with a mindblowing sound to seal the deal mixing hip hop and countless other genres. There is hope for more pioneers of the game.