The 7th annual BET Experience showcase took place last night at the Staples Center. The general sentiment going into the concert-showing was one of reverence towards Nipsey Hussle, who by all accounts was a close confidante of just about single listed performer on the night - a motion started by Roddy Ricch at the midway point of his opening set.
After kicking things off with a medley of songs including the Marshmello-assisted "Project Dreams" and "Down Below," the young Compton rapper demanded a moment of silence for Nipsey, to which the hometown audience complied without any second thoughts. “Long live Nipsey Hussle. No one can replace that man," he affirmed before delving into an idyllic performance of “Racks in the Middle."
Following Ricch's opening set, Blueface took to the stage. Although Blueface had shown a certain degree of indifference in the wake of Nipsey's passing, the pro-Crenshaw crowd gave the "Thotiana" rapper a pass on good conduct, and to be frank, they seemed to get a real kick out of his showmanship, despite the discordance.
Next up, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie rocked the Staples Center with a short medley of his own, before the ever-popular Meek Mill assumed his place in the rotation. “I go by the name of Meek Milly and I represent the streets. I’m finna take y’all to Philly," Meek clamored in the shadows as the intro to his Championships LP segued into "Uptown Vibes." At several intervals, Meek Mill took moments of reprieve to speak on his experiences as a social justice reformist, a topic he correlated with the plight of other socio-political figures such as Chinx Drugz, Trayvon Martin, and later Nipsey Hussle, to whom he dedicated his performance.
In closing, YG gave Nipsey Hussle the most pronounced of the passing tributes, by donning a custom vest with the late rapper's face pasted on the back end, and the words "The Marathon Continues" over the front two pockets. YG performed a score of fan-favorites including “Twist My Fingaz," “Who Do You Love?," “My Hitta” and “Still Brazy," before inviting G-Eazy and Kamaiyah onstage for a first-ever live showing of "Do No Disturb" off his most recent LP.
How Old Is "Too Old" To Attend Festivals? [SURVEY]
If you’re like us, then you live your life show to show and festival to festival. Our schedules demand a work hard, play hard kind of lifestyle. But, there’s always that overlying fear in question — “How old is too old to party?”
Thankfully, the answer is never. A new study conducted by TickPick examines the answers of 1,000 individuals to determine how old is too old. As it turns out, 65% believe you’re never too old to get down, especially at small local shows and concert venues.
When it comes to attending multi-day music festivals, 72% say people should never stop doing that activity. Voodoo, Electric Zoo, Nocturnal Wonderland, Ultra, and Electric Daisy Carnival music festivals have the most concentrated belief that you’re never too old to attend.
Talking raves and dance clubs, those numbers drop to 45% and 42% respectively.
The cutoff age from the survey at which we may need to reevaluate our lives is 44. And still, overall, it seems age is just a number.
If attending festivals and raves make you happy — go for it. Just party responsibly. None of us are as young as we once were.
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Too Old To Party? Nah…