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Review: Brokechella 2012

April 26th, 2012 by | Before Bigs Exclusive, Concert/Festival Review |

[Photo credit: Justin Baker]

Deep in the monotonous cracks of downtown LA, the 2nd-annual edition of Brokechella announced itself with a homemade cardboard & Christmas lights “Brokechella” sign. So appropriately designed, even a 2Pac mural greeted you upon entrance! A Jarritos truck garnished the DJ stage outside while the main stage faced a shipwreck themed bar in the quaint Six01 Studios. The detailed decor made it more like LowerMiddleClass-Chella than Broke but that just made the aesthetic of the event that much more pleasurable and entertaining. Aside from the eye-catching gold wall entrance art, the glam continued to the art cage, where cinder block stairs led you to an excitable tutu-wearing face paint artist and the flowery photo booth area, carefully designed by Amanda Wallace.

, Goodies from sponsors like Popchips and Activate Water made early-comers feel even better about the “Afternoon Buzz” bar special while Starry Kitchen and Mucho Perro satisfied the hungry.

The music was a blast, despite the occasional blown fuse that simply became a great Brokechella goer inside joke, featuring familiar acts including Infantree, Rumspringa and major crowd-pleaser, Das Tapes. Lesser knowns, such as The Dead Ships, rocked the house while DJ’s like Robin People spun tracks under a mesmerizing LED light board.

Brokechella’s rebuttal to Coachella’s hologram Tupac? Their very own custom-made Tupac pinata – now that’s real 3D! All in all, your 5 bucks was well spent. Joey Stevens of Rumspringa even commented to the crowd, “This is a really well put-together event, which is ironic.”

No doubt, Brokechella is the place to be, whether you’re too broke for Coachella or can only survive one desert weekend!

@Britt0Witt

Editor’s Note: What I loved most about the event besides the awesome up-and-coming musicians (Das Tapes especially), was the interactive art mural, unlimited drinks as lovable VIPs, and just meeting awesome nice people! By the way, Daren Criss from GLEE was apparently in attendance as was a spongebob squarepants pinata. There was never a moment during the evening that I didn’t enjoy an artist’s music!

Shout out to cARTel who put the event together and sent us some of the photos you saw above. “Like” us on facebook and follow on twitter/instragram (@BeforeBigs) for more pictures from Brokechella.

An Incredible Weekend at Coachella (Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre Performance)

April 19th, 2012 by | Concert/Festival Review, Hip-Hop/Rap |

We’ve saved the best for last! As many of you already know, Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre closed off an incredible weekend at Coachella. It was such a big deal that I had to make a separate post for just this set. So many great rappers made guest appearances with the hip-hop legends. The names include, Eminem, Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent, Tony Yayo, Warren G and most notably the famous Tupac hologram.

This was by far the best live performance I have ever seen. Not only am I a huge fan of hip-hop and grew up listening to many of these great artists, but seeing them all live on stage was something I will never forget.

The Tupac hologram which the whole world knows about by now looked so realistic live. It appeared that he was actually there performing “America’s Most Wanted” with Snoop Dogg. Apparently, the movements, look, and overall Tupac hologram performance was copied from a show he did at the House of Blues in Hollywood back in 1995. The only thing different was that instead of saying “What’s Up LA?!”, the people behind the creation of the hologram changed it to “What’s Up Coachella?!” with his voice sounding exactly the same. It was truly and incredible process and something I feel is going to catch on at other festivals and shows with other dead artists very soon.

Below are my favorite tracks from the entire performance. For those of you going for Weekend 2, you are in for quite a treat. Please go to this performance on Sunday night instead of Avicii. Nothing against Avicii, he is great; however, he is always traveling the United States and it is extremely rare to see all these great rappers on one stage at the same time, especially with that Tupac hologram. I am sure that the people who went to the Avicii performance regret it. Don’t be one of those people. Enjoy!

Tupac – “America’s Most Wanted” (featuring Snoop Dogg):

Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa – “Young, Wild, & Free”:

50 Cent – “In Da Club”:

Dr. Dre & Eminem – “Forgot About Dre”:

My Blogger’s Valentine (mixtape)

February 14th, 2011 by | Before Bigs Exclusive |

When Mostly Junk Food told me that he was putting together a valentines day mixtape and wanted a song from the top blogs, I knew I had to jump at the chance to provide a dope song about love or lack thereof on Valentines Day.

Download: My Blogger’s Valentine (mixtape)

I chose “Something in Common” by Free Energy because of how genuine and honest the song is. Free Energy isn’t asking you to fall in love with them but if you like what you see, then let’s get together and do something. Plus when we meet people that we like, we are always looking for something in common with that individual. Below is “Something in Common” plus two other songs I considered submitting that I was so happy to see another blog chose.
Free Energy – Something In Common
Song choice of Chin Up Music:
Tupac – Do For Love (Vodka & Milk Remix)
Song choice of The Music Ninja:
The Lonely Island – I Just Had Sex ft. Akon

For all 13 of the bloggers song choices and why they chose those songs, check out the original post.

Daily Mix: Jay-Z vs Tupac

December 23rd, 2010 by | Mashup |

DOSVEC puts out another solid 2-song mashup using Tupac again, this time using the instrumentals of “Changes” versus one of my recent favorite’s by Jay-Z, “Roc Boys”.

DOSVEC – Roc Changes (Jay-Z vs 2pac)

Tupac vs Kid Cudi

December 15th, 2010 by | Mashup |

The instrumentals and chorus to possibly the best Kid Cudi song with possibly the best lyrical song by Tupac. DOSVEC made one of my favorite mashups and the artwork ain’t bad either. Enjoy.
Pursuit of Changes (Tupac vs Kid Cudi)


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