On the whole, Saturday was a pleasant day. Over the course of three hours, Cook’s Garage transported listeners back to the golden period of hip-hop.
An audience that included many people who were not yet born when Ice Cube, Cypress Hill, and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony first became popular was taken back in time 30 years by the infectious energy of the music they heard.
It seems that a sizable percentage of the crowd had celebrated the release of “Thuggish Ruggish Bone” by bumping it in their Texas Tech dorm rooms, and many of those people are still enrolled at the university.
There was a wide range of people there. The attendees’ ages covered the gamut from those designated “X” to ’90s music veterans. Even though there was no uniform fashion, everything looked good together.
Even if it’s just for legendary lineups like the one on Saturday, the combined performance proved there is a demand for hip hop in Lubbock.
This explains why there was still a considerable crowd dancing after 11 o’clock. Concerts involving even one of the bands would have been sold out in any major city at the time. There were many people who had missed out on this opportunity and were determined to make amends.
After Oak Cliff rapper Tye Harris set the stage, Bone Thugs pondered as much as they performed.
Wish Bone stated, with an expletive before the “four,” “Let’s take it back to 1994.”
As a result, “Thuggish Ruggish Bone” served as the evening’s initial source of retro inspiration. It was a true celebration of the best of the ’90s, with Bone Thugs drawing from the roster of luminaries they’ve worked with. Eazy-E, Notorious B.I.G., and Tupac were all a part of that group.
The tributes flowed nicely into “Crossroads,” the set closer.
Clouds rolled in as Cypress Hill, with its lush green backdrop, took the stage as the sunset. For one hour, B-Real and Sen Dog reminded Lubbock that they are “loco,” and the crowd went wild.
In a set full of hits, Cypress Hill’s “Insane in the Membrane” and a cover of House of Pain’s “Jump Around” were the highlights.
Ice Cube wrapped up the evening as the crowd rode the ’90s nostalgia wave.
Despite the throngs of people waiting to hear him perform, the charismatic West Coast rapper started off with a small part. People would undoubtedly be interested in seeing Bone Thugs and Cypress Hill, he acknowledged, but what about him?
He wondered aloud, “Can Ice Cube get on the mic and do what we like?”
To put it simply, yeah.
Ice Cube returned to his musical beginnings with N.W.A., the group with which he rose to fame in the “Straight Outta Compton” era. He played songs from as recently as the late aughts, including “Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It.”
It was getting late, and some people had been drinking beer from Cook’s plastic bags. Maybe Ice Cube had a feel for his audience and knew this was the case. He chose these two hymns to “send you off to church nicely” as his concert came to a close.
Ice Cube gave the folks what they wanted after the more modern “Go to Church,” and a chorus of “It Was a Good Day” ensued.
As the crowd dispersed, Ice Cube promised, “We’ll be back to Texas soon.” Check out TheActiveNews.Com to stay up-to-date.