KID INK Gives Fans the Time of their Life at the Observatory OC

It’s been a little over a year since the first time up-and-coming artist Kid Ink performed at the Observatory OC, and although his last appearance at the venue was successful it was nothing compared to what was witnessed this Sunday night. 

The L.A. rapper, who has found a quick rise to greater fame in 2014 with the recent heavy radio anthems “Show Me” and “Main Chick”, came through to the Observatory and shut it down with a sold out event! 

The night took off as usual with DJ Cali on the 1’s and 2’s and some of our local talents which included RTG, 4 Palms Music Collective, Tark & Shane Willz, and Deladiea.

Kid Ink hit the stage roughly around 10:30pm and was welcomed with nothing but enthusiastic screams from fans. If you attended TY Dolla Sign’s show a few months ago, well this was the epitome of that. 

Girls sitting on guys shoulders to get a better view, the entire venue filled from front to back-bottom to top- I mean it was just insane. 

Kid Ink performed tracks off his early career releases Up & Away and Almost Home but it was the hits off My Own Lane that set the entire building into a frenzy. 

"Show me" had all his fans singing and dancing. Needless to say the energy level shot up to great height when he concluded the night with the big hit "Main Chick". 

It’s kind of crazy to see the progress this young rapper has made in such a short period of time.

-Stace Fresh 

SERVED FRESH: Nicki Minaj “Anaconda” Official Music Video


Nicki Minaj drops the official visual to her latest hit success- "Anaconda", and it’s safe to sayit was worth the bootylicious wait.

The video begins off in a jungle-like scene where we find Nicki twerking to the Sir Mix-Alot cut for brief seconds- and boy is she killin’ em!

The entire video is phenomenal from the video models to the scenery and props, everything flows (and shakes) so smoothly and intact with the song.

And the must-see moment is when Ms. Minaj teasing and shaking it for Mr. Champagne Papi at the end of the clip.

I have to confess, that this track is my guilty pleasure right now. It’s been my go-to workout track for the past week- and that amazing tight curvy figure at the 1:33 time mark might just become my new motivational obsession.

Make sure y’all click play and watch!

-Stace Fresh

Blu & M.E.D. in the Constellation Room at the Observatory OC

All the “real” hip hop heads in OC came out on a Tuesday night to see two of the westcoast’s most lyrically thriving underground emcees, Blu & M.E.D. (Medaphoar).

And if you’re asking Blu who? M.E.D. who? Then you just ain’t up to proper knowledgeable par on this multifaceted hip hop shit.

But hold up… I won’t just leave you to do the research all by yourself, but please do yourself the favor of brushing up on these two artists, if you have yet to.

Most of us colored our world BLU when the young emcee released a classic gem alongside producer/deejay Exile, together they brought us Below The Heavens. As for M.E.D. you may know him through the reputable Stones Throw imprint.

M.E.D. stepped foot on the Constellation Room stage within the Observatory OC venue very proper like, energy level high and ready. He performed crowd favorites such as “Where I’m From”, “Can’t Hold On”,  “So Real”, and “Blaxican” among others. He managed to keep the atmosphere in the room on a real easy flowing, hip-hop-souled out tip.

But As for Blu, I can’t honestly say his performance was as smooth going.

When Blu stepped on stage the crowd welcomed him with much love. It’s almost needless to say that the people present in the room were primarily there in support and admiration for Blu. After all, the now 31 year old emcee has earned that respect with his penmanship, however I’d beg to differ the respect live on the mic.

Blu stuck strictly to performing cuts off his 7th and most recent album Good To Be Home. Of course fans were ecstatic about it, being Blu’s most favorable release since Below The Heavens- however that is not matter I’d like to discuss.

There was an unsteady balance in energy throughout the performance. At points the crowd was amped up and Blu wasn’t, at times vice versa, and then there was those instances where things ran in correlation.

I understand this happens to every artist at some point, at every show. However, the Constellation room which holds about 350 people, offers a very intimate and close setting between the fan and artist, this plays a crucial role- it’s so easy to notice the faults in the performances that come from both the crowd and the artist.

For one, I believe the artist is mostly responsible for keeping their audiences’ full attention on high and I wasn’t so pleased with Blu’s ability to do that. A few fans began leaving about half way into his set. This could have been one of two things, either they were as disappointing as I was that he wasn’t touching any of his past material or the fact that he mostly stood on the right side of the stage starring up to the ceiling reciting his verses as if in full-focus trying to keep himself on point. It didn’t seem to work so effectively because he managed to still fumble a few.

You know, there’s a downside to being a lyrical emcee of the caliber such as the one which is Blu. At least speaking for myself, I have an expectation as a fan. I want the excellence that I hear on track bumping out of my speakers to be matched with a quality live deliverance. I don’t want to see the crowd being more enthusiastic to be there than the artist. I don’t want to see the same with the roles reversed either.

The audience feeds off the artist and the artist should feed off of them and if at some point the audience lacks, as a artist you are entitled and have full power to check them on that- after all, they’re here to see you!

Remember a couple years back where Blu made hip hop headlines about being drunk on stage and delivering a horrible performance consisting of outbursts and not even being able to recite and recall his own raps? Well, this wasn’t exactly that but it’s definitely something you recall when you see him not being fully engaged in his own show.

I admire Blu as a artist, but to me his performance was a bit weak. I feel as though the show thrived more-so because of the acclaim Blu has behind his name and skills within hip hop. I’d like to see Blu grow and match his stage presence with the very much respected presence he’s acquired within his music alone.

Overall, I’m sure fans left content seeing one of their favorite emcees live and getting their merchandise signed for which he took time to do. He even mingled with the crowd throughout M.E.D.’s set which allowed a lot of them to snap a few shots by his side. Tell me fans wouldn’t leave happy about that… at the end of the day that’s all that really matters to most, all the other details become meaningless.

-Stace Fresh

Nicki Minaj “Anaconda” Artwork

Whoa and Wow! I could just leave it at that. Some things don’t need much wording and deserve more admiration in silence and sight. This would probably be one of those things.

(take a few more seconds to keep those eyes glued to the picture… okay and now we are scrolling down)

NICKI MINAJ looks stunning revealing her bubbly ASSets, wearing a bubble-gum pink string thong paired up with a matching sports bra, and a pair of Jordans, for the cover of her new upcoming single “Anaconda”- off the upcoming album The Pink Print.

"Anaconda" drops July 28th!

All I got to say is I’m jelly. (that booty tho)

-Stace Fresh

SERVED FRESH: Jay 305: “Money Talk, Bullshit Walk”

OPM’s Jay 305 finally drops some heat from his upcoming project Taking All Bets

The single "Money Talk, Bullshit Walk"  featuring T. is packing straight west coast heat! As soon as you click the play button that DPG, Snoop, Quik gangsta-funky feel west coast influence is evident. 

Critics constantly talk about the “new west coast”, name dropping all these cats ranging from YG to the TDE camp… but if there’s anybody truly exemplifying what that west coast sound is- it’s OPM. 

And that’s just my opinion. No disrespect to your favorite rappers repping the west at the moment. 

But take a listen to what I’m preaching. Click play down below. 
OPM, We$t$ide Get The Money!