Hip hop artists rock UCR at Spring Splash

By Justin Udenze |Staff Writer|

Inland empire students stood patiently in the sweltering sun on UCR’s Bell Tower lawn, awaiting the arrival of underground hip-hop icons.

As the heat weathered on the will of the waiting, around 4 p.m. chants aimed at the lawn’s constructed stage flew at the masters of ceremony.

Curren$y! Curren$y! Curren$y!, and then as if the chants summoned the artist from a magic lamp he rushed onto the stage to the fan’s delight.

The performance marked the midpoint of an eventful April 30 afternoon as UCR’s Associated Students Program Board (ASPB) presented Spring Splash 2011.

An annual music festival held in the center of the UCR campus featured 2011 performances by hip-hop artists Nipsey Hussle, Brother Ali, Curren$y and Big Boi from the legendary group Outkast.

Artists understand the importance of connecting to an audience and these performers showed their fan appreciation.

Curren$y told the crowd “I’m feeling real comfortable out here, I don’t like going places where people don’t know my music. I appreciate y’all.”

Brother Ali, an albino artist from Minneapolis,Minnesota took the time to admire the crowd as well as the atmosphere. He expressed his appreciation for some of the finer things  Southern California has to offer including the weather and the women.

Upcoming Los Angeles based artist, Nipsey Hussle added to his stage time joining friend and tour mate Curren$y on the stage for a second performance.

Synergy may be a word that best encompasses the environment that was created.

Curren$y is certainly an artist that likes to connect with his fan base, promising to come out in the crowd after the performance. The artist also took concerned with one fan who seemed to have passed out in the middle of the audience.

“You guys need to take him out of here, is he okay? Is he out, like out of is he just chilling? Hey buddy, I need you to throw up the Jet sign if you’re good.”

After the fan put his pinky and his thumb out and lifted it in the air the crowd cheered and laughed.

“He’s alright guys!” laughed Curren$y

The evening was closed out by a solo performance of headliner Big Boi, who took the time to revisit some of his Outkast classics.

Afterward the crowd lingered around the campus, buzzing about the performances and looking for the next thing to do on a spring Saturday night.

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