The Observatory OC and Out Da House Productions proudly brought hip hop fanatics the fourth annual Back to Basics hip hop festival with fan favorites such as Brother Ali, Hieroglyphics, Bizarre Ride II, Necro, Keith Murray, and Jedi Mind Tricks.
Hip hop fanatics from Orange County and neighboring cities gathered up once again in our lovely city of Santa Ana (CA) for this event, making it once again a successful one. Artists occupied both stages of the venue, the Observatory main stage and the Constellation room.
In the Constellation room we caught LRG sponsored up-and-coming group Villain Park, a group of five youngsters out of West Los Angeles, who gave us a surprisingly great performance. It was the first time hearing and seeing this group and their incorporation of boom bap sound to their west coast feel most definitely left a great imprint on all hip hop fanatics in the room. They knew exactly how to rock the crowd, which I found very surprising at their age.
Shortly after, Reverie took the stage and the room filled with nothing but her most loyal supporters. The stage brimmed with nothing but girl power as DJ La La aided on her set. A couple of minutes after, 2Mex of the Visionaries crew ripped the mic alongside Lucky.I.Am, who served as a special guest on his set. He performed the crowd favorite “So Many More Words” in which everyone sang along to the Weezer sample. Flipmode’s Rah Digga also rocked the Constellation Room bringing forth a grip of her core fan base.
Meanwhile at the Observatory stage things were going down in a major way. Andre Nickatina took the stage and had all rapping along to songs “Conversations With A Devil”, “Ayo for Yayo”, and “Drug Luv”, in which a special RIP went out to bay area legend Mac Dre.
Respected game vet Keith Murray also took over the Observatory stage where he completely laid all questions of his abilities on the mic to rest (reference to recent battle with Fredro Starr). He did his thing on that stage and everyone loved it. “The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World” dropped and everyone vibed out to the classic track.
Bizarre Ride II had the entire crowd reminiscing back to ‘93 when she kept “Passin’ Me By”. They performed “She Said” which had everybody singing along. They closed their set in the best way possible, the classic J Dilla instrumental played and the crowd roared with excitement to the “Runnin” classic.
Rhymesayer, Brother Ali was one of the crowd’s favorites as he made a rare Southern California appearance at our event. As per usual, Brother Ali used the stage to bring light to his audience through his music.
One of the most beautiful things happened that night. Brother Ali took to social media to explain how OG Mark Luv (of The Universal Zulu Nation) and himself had a very intimate conversation backstage. The premise of the conversation concluded with Mark Luv inducting Brother Ali into the Zulu Nation by placing his Zulu medallion upon Ali.
Brother Ali took to social media to express:
“I take this as a great honor and responsibility. Culture (not to be confused with the entertainment industry’s use of culture) is the glue that holds community together.”
Hieroglyphics had the crowd jumping with tracks like “93 Till Infinity”, “At the Helm”, and “Step to My Girl”. Necro certainly gave his core audience a great and energetic performance. Jedi Mind Tricks was one of the most anticipated groups of the night as they made a rare So Cal appearance. However, it was one of Los Angeles’ own who stole the night- The Visionaries.
DJ Rhettmatic, KeyKool, Dannu, Lord Zen, LMNO, and 2Mex reunited for this fourth annual Back To Basics festival making it one of the most memorable moments of the entire night. The last time The Visionaries rocked the stage together was at our very first Back to Basics festival, to have them return to the stage this year was a great asset to our fourth year anniversary. The fans were ecstatic from the moment they jumped on stage.
They performed “Crop Circles”, “In the Good”, “L.A. Fresh”, “I Love Hip Hop”, and the fan favorite “If You Can’t Say Love”. The energy each and every member gave was beyond what words can describe. It was beautiful to see their families sharing that moment on stage with them as well.
Back to Basics continues to be a success bringing hip hop admirers together through music and the appreciation for the culture.
Thank you to everyone who made Back to Basics fourth year anniversary a successful event. Hope to see y’all next year!
Can’t stop. Won’t stop.
– Out Da House Productions team