Frenzied medly of hip-hop and punk-rock hits Pozo Saloon

October 1, 2011

PennywiseBy CHRIS WREN

Despite a shocking no-show by one of the two headlining acts, Sunday’s Fall Frenzy at Pozo Saloon still delivered a symphony of dancing, drink, and blasting music.

The Game, a renowned LA rapper slated to be one of the two headline acts, generated nothing but a booming chorus of boos upon the announcement of his absence.  Although no word has come from Pozo as to why The Game did not show, the legendary rapper posted on Twitter earlier in the day that he was skipping church to perform.

Though many fans left dismayed with the missing band, The Game’s absence did not prevent the crowd of nearly 3,000 from enjoying a full day of entertainment.

Encompassing the sister genres of punk rock, hip-hop, punk bands, and rappers joined together at Fall Frenzy to share their views on the world and toast to the unrestrained lifestyle that is the herald of both musical styles.

Though the event primarily featured hip-hop it drew a contingent of serious punk-rock fans.  One attendee wore a shirt aptly describing punk rock: “punk rock is a loud, fast, and deliberately offensive style of rock music.”

Guttermouth was the first act to really get the party started.  They played aggressive punk rock music, with a skanking dancing beat provided by the drums and bass, while the guitars laid down some gritty riffs.  The lead vocalist was the star of the show, cracking many-a-joke between songs talking trash to his band mates, the audience, and even himself.  He even got off stage and went into the crowd to cause mayhem, knocking off people’s hats.  The message was clear: don’t take yourself too seriously.

Pennywise took the punk rock up another level.  They invited the whole crowd up front where a large mosh pit formed instantly.  These guys promoted anti-government sentiments, and endorsed the sovereignty of an individual person.  Pennywise motivated the crowd with their abrasive, dance-ready instrumentation.

Bay area rapper Andre Nickatina was the first major rap act to grace the stage.  Nickatina rapped some classic verses from tracks such as “Scotty 15,”“Killa Whale,” “Ayo For Yayo,” and “Jungle.”

As night crept in, WC of Westside Connection blasted the crowd with his bass and gangsta raps.  He talked about growing up in the ghetto and reflected on the mind state of a paranoid gun-toting youth.

From South Central Los Angeles, WC said he looked at life from a raw perspective, telling the fellas to say “I love sex” and the ladies to say “I love money.” In WC’s hood from trading sex for money is common place.

The final act of the Frenzy was Big Sean.  Displaying his free-styling abilities upon entering the stage, Big Sean was intent on demonstrating his talents.  Sean performed an eclectic mix of tracks including pop dance songs, mellow Marvin Gaye inspired love songs and uplifting tunes celebrating his new-found fame.  At age 22, Big Sean boasts that his life centers around good weed, fine women and European fashion.  Who could blame him?



  1. WiseGuy says:

    Chris, I admire your enthusiasm as a reviewer, and appreciate that you might not want to write anything that might jeopardize you getting free passes to local concerts, but it sure would be refreshing if you had some thoughts to share regarding the materialistic, hedonistic, narcissistic, glamour driven decadence that some of the performers seem, by your description, to be promoting with their music, under the ironic banner of “punk” rock or some other phony “counter culture” tag that seems so removed from the reality of what these “artists” are selling to the stoned and drunk masses who don’t seem to grasp the seeming hypocrisy that they gyrate and slam to.

    Chris, are you a music critic, or just another mindless cog in the business of selling music of questionable merit. If it is the latter, then you are little more than slave labor working your way toward early hearing loss.

    Have you even though much about what “punk rock” is? It would be nice to know what these terms mean historically, rather than using them like label on a pair of factory distressed designer jeans.

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    • r0y says:

      Nice of you to completely avoid “hip-hop” or rappers in your comment, WiseGuy. Are you just another paranoid victim of political correctness gone awry? Or do you just not like punk rock over the other genres represented who share similar lifestyles?

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      • WiseGuy says:

        The answer to your questions, “rOy”, are NO and NO. An whatever the heck your point is, it seems brutally forced, and more emotionally charged than thoughtful and not based on anything rational. I suggest you reread my comment again and have a more open mind and not be so eager to impose your preconceived notions.

        By the way, let me remind you that YOU are the person who has stated that he will never read my postings. If that is true, perhaps that is why your comment above makes so little sense.

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    • zaphod says:

      It would be nice to know what these terms mean historically
      tribal culture expression not as a thing but as process that the onlooker audience brings meaning to. : young music punk music 2 a byproduct of reagan ism and thatcher ism ,

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