|Article by Jhantu Randall|
On the bill with Bubba is a good variety of local hip hop artists who were all getting back from Spokane and Colville where they were on tour as opening acts. Like I said before, Pusha T called 2018 a “Surgical Summer” and this is just further proof that the local scene is up to the challenge as they cut through different regions and demographics.
The night itself held a mix of excitement and exhaustion as many were coming from Hempfest in Seattle where they had just graced the stage, further showing their dedication to this craft as they
The show was kicked off by Tacoma artist, George Kush who is a natural on the mic, beyond his rhymes he embraces the role of host as if its second nature. This show was just an additional
George started the show off by getting the crowd loose as he introduced Scott Elkins to the stage.
Then, without missing a beat, the headliner, Bubba Sparks pushed his way through the crowd to hit the stage with force. I’ll admit that while I’ll was always a fan of his during my high school and college years, I was never able to fully garner an appreciation for his work until I saw him live. His set consisted of fan favorites that ranged from “Ugly” to “Ms New Booty” and finally one of my favorites, the Timbaland produced “Deliverance” which is still a grossly underrated gem. He started by performing in the middle of the crowd as the people crowded as close as security would allow. As the crowd was getting louder, Bubba jumped on the stage and immediately broke into Ms New Booty where he cut the mic and invited a few women from the crowd to join him for the song. Ms New Booty 2018 was crowned by the end of it. To close out his time, Bubba and his hype man pointed the mic’s towards the crowd and got them all to sing the chorus to Deliverance. As I stated earlier, this was always a favorite track of mine but to hear it performed live brought it to another level for me. It was if I heard the meaning behind the lyrics and truly connected to it for the first time. Not many
As the lights were getting turned off and the stage was left smoking from the immense heat that the artists all brought, Gerald “Realife” Beamon grabbed the mic and took the stage. With DJ Eskro on the boards he went through an EP’s worth of songs further solidifying the vision and passion I described months ago. Every time he hits the stage I see a new angle to his path and its something to see him fulfill it. To close out the night in probably the most perfect way, Tazz Jones and Fasa Labree took the stage. Yaaah Music is about to be in full effect. Between Tazz’s brash voice and high energy delivery and Fasa’s smokey and angelic singing this is an act thats bound to be a fan favorite upon the first listen. Their version of “The light” is just an appetizer for those who hunger for more, I wish I could describe them in a way that gives them justice but at this point I’m at a loss for words. All I can say is they create an atmosphere for the crowd to experience.
For one night, Spanaway may be choked in forest fire smoke, but this blaze on the stage at the Y was set by a lineup of verbal arsonists who are just beginning to shine bright for all to see.