Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Ship Show Day Two: Wu Tang On An Aircraft Carrier, And No DMX

by Azucena Rasilla
Tue, May 30, 2017 at 5:27 PM

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As Alameda recovers from the Ship Show Festival, we look back at the highs and lows of night two:

Rapper DMX was a no show, even though his set time was listed as early as Sunday morning. Back in April, DMX canceled a string of shows and voluntarily checked himself into rehab. Another scheduled performer who also was a no-show, Kelis, hours earlier she had been active on social media, posting on Instagram.

No explanation was given as to why neither DMX nor Kelis showed up, although only a handful of people seemed upset. The night was all about Wu-Tang — but another performer stole part of Wu-Tang’s shine.

Lupe Fiasco, who was partaking in Ramadan, absolutely killed it . "If my performance feels underwhelming, please forgive me, as I'm fasting," he told the crowd. The politically conscious rapper is currently promoting his sixth studio album, DROGAS light.

An honorary mention goes to Wyclef, who played earlier in the day, spitting fast rhymes, putting the sound engineer on blast for not having his microphone "right," and climbing the side of the stage to get a better view of the crowd.

Like Saturday’s sets, there was a long wait before Wu-Tang appeared, and the weather was a lot colder. There also seemed to be fewer people in attendance.

But it didn’t matter; it was Wu-Tang Clan, a hip-hop institution. It has been 24 years since the release of 36 Chambers, and while the New York rappers might be well into their forties, their chemistry still prevails. All living members were part of this epic performance — Raekwon, GZA, RZA, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, and Cappadonna.

Ship Show Festival has some kinks to figure out if it plans to return for a second installment next year. It was certainly an innovative idea, holding a festival on the deck of an aircraft carrier, and if the promoters are able to better the experience for the festival goers — add more food and drink vendors, and work out the sound issue with residents — it would surely become a coveted ticket.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Ship Show Served Up Hip-Hop On A Former Navy Aircraft Carrier, Complete With First-Time Festival Hiccups

by Azucena Rasilla
Sun, May 28, 2017 at 12:45 PM

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The first edition of any music festival is bound to have glitches and mishaps. And so, while attendees appeared aggravated by long entrance lines at yesterday's Ship Show festival on Alameda's naval base, all was forgotten once inside — sort of.

Folks took to social media to vent frustrations about the lines, and the fact that they were told Keak da Sneak, a Bay Area Legend, would not be performing, only he did take the stage in the early afternoon.

As YG made it onto the stage, hundreds of people were still outside, trying to make their way on to the USS Hornet tarmac. Almost an hour went by between Jeremih and YG’s set, though, and while this could’ve been the perfect opportunity for people to take advantage of the vendors, there was a shortage of food and drinks.


The most confusing moment of the night came during YG’s set. The crowd was at its liveliest as the Compton rapper performed “Bitches Ain’t Shit,” from 2011’s Just Re'd Up; plus “Left, Right,” “I Just Wanna Party,” and “BPT” from 2014’s My Krazy Life. But the one song the crowd was most eager to hear, “Fuck Donald Trump,” didn’t happen: YG's set was abruptly cut short, no explanation given, just sound and lights out. YG and his camp were not happy, and left the stage visibly upset.

Wiz Khalifa headlined the first of this two-day festival, and, as is typical with his shows, smoke clouds filled the USS Hornet. Many questioned if smoking weed would be tolerated, considering the location, but security did not care. Even as Wiz performed, he addressed the crowd, “Who’s got the best weed in here tonight?” (His set also was cut short, to less than 45 minutes, concluding at exactly 10pm.)

If you have tickets for day two, allow yourself plenty of time to get to there, as you will have to go through the three different check-in areas. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes; you walk up a set of narrow stairs. And, most importantly, dress warm: The temperature dropped to the low 50s, and the breeze made it extra chilly. Layers are your best friend.

Day two has an even better line-up: Wyclef, Lupe Fiasco, DMX, and Wu-Tang Clan.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Find The 2017 Best Of The East Bay Readers Choice Nominees Here!

by Express staff
Fri, May 26, 2017 at 9:56 AM

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In case you were looking ...

Here is a list of this year's Best of the East Bay 2017 nominees, which were announced on Wednesday!

And here is the ballot.


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