Real Street LA | Rap Paradise

by Jake Carver

Real Street LA, which was held August 10-11 at Anaheim’s Honda Center, was paradise for a rap fan. From 12:00 openers to the headliners—most notable A$AP Rocky in his first performance since his release from Swedish prison—the festival was stacked, top to bottom. Hats off to 92.3 FM for successfully pulling off what was the largest music event to ever grace Orange County.

The Real Street LA was a cultural experience featuring delicious food trucks, Instagram-able street art, and family friendly attractions. Big Boy’s Neighborhood Car Show featured vintage wheels courtesy of West Coast Customs, along with a tattoo booth, barber shop, and VR graffiti art video game. For attendees looking to cool of in the summer heat, they could sit in the Thunderdome, a Mad Max-inspired cooling station that releases water vapor and, occasionally, shoots fire into the sky.

But the highlight of the weekend was easily the final streak of performances: Miguel, Cardi B, Migos, and A$AP Rocky. Flacko was welcomed back to the US with a “fuck Sweden chant”; he returned the favor by suprising the audience with guest appearances from Tyler the Creator, YG, A$AP Twelvyy, and A$AP Nast. Masked “test dummies” descended from the stage and into the crowd, orchestrating a mosh pit so massive and wild that Rocky chuckled, “Ya’ll are wildin’. The song hasn’t even started yet.”