TVD Live Shots:
Mount Westmore ft. Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube,
E-40, and Too Short at Toyota Arena, 11/13

In front of a sold-out Toyota Arena, rap icons Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, E-40, and Too Short joined forces on stage as newly-minted supergroup Mount Westmore and put on a clinic for the 10,000+ fans in attendance on Saturday night. This was no ordinary concert, but more of a raging house party (circa 1991) fueled by cool drinks, tasty buds, and banging music all-night long. I wouldn’t have missed this one for the world, and highly recommend catching these West Coast legends when they blaze into your town!

I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect from Mount Westmore on Saturday night as my experience seeing supergroups over the years had been lukewarm at best. These collectives always seem to be billed as the “the next big thing” and then typically deliver lackluster performances that make me want to run for the door come mid show. Knowing that Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, E-40, and Too Short (four of my favorite rappers) were taking the stage together only added to my pre-show anxiety. That said, I enthusiastically entered the Toyota Arena (one of Southern California’s finest concert venues) with a smile on my face and high expectations for Saturday’s live performance.

For anyone who has not been to show like this, it’s important to know that the moment you enter the door, it’s a party. Beers are flowing, people are dancing, and music is pulsating from every corner of the arena. Now I’m not advocating for the “sticky-icky,” but clouds of smoke were thick and plentiful, and most partaking had smiles on their face from ear-to-ear throughout the show. It was just what the doctor ordered to get the house party raging—and rage it did all night long!

Leading up to Mount Westmore, party people from all walks of life were treated to some of rap’s most iconic figures on stage including Warren G, DJ Quik, DJ Battlecat, Kurupt, Death-Row Records Co-founder Harry-O, and DJ Pooh (just to name a few). As one might expect at a show like this, there were also countless others who joined these legends on stage at one point or another and each brought it in their own special way. One of my favorite moments from earlier in the evening was a killer set from a 13-year-old named DJ Livia. You’d think she was born behind those decks and put on a super special performance I soon won’t soon forget.

Now onto the main attraction, Mount Westmore. Who would have ever dreamed that four of rap’s most iconic brands would team up for a show and tour like this? Well, Snoop dreamed big and big is what he got courtesy of West Coast legends Ice Cube, E-40, and Too Short. As the lights dimmed and the show began courtesy of DJ Pooh, four gold thrones (befitting of kings) rose from beneath the stage, lifting these titans front and center in front of a now packed arena. One by one they electrified the crowd, and one by one they each left their special mark as deafening beats now filled the arena. Man, was this special.

Over the next few hours, Mount Westmore surgically struck Toyota Arena with a wide array of songs in which many were performed independently and others as Mount Westmore. Favorites included “Rappers Ball” by E-40, “Blow the Whistle” by Too Short, “You Can Do It” by Ice Cube, and “Who I Am” courtesy of Snoop Dogg. I also dug the new Mount Westmore track entitled “Big Subwoofer”—a super dope track that will surely make its way up the charts in the not-so-distant future.

As the cloud lifted and lights began to flicker back on, I reflected on the evening that was and what the future might hold for Mount Westmore. Grinning from ear-to-ear like a kid who got caught with his hand in the cookie jar, I have no doubt based upon the night’s killer performance that this supergroup was destined for greatness. It’s clear that Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, E-40, and Too Short made the right decision to team up—and deserve to sit atop their gold thrones as kings of rap once again.

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