There are some artists who have survived the test of time and have fought off lesser talents who attempt to thrive from their fame by association, and therefore truly deserve commendation and appreciation. One such artist, who is neither dead nor a classic rocker, feeds the hip-hop community with a level of production style and quality flow that has been recognized and loved for more than three decades.
Andre Romelle Young, better known as Dr. Dre, has been creating groundbreaking music both on the mic and as a producer working on the more technical side of things since 1984. What better way to celebrate the musical genius of Dr. Dre than to have a party in his honor? With 40 oz. for sale—yet a surprisingly clean floor—and the constant spinning of everything Dre, the Triple Rock Social Club did just that last Monday night at the Triple Rock.
Walking into the Dre Day celebration, I was met with a room full of different kinds of people varying from burly, bearded, beer-drinking men to what I can only describe as hip-hop flappers. A projector above the crowd shot video across the entire left wall of the room, filling any empty moment— there were very few—with a constant stream of Dr. Dre videos. With a flashy car rim and a slightly smaller than lifesize cut-out of Snoop Dogg backing up the DJs on stage, the crowd showed their appreciation with cheers as each new beat dropped.
With every first note, the audience at the Triple Rock instantly knew which song was coming, which built up the atmosphere of the room with each new track. The Dre Day celebration gave me some interesting insights into the far reach of Dre’s music within the hip-hop community in its entirety. The crowd knew every rhyme and every drop of the beat, and soon they were ready for the live element of the show.
After the $20 Sack Pyramid hip-hop trivia game had ended and the clock was nearing midnight, The Oh Geez set up on stage. A group comprised of members from Dream Crusher and Culture Cry Wolf with a few special guests performed the same West Coast beats created by Dre using live instruments. Flute, synth, and more traditional rock elements helped The Oh Geez perfectly back up the Dre lyrics being spit on stage. The local hybrid group played out the evening with the help of up-and-coming MCs like Sean Anonymous and Lizzo of The Chalice. The celebration showed the true influence of Dr. Dre within today’s hiphop scene, and he would have been proud to be in attendance.