With Bruin Bash 2013 only a week away, the Campus Events Commission and the Cultural Affairs Commission have released this year’s lineup, featuring Tyga and E-40.
Last year’s performance featured Panamanian hip hop duo Las Rakas, indie rock band Ra Ra Riot and hip-hop duo Chiddy Bang. This year’s Bruin Bash lineup is taking a strictly hip-hop feel with California rappers Tyga and E-40.
Doors to Pauley Pavilion will open Sunday at 6:30 p.m., with the show beginning at 8:00 p.m. After the show, the floor of Pauley Pavilion will open at 11:00 p.m. for the Bruin Bash Dance, featuring student DJs DJ SARS (Jeffrey Hsiao) and Bentley Montes.
Southern California-based rapper Tyga grew up in the West Coast hip-hop scene. After his independent debut release gained fame, Tyga was signed to Young Money Entertainment, where his major label debut “Careless World: Rise of the Last King” was received with commercial and critical acclaim. Singles off the album, including “Rack City” and “Faded,” helped propel Tyga’s music into the mainstream.
Tyga’s West Coast rapping style, centered around the controversial topic of drugs, was displayed further in 2013’s “Hotel California.” The album revolved around samplings of the 1990s West Coast rap scene, as evidenced on “Dope,” which samples Dr. Dre’s “Deep Cover.” The album also contains singles “For the Road” and “Molly.”
Hailing from Northern California, E-40 has made his rap career by representing the Bay Area since the early 1990s. E-40’s 1995 release “In a Major Way” brought the Vallejo, Calif. rapper in to the mainstream, with his animated rapping style and vibrant hooks catching a large audience. E-40’s became even more prominent after 2006’s “Tell Me When To Go,” produced by Lil Jon, became a dance hall favorite. E-40 came to be recognized as a face of the Bay Area’s “hyphy” movement.
In recent years, E-40 has continued to expand his discography, releasing “The Block Brochure” trilogy in 2012, which featured rappers 2 Chainz and Juicy J, among others. While E-40’s latest releases have had less commercial stay, they continue to be received well by critics.
Compiled by Brendan Hornbostel, A&E senior staff.