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A variety of rappers brought the house down Thursday at Ace of Spades.
From individuals dancing in the middle of the floor, to those at the front of the stage, the artists brought Sacramento a top-notch show.
The lineup came together from Reno, Black Rock City, Vallejo, Los Angeles and Sacramento.
Hip-hop artist DeSaint Reed, reigning from Reno, started off the night with a diverse collection of material ranging from club bangers to slower R&B jams.
Following up Reed were Nevada natives Black Rock City All Stars. With a five-member group, each brought their own musical style and sound to the stage.
A mixture of rap, heavy bass and ethnic sounds, Black Rock City All Stars brought the meaning of melting pot with their performance. They also entertained the audience with a belly dancer on stage, while all members of the group danced in their own styles.
Turf Talk, a Vallejo native and cousin of E-40, was the last opener. With a group of artists, Turf Talk was interactive with the crowd and showed off his animation and liveliness, as he danced among his friends.
When Ace of Spades got ready to welcome E-40 to the stage, DJ Kento, who had been spinning in between acts, announced the presence of Sacramento rapper and legend C-Bo. Although he didn't perform, the crowd was excited to see C-Bo on stage, supporting the show.
E-40 has released 17 studio albums since his debut in 1993. He is widely known as one of the founding rappers of the hyphy movement, which distinguished the type of uptempo, high-energy music coming out of the Bay Area. Known for releasing multiple albums at once, E-40 shows that rapping is his life.
With three studio albums released at the same time this year, The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 1, 2 and 3, E-40 came to the show with a lot of material.
As he took the stage, all the earlier performers, friends and family took to the stage as well to surround him as he performed. He brought a medley of his old and new songs from over the years.
He opened the set with “Captain Save a Hoe” from his debut album, “Federal,” which immediately hyped up the crowd.
Showing his laid back and personable attitude, E-40 signed a fan’s hat in between songs.
Alongside the other performers, E-40 entertained the crowd to the fullest. The majority of the songs he performed, he made sure that the crowd rapped portions, as he held the microphone out to the audience.
His set list included “Five on It,” “Tell Me When to Go,” “Function,” “White Girl, "Bang” and “Snap Yo Fingers.”