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Passionate and success-hungry artists swarmed the Ace of Spades stage on Tuesday.
Three rappers, all with different styles of hip-hop, gave an unforgettable performance opening for headliner Chiddy Bang.
Starting off the night was hip-hop artist Brodi Nicholas. Originally from Rocklin, Nicholas currently resides in Irvine.
Nicholas (vocalist and guitarist) and Dustin "D" Woelk (guitarist and producer) brought the crowd a medley of genres, including reggae, hip-hop and instrumental.
Their versatile performance started the night off well, and got the crowd pumped for the show.
From bongos to keyboard and drums, Nicholas had plenty of talent on stage. "New Kid," a song about girls, performing and haters, was a great upbeat song that showed Nicholas' rapping ability.
A fun musician who enjoys what he does, Nicholas brought nothing but a good performance to the stage, including his own version of Foster The People's "Pumped Up Kicks."
Nicholas finished off his set with a song on his new mix tape titled "21."
Next up was another Sacramento native, though he now calls Galt home, J. Sirus.
Bringing his personality right out from the start, J. Sirus had an exceptional amount of energy on the stage.
With a deep passion for and pride in West Coast rap, the artist brought a more alternative rapping style to the audience.
J. Sirus creatively used songs that flow in the beginning and end, with strong lyrics woven featured in between.
He was impressive when he used ‘40s jazz singer Peggy Lee's "Big Spender" on one of his songs.
Employing a slower melody of Lee's song, J. Sirus rapped fast and hard, creating an innovative way of immersing oldies with hip-hop music.
Ending his set with a track, "Smallville," J. Sirus rapped about his transition from the city (Sacramento) to the country (Galt).
The final opener before Chiddy Bang took to the stage was local rapper K-Ottic (Kenny Giacomini).
K-Ottic last performed at Ace of Spades in May, opening for colorful artist Mickey Avalon, but his performance Tuesday night put his last to shame.
Opening up his set with explosive energy, K-Ottic and special guest Quen as hype man went hard, bringing the crowd a high-energy performance.
With an influential and confident presence, K-Ottic brought female vocalist Sunnie Williams to the stage, mixing up his style of alternative rap with the track "One Time."
The stage and energy was set for headlining Chiddy Bang.
An alternative hip-hop group from Philadelphia, Childera "Chiddy" Anamege (vocalist) and Noah "Xaphoon Jones" Beresin (drummer) gave a fun and polished performance.
Performing a wide range of songs from their various mix tapes and EPs, they shared a lot of material with the audience.
Entering the stage with a red letterman jacket, Chiddy opened the set with the song "Breakfast."
Continuing with hits, including "Mind Your Manners" and "I Can't Stop," Chiddy Bang took a break in their performance to play a little game with the audience.
Xaphoon Jones got off the drums and asked the audience to shout out random words, which would be given to Chiddy to create a random freestyle.
After a minute or two of collecting words, Jones came up with the words “freedom,” “bacon,” “mustard,” “Westside,” “Sac” and “slutty Frank Sinatra.”
The crowd went crazy during his freestyle, which actually used every word that was suggested.
Chiddy Bang ended their set with "Opposite of Adults" and an encore with "All Over."
With top performances by all of the opening acts, and Chiddy Bang ending the night with great songs, this was one of the best hip-hop shows at Ace of Spades.