Local rap artists from south central Pennsylvania and some from as far as northern Maryland took Shippensburg by storm on Saturday night, Oct. 24.
The Thought Lot hosted Left Coast Media Group, a group focused on connecting aspiring artists to different community resources.
The show, named “All We Do is Work Over Time,” featured acts from Chambersburg to Hagerstown, with rapper Lefty Gunnz headlining.
Lefty Gunnz, from Fayetteville, Pennsylvania, said that even though most of the artists performing tonight work independently, he knows all of them from networking and recording together.
Lefty said he has been rapping since he was 5 years old and first started recording when he was 16.
“I rap about everyday life, from having a good day or if someone p****s me off while driving...[I make] feel good music.”
Lefty, accompanied by his 7 and 11-year-old daughters, acted as the event’s host, introducing a very mixed set of rappers who performed anything from mini-sets of only three songs to full 15- to 20-minute acts as the night went on.
After DJ’s pumped up the crowd by playing anything from hard, vintage rap to Beyoncé, Skino Rivera took the stage. He performed songs like “All Black” and “Why You Mad?”
Rivera spat fast-paced, intense lyrics and incorporated fierce yells, which added a heavier feel to his sound.
Next, Sonny Bronco from Hagerstown, Maryland, stepped into the spotlight in a black hoodie and black sunglasses.
The bass boomed as he rapped his songs, “How Bout That?” and “What We Do,” which was a more optimistic song about striving for greatness.
Dubby, from Gettysburg, performed a mini-set after Sonny.
He performed three original songs, “Money Pools,” “Vent Sesh” and “Lemme Know.”
“I always try to cater to the scenario,” Dubby said. “I always try to pick songs that I think that a particular audience wants to hear.”
He described his raps as genuine lyrics mixed with a trap and pop sound.
Dubby also said how smaller venues like The Thought Lot are his favorite to perform at, compared to bigger ones such as Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
He believes it allows him to connect with the audience more and network with both other rappers and his fans. Maurice Daniel was up next, doing a complete 180 from Dubby’s performance.
“I’m not really into trap music,” Daniel said. “My music is like soul food … it’s music that feeds spirits.”
The lights went sky blue as Daniel stepped on stage and sang tracks off of his new EP “Hiding in Plain Sight,” which he released earlier this week.
The crowd silently and subtly swayed and head-nodded to his profound beats for his entire 15-minute set.
Following Daniel, rapper Cadet from Chambersburg and Young Swerve from Harrisburg each had a set, performing upbeat, party-style songs.
Wrapping the night up, Lefty and his rap posse, Getting Money Fugitive$, riled up the crowd one last time.
The crew performed songs like, “Live it Up,” “Slave” and “Money On My Mind,” as the fans rapped along.
“[My favorite part about performing] are the vibes the music brings in,” Getting Money Fugitive$ member Dirk Peshey said. “I just have a passion for music and I go with the flow and whatever the vibes bring.”
Finally, after Lefty’s performance with Getting Money Fugitive$, he took the stage one last time to perform four songs solo, including “We get Money,” “Two Seaters X Margaritas,” “Oh My Giddy Aunt” and ending with “Kiss my A**” while the fans sang along.
Lefty will be coming back to The Thought Lot with hip-hop artist Nappy Roots on Nov.7.
He is also planning on dropping his next mixtape “Welcome to the Left Coast/ Mollyhood Calivania” on Dec.22, which is his mother’s birthday.
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