The 9th annual MUSINK, presented by Travis Barker
TATTOO CONVENTION, CAR SHOW AND CONCERT
AT OC FAIR AND EVENTS CENTER, COSTA MESA, CALIFORNIA
FRIDAY MARCH 4, 2016
Musink is one of our favorite Southern California shows. It’s an event that is also a lifestyle -music and ink are famous bed-fellows, throw in some car culture and you got yourself on hell if a weekend. The first of the three-day events took off this year with Yelawolf (his second year). The band come on with Travis barker drum kit placed up front/off center. Always great when a band decides to do that since most of the time your lucky to catch a gimps of the drummer at all. Yelawolf, who introduced himself as Catfish Billy, played a few songs before technical issued took out the band’s DJ. They unfortunately, cut their set short. But while they were on the audience and myself were reminded why this act got to where they are. The man is damn good at what he does.
The second band of the night was the Transplants. They owned the room with their brand of rough and rowdy rap-fueled punk. Tim “Timebomb” Armstrong leading with a demeanor of a street hooligan spitting words in your face along-side Skinhead Rob who is the ultimate verbal instigator delivering words in a knotted snarl. They put on a good set with fans getting everything they could expect out of this out of control band. Some highlights of their set were “Gangsters and Thugs”, “Tall Cans in the Air” and, of course, “Diamonds and Guns”.
In a twist in genre (for the punk-heavy show), superstar rap artist, Snoop Dogg claimed the stage and put on a hell of a show. Some rap acts lose something in a live show. For the most part, this is not the case with Snoop Dogg. He is 100% of what you’d expect him to be and delivers all the smooth, slick, ultimate pimp cool any audience could handle doing hits like “Nuttin’ but a G Thang”, “P.I.M.P”, “Gin and Juice” and “Who am I (What’s My Name?)”. The set was near perfect, except for a couple of moments where there was some unnecessary “filler”. Snoop playing some tunes from other artists as a tribute, where he mostly spoke over the DJ’s tracks, but the set of his work alone was enough. This was a small complaint because the rest of the set more than makes up for it. And there is just something to be said for the man’s swagger and charisma. Near the close of his set came off part Snoop D-O-double-G, part Snoop Lion, bringing day one of the 9th annual Musink to an end in style.