Still beaming with pride, the city of Los Angeles celebrated the Lakers’ NBA championship by welcoming some of the boys in purple and gold and hip-hop’s power players at Power 106’s Powerhouse 2010 concert at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday (June 19).
The lineup was packed with hip-hop and R&B all-stars, starting with rookies Jason Derulo and B.o.B, with special guest Bruno Mars, who warmed up the crowd before passing the mic to Baby Bash and ladies’ man Trey Songz. The screams reached a high when Drake took the stage in all black, bringing out Kobe Bryant for “Over.”
The surprise of the night came from Diddy, who made an unannounced appearance, performing a 15-minute set, including “Bad Boy for Life,” “Last Night,” and his latest hit “Hello Good Morning” with Dirty Money’s Dawn and Kalenna. He wished Tupac “Happy Birthday” and was joined onstage by his son Christian, who seems to be taking a page from his pop’s book.
A dapper Ne-Yo delivered the evening’s most impressive set, with tightly choreographed routines that had the R&B star breaking out a sweat in his designer suit. He performed his two new singles “Champagne Life” and “Beautiful Monster,” before giving way for the show’s headliner, Snoop Dogg.
The smell of weed was thick as the Doggfather catered to his hometown with classics such as “Murder Was the Case” and “Gin and Juice,” and newer fare including “Gangsta Luv” and “Sexual Eruption.” But it wouldn’t be a gangsta’s party without Warren G (“Regulate”) and the D.P.G.C., who had the West Coast on its feet with “Ain’t No Fun (If the Homies Can’t Have None).”
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