By Tamara Palmer
93.5 FM KDAY Krush Groove
Gibson Amphitheatre, Los Angeles
April 29, 2011
Several legends of old-school West Coast rap music assembled on Friday night to pay tribute to KDAY, the radio station that was instrumental in first transmitting many of their songs to the important Los Angeles market at the start of their careers.
“They play some of the other stuff that other stations play, but you hear these rare gems that no other station that I know of in the country is playing in Hip-Hop,” says Too Short, who headlined the sold-out “Krush Groove” concert for the station, performing for more than 6000 fans.
Other featured performers included Xzibit, Digital Underground, Tha Alkaholiks, and 1st Generation. The latter is a supergroup of sorts, featuring veteran artists King Tee, Kurupt, Jayo Felony, Sir Jinx, and Compton’s Most Wanted members MC Eiht and Tha Chill, who offered snippets of old favorites along with a brief preview from the group’s forthcoming debut album Sharks N The Water. And since no radio station jam is complete without some surprise guests, performances from Suga Free, Rodney O, and Dru Down all generated noticeable moments of excitement. But the biggest reaction was saved for the unannounced appearance of Warren G, who guided the crowd as they loudly sang the late Nate Dogg’s parts from “Regulator.”
Once a pioneering channel on the AM dial in the Seventies and Eighties that played hip-hop around the clock until it ceased in 1991, KDAY now lives online (http://www.935.kday.com) and at 93.5 FM and plays classic songs from throughout the country, but with a little bit of special love for the West Coast, as the lineup evidenced.
Ja Rule, the lone East Coast rapper scheduled to perform, was an unexplained no-show.