By Martin Dinh
The Alchemist and Evidence took to the stage Thursday night in
Ursa Major, attracting 200 plus hip- hop fans in what was Session
A’s last production of the year.
Evidence, from Dilated Peoples, and Alchemist, a well renowned
hip-hop producer, who has worked with popular hip-hop artists like
T.I., Cypress Hill, Mobb Deep and Nas, were the headlines for the
“I love the hip-hop culture, to see that they have someone like
Evidence and Alchemist at school, it keeps hip-hop alive,” said
Adam Elramly, a second-year international business student.
Along with the showcasing of the two California natives, Session
A also featured Fashawn, a 20 year old up and coming rapper based
out of the eastside of Fresno.
Fashawn energized the crowd and entertained them with a remix of
Kid Cudi’s smash hit “Day N Night.”
“The crowd was great, it was definitely a hip-hop crowd,” said
Fashawn. “I’m definitely coming back to Pomona. It was one of the
best crowds I performed for thus far.”
Aside from the headline performances, other elements of hip-hop
culture were also on display, such as break dancing and Battle of
The Battle of the Emcees gave the contestants a two-minute time
frame to showcase their own song.
Depending on how close the voting came, the final decision came
down to a freestyle battle to determine the true winner.
Tyrone Stokes, a.k.a. Lyrically
Twisted, swept through the competition and was crowned champion
of the emcee battle.
“I think tonight was very positive, it really represented a
positive movement,” said Stokes. “The crowd really showed respect
to all the artists that came out.”
Session A, sponsored by ASI BEAT, has been around since 2003 and
focuses primarily on positive hip-hop music.
“Cal Poly has a big hip-hop following. A lot of people seem to
gravitate towards this type of music, ” said Brian Caldwell,
special events co-chair for ASI BEAT.
What began in the dorms in 2002, Session A has now become an
outlet for students to relax and escape to for the weekend.
The highlight of the night came when all three headline
performers were on stage performing the song “Far Left,” a track
from Evidence’s second solo album “The Layover.”
Hands were held high swaying from side to side like tree
branches, cell phones were lifted in the air, illuminating the
room, as the bass from the speakers thumped to the familiar
“I think the crowd was authentic, they definitely need the
music,” said Alchemist. “I love doing shows with the college.”
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Evidence headlines Session A
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