When I first came to LA, I had a negative perception of the city. Coming from the Bay Area, I was influenced by my high school friends who proclaim that Norcal is way better than Socal. But I shortly realized that isn’t necessarily the case. This region has so many different activities and places for all types of people!
As a HipHopHead and music enthusiast, I was super excited to take advantage of all the artists who love to perform in the City of Angels. So far, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Bilal, GoldLink, Mr. Jukes, and Toro y Moi in concert venues around the city. The USC concerts committee is responsible for hosting 3 concerts a year at McCarthy Quad, and through them I was able to see Smino, Lil Pump, Playboi Carti, and Glass Animals. In past years, USC has hosted Migos, Rae Sremmurd, Post Malone, Miguel, Diplo, and many others. The best part of these on campus concerts is that they are completely free for students! It is a great way rally with friends and enjoy great music.
My favorite event all year is Camp Flog Gnaw, which is a two day music festival hosted by Tyler the creator and his Odd Future posse at Exposition park. The tickets to this event are a fraction of the cost of Coachella, features a wide lineup of talented artists that span from Kid Cudi, Lana Del Rey, ASAP Rocky, Solange, to more underground acts such as Brockhampton, Rex Orange County, The Internet, and many others. My favorite part of Flog Gnaw is that it is located just a block south of USC, so you save hundreds of dollars on transportation and lodging!
Music is a big part of my life, and being so close to so many different acts and venues is such a blessing!