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Sugarhill Gang, Naughty by Nature, Grandmaster Melle Mel, EPDM and Public Enemy Bring Old-School Nostalgia to Downtown Las Vegas Events Center

July 24, 2016 by  

Sugarhill Gang, Naughty by Nature, Grandmaster Melle Mel, EPDM and Public Enemy Bring Old-School Nostalgia to Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
Concert-goers enjoyed a star studded evening at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) when seven hip hop acts took the stage on Saturday, July 23 (Pictured: Flavor Flav’s High-Energy Performance – Photo credit: DLVEC / Tom Donoghue Photography)

Flavor Flav performs with Public Enemy

Flavor Flav performs with Public Enemy

Photo credit: DLVEC / Tom Donoghue Photography.

The Art of Rap Tour featured performances by the Sugarhill Gang, Mobb Deep, Kurtis Blow, Naughty by Nature, Grandmaster Melle Mel, EPDM and Public Enemy.

Public Enemy Performs at the DLVEC

Public Enemy Performs at the DLVEC

Photo credit: DLVEC / Tom Donoghue Photography.

Kicking off the exciting evening, the Sugarhill Gang wowed the crowd with their hit “8th Wonder” and Mobb Deep performed favorites like “Hell On Earth,” “Got it Twisted” and “Quiet Storm.”

The Sugarhill Gang performs their greatest hits at the DLVEC

The Sugarhill Gang performs their greatest hits at the DLVEC

Photo credit: DLVEC / Tom Donoghue Photography.

They were followed by a compelling set from Kurtis Blow, who holds the distinct title as being hip hop’s first signed recording artist. Blow’s performance included songs “Rappin’ Blow Pt. 2” and “These Are the Brakes.”

Rapper Scorpio captivates the crowd during a performance with Grandmaster Melle Mel

Rapper Scorpio captivates the crowd during a performance with Grandmaster Melle Mel

Photo credit: DLVEC / Tom Donoghue Photography.

Next up, Naughty By Nature gave powerful performances of their tracks “OPP” and “Hip Hop Hooray.” The entertaining ensemble surprised guests by finishing off their set with covers of P. Diddy and Tupac.

Grandmaster Melle Mel Joined Onstage by the Sugarhill Gang

Grandmaster Melle Mel Joined Onstage by the Sugarhill Gang

Photo credit: DLVEC / Tom Donoghue Photography.

The evening continued with an impressive showcasing from Grandmaster Melle Mel, who delivered covers of Gandmaster Flash’s greatest hits, including “The Message.” Enthusiastic fans were blown away when Mel was joined on stage by the Sugarhill Gang for an energetic collaboration at the downtown venue.

A packed crowd enjoys EPMD at the Art of Rap Tour

A packed crowd enjoys EPMD at the Art of Rap Tour

Photo credit: DLVEC / Tom Donoghue Photography.

One of the most prominent acts in east coast hip hop, EPDM (Erick & Parrish Making Dollars), performed their own “Rampage” before concluding with a Wu Tang Clan cover.

Naughty By Nature on the DLVEC red carpet

Naughty By Nature on the DLVEC red carpet

Photo credit: DLVEC / Tom Donoghue Photography.

Derek Stevens, CEO and Founder of the D Las Vegas and DLVEC, took the stage to thank guests shortly before headliners Public Enemy finished off the night with a memorable and high-octane medley of their greatest hits, including “Bring the Noise” and “Believe the Hype.”

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