LOS ANGELES — Radio station Power 106 held their annual sold-out Powerhouse concert at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, on Saturday night, bringing together multiple generations of hip-hop stars, from West Coast OG Ice Cube to L.A.’s latest dance-craze instigators the Rej3ctz to a chart-topping visitor from out east, Wiz Khalifa.
The Rej3ctz opened the show with a high-energy performance and later danced onstage with the very colorful LMFAO as they performed “Shots.” Sporting a white T-shirt and bright yellow cargo shorts, T-Pain took it up a couple notches with a string of his hits and left fans fully charged with DJ Khaled’s “All I Do Is Win.”
The evening had a couple of surprises on deck: 50 Cent joined Jeremih on their collabo “Down on Me,” which Jeremih said was the first time they’ve ever performed the song together in concert. Compton’s own DJ Quik gave loyal fans what they came for, and when Lupe Fiasco pulled young crooner Trey Songz onstage during his set, screaming concertgoers raised the decibels to new heights.
The Don Mega himself, Ice Cube, brought out his old N.W.A bandmate MC Ren on the song “Hello.”
“It makes you feel good, being in the game as long as I have,” Ice Cube told MTV News before the show. “I done went from new school to old school and still here. You can’t do nothing but be humbled by the fact that so many rappers is gone. … I’m still here after all this time.”
Cube was also the most-anticipated act of the evening by fellow performers including the headliner, Wiz Khalifa.
“This is my first time performing at Powerhouse, my first time performing at an event this big, so I feel elated,” Wiz told MTV News before his set. “I’m really excited about seeing Cube.”
But Khalifa had another trick up his sleeve when it came to honoring L.A.’s hip-hop roots: He brought out his “High School” co-star Snoop Dogg for one last Powerhouse surprise, no doubt leaving 18,000 fans feeling like they got their money’s worth.