April 24th was the day of UCR’s Spring Splash, which featured KeysNKrates, Little Brother, Murs, and Nas, for a nice price of only 10 bucks. You gotta love it when a university can put together a dope line-up at a low price and still share the event with non-students! Me and the man made the drive from San Diego to Riverside to attend the sold out show and, although I’m not much for long distance drives, this one was worth it.
We missed the KeysnKrates performance but that meant we were just in time for Little Brother. Big Pooh and Phonte were a crowd pleaser, and two die-hard fans to my left who were groovin’ and knew the words to every song def made LB’s set more enjoyable. Murs set felt like part stand-up comedy with his anecdotes in between each song he performed, which also happened to be his best songs. Then there was Nas. After about a 30 minute wait, which interestingly enough was filled with a DJ who played songs mostly from Jay-Z, Nas hit the stage and yes, he hit it hard. His live band Mulatto were especially on point, probably more so than Nas, who forgot a few lyrics to two songs. Overall the experience was an unforgettable one, and ending the set with “One Mic” had me walking away from the event with a good music buzz.
During Spring Splash I took note of what girls were wearing. Being that it’s spring, I wasn’t surprised to see bright colors and a lot of leg. One thing that struck me was the predominance of rompers. It wasn’t too long ago that gals of various shapes and sizes all shared the same thought: rompers aren’t flattering. But this time around, every other woman who was tall, short, thick or thin, seemed to be rockin’ one.
If a girl wasn’t showing some leg, she was covering it with destroyed or patterned tights and pairing ’em with booties. Jeans were in the crowd but not as much, unless there were but they were eye-catching. I hardly take notice of jeans anymore because there are so many brands out there with similar styles, and everyone knows the skinny jean still prevails.
Sandals and, as mentioned, booties were donned throughout and of course, sneakers. I saw one girl frollick towards the stage as Little Brother went on, and she was wearing the recently dropped Nike x Colette Macaron Air Royals. They seriously looked like bubble gum on her feet, but in a cute way, and not the kind you step in and you spend the day rubbing your sole into the ground to get it off.
Then of course the accessories. Nothing ahead of the trend curve here, just some vintage style shades (actually, a lot of vintage style shades) and the occasional fedora with a narrow brim.
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