Thizzler Jam was hella lit this Saturday! On the 1700 block of Oakland’s San Pablo Street, history was made as fans of Bay Area hip-hop gathered to enjoy the live sets of over 20 local artists on two separate stages. Excitement filled the air inside the New Parish, a venue that has hosted acts such as Kendrick Lamar, Kehlani, G-Eazy and many other national celebrities, as some of the hottest up & coming stars in the Bay Area scene performed and connected face to face with their fans, some whom were just learning about the music for the first time. (Learn about them for yourself with our Thizzler Jam Soundcloud & YouTube playlists – official video recap coming soon!)
Thizzler Jam, which first started in downtown Oakland in August of 2015, is a celebration of Bay Area hip-hop that aims to showcase promising local acts with growing fanbases. Besides one performance slot that is reserved for a contest winner (this year – Spillatay), every year the entire lineup is hand selected by the staff at Thizzler.com based on talent, buzz and potential. By putting so many rising acts on the same bill, fans who may know one or two artists are exposed to other local artists they might like and leave with a few new songs to add to their playlists.
Acts like funk/hyphy fusion Ezale, former White Girl Mob member Lil Debbie and San Francisco’s Lil Yase held down the On The Roof stage inside New Parish, while outside in the courtyard the Bay’s Most Wanted stage featured acts like Vallejo’s BlueJeans, Oakland to SF collaborators Young Chop and Molly G, San Jose’s Lazy-Boy and many more. While the day started with the unfortunate news that Keak Da Sneak would not be able to perform due to being arrested the night before, fans were treated to stellar performances from the rest of the lineup as well as “hella surprise performances”: Trill Youngins of “I Look Fly Don’t I” fame performed some of their street hits, East Oakland veteran D-Lo, best known for slaps such as “No Hoe”, “Get Her Tho” and “You Played Me” did a live set, the freshly released HD of Bearfaced came out for his first show since being home, Birch Boy Barie showed up with a message against police brutality, and veteran emcee Zion-I even came out to perform “Don’t Lose Your Head” and some new tracks.
If you missed the action, you’ll be able to catch up later this week with the official video recap on our YouTube channel, and we’ll also be dedicating a special segment on this week’s TZLR News to Thizzler Jam. In the meantime, check out our Thizzler Jam Soundcloud & YouTube playlists to hear music from the Bay Area artists you should be up on, and stay tuned to our Instagram page for more photos & video from the event!
Keak Da Sneak
HD of Bearfaced
Birch Boy Barie