Cali Vibes and Rolling Loud Rising Artists Name Their Top 3 Favorites

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Written by: Bernadette

Frank151 caught up with some of the hottest rising stars from this year’s Cali Vibes and Rolling Loud California and asked them, “Dream Festival: Who are your top 3 artists? (Dead or Alive)”

Photo Credit: In The Barrel Photo // KeithZacharski

John Swain of The Movement’s Top 3 Picks:

  1. Tupac
  2. Sublime
  3. Nirvana

500Raxx’s Top 3 pics

  1. Eric Bellinger
  2. New Edition
  3. John Legend

500RAXX: “Three top artists dead or alive would have to be Eric Bellinger– (second) I’d have to get New Edition at a concert. –I have to, I have to, and (third) John Legend. You feel me? That’s how I give all of that smooth sh*t because when you mix all that up with the way I be singing and how I give it out in a modern way and keep it cool, that’s what it is. That’s all smooth. I’d cry at that concert. Yeah, for sure…”

Nana’s Top 3 picks:

  1. Jay Z
  2. Tupac
  3. Nas

Drownmili’s Top 3 picks:

  1. Kurt Cobain
  2. Kendrick Lamar
  3. Pharrell Williams

DROWNMILI: “Wooooo, (picking 3 top artists) that’s tough man. I got like twenty! Alright, so off-grid number one, I’m gonna jump into like the rock stuff: I’m gonna say Kurt Cobain because not only was his music fire, but his message. The stuff that he told his fans and his legacy is special. Very special. He was all for freedom. I stand with that. Another one: Kendrick Lamar. I love where he comes from and I love where he’s at right now and how everything he does comes with intent…has a big meaning behind it. I love that. And third, I’m going to say Pharrell (Williams) because Pharrell is another person who’s not afraid to be different. We need more of that in the music game; just be yourself you know. Stand out. Be you. So yeah, that’s my three.”

Chow Lee’s Top 3 picks

  1. Aaliyah
  2. Drake
  3. Blueface

Hoosh’s Top 3 picks

  1. Michael Jackson
  2. Tupac
  3. Bob Marley

HOOSH: “I’d go with Michael Jackson (one)…I’d say Tupac (two). –or actually… yeah Michael Jackson, Tupac and Bob Marley. I think that’d be my three.”

FRANK151: “I’d be going to that festival.”

HOOSH: “Yeah, right?! That would be a lit festival.”

Kcharles’ (left) Top 3 picks:

  1. Michael Jackson
  2. Kanye (West)
  3. The Weeknd

Space Jam The Pilot’s (right) Top 3 picks:

  1. Playboi (Carti)
  2. Uzi (Lil Uzi Vert)
  3. Luther Vandross

Opie Ortiz’s (left)/singer/tattoo artist Top 3 picks:

  1. Dr. John
  2. Bradley Nowell (lead singer of Sublime)
  3. Mac Dre

Tim Wu’s (right)/saxaphonist Top 3 picks:

  1. Wu-Tang
  2. Miles Davis
  3. John Coltrane

TIM: [jokes] “Dang, you’re going spring that on us like that?! That’s going to take at least 10 minutes to really think about.” [laughs]

FRANK151: “Actually a really tough question right?!”

OPIE: “I actually think I’ve got the first one: Dr. John. He’d be my number one and of course my brother Bradley (Nowell of the band Sublime). Then probably Mac Dre.”

FRANK151 & TIM: “Wooooo…yiiiiiii.” [applauds]

TIM: “Damn dude, where’d that sh!t come from? That’s freakin’ so good.”

FRANK151: “Seriously, that’s some fire choices right there.”

TIM: [jokes] “Seriously. Like you’ve been brewing on those answers for a while.”

FRANK151: [jokes] “Yeah, you’ve been practicing those answers.” [laughs]

TIM: “Okay for me? Wu-Tang…Well, Wu-Tang.”

FRANK151 & OPIE: “Ayyyyyyye!!”

TIM: “Damn man… Dream??!… Festival??!… F*ck… Miles (Davis) & (John) Coltrane when they were doing Kind of Blue. And… f*ck this is tough…” [laughs] “…let’s just stick with those three. Those three right there.”

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Jackson Wetherbee of The Elovaters’ Top 3 picks:

  1. Biggie Smalls (aka Notorious B.I.G.)
  2. Bob Marley
  3. The Fugees

Danny Towers’ Top 3 picks:

  1. Sade
  2. Lil Scrappy
  3. Elton John

DANNY TOWERS : “Let’s do a three-day festival, alright. First day I got…oh man… oh wow, wow, wow, wow… This is crazy (only choosing 3 artists). First day I’m going to have Sade headlining. Second day, we can do –this is going to sound crazy, this is just a personal thing but, second day I’m going to have to have Lil Scrappy headlining. This is crazy, I know: Sade to Lil Scrappy –crazy I know, but third day we’re going to have to do… oh man… Elton John. Let’s do it…”

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Blvk H3ro’s Top 3 Picks

  1. Bunny Wailer
  2. Peter Tosh
  3. Bob Marley
  4. (then Michael Jackson of course…)


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