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LA Natives G Perico & Rucci returned to Los Angeles on 5/27/2023 as they wind down their 2023 Hot Shot Tour. With only two dates left to go including this one, anticipation was high for the homecoming of these two LA hip hop kings.  The Hot Shot Tour featured 24 dates spanning from Brooklyn, NY down out west to San Diego, CA. The Los Angeles show at The Fonda Theatre served as the second last show on the cross-country tour. I’ve had the pleasure of shooting Rucci last year when he shared the stage with Fenix Flexin, and I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to see both G Perico and Rucci in one show. Let’s hop into it.

Opening the night was Kevin Parx, King TWI, and Chief Major. Each of these artists and their teams rocked the stage straight through the night till it was time for Rucci and G Perico. I always say – opening a rap show is one of the hardest shows to open. The crowd needs to have some sort of familiarity with your music to be able to sing along, and if they can’t, you’re tasked with the job of bridging the gap, armed with only a microphone and determination. All three acts bridged the gap. Fans vibed with them, picked up catchy hooks along the way, and sang along. After Chief Major, Rucci burst on stage and the crowd erupted. Sure, the closer of the night may have been G Perico, but Rucci proved that he was carrying his own weight and then some. The Inglewood rapper brought a few homies out on stage as performance an eclectic set of hard-hitting bangers, melodic bangers, and introspective moments.

Last but certainly not least was G Perico. G Perico brought his signature West Coast hip-hop style, incorporating elements of old school gangsta rap and G-funk. He played a lot of bangers off the Hot Shot: Gangsta Grillz project with DJ Drama. Some of my personal highlights were when he played “Action”, “German Engineering”, and “Rap Life”. Front to back, G Perico shined through his energic performances and authenticity in his raps. A little over halfway through his set, Rucci made a big return and the two heavy hitters closed out the show together.

All in all, the Hot Shot 2023 Tour featuring Rucci & G Perico was a hit. Both artists absolutely killed it and left the fans eagerly wanting more. There’s only one more show on this tour but both artists got a lot more in the tank for later down the road. G Perico has been praised for his authentic and gritty storytelling, and this show was no exception. Check out G Perico when he’s in a city near you. You won’t regret it. Innerprize Clicc!

Kris Kuganathan

Photojournalist - Orange County

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