March 31, 2013


Paid Dues 2013: Breaking Down the Cali Hip Hop Fest By the Numbers

Shannon Stewart for Fuse
Shannon Stewart for Fuse

People caught smoking a joint on screen when the camera cut to crowd shots: 1

Red cups thrown at Macklemore: 2

Black Hippy members forgotten by Paid Dues' host when naming them: 1 (It was Jay Rock. Yes, the stage MC was immediately corrected and he tried to pass it off)

Times Tech N9ne asked the crowd to "show those titties": 7

Breasts shown during Tech N9ne's show: 9 (1 girl half-flashed)

Shannon Stewart for Fuse
Shannon Stewart for Fuse

Girls who got up on shoulders but wisely refused to flash Tech N9ne & thousands of strangers: 2

Freaky contacts worn: 1 pair by Hopsin

Times Jean Grae berated her audience for their lackluster energy: 7

Air horn soundings during Trinidad James' set: 23

Joint hits a girl traded for a free water bottle from a festival worker: 4

People smoking a bong on the festival grounds: 3

Times Freddie Gibbs shouted "f-ck police": 17

Delicious nachos sadly crushed underfoot: 3

Shannon Stewart for Fuse
Shannon Stewart for Fuse

Irish flags projected on the digital screen during a set: 1 (Macklemore flew one during "Irish Celebration")

Locals shouting "Elll-Ayyy" back at Joey Bada$$ when he chanted "Brook-lyn!": 17

Bob Marley t-shirts spotted: 33

Air Jordans worn: 2000-3000 

Air Jordans covered in dust by the end of the day: 2000-3000

People wearing marijuana-related t-shirts: 1000-2000

"Don't Mess with Texas" t-shirts spotted: 1

For more Paid Dues, check out the best photos from the independent hip hop festival right here.