Gangsta Rap Legends Old and New Reunite in Cali for Up in Smoke Tour
This tour started in San Diego, but its second night in Anaheim is when its historical significance became clearest and loudest. Yes, it was one of the biggest, most successful, and most slick rap tours ever, at a time when arena tours were still a relative rarity for the genre.
But having all those generations of L.A. rap legends in one place—Dr. Dre, Warren G, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube—just a stones throw away from L.A., the city they put on the hip-hop map, was a you-had-to-be-there moment. The crux of the night? A reunion of N.W.A. (minus Eazy-E, of course). And to top it all off, Eminem, fresh off his best album, The Marshall Mathers LP, was there too. What a lineup.