Date: 8/19/2011

Sometimes seemingly iconic musical moments start to fade a little bit as time goes on. But the significance of this night is only growing proportional to Kendrick Lamar's impact on hip-hop. In other words, quickly.

A month after Section.80 dropped, Kendrick packed the Music Box in Hollywood with already devoted fans. Game and Snoop Dogg each emerged with a surprise performance, and then told Kendrick that he was carrying "the torch" for West Coast hip-hop now. Kendrick choked up, and was engulfed in a group hug by Snoop, Game, Warren G, and Kurupt while the crowd erupted. Some called the coronation premature...but then good kid, m.A.A.d. city came out. In retrospect, this was prophecy.