Red Bull events are always something to look forward to. They are innovative and engaging and always push the conversations to the next level.
Whether it’s through mixing Latine genres in one event or hosting a one-on-one street dancing competition – the brand is constantly in the pulse of what’s happening in pop culture. And with their latest event in Los Angeles, CA, they took it a step further.
BELatina News was invited to experience their Red Bull Culture Clash in L.A this year. While the event’s description promised to “showcase the vivid and exciting sounds of four of the west coast’s best party crews” in a unique competition where the crowd decided the winner – I didn’t comprehend how thrilling the event would be.
I was surprised by the amount of participation that the audience actually delivered. It was exciting, to say the least.
Imagine this: four stages, four crews, separated in each corner of The Shrine Expo Hall. The centerpiece was the moderator, who scored each of the crew’s 10-minute performances based on a decimal monitor fueled by the crowd’s cheering.
The four crews that competed this year were Gasolina, known for their reggaeton parties; The Do-Over, known for their tropical and funk sounds that go from disco to dance; Subsuelo, known for their global bass that ranges from house to baile funk; and Recreo, which J Balvin’s creative director started.
The exhilaration didn’t stop there. Throughout the performances, there were countless special guests too. If you weren’t glued watching each stage, it was easy to miss out on these unannounced stars that appeared out of nowhere to hype up the public.
Luckily, I was able to spot a few of them. At the night’s end, The Do-Over crew won this year’s crown. However, throughout the event, we saw exciting performances from all four groups throughout the event.
Here are five of the most exciting things we saw at this year’s Red Bull Culture Clash L.A.
No genre limitations in the performances
Today’s pop culture isn’t divided based on music genres. Although Red Bull Culture Clash described their event as “Latinx musical and cultural diaspora across styles like reggaeton, global bass, and hip-hop,” it went further. At one point, the Recreo crew dropped Evanescence’s 2003 hit single “Bring Me to Life” with a cumbia mix. My teenage self felt seen!
Cuco’s surprise appearance
The indie alternative artist Cuco made an unannounced appearance during a performance by the Recreo crew. During his spotlight, he performed his song “Bossa No Sé” off his debut album “Para Mi.” This was a pleasant surprise as the artist is preparing to drop his next album, “Fantasy Gateway,” on July 22.
Danny Trejo’s surprise appearance
Who knew that Danny Trejo would be the best hype man? The iconic actor came out in his signature suit and hat combo to greet the audience. Clearly, it earned the Subsuelo crew major points.
The Ying Yang Twins’ surprise appearance
If we’re embracing our culture, we must mention the Ying Yang Twins. Do you guys remember when the hip hop duo’s 2002 hit single “Get Low” with Lil Jon? Well, the Gasolina crew made our crunk dreams come true by bringing them on stage.
The overwhelming Latine pride
Our favorite moment of all, though, was the Latine flags that represent our culture waving throughout the night. What a way to celebrate our beloved roots!