Ice Cube concert takes Lubbock on ’90s hip-hop trip

Saturday was a good day.

For three hours, Cook’s Garage took a time machine to the hip-hop scene of the 1990s.

Ice Cube, Cypress Hill and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony transported the crowd of listeners — many who weren’t alive when the acts burst on the scene — with the nostalgic tunes that brought the energy of a show 30 years ago.

While a healthy amount of the releases looked like they bumped of “Thuggish Ruggish Bone” in their Texas Tech dorm at the time, there were plenty who are probably in those same buildings today.

It was a diverse crowd in many aspects. The ages ranged from X-marked minors to seasoned ’90s enthusiasts. There was no standard dress or style, yet it all seemed to mesh together.

The joint concert showed there is a market for hip hop in Lubbock — unless that’s reserved for the type of storied lineup seen Saturday.

The crowd reacts to Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's performance, Saturday, Aug.  27, 2022.

In that regard, the sizable group that rocked past 11 pm shouldn’t be a surprise. A concert featuring even one of the artists would’ve sold out any city back in the day. As mentioned, there were plenty who may not have gotten that chance and were ready to make up for it.

Bone Thugs reflected on as much as they took the stage following Oak Cliff rapper Tye Harris’ opening act.

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