Odd Future, Three 6 Mafia Featured at Indie Hip-Hop Paid Dues Festival

Since it was first held in 2006, California’s Paid Dues Independent Hip Hop Festival has grown every year. While it originally featuring only little-known acts, this year’s festival was headlined by Three-6 Mafia, Wu-Tang Clan and Kendrick Lamar. Not that this is a bad thing, it just shows that the festival is now a new kind of event.

Held this past Saturday at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, Calif., the event featured an extensive list of hip hop acts, both widely known and relatively unknown. In addition to the artists mentioned above, the event also was highlighted by sets by Odd Future, Dipset and Mac Miller. Other acts included Brother Ali, DJ Quik, Dilated Peoples and People Under the Stairs.

The event lasted for 10 hours and in all featured more than 40 artists across three stages. Though the event has been criticized by some critics for abandoning some of its original indie roots, the festival made up for that in how eclectic the lineup was this year. And the variety is likely what made the event a success for its presenters, Murs and Guerilla Union.

In fact, the attendance this year was estimated to be around 18,000, a sellout crowd. This is particularly notable since the attendance last year was estimated at just 7,000.

Reporting on the show, Rolling Stone decided that Three 6 Mafia “put on the best show of the night, if you don’t mind that with only Juicy J and DJ Paul left from their glory years, classics like “Slob On My Knob,” “Tear Da Club Up” and “Who Run It” can only be played for about a minute each.”

The magazine also reported that the two artists that got the best crowd reception were Odd Future and Mac Miller. Even with the legendary talent joining in, it’s still the newcomers that have the Paid Dues crowd.