On Friday, February 26, the past, present, and future of west coast hip-hop came together to close out TikTok’s #MakeBlackHistory celebration. The live stream, hosted by Karen Civil and Challan, highlighted Black creators on TikTok by interviewing a few of this year’s Black TikTok Trailblazers, and featured the interviews and performances from Snoop Dogg, Tyga, and Saweetie– all of which have shaped hip-hop culture in California and beyond.
TikTok #MakeBlackHistory Celebration Highlights:
Saweetie, Tyga, and Snoop Dog used special backdrops to bring their West Coast roots to life as they performed popular singles including like “My Type,” “Tap In,” “Rack City,” “Taste,” “Nothing but G Thang,” and “PIMP ” (respectively).
Saweetie spoke on the significance of being a female rapper from the west coast because it’s rare that many females from that region become mainstream. To that point, she hopes that she can be an inspiration to the next generation of females by letting them know it is possible to become a female rapper front the west coast.
Saweetie pays homage to OG west coast rappers in her music and brand by sampling their music.
When Tyga first started rapping, he studied the flows of Snoop Dogg and Nas because he wanted to have a very monotone flow since his voice was so high and animated.
As an artist Tyga loves that Tikok is a creative outlet: “It’s not a place where you have to promote anything or have to do anything, there’s no obligation. You can just be funny, you can dance, whatever you feel like you want to express.”
Snoop Dogg acknowledged that the biggest contrast between the rappers from his generation and the rappers of this generation is the fact that this generation is able to collaborate with each other, regardless of where they are from.
Snoop Dogg loves TikTok because it allows for him to get direct and connect with the people who love his music.
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