IN CELEBRATION OF the city-wide holiday also known as 713 Day, many gathered at Rise Rooftop and Bar for a concert from Houston rap legends Lil Keke, Slim Thug, Paul Wall, and Screwed Up Click. A day that honors our commonly known area code, 713 honored Houston emcee Lil Keke, who received the official proclamation from former Mayor Annise Parker in 2015.
The event, which began at 7 p.m., lasted well into the morning, with sets from rising stars and a special set from OG Ron C and The Chopstars. Keeping the crowd hyped and on their feet the entire time came with the help of radio hosts from 97.9 The Box.
The indoor/outdoor venue also placed multiple Houston-based food trucks on the rooftop, and concert-goers packed the lines after a long night of repping their hometown.
Our beloved Houston OG’s didn’t grace the stage until around 10 p.m., but there were plenty of opening acts that kept the audience entertained in the meantime–like Beamount’s Big Jade and self-proclaimed “yockstar” Jimmy Bolt.
To complement an evening with the Houston OGs, concertgoers were also able to tour the facility and visit multiple vendors placed throughout, including local soda brand Exotic Pop, which featured Lil Keke's black cherry flavor, and Vanessa Guillen Alkaline Water.
Once headliners took the stage, they performed their classic Houston anthems, along with some of their newer music. Screwed Up Click’s Big Pokey performed his “Sensei” track, a single from his latest album, as well as his verse from the world-renowned “June 27 freestyle.” The Boss Hogg himself, Slim Thug performed his smash hit, “Thug from Around the Way,” and performed his track “Associates” alongside the Mo City Don and Z-Ro.
Of course, the night couldn’t end without a performance of “Mo City Don” from Z-Ro.
While many have missed 713 Day, there's still more to come from Houston's rap scene. Starting next week is DJ Screw Week, celebrating what would've been the late performer's 50th birthday.