Concert Review: Kottonmouth Kings

Hard Rock Café on the Strip, May 3

“Psychedelic hip-hop punk rock” is how Orange County-based Kottonmouth Kings like to describe their music. As the veteran band brought their Fight to Unite tour to Sin City, T-shirts and tattoos were prominent among the multigenerational fans.

Celebrating an early Cinco de Mayo as well as group member D-Loc’s birthday the day before, KMK made all the “kings and kweens” rock extra hard during their energetic set and wasted no time with preliminary talking before getting started. “Proud to Be a Stoner” and “Reefer Madness” gave the smokers in the building a reason to put their lighters in the air. It seemed almost as if the pervasive, pungent marijuana smell spontaneously appeared as a natural reaction to the music. “Judgment Day” and “Fight for Your Life” kept hands in the air and fans reciting the spirited lyrics while “Kottonmouth Bitch” got the loudest crowd reaction. Much like the Insane Clown Posse (with their “juggalos” fans) and even the musical movement of local hip-hop/rockers War Paint, the Kottonmouth Kings inspired a legion of fans who took part in their bass-heavy set with filthy lyrics and high times. ★★★☆☆