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TPG Bows Bose Rig at Surprise Kendrick Lamar Show

By Steve Harvey. Total Production Group fielded its new Bose ShowMatch system for a surprise Kendrick Lamar / Rihanna charity event.

Los Angeles, CA (January 2, 2018)—Total Production Group (TPG) of Cerritos, CA, debuted its new Bose ShowMatch DeltaQ system at an outdoor charity event presented by L.A.-based record label Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) in Watts shortly before Christmas. The four-hour show featured the hip-hop label’s roster of artists, which includes Kendrick Lamar (pictured at the event), SZA, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Isaiah Rashad, Ab-Soul, SiR and Lance Skiiiwalker, plus special guests Rihanna and Bay Area rapper E-40.

Concertgoers were encouraged to bring an unwrapped gift to receive free admission to the afternoon event, which attracted a capacity crowd of all ages to the recreation area in the center of Nickerson Gardens, reportedly the largest housing project west of the Mississippi River. The annual TDE Concert Toy Drive and Giveaway has been held at the projects, where TDE’s CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith and rapper Jay Rock grew up, since 2013.

The event had previously suffered from audio issues, as TPG owner/partner Steve McAllister learned at a pre-show production meeting. TPG’s new ShowMatch system—over two dozen line array modules plus 16 ground-stacked Bose SMS118 subs, all driven by Powersoft Audio X Series amplifiers—was more than equal to the task, according to McAllister, providing plenty of low-end, even with the crowd pressed up against the subs.

“The vocals really cut through,” he says. “That’s so important with singers, and with hip-hop. If you can get those vocals to pop over the low-end then that’s awesome.”

After the show, McAllister reports, “I saw Top Dawg as he was leaving and asked how he liked it. He gave me the thumbs-up; he was totally stoked.”

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