The 31st edition of Power 99-FM's Powerhouse 2013 Friday at the Wells Fargo Center was, as usual, an all-night affair (1 a.m.-ish) dedicated to the current state of radiocentric hip-hop and packed to the rafters. That's standard for Powerhouse, plus its long lineup, which this time found notorious lectro-crooner Chris Brown, rap's artiste du jour Kendrick Lamar, and Philly's Meek Mill atop its bill.
With those top-tier singer/MCs as headliners, strong support was necessary. Powerhouse 2013 featured openers that packed a punch, no doubt. Mario did his romantic rap thing for the ladies. K. Michelle was sassy in her appeal for empowerment. Ace Hood brought sex and violence in safe, small doses. Big Sean upped the ante on his soulful, sung-spoken hip-hop with a godly tilt and two drummers clacking their sticks as if leading a drum line.