• Oct 13, 2010
The members of Imperial Stars – Click above to watch video after the jump

There are plenty of ways to make a name for yourself in the music world. You could have Kanye West steal the spotlight from you during an awards ceremony, start a blood feud with another group of artist or, if you're really desperate, stop traffic on a major interstate and force unsuspecting commuters to listen to your questionable lyrics. That's exactly what the Westminister, California-based group Imperial Stars went for yesterday. The trio of self-described "hardcore hip hop" artists parked a box truck across three lanes of traffic on I-101, jumped on top of the vehicle and began rocking out.

The driver of the truck allegedly left the scene in another vehicle with the keys, forcing responding police officers to call a tow truck to remove the impromptu stage. According to The Orange County Register, police began getting calls about the road hazard at 10:20 and traffic quickly backed up to I-401. The three members of Imperial Stars were charged with unlawful assembly.

Before the stunt, the band released a YouTube video for its song "Traffic Jam 101." Judging from that performance, we're hoping the responding officers to Tuesday's stunt were awarded hazard pay. Hit the jump to see footage from the freeway and one incredibly bad music video.

[Source: Orange County Register]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      @autoblog
      you mean nerdcore, right?
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is sweet. I shot a video in NYC and held traffic on 5th Avenue .. that was fun!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Taken from the Imperial Stars website: http://www.imperialstars.com/

      Mission Statement:

      The Imperial Stars are committed to benefiting the displaced children of America through the voice of music. Charitable focused movements in addition to professional sound quality fit for all demographics; vision of mainstream success is directed back into the community voluntarily. Progression is a standard with our audio production, collective marketing strategies and overall business approach, therefore building relationships and doing well by them is the priority at Imperial One Entertainment.

      The Imperial Stars will stand up for the over 1.5 million homeless children in the USA


      I wonder if they realize their stunt cost thousands of dollars that California doesn't have to spare, and that they absolutely did not accomplish improving any homeless child's life?

        • 4 Years Ago
        they are helping millions of childrens lives. get your story straight.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm trying to care, but I just can't seem to.

        Oh well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It is I-405, not I -401
      Calif does not use the x01 numbering system as the core fwy is the I-5 and the 405
      signifies that it is a corrollary to the fwy feeding back into it after splitting off.
      • 4 Years Ago
      For a bunch of guys that claim to be hardcore, that video was awfully soft.
      Maybe they should be renamed the care bears.

      BTW, the lead singer looked alot like shaun white.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bash them all you want, but before reading this you'd never heard of them. Now that they sang on top of a box truck blocking 3 lanes of traffic on the one of the country's biggest highways, you have heard of them. Any publicity is good publicity.

      I GUARANTEE they make at least a little money off of this.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i bet your last name is Holmes, am I right Sherlock?
      • 4 Years Ago
      what a bunch of licktards.
      • 4 Years Ago
      haha wow , music so bad you are held down in your car in traffic and forced to listen to it
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is this a joke?
      • 4 Years Ago
      They suck, they will be forgotten.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Think "Justin Bieber" when you say that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      lame a$$ band

      what a waste of commuters time.....
      I guess some people don't grow up and still think they can be Rockst*rs
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's the 101 Freeway & the 405 Freeway, not the I-101 & I-401. Only O.C. people say/print that. Also, they should be thankful to be arrested. They easily could have been shot for blocking traffic or for just playing poorly. In Los Angeles, don't mess around with the flow of traffic.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I never heard anyone in Orange County refer to the 101 & 405 as the I-101 or I-405, in fact I never even heard it before until reading this article.
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