Doctors Orders – EPMD @ The HMV Forum, 19th Feb 2011

Erick Sermon, Parrish Smith and DJ Scratch back in London to represent, E Dubs was looking fresha than fresh like he aint aged since the last time I saw a photo of him, with his quirky smile standing alongside Parish, dropping on beat and on point every time.  Rodney P and Daddy Skitz opened up the night for a short while before host Big Ted introduced the Old School New York vets, dropping joints from all albums and finished off in classic Sermon style with “Music” the Marvin Gaye sampled joint, another great night of classic HipHop just took place.  Pics below, big up to Spin Doctor everytime and the HipHop Chronicle for the video below.

 

Doctors Orders – J Dilla Changed My Life @ SCALA, 6TH Feb 2011

Blessed with the opportunity to meet Ma Dukes and Dilla’s baby mother who are both very sweet ladies, Ma Dukes paid homage and gave a moving speech (below) to the hugely receptive HipHop crowd, Scala was packed, the stage was packed and the energy was straight up Dillafied! 

I’ve photographed and jammed at many nights including the last two Doctors Order’s gigs but the energy here was different, a whole night of Dilla’s sound just hits you in a different way…

…and nuff respect to the DJ’s (listed below) who chopped and mixed it up nicely all night, not only that, a funky band turned up and rocked some TIGHT tracks sending everyone nuts, including hosts Skillit and  MC Prankster, Iron Braydz was in the house, as well as Kyza and Yungun who stepped up to rock a couple of tracks…

 But more importantly we were all present to show love to this amazing man and his music, Ma Dukes and the fam are continuing their hard works for the J Dilla Foundation helping to fund music programs and scholarships worldwide.  Please check out the website and read up on ways you can also help out.

Room 1- Dedicated to the work of J-Dilla
Shortee Blitz (Kiss FM / Extended Players) / Mr Thing (BBE / Extended Players)
Spin Doctor (The Doctor’s Orders) / Harry Love (Extended Players) / Morgan Spacek / Kidkanevil
DJ LoK (Dilla breaks set) / Bruce Wayne (Unreleased beats set) 

Room 2 hosted by Livin’ Proof:
DJ Snips / DJ Rags / Khalil / Budgie

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Doctors Orders – The Beatjunkies @ Jazz Cafe, 23rd Jan 2011

Having photographed J Rocc almost a year ago for the Jazzman mix tape it was a great pleasure to see him back in town alongside 2 other Beatjunkies – DJ Babu and DJ Rhettmatic.  Spin Doctor opened up as usual dropping dope beats, the Jazz Cafe was almost full as the Junkies entered and mixed and chopped up everything from classic soul funk to hardcore underground hiphop, maximum respects were shouted out to J Dilla and Guru, two HipHop greats that recently passed away but live on strong in the hearts of many fans.  I’ve heard these guys mix before but to see them do their thing live was wicked, some serious scratching skills were taking place, J Rocc had his iPhone 4 hooked up that he was also dropping some effects from, all in all a great set, check out more Beatjunkies on their myspace page.  

 

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THE BEAT JUNKIES  

J-ROCC / DJ BABU / DJ RHETTMATIC  

HOSTED BY RAKAA IRISCIENCE (DILATED PEOPLES)  

Plus Spin Doctor  

SUNDAY 23RD JANUARY 2011 (Doors 7pm)  

@ JAZZ CAFÉ  

5 Parkway, London NW1 7PG  

TICKETS £15  

Very few DJ crews have managed to have such an impact on every aspect of their trade as the “World Famous” Beat Junkies”.  

Having cut their teeth as battle crew winning every title imaginable they have gone on to individually record albums (with J-Rocc’s debut due to drop on Stones Throw in March), produce for some of the most incredible MCs around, be part of live acts, most notably Babu as part of Dilated Peoples, Rhettmatic as part of The Visionaries and J-Rocc as the live DJ for Hip-Hop luminaries such as J-Dilla & Madlib, release incredible mixtapes and record brilliant radio shows.  

Tonight however it is as a live turntablist club rocking outfit they come to us as J-Rocc, DJ Babu and DJ Rhettmatic show their excellence on 6 turntables while the incredible Rakaa Iriscience controls the mic.  

Having toured in every country in the world with a set of decks they are as skilled in bringing dance-floors to a sweaty euphoria as they are any other aspect of their game so once again you are guaranteed The Doctor’s Orders and the legendary Jazz Café have pulled off another coup in having the worlds most respected DJ crew come to convert London onto the addictive Beat Junkies sound tonight.  

Doctors Orders – Ali Shaheed Muhammad @ Plan B, 21st Jan 2011

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With Special guests

Ali Shaheed Muhammad

(A Tribe Called Quest)

And special Live PA from

Homeboy Sandman

With resident DJs

Spin Doctor (The Doctor’s Orders)

DJ 279 (Choice FM)

live PA from Skillit & Hosted by MC Prankster

& Room 2 feat: DJ Rags / Chris P Cuts / Khalil / DJ Lok / DJ Ivan6

10pm – 4am Friday 21st January 2011

@ Plan B, 418 Brixton Road, London SW9 7AY

(Brixton Tube)

£7.50 first 150 tickets

then £10 in advance

through ticketweb.co.uk / 0844-477-1000

£12 on the night

With few tunes being heard as regularly at The Doctor’s Orders events over the past 5+ years as those recorded by the greatest Hip-Hop group of all time A Tribe Called Quest we are ecstatic to have one of their three members in the shape of Ali Shaheed Muhammad join us for an Exclusive DJ set tonight.

Queens Natives A Tribe Called Quest came to reshape the Hip-Hop scene with the release of their classic five albums that all pushed the soulful Jazz drenched sounds that became a trademark not only of their sound but also of Golden Era Hip-Hop on the whole. With a catalogue of stone wall classics such as ‘Can I Kick It’, ‘Award Tour’, ‘Electric Relaxation’ ‘Scenario’, ‘Bonita Applebum” and the Dilla produced ‘Stressed Out’. Having recently reformed to tour and with a documentary on the band due to be released shortly Tribe are now back on top of the game where they belong.

As well his work with Tribe Ali was a founding member of the production outfit The Ummah, alongside Q-Tip and J-Dilla, which produced not only for Tribe but also Busta Rhymes, D’Angelo and Janet Jackson. He then went on to show and even more soulful side of his work in founding Lucy Pearl alongside Raphael Sadeeq and Dawn Robinson. With this wealth of musical experience behind him this exclusive DJ set it sure to take a guaranteed packed house through a great journey of Hip-Hop, R&B, Soul and beyond.

Homeboy Sandman is an MC that has been causing a considerable stir on the underground with those in the know marking him as a real rising star. Having left an Ivy League education behind to chase his dream of becoming an MC he has released 3 albums and received considerable press from the Hip-Hop press and across the internet and if you are wise enough to catch him live tonight you will see why!

As ever these visiting guests are welcomed by one of the strongest resident line ups in the land as London’s finest DJ 279 and Spin Doctor set the mood with their brilliant party blend of classic and brand new bangers.

Holding down duties on the mic are our host MC Prankster the Trini Gladiata who will be keeping the crowd involved with his classic crowd hyping style while the brilliant Skillit joins us for a live PA.

Rocking room two we have a host of the best DJs in the capital in the shape of Livin’ Proof’s DJ Rags and Khalil, DJ Lok, Chris P Cuts and DJ Ivan6 so there will be no place to hide on the night!

 

 
 
 

 

Our World In Frame Exhibition @ The Chepstow Gallery, Notting Hill, 3rd Dec – 23rd Dec 2010

This December sees the launch of a brand new exhibition taking place in a large 10,000sq ft listed building, previously unused the funky new owners have decided to make it home to this debut launch, check out OWIF for more info.

I have two images (below) entered so please look out for them if you visit.  The event is sponsored by African Passions, a charity recently started up by two very passionate young men who are already making a difference in Kenya, Africa.  Of the images sold, 20% of each sale will go directly to the charity so please support the cause!  Much Love

Gold Mining Region, Kenya

Gold Mining Region, Kenya