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.  





Plus Spin Doctor  

SUNDAY 23RD JANUARY 2011 (Doors 7pm)  


5 Parkway, London NW1 7PG  


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

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 / 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!




John Legend and The Roots, Wake Up Tour @ Hammersmith Apollo, 30th Nov 2010

While sitting down deciding what to do with my Saturday night, a call came through that said “hey, you want to cover a gig?”  that was a very nice phone call, from my good photographer friend Mala – MKV Photography – Turning up at the Apollo with a fat smile on my face, I was now about to witness the collabo of John Legend and the Roots performing material from  their recently recorded album “Wake Up”

Being a fan of many of the classics on this album, it was great to discover that this collaboration had taken place and to see John Legend sing these tracks live was something else, the man can sing!

Big up to the Roots every time, this is the 3rd time I’ve seen them now and it must always be said, the best HipHop band out there does it again.

Shooting for Soul Culture magazine, be sure to check them out for the full write up by Jacqueline Shepherd.  Much Love