Opening up the night was DJ Snuff followed shortly by MC Logic, introduced by Rodney P, Logic for me is the freshest guy in UK HipHop right now, straight talk real revolutionary flow, breaking things down nicely to any crowd, hollering PEOPLES ARMY whenever he feels to. Logic got things started nicely, especially when going into his tune bigging up the pioneers in the industry, big tings and I hope to see more of this brudda shine through the music game.
Then miss Aruba Red graced the stage in Vintage style, bringing a more subtle sound to all inside, revolutioanry with her flow also, Aruba has developed and tweaked her sound over time, with all band members fully on point, Aruba set the vibe nicely with her mellow sound.
Hot off tour with Snoop Dogg around the UK, Maverick Sabre returned to good old north London to blow the roof off of Jazz Cafe. I’ve seen many gigs at this infamous venue but this was different, the energy inside created by the sold out crowd, singing along with Mav and the band, created a beautiful atmosphere that was a joy to witness.
Attracting a young and old crowd with all in between, Mav unleashes some classic Motown Soul through the mic, as well as tuning into the dub step frequency when its time to get things bouncing.
All in all a great night for UK music! Big up D and the fam, Peace!
I was an instant fan the first time I heard Mav sing live, just him and his guitar, the acoustic versions of “they found him a gun” and “I need” got me thinking instantly this guy is going to be massive. A couple years on and he’s performing up n down the country, also recently supporting Cee Lo Green on tour in Birmingham and Shepherds bush, I was lucky enough to be part of the tour for two dates, Exeter Uni and The Royal Albert Hall, with the latter being part of the Teenage Cancer Trust event that also included Jessie J and Tinie Tempah.
It was Sunday’s gig at the Royal Albert Hall however, that really had the atmosphere that was necessary to host this artist. The sound in this venue is amazing and the performance did not disappoint, with Maverick receiving much deserved respect from the packed crowd.
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.
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
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.
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