Old school and new school met in London for a hip-hop show down of epic proportions...
Hip hop royalty descended on the 100 Club on Thursday night with a history lesson served up by two of the godfathers of the underground scene plus a new talent playing his debut show outside NYC.
That newcomer was 16-year-old Bishop Nehru, one of the brightest new stars in a burgeoning new school of East Coast MCs. He had a lot of work to do warming the stage up for such hallowed company, but proved himself more than up to the task. His DJ dropped a succession of solid gold instrumentals including subtle nods to Wu Tang and Doom and he dropped all the highlights from his ‘Nehruvia’ mixtape, which is a good place to start if you want to hear more.
An ever-elusive character, Doom was eagerly anticipated by the crowd and he didn’t disappoint. Taking to the stage with a rendition of ‘Rhymin Slang’ from last year’s JJ Doom collaboration LP the man in the mask was in full effect. Taking the somewhat unusual approach of DJing and rapping at the same time using a laptop he teased the crowd through punchy renditions of everything from obscure classics like ‘People, Places and Things’ through to more recent cuts like ‘Gazzillion Ear’ and ‘Ballskin’.
Energy levels were already high when Ghostface Killah bounced on to the stage but him and surprise partner Sheek Louche from legendary crew The LOX ramped things up to fever pitch. Ghostface classics like ‘The Champ’ rode alongside classic Wu Tang material like ‘Protect Ya Neck’ and ODB’s ‘Shimmy Shimmy Ya’. He even invited an eager member of the audience on stage to drop the ODB verses making one lucky fan very happy indeed.
With the old and new schools of the East Coast thoroughly represented the second night of Get Dirty, London was a hip hop lovers dream, onwards to Gallows and heavier musical territory.
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