CONVERSE GIGS: JOEY BADASS REVIEW

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October, 2013

Joey Badass Rejjie Snow, Greenmoney (DJ set)

The excitement that surrounded Wednesday night’s Converse Gigs was understandable. Joey Bada$$, one of the most prolific and exciting young hip-hop artists to emerge in recent years was in the country for one night only, to play only his 2nd official gig in the UK at the 100 Club.

The night began with London’s favourite hip-hop DJs Greenmoney who got the party started with some choice cuts; sound tracking the endless flow of fans entering the venue.

Support act, 19-year-old Rejjie Snow then took to the stage and promptly introduced himself “My name is Rejjie Snow and I’m a black rapper from Ireland!” Formalities out of the way, he then instructed people to “let the music absorb their brains” as he took them on 30 minute journey through his unique hypnotic hip-hop and lyrical wordplay that has earned him notoriety on both sides of the Atlantic, performing tracks from his Rejovich EP.

Well and truly ready for the main event, the 100 Club’s tightly packed crowd were kept on their toes with some more favourites from the Greenmoney boys until DJ Statik Selektah jumped behind the decks to introduce the man of the evening.

Joey Bada$$ swaggered through the room and onto the stage, jumping right into track “Alowha” followed quickly by the clear crowd pleaser “Waves” from his critically acclaimed “1999” mixtape.

For the next hour the 100 Club was treated to one the most energetic hip-hop performances it has ever seen, with Mr Bada$$ well and truly surpassing the bar set by previous alumni Nas and Ghostface Killah. Taking us through his extensive catalogue of mixtape classics including “FromdaTomb$”, “Hardknock”, and “Survival Tactics” Joey exuded presence well beyond his 18 years, with his audience of peers rhyming every one of his lines back at him.

Ending on a high note, special guest Maverick Sabre joined Joey on stage to exclusively perform their brand new remix of “My Yout”, bringing to an end quite possibly the best Converse Gigs @ 100 Club of the year.

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