Snoop Dogg/Snoop Lion – Concert review

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Concert Review

Artist: Snoop Dogg/ Snoop Lion

Date: Thursday 5th June 2014

Location: 02 Academy Brixton

Concert Review

I usually love concerts at Brixton academy because there is a lot of space and an AMAZING decline towards the stage so you can see better the further away you are. This was not the case tonight! Once I was scanned in, I was met by a crowd of people that stretched as far as the eye could see. It was good for the artist of course as he could see the amount of support. Little moi had to retreat to a corner with my notepad and make do with what I could!!

Support Act

I came in during Wretch 32′s set,  wish I could have seen more but from what I could get he is a great UK artist as you can see that he;s truly grateful for the chance he has been given in music. He performed his first UK number ‘Don’t Go’ later recalling that he wrote the hit while living in Tottenham before he was famous and never imagined it would have made it this far. The Grime and UK Rapper raised in East London has worked his was up from underground to the mainstream, holding onto the respect he deserves. He closed his set with ‘Traktor’ in which he featured a Drum and Bass mix for good measure :D

Main Act

Just after 10pm, the DJ started playing songs to get us in the mood for Mr Doggy Dogg himself and the vibe so was nice in there it didn’t take long. Fans young and old, hardcore or newbies spanning across all races in random clouds of ‘wacky baccy,’ it was clear to see Snoop had the love. Greeting with an image representing his new found Rastafarian preference, he tall, lean presence soon graced us to the beat of ‘Here comes the King’ taken from his latest album ‘Reincarnated’. Over the past few years Snoop has got his touch with his spiritual side and found comfort and understand as a Rasta. Documented in a short film by the same name, we see Snoop Lion as he has been renamed, venture deep into the Jamaican hills seeking acceptance into the faith and embracing the culture.

On a whole I was intrigued to see how this new found religious aura would fit with the Gangster we all know and love and to my surprise it works well. Of course I can’t say the depth of the changes but from the outset, he is still true to himself as a musician yet never forgets to spread the knowledge of Rastafari. Even though he has received criticism since becoming a Rastafarian, I’m happy to see Snoop mature as a person and try to promote positivity in such a violent world but it would be sad to see him take advantage due to his inhaling preferences.

Before long we were taken on a musical journey back in time where Snoop made sure we were given all sides of the artist. With tracks like ‘The Next Episode’, ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’, ‘P.I.M.P’ , ‘Signs’ and ‘California Girls’ he catered to the mainstream audience and gave the hardcore fans songs like ‘Mary Jane’ , Gin And Juice’ , ’2 Of Amerika’s Most Wanted’, ‘ Who Am I’ and ‘Murder Was the Case’.

With a career spanning back to the 1990′s Snoop Dogg is a veteran in the entire HipHop world. Born Calvin Broadus Jnr, he has a love for American Football (he also coaches Little League teams now) but as many others growing up in Long Beach at that time, the call of the streets was louder. After brushes with the law in his teens years, Snoop and his close friends formed the group ’213′ and began to make history. Other 213 members were his cousin the late Nate Dogg and rapper Warren G.

Affliations with the Crips gang and close ties with rappers such as Dr Dre and the Late Tupac Shakur, Snoop kept his love for music out there, connecting with the reality of street life as well as his love for women and marijuana. The past 20 years have seen Mr Doggy Dogg go from strength to strength with numerous collaborations yet still trying to battle through encounters with the law. Snoop was famously banned from entering the UK following an incident at Heathrow Airport from 2006 until 2010. Matters were resolved and in 2011 Snoop Dogg played a concert in celebration at Brixton Academy (WHICH I WAS AT!!)

Fast forward to tonight, the concert was full of positive energy and good vibes as we began to see the ‘reincarnation’ of Snoop Dogg as he progressed into Snoop Lion. He closed the show with his happy go lucky anthem ‘Young, Wild and Free’ before reminding us ‘to smoke weed’, as you do!!( Each to their own!)

It will not be a quick change as he has 20 years of archives to bring with him. The man we saw tonight, with his neat dreads and smooth dance moves, whether you refer to him as the Dog or the Lion, Snoop is still the man!!!

I would be shocked if you didn’t know at least 1 of these songs but here is your homework!

Enjoy xoxo

Wretch 32 feat Josh Kumra – Don’t Go

Snoop Dogg – Who Am I (What’s My Name)

Snoop Dogg feat Pharrell – Drop It Like It’s Hot

Dr Dre feat Snoop Dogg, Nat Dogg and others – The Next Episode

Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa feat Bruno Mars – Young, Wild and Free

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snoop Dogg/Snoop Lion – Concert review was originally published on The Many Words Of Aic3la

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Skepta feat the ‘Boy Better Know’ Collective – Concert Review

DISCLAIMER: The headline act of this event was originally supposed to be rapper Cam’ron however due to unforeseen circumstances he cancelled right before his set was due to begin. Luckily I managed to get there early enough to see Skepta perform so I will be doing a short review on his performance. I am not connected in any way to the events surrounding Cam’ron nor the comments circulating social media.

 

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Concert Review

Artist: Skepta feat Boy Better Know Collective

Date: Tuesday 3rd June 2014

Location: The Forum, Kentish Town

Concert Review

The Forum is one of my favourite venues as they have utilised the space and allowed me to have a perfect spot where i can watch the show comfortably without being squished! (Shout out to my Scottish V.I.P company for chilling with moi!, Lovely to meet you both!)

DJ Manny Norte was the DJ in charge of keeping the vibe going and man did he do a good job. I loved the way he mixed it up between UK and US music. A home-grown audience loved the authentic mix we were raised with!

At around 9pm we were pleasantly taken into the world of UK grime in the name of Skepta and as my vision cleared I saw he was accompanied by his crew ‘Boy Better Know’. The crowd gave him a great welcome considering the atmosphere and before long, Skepta reminded us why he is a legend in the UK grime scene.

Born Joesph Adenuga, Skepta started on the underground garage scene early after finding his love for music and performing. From 2006, Skepta has grown from strength to strength, taking the UK music scene higher and higher, keeping the ‘Boy Better Know’ artist collective close by his side. Not limited to UK grime, he has also ventures into UK hip-hop and displays cultural influences from his Nigerian background.

Hits such as ‘ Doin It Again’ and ‘Icey’ amongst other classics kept everyone bubbling hard and we even had a surprise performance from Meridian Dan who did his current smasher ‘German Whip’ complete with JME and Big H dropping their verses live.

As he was only scheduled as a support act, Skepta was pushed into a timeslot and couldn’t maximise the time but managed to pull off an amazing snippet of his talents. I’m not as into UK music as I should be however this set showed me that the UK has a lot to offer and reminded me of the start of UK grime.

Skepta ended the slot with his latest banger ‘That’s Not Me’ feat his brother, co-founder of ‘Boy Better Know’ rapper JME

To conclude, the quality of this performance could have been it’s own show and a lot of people respect Skepta for his performance tonight. He kept his act true to himself, bringing the majority of his collective on stage with him to experience it with him. Whatever happened tonight it would not have been fair to music if I had dismissed such a great UK artist.

As usual, it’s note taking time peeps

xoxo

Duppy (Doin It Again) – Skepta feat B.B.K and Others

That’s Not Me – Skepta ft JME

German Whip – Meridian Dan ft Big H and JME

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skepta feat the ‘Boy Better Know’ Collective – Concert Review was originally published on The Many Words Of Aic3la

Schoolboy Q feat T.D.E Artists – Concert Review

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Concert Review

Artist: Schoolboy Q

Date: Thursday 29th May 2014

Location: Electric Brixton, London

Concert Review

I arrived at the Electric Brixton after 9 o clock just as the T.D.E (Top Dawg Entertainment) artist Isaiah Rashad finished so I can’t comment on his performance but judging by the aura from the crowd, he warmed the stage up indeed!! It was almost as hype as when the main act came on!! ALMOST!!

The venue itself was a bit overcrowded in my opinion. I previously saw 2 Chainz at the same venue and even though a packed audience is what artists want, the experience at Electric Brixton was a bit too close for comfort….

The main man Mr Q came on stage just after 10 o’clock fulfilling the anticipation on the sold out crowd. I have only jumped onto the Schoolboy bandwagon in the past few months but was pleased to see he had an array of fans singing along to his archives. He himself is a very creative and energetic rapper. Not too in your face but knows what his strengths are and that’s what he did tonight.

Following his previous UK appearance supporting Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q vocalised his gratitude for our support enabling to headline his own worldwide tour. YOUR WELCOME!!

Born within a military base in Germany and raised in L.A, California following his parents separation, real name Qunicy Hanley was heavily influenced by the gang lifestyle around him. Even though he had good grades and a passion for American Football, the street lifestyle soon took a hold and he dabbled in drug dealing and so forth. Picking up an an undisclosed charge at 21, Schoolboy Q was driven by the freedom of rap,continued perfecting his craft until he felt comfortable enough to leave the hood life and be a rapper.

Early on in his career, Q had some controversial beef with rapper 40 glocc which inevitably gained him fans in the hip hop world. His rise to fame increased over the years as he released various mixtapes and albums including ‘Setbacks’ leading up to 2012. In that year he came out with ‘Habits and Contradictions’ which featured artist such as A$AP Rocky and Currensy amongst others. At present he has one to the most critically acclaimed albums titled ‘Oxymoron’ which delves into his personal musical style as well as featuring various other hip hop artists.

The whole vibe of the concert was very edgy as he dropped songs such as ‘There He Go’ and other classics before mixing it up with recent hits such as ‘Collard Greens’ and ‘Gangsta’. In his trademark white Tee and fisherman hat, Schoolboy Q sure knows how to put on show. In case we zoned out for a second he quickly reminded us that we were not at an opera and we should ‘TURN UP’ a.k.a GO CRAZY!!

The show drew to a close when he threw down ‘Man Of The Year’,’ Oxymoron’ and ‘ Break The Bank’, the beat bouncing was immense and you could tell he was genuinely grateful for the energy in the venue. Whether you are a hardcore T.D.E Follower or a you have just joined in with crew, you will not be disappointed!

He may have started off as support act in the past but Schoolboy Q can definitely hold his own! :D

HOMEWORK!!

xoxo

Isaiah Rashad – I Shot You Down

Schoolboy Q – Man Of The Year

Schoolboy Q feat Kendrick Lamar – Collard Greens

Schoolboy Q – There He Go

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schoolboy Q feat T.D.E Artists – Concert Review was originally published on The Many Words Of Aic3la

Nelly – Concert Review

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Concert Review

Artist: Nelly

Date: Thursday 8th May 2014

Location: The Forum, Kentish Town

Concert Review

Has been a while since i been to The Forum and in true THROWBACK THURSDAY style i went to see an artist who i have been wanting to see live for around 10 years!! The ‘Hot in Here’ man himself Nelly performed a one-off show and yes i was in there losing my voice with everyone else.

We had to wait a while for Nelly to come on but we were well entertained with DJ Swerve keeping the groove in the house. The venue was full by showtime came around and as the location boasts, the crowd was full of an eclectic mix of people.

Bursting onto the scene in 2000, Texas born, Missouri raised Nelly put his hometown of St Louis on the rap – map which had been dominated by the West, East and South coasts. With his unique rhyming slang, vocabulary and his boys firmly at his side, Cornell Hayes Jnr (aka Nelly) was ready to take on the world. After forming a HipHop ‘St Lunatics’ crew in high school, Nelly had a taster of the rapper lifestyle and after a slight setback (no record deal) he decided to go solo.

Over the past decade Nelly has gone from strength to strength, had an on/off relationship with R&B Ashanti, started a clothing line and starred in various advertising campaigns. He also set up an organisation to educate society about bore marrow diseases and the lack of donors, inspired by his sister’s plight with leukaemia, sadly she passed away in 2005. Not letting anything take away from his dream, he made sure that he gives back to the community in more ways than one.

The infamous plaster, Nelly wore on his cheek in the early part of his career was an ode to his younger brother and fellow St Lunatics Member ‘City Spud’ who was serving a lengthy jail sentence at the time.

In true Nelly style, he compacted years of material into an amazing set that definitely made up for his absence on our shores. Kicking things off with ‘Party People’, we were taken into a hype as he ran through hits such as ‘E.I’, ‘Country Grammar’, ‘Shake Ya Tailfeather’. I had an amazing sing along with some people I met to ‘Hey Porscha’, didn’t realise I was still so hardcore!! (doing my 15yr old self proud!) He included some other material which included ‘I’m so Faded’ and ‘Move that Body’ which kept the crowd in the zone with a fresh vibe.

As the show went on Nelly thanked us for sticking by him all this time and that we should to continue to support new music and gave advice to new artists to keep trying to reach their dreams. A highlight of the show was the crowd integration, Nelly pulled 3 ladies onto the stage and after various conversations, proceeded to serenade each one to his classics ‘Body On Me’, All In My Head’ and ‘Dilemma’. The looks on their faces were priceless as Nelly twirled and grinded with them….. (not jealous at all!!) Either way he was a good artist for doing that, some artists just expect you dance for/on them but he actually took the time out to do something different and unique.

The closing hits were somewhat sentimental as he wanted to show his gratitude as well as get the party started. The infamous ‘Hot in Here’ tore the house down and as Nelly took off his top SADLY many others felt the need to follow suit. I’m all for liberation but please, keep it civilised!! That song had us all jumping and singing along like it came out yesterday, timeless!!! On a more sombre note he spoke about his fight to get where he is now and closed the show with ‘Just A Dream’.

I know I’m biased as I am already a fan but this was an excellent show of MidWest’s finest, he made sure he came in top form to deliver the goods and as the saying goes: BETTER LATE THAN NEVER!!!! ❤

HOMEWORK TIIIIMMMEEEEE!!!

XOXO

Musicalize presents August Alsina and Ryan Leslie plus Angel – Concert Review

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Concert Review

Artist: Musicalize presents August Alsina and Ryan Leslie plus Angel and support

Date: Sunday 9th March 2014

Location: Indig02

Concert Review

Due to transport delays I arrived at the venue late and luckily managed to catch the main UK support act Angel halfway through his set. I saw the singer songwriter a few years ago and it was nice to see him develop into such a good artist. He had the stage presence and the talent to sustain a very mixed crowd and deliver a great performance.
Be sure to check out his upcoming EP ‘Possession with intent’ out later this year and I’ll include a link to one of his biggest hits below.

Main Acts

After the cancellation of a scheduled Hip Hop show I was pleasantly surprised to see Musicalize jump straight back into the light with a whole other show lined up. One veteran in the R&B game and a newcomer to the mainstream who is causing palpitations all over the globe!

Without further ado, after DJ EverOfficial got us warmed up, a hooded figure appeared from backstage and with the shrill of high pitched screams I knew it was the man they call August Alsina. Dressed in a big parka jacket and shades the singer/rapper came on stage and knew what he had to do. 21 year old August burst onto the scene in 2011 after various tragedies in his personal life including exposure to addiction and violence led him to take refuge in music and make a better life for himself. He began his career in a very modern way, uploading a video to YouTube which started ripples in the music industry. Starting through mixtapes and collaborations, August got his big break with a duet featuring US rapper Trinidad James called ‘I Luv This Shit’ and he’s gone from strength to strength ever since.

To the delight of his female fans and cringing dismay of their parents amongst other supporters August gave us a good performance introducing us to his music. I feel that he wanted to take a different approach to his career and instead of focusing on the US market only, with the help of social media he was able to create a global fan base and luckily managed to do an international tour before his 1st album has been released. Many top selling artists are yet the cross the Atlantic….
Although he had just left Amsterdam from a show and was suffering with fatigue and exhaustion, August still managed to vocally lift us and show what he can do. Some of the highlights were his crowd interactions, causing literal landslides as he moved across the stage and his performance of ‘I Luv This Shit’ which gave him the freedom to seduce us musically while showing us his ‘lovemaking moves’ (I can still hear the screams ringing in my head!!) Other stand out songs were ‘Ghetto’, ‘Numb’ and his lead single ‘Make It Home’ which are part of his musically biography album ‘Testimony’ due out April 2014.
Overall I think it was a good set that ticked all the boxes of a tour for a new artists, of course his good looks helped fill the arena but as seen tonight he is more than just a pretty face.

Onto the final main act.

Firstly I will say that I am not a huge follower of R&B music therefore the part of the review will only be based on what I saw tonight. Dubbed the ‘Black Mozart’ and supported by a live band complete with a keyboard for him Ryan Leslie graced the stage with immense energy and passion. By this time a lot of the younger listeners had began making their way home as they did not find a connection to Ryan Leslie, which is fair enough as they saw who they came to see.

From the get go I could tell this set was going to be very different to that of August Alsina and it was a nice way to end the night. Singer, Songwriter and Producer Ryan Leslie proved his talents tonight by bring a very acoustic sound to his music. I definitely felt like I was watching a live show and the band supported him flawlessly. I know Ryan Leslie through collaborations he has done so was nice to hear what he has been doing over the past few years.
From an early age, his love for music and playing instruments paved the way for Ryan Leslie, earning him scholarships and accessed to some of the top schools and universities in the U.S. Once perfecting his niche and working with other artists, Ryan Leslie burst onto the scene after collaborating with R&B singer Cassie on the track ‘Me and You.’ From the he gained the exposure needed to go into his own and build his own career. 3 studios albums later and one on the way we were given a musical history lesson in the life of Ryan Leslie. Songs such as ‘Addiction’ and ‘Diamond Girl’ definitely got the crowd going and wanting more. His next album titled ‘Black Mozart’ is due to be released by summer 2014.

Tonight was a civil mixture of urban music ranging from home-grown talent, new singers and r&b veterans. It was nice to see such a line up live as I doubt a mix of supporters would have ever come together if it wasn’t for the music.

HOMEWORK TIME!!! xoxo

The Game – Concert Review

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Concert Review

Artist: The Game with Blood Money Artists: Kid Red and LA Kings

Date: Sunday 23rd February 2014

Location: 02 Shepherds Bush Empire

Concert Review

After waiting in line for no more than 40 minutes we entered the building and could finally get excited about seeing The Game. The venue was perfect for the atmosphere of his music and I managed to get hold of standing tickets (Thanx to the group of guys sorted me out with a ticket!) so I got to feel the madness first-hand.

DJ Semtex kept us entertained for a while with some new and old skool HipHop before the first support act graced the stage. Known as ‘KNytro’ the UK based American performed some of his hits which had a US vibe all over them. He kept the energy levels high which can be hard at urban events for a support act. One of his standout songs was ‘Gangsta Boogie’ which features UK award winning duo Chase & Status.

After another music break we were taken to the West Coast on an express train by way of Blood Money artists LA Kings and King Red.

The 1st dynamic trio ‘LA Kings’ came put on stage as I have never seen before! Think back to those typical gangster movie with low riders and bottles of 40oz beer and then imagine 3 men IN BALACLAVAS walking in front of you. I swear the audience fell silent when they took the stage as we all gasped in awe. It wasn’t that they came out aggressively but they had a persona to maintain and an vibe to ignite and boy did they do that. Once we realised we were safe, lol the crowd warmed up to their set nicely, beat bouncing and screaming out Compton like we were there. They took us on a musical trip highlighting the talent coming out of Compton, LA in a way we won’t forget in a hurry!! Hot track ‘Get this Money’ had us getting our Gangsta on for real!!

The 2nd artist to come out goes by the name of ‘Kid Red’, already creating a buzz on the underground this man has all the potential to make it big in the music game. Not only does he have a high top fade in fire red but his flow and lyrical presence is enough to make a statement we all got to party to tonight. His next release will feature The Game on a track called ‘Smile For the Camera.’

DJ Jersey Devil also gave us a few tracks and collabos as we waited in between firing us up with some major hiphop bangers.

And without further ado onto the….

Main Act

Following months of delays due to cancellations and visa issues which forced him to postpone other UK dates in Manchester and Middlesbrough, The Game could finally deliver his high calibre performance which was originally scheduled for October 2013.

With our W’s (representing Westside) up high in the sky, The Compton Rapper tore down the stage with his opening song ‘Who scared now?’ giving us all a reason to go loco and party. Dress in black with a thick gold rope chain The Game did not fail to impress and show us his gratitude for welcoming him back to the UK. The compton native played in the UK 3 years ago and is very vocal about his love for the UK.

Born in 1979, into a tough family where drugs and gangs were the norm, The Game real anem Jayceon Taylor, was almost destined to mature to the Gang lifestyle that plagued the infamous California town. From drug dealing to gang violence which cut his education short, The Game had not intended to become a rapper but after a close brush with death he knew what his heart desired and went after it with everything he had. While recovering from multiple gunshots wounds, he studied all the classic rap albums and began to craft his dream into reality.
Originally signing to G Unit records fronted by 50 Cent, the rapper took the music world by storm with an undeniable force. With turbulent relationship with his manager, The Game decided to leave the record label due to the mismanagement of artists and 50’s desire to hog the limelight. His rejection in slandering another artist along with his label also created friction which contributed to his departure form G Unit. He has infamously said ‘F*** G Unit’ and renamed the label ‘G Unot’ repeated on many accounts including tonight showing his blatant dislike for that part of his career. He is now rumoured to be signed to Cash Money Records although claims nothing has been set in stone as they continue to work out what’s best for both artist, label and all in between.
Since the release of his debut album ‘The Documentary’ in 2005 right up to his latest release ‘Jesus Piece’ in 2012, we have seen The Game go from strength to strength keeping his trademark Red lifestyle (a connection to The LA based Bloods Gang) with him at all times. Although he is known as a gangster rapper, The Game is a doting father of 3 children and an active campaigner against of police abuses and injustices taking place in the USA and sometimes further afield. One of his most famous plights is getting justice for Florida slain teenager ‘Trayvon Martin’, he even got a tattoo to commemorate the young man. His love of Tattoos has expresses a lot about the rapper as he has visual references to major events in his life for example the birth of his son, to album covers and the letters ‘LA’ on his right cheek paying homage to where he’s from.

That being said all those emotions are merely fuel to the fire that spits authentic West Coast hiphop music.
Taking us through some of his greatest hits, the rapper was heavily into crowd interaction, recounting funny stories and bantering with his fellow artist that were on stage with him. It was nice to see that he kept The LA Kings and Kid Red on stage with him as this showed that he views them as a group rather than bringing artists hierarchy onto the stage. Songs like ‘Dream’, ‘My Life’ and ‘How We Do’ had us all singing and rapping our hearts away as we kept up with the high energy performance in front of us.
My highlight of the night was seeing The Game down almost a full bottle of Grey Goose vodka in front of our eyes. At first we were all very sceptical, thinking it was done for show with what could have been water however as the night went on we saw the alcohol started to take effect as he enjoyed his songs and decided to zone out and enjoy himself instead of rapping. It didn’t bother us though, we were just happy to see him have a good time with us and he sure did! The man knows how to have a good time and ‘turn up’ as they say.

Ending the night in true style The Game performed his most famous hit ‘One Blood’ while his entourage sprayed the crowd with champagne to crank up the energy. However he wasn’t finished yet, after some deliberation he decided to bring the entire front row up on stage to perform with him. With his own security guards keeping fans a safe distance away, The Game rapped us out of the night, making a few dreams come true too.

He definitely showed us ‘how he do’ and we can only hope we did him proud!

As always here is some HipHop homework for you to enjoy! xoxo