EartH Theatre, Hackney
3rd August 2019
A one-off colossal meeting of two Hip Hop game changers
Hip hop duo, Blackalicious burst out of the West Coast flipside in 2000 with debut studio album, Nia, which combined the lyrical dexterity of Gift of the Gab with producer, Chief Xcel’s incredible grooves. The album went on to make waves across the hip-hop community and beyond, described by Allmusic as “an album that stakes the claim of Chief Xcel and Gift of Gab as not only the best pair of rappers in the underground, but also the best pair of producers.”
Their presence in the music fan’s cultural consciousness hasn’t been long missed, with their impact being felt across the year’s, with moments such as Daniel Radcliffe’s rendition of Alphabet Aerobics on the Late Show running up close to 100 million views online.
Following 2005’s The Craft, they returned with Imani Vol.1 in 2015 and between these, the pair have continued to write, perform and create over the 20 years since the release of their debut album. Now they take the opportunity to look back onto where their career began, bringing a very special show to London’s favourite new hang out, EartH for the 20th anniversary of Nia.
Joining them for one night only are the endlessly funky hip hop flows of The Herbaliser, performing live with a full 8‑piece band.
The Herbaliser have been winning over festival audiences far and wide for over a decade. Their fascinating ability to create timeless soul records one minute, then to delve deep into the dark, grittiness of Jazz, funk, and hip hop the next is not a skill that should be overlooked!
Together, these two hip hop game changers will deliver an unmissable evening for hip hop fans. This is a once in a lifetime chance to witness these masters of the craft under one roof. Don’t sleep.