I got the call to pop down to check out Breakfast of Champions at the Forum. I decided to head up to Kentish Town early so that I could check out the Support Acts. It was just after 8pm when I strolled in.
The warmup DJ had started and the bar was empty so I could grab a beer and find a nice ‘comfortable’ position just behind the Sound and Light guys to settle down and watch the show from.
The first Act was a band called Dizraeli & The Small Gods — fronted by Dizraeli (lead Singer/Rapper/Musician) and Bellatrix (Singer/Bassist/Beatboxer).
I can only describe their music as a fusion of hip hop, folk, jazz and rock. Each track was different but the energy they put into each one was impressive. The crowd flocked to the front of the stage from their previous scattered spots and fully supported the psychedelic group for pretty much the full hour set. Bellatrix — who sounds a little like Bjork with her wailing — actually stole the show with her beatboxing. It was a decent start, a talented and alternative group that grasped the attention of the audience.
Next up was a half hour set from a talented individual who goes by the moniker of Reeps One. Now this is a guy who ‘makes music with his mouth’ so to say. All he needed was one mic and he had the growing crowd entertained with his variety of sounds and beats. The warmup DJ then returned to spin some classic hip hop to get everyone head-nodding in unison — Dre, Gangstarr, Mobb Deep, Nas, you name it.…the party is rocking.
This brings us to our main event — DJ Yoda’s Breakfast Of Champions. The London-born Deejay has put together an 11-man collective of UK musicians and emcees which feature Rex Domino and Mouse Outfit members Sparkz & Truthos Mufasa. Stretched out across the stage they played out tracks from the new album including the single ‘The Baddest’ whilst DJ Yoda spun records behind them. For a guy who has worked with the likes of The Jungle Brothers and M.O.P. this is a thoughtful and brave project by him to form this collection of UK talent and you could see the happiness and satisfaction on his face as he oversaw the results of his project playing out stress-free in the packed venue. The idea of a live hip hop band is catching on with the legendary DJ Premier getting in on the act too and it works when executed well. One of the band members called Onkar — had his moment, getting off his trumpet and on the mic to sing a number. All the band members performed in sync and the crowd responded well. The vibe was good, the crowd was buzzing and the event had a good atmosphere all round.
Lastly, and certainly not least, big up to the I Am Hip Hop crew for inviting me down to this Event. And big up to all the people who go to events and support Artists no matter how small or (un)known they are. It might not have been my usual ‘cup of tea’ but nevertheless proved to be an interesting and different night. A good experience overall. Peace.
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