Review: The Funkdoobiest (@FunkdoobiestUSA) 20th Anniversary !

On 28th Novem­ber 2013, 200 or so ded­ic­ated, under­ground Hip Hop heads were given a badly needed and unex­pec­ted treat. To cel­eb­rate the 20th anniversary of their debut album ‘Which Doobie U B?’, The Sil­ver Bul­let and Strictly Busi­ness brought the West Coast and Soul Assas­sins rep­pin’ under­ground legends Funk­doobi­est back to the UK after nearly two dec­ades of absence for a one-off Lon­don show.

The last time ‘The Brothas Doobie’ were in the UK in the ‘90s, they played at Brix­ton Academy, and between then and now, either alone or with fel­low Soul Assas­sin mem­bers Cypress Hill and DJ Muggs, they’ve per­formed their uncom­prom­ising, cen­sor­ship defy­ing, gan­ja and porno-lov­ing sig­na­ture style of West Coast Hip Hop-Funk at sim­il­ar scale ven­ues around the globe. In con­trast, the com­mit­ted fans that snapped up the 188 tick­ets were given all that arena and sta­di­um rock­ing energy con­cen­trated into the com­par­at­ively small Fins­bury Park ven­ue. And that was a huge pos­it­ive. Intim­ate isn’t a word that should be asso­ci­ated with Funk­doobi­est or that could be used to describe this show — the energy, the raw, unadul­ter­ated Hip Hop vibes and the nearly con­stant mosh pit were intense, fuelled every time one of the under­ground clas­sics got dropped. Some heads at the front even ended up on stage as the energy and mosh pit over­flowed.  ‘I’m Shit­ting On Em’, ‘The Funki­est’ ‘XXXfunk’ and ‘Wop­bab­bal­u­bop’ got the best crowd respon­se, until the very end when, pre­luded by con­stant calls for it through­out the show, Son Doobie gave in and dropped the crew’s biggest track ‘Lost In Thought’ and the mad­ness hit another level!

The event was dope, suc­cess­fully trans­port­ing the crowd back to the 90’s – some joints even got sparked up inside – pre-smoking ban style! A Funk­doobi­est show wouldn’t have been com­plete without it! The only down­side was that crew mem­bers Ral­ph M and Toma­hawk Funk weren’t there, but Son Doobie got expertly backed, hyped and sup­por­ted by West Coast Hip Hop legends Sean B and, mak­ing his first ever UK appear­ance, Brett B – the man cred­ited with teach­ing B-Real to write struc­tured bars and with writ­ing the clas­sic hook for the Cypress Hill track ‘Hand on the Pump’. We even got given a Soul Assas­sin his­tory les­son!

The homegrown sup­port held it up too. The night got warmed up with a live MPC per­form­ance from UK-based Hun­gari­an pro­du­cer Yet­izm, a more relaxed and chilled set from UK/Sweden based Galaxy High. The real gem was a rare per­form­ance from UK Brit­core pion­eers Son of Noise, who prop­erly set the 90’s hard­core hype vibe for Funk­doobi­est to build on. After the main event, UK emcee/DJ/promoter and over­all grinder Oliv­er Sud­den show­cased a set of his new tracks, show­ing how high the level of UK Hip Hop is at the moment. It was a big night all-round. Mad respect to every­one at Strictly Busi­ness and The Sil­ver Bul­let for a heavy night of real Hip Hop.

Apex Zero

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Apex Zero is an emcee and beat maker who has been express­ing his anti-polit­ic­al views and extend­ing his work towards defin­ing, inspir­ing and cre­at­ing last­ing change through Hip Hop for over a dec­ade. Apex has been work­ing with grass­roots and mil­it­ant organ­isa­tions, edu­cat­ing him­self and oth­ers, organ­ising and build­ing towards over­turn­ing the oppress­ive mech­an­ism at large since his mid-teens, around the same time that he entered London’s under­ground Hip Hop scene as part of his crew, First and Last with his brother OMeza Omni­scient. Years of earn­ing respect and enhan­cing their repu­ta­tion, which lead to col­lab­or­a­tions and work­ing rela­tion­ships with many of the scenes most prom­in­ent artists and organ­isa­tions, mani­fes­ted in the Octo­ber 2013 release of Apex’s debut solo album ‘Real­ity Pro­vok­ing Lib­er­a­tion’. The 15 tracks of self-described ‘Neo-Hard­core Hip Hop’ gathered inter­na­tion­al acclaim from both fans and crit­ics, fur­ther enhan­cing Apex’s repu­ta­tion as one of the strongest and clearest voices in anti-polit­ic­al, ‘revolu­tion­ary’ Hip Hop in the UK. Based in Beijing, China since 2014, Apex has been trav­el­ling out­side of the UK, seek­ing new per­spect­ives and aim­ing at enhan­cing his out­look, explor­ing dif­fer­ent soci­et­ies, con­nect­ing with Hip Hop heads, act­iv­ists and schol­ars world­wide. Like his music, his writ­ing is often an exten­sion of his ideas and efforts to effect change in the world whil­st enhan­cing and elev­at­ing both the cul­ture of Hip Hop and the people who embody it.

About Apex Zero

Apex Zero
Apex Zero is an emcee and beat maker who has been expressing his anti-political views and extending his work towards defining, inspiring and creating lasting change through Hip Hop for over a decade. Apex has been working with grassroots and militant organisations, educating himself and others, organising and building towards overturning the oppressive mechanism at large since his mid-teens, around the same time that he entered London’s underground Hip Hop scene as part of his crew, First and Last with his brother OMeza Omniscient. Years of earning respect and enhancing their reputation, which lead to collaborations and working relationships with many of the scenes most prominent artists and organisations, manifested in the October 2013 release of Apex’s debut solo album ‘Reality Provoking Liberation’. The 15 tracks of self-described ‘Neo-Hardcore Hip Hop’ gathered international acclaim from both fans and critics, further enhancing Apex’s reputation as one of the strongest and clearest voices in anti-political, ‘revolutionary’ Hip Hop in the UK. Based in Beijing, China since 2014, Apex has been travelling outside of the UK, seeking new perspectives and aiming at enhancing his outlook, exploring different societies, connecting with Hip Hop heads, activists and scholars worldwide. Like his music, his writing is often an extension of his ideas and efforts to effect change in the world whilst enhancing and elevating both the culture of Hip Hop and the people who embody it.

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