A lot of anticipation and buzz for the launch of Real Deal that the Hip Hop Community and myself couldn’t contain. Emcees where sharpening their mind body and soul whilst the organisers worked hard to leave no stone unturned. Chip Shop’s reputation alone was a guaranteed atmosphere that real Hip Hop heads could indulge in so it was a can’t miss night from the word.
Logic Army’s vision organised and re-birthed a long lost heartbreak when in 2007 Deal Real closed it’s doors. The charismatic master of ceremonies on the night Capital Jors gave a brief history of the record store Deal Real that laid the inspiring brick work for the evening. The title Real Deal is obviously a homage paid to the infamous record store in Soho that harboured so many UK Hip Hop talent and drew so many established US artist like Kanye West , GZA and Mos Def.
It was a typical welcome walking into the Chip Shop with banging beats, nodding heads and all smiles. Delicious food circulated the room; Craft beers poured and Emcees where mumbling their rhymes to themselves. Before I sat down with a mate who was in awe experiencing his first time in the Chip Shop, I walked up to Logic and Mike to shake hands and show love for the event. The clock was reaching 9:30ish I believe, Mighty Moe was spinning in the background and we were chatting Hip Hop with good people we never met before. The golden clipboard was passed around like a splif with more than 20 emcee’s signatures to step to the plate. A small announcement from Capital Jors and finally he sounded for the Bell around 10pm.
Emcees came out the gate like a bat out of hell and people’s faces turned into that strange smell look which recognise sick Emcees spiting flames. I failed to mention that apart from Logic Army, UK Hip Hop royalty was in the building with Mic Righteous, Rodney P and Skinny Man so we expected nothing less but people’s A game.
Separating Emcees was more difficult than expected as a lot sounded seasoned and natural behind the microphone. Everyone has their own tastes and opinions but all received love and support whoever touched the stage. Capital Jors hyped the performances perfectly and when all names were crossed he made a special announcement which we all were excited for. Mic Righteous was announced to touch the Mic and we knew we were in for something special. After a little bit of friendly banter, Mic proceeded to poor his heart and soul into his performance like he always does which demanded complete attention. Everyone was moved. His visuals and stories painted emotions addressing cultural and mental health issues alongside history. After a significant performance, Mic embraced everybody and faded back to witness endless Emcees jump on the microphone inspired and in admiration of what they just saw.
The closing of the evening got people stomping the feet, buying rounds and emcees magnetised on the Mic. I saw pure happiness on logic’s face on a job well done and appreciation from all that reached. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Chip Shop is the heart of Hip Hop when it comes to London. This is home and Logic Army found another way to make ourselves feel home. The next event is the 5th of June and there is no reason not to swing by. It’s the first Tuesday of every month as well and you’ll probably catch me at all of them. Check out realdealopenmic on instagram, the Chip Shop Bxtn website, I Am Hip Hop magazine, The Big Bang Show on Reprezent radio 107.3 FM And The Hip Hop back In The Day Show on Westside 89.6 FM for your Hip Hop fix. Catch you at the next one. Peace!