When I said to myself, “alright let’s go to this event, it should be fun”, I thought it would be a symphony orchestra, where people are quiet, comfortably seated, and just appreciating the musicians trying their hand at one of the greatest hip hop album ever.
Let’s be honest, it was not like this AT ALL.
The location should have given me some hints. Xoyo is more known as a night club than an opera.
Anyway, when I came here the crowd was already massive around the stage. 16 pieces of orchestra, which included 3 violins, surrounded 3 rappers and 1 singer. The ambiance was highly charged, far from the symphony concert.
During more than one hour, the entire Biggie’s album has been revisited. The rappers were taking over from each ones to perform while musicians were bringing Ready To Die back to life.
First let’s talk about the rappers and the singer. The 3 rappers had their own flow but always fit with the Biggie’s one, which was not an easy job. The singer performed on the sung parts. Having different performers was definitely a great idea, by bringing diversity to the show. The tracks “The What” or “One More Chance” are good examples.
Even if this album has some crazy beats like “Juice” and “Big Poppa”, a lot of them sound like boom bap beats. I thought it would be difficult to make this kind of beat attractive for an orchestra. Once again I was completely wrong. In fact, the instrumentals brought a new dimension to the album. The way you listen to the album at home is way different from the live performance. You are transported by the musicians which give you a different vision. Each track is unique, has its own identity. We can pass from festive tracks like “Me and My Bitch” to serious ones like “Suicidal Thoughts”.
Special mention to “Machine Gun Funk” and the violins on “Juice”.
Setlist : The whole Ready to Die album – in disorder
- Things Done Changed
- Gimme the loot
- Machine Gun Funk
- Ready to Die
- One More Chance
- The What
- Everyday Struggle
- Me & My Bitch
- Big Poppa
- Friend of Mine
- Suicidal Thoughts
Don’t miss out their next shows in London ! Other classic albums will be reviewed by these guys.
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- XOYO — Tuesday 27th June 2017 : https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfAF6wE8SG8gmiP4Rlj-gR28EyAKPIu7psPwo9RvcahGf6q2Q/viewform
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