I pull up to the Chip Shop with all the energy of pure hip hop resonating from outside. The attendance for the venue is set to Ram Jam full. The soundtrack of the night is set to pure 90’s and early 2000 pressure. Out comes my Guy, “Stinkin Slumrok” for a breather and gives me a warm welcome. I ask him how he’s feeling and whats his energy is saying. He tells me he’s not sure about certain tracks and how people will accept it as the crowd was an older crowd. So he needs to set his mode to ‘I don’t give a F**k’ and gives me the pure energy laugh.
When you enter the Chip Shop you get the pure Hip Hop Atmosphere with the wonderful portraits on the wall from past legends who’s blessed the chip shop. The place is also filled with legends from TY to Skinnyman. Behind the curtain is the men of the hour, Sadat X & El Da Sensei.
I’m jamming to pure bangers from Trackside Burners and place myself frontline and centre ready for show time, to watch the madness commence. Let the live show start. The host with the most, ‘Curoc from the legendary ‘Son of Noise’ introduces the first act. First to the 4 by 4 stage area is one of ‘Blah’s’ frontline soldiers, the ever grimy Stinkin Slumrok. Armed with a rum and coke he stands front and centre and starts to deliver pure Unf**ckwithable hip hop gold. With his ‘ I don’t give a f**k mentality and his Redmanesq type delivery, he begins to shut the place down. Hip Hop was defiantly in the building as the crowd was fully amped. Dropping hot pieces of fire like Madness and Power Moves, he fully shelled down the dance and set the perfect atmosphere to get the night started.
With the crowd fully amped up and enjoying the festivities, Curoc announces a random act. The bar is filled with conversations in every corner, and the acts get a decent welcome. The first guy steps up. Yo, My Names Blain Coffee! He explains they’re gonna do 2 tracks and looks at the dj to tell him forget the beat. Pass the Mic to his friend and starts shelling an acapella. Brave move for an unknown to throw the mic and do an acapella. The passion and projection he delivered brought the whole place to a pin drop silence. Every person fully in tuned to Blain Coffee telling his truth’s with a sweet dose of consciousness. The applause was real, the energy was felt and the love was given. Major salute to his power move it worked. Then up steps his co‑d Cory Hill firing shells over Jidenna’s Long Live the Chief. Good introduction to London and definitely done well for the applause they received. As I said hip hop is in the building.
It’s Main event time and Curoc Introduces the Men of the Hour. Make some noise for Sadat X and El Da Sensei. The Place is fully ram-jam, you could barely spin around without starting a full wave. That feeling you get in the Chip Shop is priceless. Makes you feel like your rapping from in the heart of a cypher.
The two legends step forward. Sadat x in a black Brand Nubian T- shirt and El Da Sensei rocking the button up Polo. The first request was everybody take one step back. We pop a small shuffle and these legends go into full on assault mode. The shear catalogue of fire they had was evident with the crowd being fully interactive with the experience. As they fired hits after hits, like 1999, Crowd Pleasa, Da God, Ain’t Tripping, Come On, C’mon With Da Git Down, Punks jump up to get Beat Down.… The energy was pure, the delivery was skillful and the presence was that of MC’s. You get many artist that come to these shores and half deliver. Definitely was not the case tonight. For the next hour and a half they fully showed the art form and what it takes to be a true MC. Even if you weren’t familiar with their music you would of been a converted fan that night. Especially with that mosh pit feeling the chip shop provides. You look around and see Slumrok and Skinnyman dancing on the tables fully immersed in pure vibes. My highlight was when El Da Sensei split the chip shop in half and had people in spartan type voices shouting ‘C’mon with the Come on, Get Down with the Get Down’. It was definitely a performance to behold. The way they interacted throughout the whole set was that of professionals, With Sadat X giving dope acapellas in-between tracks at times. They even treated us to cuts from their new project, “XL” which unlike most albums in these days were done together. The tracks were Bangers. I suggest people delve deep and investigate that piece of work. As the place wound down to a close and people went home. The two artist hung around to take photos and spread love.
As an artist the performance was inspirational, as a fan the performance was full of all the good stuff you expect when you come to see that real Hip Hop. Overall, massive salute to the Two Legends! Hope We have plenty more to come.
Photography by : Nadia Otshudi