oldskool: The Evolution of Hip Hop

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oldskool are a 7 piece band with both male and female rappers and a scratch DJ. They have sold out shows in Whelans, The Sugar Club and performed on the main stage of The Barndance Festival 2013. Their last show was also a sellout, in which they covered Snoop Dogg’s classic Doggystyle in it’s entirety. They are set to return to the Sugar Club on October 4th with their Evolution of Hip Hop show. This will presumably touch on all the eras of hip hop, you don’t want to miss this!

Tickets – €14 from http://www.oldskool.ie

Doors 9pm, with guest DJ sets from Choice Cuts & DJ Scorpio

Time Is Illmatic Documentary & Dead Prez Live Performance

Choice Cuts have a special treat in store for us on October 22nd. They will host a special screening in the Sugar Club of feature length documentary, Time Is Illmatic, about the making of Nas’ first album. The documentary examines the social conditions that led to the creation of the most acclaimed hip hop albums of all time. No doubt a must see for any hip hop fan. Check out the trailer for the documentary here:

The documentary will be followed by a live performance from Dead Prez so you really don’t want to miss this. Tickets are only €18 and are available from http://www.sugarclubtickets.com

Update: Due to phenomenal demand there will be a special preview screening of Time Is Illmatic in the Sugar Club on October 10th.

Freddie Gibbs, Twisted Pepper 4/9/14

Freddie Gibbs has a unique ability to take what has become a stale formula and breathe a new life into it. His tales of being a gangster in Gary, Indiana are more personal and believe than the average gun touting, drug selling rapper these days. For almost every minute of this short lived gig in the Twisted Pepper, he uses his powerful voice to command the respect and attention of everyone packed into the cramped venue with ease.

Prior to the main act, the DJ warms up the crowd with the same 10 to 15 songs played at every rap show in the past year. He did change it up to some degree with a terrible EDM remix of Schoolboy Q’s ‘Man of the Year’. My problem isn’t with him but the fact that a lot of these DJs don’t seem to realise that people are hearing the same collection of songs at gigs and frankly, it’s getting old.

Clearly out to make a lasting impression for his first show in Ireland, Freddie Gibbs is full of ferocious energy when spitting the lyrics to openers ‘Still Livin’ & ‘Thuggin’. It’s a pace that he keeps up for the entire show, rarely having to fall back on a backing track to finish his sentences for him. The consistent intensity is what differentiates Freddie from the competition. Other artists’ sets can falter around the midway mark when they start to play the more unfamiliar material, but that only seems to motivate Gibbs to rap like he has something to prove. His effortless charisma when interacting with the crowd conveys to us that he’s not just a ruthless gangster, but a proper showman also.

The only downfall of the set is the encore. Instead of being treated to another gem from his back catalogue, he appears on stage in a Dublin jersey and bounces around to Bobby Shmurda’s ‘Hot Nigga’. It may entertain but it feels like a bit of a lacklustre attempt to close an otherwise excellent, one of a kind show, which along with his recent collaborative album with Madlib only go to further his claim that he is in fact “a motherfuckin’ rare breed”.