The top thing that Brutal Artistry does is stay true to the roots. So there was none of this, 'lets just sell out to students and pissheads'… It was a hip hop night. They wanted a hip hop crowd. And man did they get one. It seems nowadays the common acceptance is that real hip hop doesn't sell. Many DJs are forced to put on R&B or house nights in order to really make some money.
But here you have it – hip hop in the rawest, purest most honest form. Envelopes of solid beats and talent gushing into dem dere mikes and outta dem dere speakers. Every person there for the music. Not cos its nice. Hip hop ent niiiiiiiice.
The show kicked off with the ever energetic Spida Lee who didn’t stand still for one second. The guy cocktailed the mike several times before exercising some serious command over the whole spot to shoot his music video. Where every single mother sticker with a pint in hand managed to throw it all over me. (Cheers)
Northern Hostility were far from hostile with some heavy spitting complete with a few grime fuelled explosions of honesty. Northern Hostility practically provide their own continent. And with just four out of the crew of MCs present, they proved their genuine ability as each provided his own style and sass that kept us boppin. All funking over some quality beats a la Mike D on the decks who kept implicit timing and didn't once let the beats get tiresome.
Ballzee (UK beatbox champ) and Megamouth gave us the dictionary definition of mike control with some flawless larynx management. Ballzee pulled out his top class two mike act – one to the throat, one to the lips… only a genius could carry that off. And Mega didn't hold back in laying down some perfectly rolling beats and masterpiece effects. Complete with a lovely lil drum n bass number the two providing one of those performances you just don't see everywhere, and you just won't forget.
Jack Flash (End Of The Weak winner), J Simple and ThaBo had everyone singing along one minute to the moreishly catchy track 'Intoxicating', but left us in silent awe after some incredibly enthused accapella. Anyone who doesn't think spoken word has a place in hip hop really, really needs to catch Flash and Simple in their element.
Electro DJ Ellis from Cyberreign crew provided a more tangy fire on the ones and twos and Mista Ed (Waxworks) threw down some proper classic beats. And, to be honest, looked like he would have had just as good a time if nobody else was there at all…
The universitality of hip hop is evident not just in comparing the West Yorkshire scene to the rest of the world. But in comparing the exciting blend of acts Miki B (Brutal Artistry's 'man with the plan') managed to twine together for what proved to be a truly buck night. Watch this spot people, and if you're not further than Australia. I'll see you on the floor next time.