The Choice of rap legends - Method Man and Redman head up London hip-hop dates with Choice FM show
Posted: 8th October 2010
Hip-hop seems to be going through a funny stage at the moment, some 30 years into its existence. Grime and pop artists call themselves rappers these days, but back in the late 80s to the mid 90s, hip-hop wordsmiths really were just that, backed up with lyrical gymnastics and tight head-nodding beats.
Over the next couple of months, there are a few major names from rap's heyday due to hit the capital with one-off dates, including a huge anniversary party. As the great EPMD might say, "Let the Funk Flow"....
Method Man The Wu-Tang member and actor has been a successful solo artist with the "Tical" album series, as well as a couple of collaborations with Redman. The two of them return to the capital on 7th November for a celebration of the coming-of-age of Choice FM's Nite Flavas Rap Show at the HMV Forum.
The whole night will be curated by Choice's DJ 279, hosted by Mystro and performed by Method Man, Redman and special guests. For anyone who remembers the Borderline's Flava Of The Month gigs in the early 90s, this is a must. Tickets are on sale priced at £27.50 plus fees. Method Man is also due to drop his new album "The Crystal Meth" sometime in 2011.
Pete Rock One man who has a connection with all of the rappers in this article is Pete Rock. He has worked with just about every worthy name in hip-hop without compromising his amazing ability to craft a rock-hard beat.
His most famous collaborations came with CL Smooth who, between them, created two stone-cold classic albums in "Mecca and the Soul Brother" and "The Main Ingredient". Both were underrated at the time of release (1992-1994), yet are full to the brim with party-bangers and conscious lyrics - tunes like "T.R.O.Y." and "Act Like You Know" still stand up today. The awesome pairing returns to the HMV Forum on 12th December with Jehst in support and all for £18.50 plus fees.
KRS-One BDP's frontman has a tour already booked for October, but he's recently added a gig at the Jazz cafe in London on 9th November (not December as first notified). Responsible for the groundbreaking 'Stop The Violence' movement in the 90s, along with classic BDP and solo tracks such as "My Philosophy", "South Bronx" and "Sound Of Da Police", this new concert is in addition to his nights in Brighton and Birmingham - tickets cost £12.50 - £20.
Public Enemy Pretty much responsible for bringing hip-hop into student-bedrooms in the 80s and 90s is Public Enemy. Chuck D, Flavor Flav and the S1Ws will be in full effect at the IndigO2 on 14th November for their only UK date this year. Tickets are £27.50 plus fees. Yeeeahhh boyyyee!