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STOP PRESS: Rappers are freestyling again. Maybe the 90’s weren’t just a dream I had… maybe rappers used to rhyme on DJ shows… maybe Royce and The Slaughterhouse could pull us from the dark side.
Disorganised. That one word pretty much defined the night at Oceana.
Even though the doors had opened at 10pm, and people were being allowed in, the main room was still being set up until nearly 12.30am, and there was no real music being played for the duration either. So by the time people were FINALLY allowed in, a party mood was the last thing on their minds.
It’s times like these where real DJ’s earn their cash, and on that night DJ Fricktion did exactly that. Having already heard him perform in numerous venues previously, I knew what to expect once we got in the main room at 12.30, he again delivered. He cut up numerous crowd-pleasing tracks and beats, ensuring the party got started. Fricktion was able to show a diverse choice of music, ranging from rnb, to bhangra, garage, bashment and, of course, hip hop. I have to admit I did get a buzz from hearing him drop Big L “Ebonics” as well.
At 2.30 am Busta’s tour DJ, DJ Scratch came out and delivered a Westwood like set to get the crowd amped for the main man himself. On walked Spliff Star and Busta and immediately the show started. The on stage chemistry and timing between Busta and Spliff was something that had been truly well versed and formed over countless shows. They moved in sync with each other and Spliff did exactly what a hype man should do, blend in the performance of the main star with mic work that was perfectly flawless.
The same could not be said for the microphone levels for the first few songs, a problem that was highlighted most when Busta and Spliff performed over the Ying Yang Twinz beat “whisper song”. Hearing these issues, like a true professional, he addressed and corrected this, ensuring it was a blight no longer.
Busta’s energy was high all night, and to ensure the crowd stayed up there with him, he regularly sprayed the crowd with bottled water, soaking the first few rows and creating a water fight onstage. Indeed, it was actually quite a sight to see bouncers running around on stage, trying to soak all the excess water with towels! Health and Safety would have had a field day.
The track listing performed by Busta greatly underlined how long he’d been doing this hip hop thing, with a full discography of all the big songs he’d had over the years, starting well back with “Woo-Hah! Got You In Check” and “Scenario (rmx)”; each one was well received by a crowd of true fans, not a bunch of people who had first heard the guy with the Pussycat Dolls.
Ensuring the crowd felt involved, he regularly conversed with them, slipping in patois and using plenty of “Blud Clots” and “rude bwoys”. The crowd loved every minute of it. When the topic of plugging his latest album came up, Bussa-buss did turn slightly preachy, but still spreading a positive message nonetheless.
The crowd tired, not due to the lack of effort on stage, but rather with how late it was getting. Busta started delivering more showmanship, clearly spitting more tongue-twisting verses at rapid-fire speed. Hearing him perform “Break Your Neck” at double speed was something to behold, but his delivery of “Turn it Up” was a definite highlight, performing at times acapella, and other times rowdy and raucous. Ending with true style he kept the crowd going with “Touch It” and “Pass the Courvoisier.” Yes, there was a bottle of Courvoisier on stage, but Busta wasn’t really going to be passing it!
The true shame of the night was the lack of ticket sales. In a venue that could hold about 600-700; only 300 were present. Finally, ending the night at 4am, the people left with a smile on their face… a weary smile, but a smile all the same.
Posted by Hip-Hop Singh
Mixtape Name: Dillagence
Artists: Mick Boogie, Busta Rhymes, J Dilla
Reviewer: G.D. (lovesoul.TV Reader Review)
The link to the Dillagence story, mixtape and tracklisting is here
Everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing at important moments in history. This reviewer will always remember where he was and what he was doing on 10th February 2006, when news broke that J Dilla had passed away after suffering with an incurable blood disease; at home re-listening for perhaps the tenth time to Dilla’s ‘Donuts’, trying to understand how exactly Dilla had created the musical landscapes on what is now regarded as one of the greatest instrumental Hip-Hop albums of all time. A slew of tribute tracks and mixtapes have since been released, however none have garnered as much hype as the recently released ‘Dillagence’ a collaboration between mixtape king Mick Boogie and long time Dilla collaborator and Hip-Hop superstar Busta Rhymes.
The mixtape is a melange of old Dilla productions and a previously unreleased Dilla beats, with vocals from Busta Rhymes and a number of guest collaborators. From the outset though it is clear that the star of the show is the unmistakeable Dilla production, from the heavy thudding bass line of ‘Code of the Streets’ to the trademark drums and hand claps of ‘Takin’ what’s Mine’, Dilla’s beats sound as fresh and raw as ever. That rawness is additionally felt in the final mix for which Busta feels obliged to explain, fans however of the late great producer will need no such explanation, knowing that he liked his music to ‘sound like its straight from the mother****in cassette.’ Busta’s belief that this rawness was down to an eagerness on his part to spit on new Dilla beats straight from the beat CD, does however give the listener an insight into why the emcee puts in a performance full of energy and charisma, that harkens back to the Busta Rhymes of ‘The Coming’ and ‘When Disaster Strikes’. Bar a few embarrassing choruses and forgettable contributions from Papoose and Cassidy, Busta Rhymes sounds hungry and rejuvenated over Dilla’s beats, something that has been lacking from his more recent discography.
The general outlook that ‘Donuts’ beats should be left as instrumentals could only have been strengthened with the poor reworking of ‘Lightworks’ that appeared in the recently released ‘Peanut Butter Wolf presents 2K8 B-Ball Zombie War’ featuring lacklustre performances from Talib Kweli and Q-Tip, and which now finds itself on the mixtape. However, perhaps surprisingly Rah Digga’s performances on ‘Best That Ever Did It’ and ‘The Range’ provide evidence to the contrary, as her flow and lyrics fit perfectly into the lush Dilla production. One of the biggest highlights though must be the contribution of Raekwon on ‘Baggage Handlers’ with its chorus of “Yo its Cuban Linx 2 mutha****ers!” that will serve only to increase anticipation for his long awaited follow up.
One can only have respect for Busta Rhymes and Mick Boogie for releasing such a quality project in tribute to a producer that was largely slept on in his own time. Those who have never knowingly heard of Dilla will find this a fitting introduction to one the greatest producers to have graced Hip-Hop, and will hopefully be encouraged to seek out other Dilla works. For this reviewer, ‘Dillagence’ is a welcome addition to the Dilla collection, and has acted as a catalyst for me to go back and re-listen to ‘Donuts’ for the fiftieth time and try to understand how exactly he created those musical landscapes. Methinks that it is a futile exercise, genius has no explanation.
The tape is finally out:
And here is the tracklist:
you can also download the Mick Boogie/Kanye West Mixtape on our previous post.