You can keep your Kendrick and Drake, ‘cause tonight it was all about 90s Hip Hoppers Jurassic 5. The decade that spawned G-Funk & ‘rump shaker' also gave birth to the alternative hip hop group in 1993 from members of Rebels of Rhythm and Unity Committee. Interesting to note, it was also a time when people wore that god-awful Cross Colours clothing. Hey, it was awesome but not bloody perfect.
Wondering the last time I had been well and truly exposed to prime hip-hop beats, embarrassingly I couldn't. As the crowd teemed to the front I visually sighted my concert ‘hombres' I'd been with before the group gathered onstage as DJ stalwarts DJ Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist churned up the intro to After School Special complete with the little cutey kid audio bite "You guys workin' on a new album?".
From there it was all on as the J5 boys creeped and lurched the stage microphones in hand inciting the crowd with their infamous quick fire delivery vocal style as the dreadlocked Akil motioned the crowd grinning "This is like a small private concert so enjoy". DJ Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist then came front of house as they did their choreographed DJ battle, Cut Chemist sporting home-made modified guitar with turn table while his buddy was hitting the panels of what looked like a body suit made out of old vinyl records.
The recently reformed J5 (they split in 2007) are energetic and happy to oblige the crowd, I mean I lost count of the times they had concert goer's phones filming each other or the amount of high fives given out around the front rows. The crowd responded, there was definitely a party brewing as Chali 2na called all the ‘mature' ladies to get down, dedicating their Al Green sampled hit 'Baby Please' from their 2006 Feedbackalbum - sorry guys it just wasn't our night.
Whether the deep baritone smooth of Zaakir on I am, Quality Control or Break or the imposingly tall Chali 2na who reminded me of 90's American sitcom star Sinbad or the understated Marc 7.
It was a sweaty but an enjoyable two hours of funked up J5 classic s that frankly nobody was in hurry to get away from, even more so when Akil decided to come down off the stage to mingle with the local
Jurassic 5 avoid the usual misogynist black clichés and innuendos that go with the territory. They'd kick a few asses in the ‘cool category' against guys half their age and will probably be still around for the next decade. Whoever included them on the Byron Bay Blues Festival line up ought to be congratulated, we could sure learn a thing or two from our past, especially from the Jurassic age - ah yes ‘rump shaker' ...
In the mid to late 90's, when grunge began to wither away and MTV strived to find the next easy to access label to attach to new batch of up and coming rock bands, global attention started to shine on the Alt Rock scene.
The I Love The 90s Tour returns to Auckland next year March 23rd at Auckland’s Spark Arena, with a completely off the chain lineup featuring classic Hip Hop crew Naughty by Nature. Vin Rock from the Grammy Award winning rap group speaks fondly of this country and love of our people.
The Soundsplash Festival is returning to Raglan in January 2018. Local reggae favourites Katchafire are returning to feature on the bill. We sent a few questions over to lead vocalist Logan Bell ahead of the festival.
Following 2015’s Kitty, Daisy & Lewis'The Third', the sibling trio are back stronger than ever, harnessing their ability to create pop-infused soul, blues, rock n roll and a large mix of genres to perfection, in the shape of their fourth studio album, Superscope.
Kylie Price has just released her new album Bones. Last week she appeared on theNZ Entertainment Podcast, where she sang a new song I Dont Want To Go off the album while talking shop about her dream gig to play with Ed Sheeran and her Philipino roots.
Last week I caught up withPeter Hook ahead of returning down under for Australasian leg of the Joy Division and New Order Substance tour. We had a great chat about the spirit of punk, what it takes to write a book and why shows like the X-factor are so unhealthy…
Long established as one of New Zealand’s finest acts, South Pacific reggae-soul legends, The Black Seeds are set to tour the country in September, following the release of their long awaited 6th studio album Fabric, (out today - Friday September 8th).
Jacqueline Nalpant is a Booking Agent for the Paradigm Talent Agency, and is heading to New Zealand early next month where she'll be one of the speakers for the Going Global Music Summit (Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd September at Roundhead Studios, Auckland).
Since making her musical debut with her song Drift early last year, fast attracting a solid fan base and over 1 million plays across Spotify and Soundcloud in just a few months, Madeline North, better known by her musical moniker So Below, has once again blessed us with a moodier, masterful electro-pop banger, titled Ruin.
Since forming in 1998, the Antwerp, Belgium based trio Triggerfinger have long become a mainstay on the rock scene, building a solid reputation across Europe, the US, Canada and beyond, as one of the hardest-driving and sharpest dressing bands around.
Popular metalcore group Northlane are on their way to New Zealand. The Sydney band are touring North America taking in countries like Chile and Mexico as they head our way down-under next month to play Wellington’s San Fran then Auckland at the iconic Kings Arms.
Returning to New Zealand for the first time in three years, Australian metalcore band In Hearts Wake are on their way to our shores next month for a quick run of shows supporting their label cohorts Northlane.
Courtney Marie Andrews has landed in New Zealand, and set to play two concerts this week with Joe Pug - tonight at San Fran in Wellington (Wed July 19) and tomorrow night at The Tuning Fork in Auckland (Thu July 20).
Auckland two-piece Skinny Hobos, Alex Elvis and Texas Holdom, are heading on a 5 date New Zealand tour with headliners Decades, Bakers Eddy and Dead Favours. Kicking off tonight in Hamilton (July 14), the tour will also take them to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and finishes up in Dunedin.
Have you ever considered sharing your most personal experiences with the entire world? Well come this Friday 14th July, that’s what Emma Cameron, the rocking front-woman of kiwi band Decades is about to do, when they release their long-awaited full length debut album, The Truth And Other People, so we sat down with the cheerful front woman to discover just what truth this album reveals..
Whilst Sonny Landreth is a well known slide-guitar master, zydeco enthusiast and phenomenal blues legend, what you may not know about him, is that he is one of the nicest gentlemen in the entire universe.
He was always the boy next door type energy, that type of person you just always wanted to be around. From day one, Shay Taylor has always been one to break the mold and live life in such a vibrant and contagious manner, that no matter who he spoke to, they walked away feeling great!
Anthonie Tonnon is taking his new Extended Player and single to Australia, and to New Zealand towns that missed the first run of dates, or sold out too quickly. He’ll also be appearing at three summer festivals this February.
After a stand of three Auckland concerts that sold out in minutes in January, Connan Mockasin is hitting the road across Aotearoa for the first time in eight years this summer for a select run of headline shows.