WWE SMACKDOWN 1000!

Reaction blog written by Michael Grant, C.E.O. of RePPiN4U and UK Ambassador for Wu Worldwide DJ Coalition, OCTOBER 16, 2018!

For those who don’t know, The Infamous Informer is the wrestling fan alter ego of Grant Body-P! He loves his WWE but with a striking difference: Unlike most wrestling fans in the internet, he DOES NOT take WWE seriously, he takes everything make joke,  and he gets under fans skin a little bit because he hits back at them for stupidity! Oh one other thing – he declares WWE Superstar Naomi as his ‘Wife who got away’, a.k.a. his Mint Aero, a.k.a. his Nubian Queen! and if you look at the pic below, well they make a lovely couple… too bad Jimmy Uso saw her first!

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SMACKDOWN 1000! THE A SHOW! FOR OLD TIMES SAKE… HOL’DAT – BLAOW!!!

Has John Cena done something even The Rock ‘seemingly didn’t have time to do’? Send a message via satellite? Aaaah Rock!!! Tell me it’s not so! Did you at least send a tweet? Let me check…

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Now if I was a regular hardcore wrestling fan, I would be cussing The Rock at this point for not turning up…but come next year I would still roll into the cinema with my brothers, pay my money to watch ‘Hobbs & Shaw’. So NO, I’m not cussing the man! Sorry to disappoint you!

(There’s still the Smackdown 20th Anniversary next year!!!)

Oh DAYUUUUUUUUUUM!!! CARMELLA!!! Sometimes, your Beckys, your Charlottes, your Mandy Roses of the World Wrestling Federation often overshadow Carmella for sexiness but OWWWWWWWWW! Look what Carmella have on! Like – GUUUUURRRLLL!!! Yo R-Truth talk to me – you speak the truth -you’re tappin that @$$ aren’t you!

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Stephanie on TRUTH TV????!!! I would have thought she would have chosen Miz TV! I see wrestling fans complaining about Stephanie on Smackdown… yeah the same muthaf***az jerking off when they saw this scene back in the day…

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Why are you booing this woman? Last time I check, she was a GOOD general manager! So good Vincent Kennedy forced her to quit literally in a match, see this is why I cannot connect with a lot of so-called fans! You don’t know your history!

YES SHANE-O! Both McMahons on Truth TV! I bet the Miz is not happy about this!

NO SHANE-O! Those pink Nike Sneakers??? JUST NO! Don’t use Susan G Komen as an excuse either! I could donate to that – and I don’t have to wear those hellish things on my feet!

I did like when Shane told Stephanie -‘Welcome To the A-Show!’ lets be real – Smackdown was the A-show from say hmmm…Stephanie was the GM of Smackdown?!!! YOU THINK ABOUT IT! When Steph was running the dance – Eric Bischoff was on RAW and that dastardly Triple TEEF was your champion!

OHHHHHH NOOOOOO!!! VINCENT KENNEDY!!!!! And the crowd are loving this! I’m loving this! Please – do the walk!!!!

“You see the E in WWE stands for Entertainment!” Straight away I can hear the internet crying out ‘The Second W in WWE stands for Wrestling’! Oh f**k off will you – this is not for you! Bound For Glory is THAT WAY!

DANCE BREAK??!!! Look at Vincent Kennedy! Look at him go!!!! STAND BACK!!!!

And JUST LIKE THAT – This is better than RAW 25 back in January!!!

Ok let’s get into some WRASSLIN’! The Uso Brudda vs AJ Styles & Danny Bryan! Hey what a powerful tag team!

SHEEEEEEEEET AJ Styles got the Calf Crusher on one and Danny got the YES Lock on the other! This is baaaaad! Good thing it’s not for the tag team titles!

See Brie? THAT’S THE WAY TO DO IT! Use the YES Kick and connect on the chest like your husband is demonstrating right now! How you manage to hit Liv Morgan’s headtop?!!!!

WHOA! Mis communication by Styles & Bryan enabled The Usos to send them to the USO penitentiary and lock that sh!t down!

Rusev Vs The Miz – Crown Jewel World Cup qualifying match! Still not cancelled then? Sorry wrestling fans! Offer Vincent Kennedy 20 BILLION and he MIGHT consider it…

Another American heads to Crown Jewel World Cup in THE MIZ! Er… is it too late to change the name to King of the Ring???

Aiden English baited it up, he sees Lana, his d!ck gets hard, then Lana kicks him there HARD! That is PAIN right there! Never mind the beat down Rusev was giving him!

Look at Jerry Lawler & Booker-T at commentary eating pancakes! Er wrong segment guys! I understand it’s New Day Vs The Bar for the tag team championships but I would be eating that while Eve Torres and Layla be in the ring… oh crap it’s not 2009 anymore….. awww shucks…

This makes no sense! Why would The Big Show interfere? To quote Gorilla Monsoon ‘What business does he have down there?’

Maybe he’s bex that The Bar threw all the pancakes one side and all over the floor!

A WHA DE? CHOKESLAM! CHOKESLAM! The Big Show! Chokeslammed Kofi Kingston through the table!

Yes boy s and girls that was the 1,325th heel turn from Big Show! YOU LIKE HEEL TURNS DON’T YOU?

EDGE is growing his hair back! You know what that means – RETURN CONFIRMED! HAHAHAHAHA!!!! (Actually I shouldn’t laugh…given Danny Bryan & Shawn Michaels recently…)

Now – as you look at Becky Lynch close up – you can see that is a pretty girl, a sexy girl, the type of girl, you wanna bring home… and play this as you get busy!

Unlike Alexa Bliss – who is PLASTERED with make up and foundation – sorry guys – she just ain’t pretty!

I don’t know if Edge is giving Becky words of wisdom or he’s actually thinking ‘damn if I held out I wouldn’t have settled for Beth Phoenix’!

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“You’re right… I don’t like myself… I LOVE MYSELF!”

YES BECKY! I love you too! She has the right attitude! You see if you LOVE YOURSELF, others will love you! It’s the truth!

“You love what you’ve become? Then you gonna luuuurve what I do to you!” I knew it! Even Charlotte wants to get in Becky’s pum-pum! I’m telling you – Becky just oozes sex appeal right now!

Look at Finlay and Jamie Noble trying to split them up – more like getting a sneaky feel of those breasts! I don’t trust either of them! Jamie Noble used to f**k his sister ‘Nadia’ and Finlay looks like a dirty old man! He wants to use his… shillelagh!!!!!

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Rey Mysterio Vs Shinsuke Nakumura – winner goes to Crown Jewel! This is a heartbreak either way!

Hold on a second – Rey advances! The question remains – does that technically make Rey a #1 contender for the U.S. championship????

Ok – TIME TO FIND OUT…WHO I AM!!!!! Will these guys make a cameo appearance at the all women’s PPV?

YEAH YEAH WE KNOW – Evolution was a RAW STABLE – WE KNOW! Just be f**k!n happy we are seeing Batista & Ric Flair! Triple had his Smackdown moments, Batista & Randall had crazy Smackdown success.. so to that I say this –

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Look at Triple Teef while Batista is bigging Randy Orton up! That dude makes me laugh so much! Sometimes I forget why I hated him back in the day!

Ric Flair is IMPOSSIBLE to hate! Even after his alleged racist remarks at certain points in his life! Hip Hop clearly doesn’t care about that so why should I?

Wait a minute I know WWE edited this for YouTube but I heard when Batista said to Ric ‘ keep it in your pants’! and was swinging the mic around making reference to Ric’s…er… moving on!!!

On to TRIPLE TEEF HIMSELF!

“THE GAME! 14-time WORLD CHAMPION! THIS MAN IS THIS BUSINESS! THERE IS NOTHING THIS MAN HAS NOT DONE…. EXCEPT BEAT ME!!!”

Batista just went Kenshiro Hokuto Shin Ken on Triple! I hit a secret power point!!!!

I was hoping for Rock Vs Triple H at WrestleMania 35 but hey, I don’t complain on the internet!

FINALLY! the DON OF DONS! the conscience of Smackdown! The man who was there before AJ Styles built that house! The man who was there before the Doctor of thuganomics was all about that Ruthless Aggression, the man who was there before the next big thing, the man who was there from Smackdown Episode 1!

Simply put – DX – You’re going in that box Undertaker made for you both 20 years ago! And take your hammer with you!

In retrospect, maybe they didn’t need to go 3 hours… it would have been nice though… The Rock’s absence might be unforgivable to some wrestling fans though! Nah Rock you gotta free up some of your schedule homie! But saying that – when you do appear at a random RAW or a Wrestlemania with that flame thrower you had, they complained on the internet so F**K EM!

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GZA Live @2Funky Music Cafe, Leicester, August 31, 2018!

GIG REVIEW WRITTEN BY MICHAEL GRANT, UK AMBASSADOR FOR WU-WORLDWIDE DJ COALITION

February 2012: I had seen a number of Wu members live in a solo set. (I’m unsure whether to include Method Man in that list… every time I saw him he was with Redman) but GZA was the most surprising… this is a man who has been known to be more ‘laid GZA Instagramback’ in the crew… what he did blew me away. If you want to know what that was… you might wanna click here…

So upon hearing the news that he was returning to the UK, most notably the 2Funky Music Cafe, a place where I have become very familiar with over recent years, I knew history was going to be made. AGAIN.

In past reviews, I made the statement that too many opening acts may be a bit tiresome… I still stand by that. 2 opening acts should be the maximum for any gig, and yes it may be tiresome for those who are unfamiliar, but on this night, 2Funky have stuck to their formula, tweaked it, and the result is a stacked line up, the best I have ever seen. Each artist knew who they were opening for, and went all out on stage.

Strizzy Strauss opened up the night, featuring a new track and always dropping the Leicester Champions anthem as they did last time around. I was so glad to see Big Beasy out there to perform for the first time, especially after he came through in the 11th hour of the special RePPiN4U Show back in June. The only drawback there was he only performed one track in ‘Unstoppable’…but considering it was a Wu-Tang show, Beasy should have hit the crowd with ‘On My One’… the crowd would have went CRAZY with him flowing over the Wu Gambinos beat…

It could be time constraints or him being a late addition to the line up… but I believe Beasy dropped the ball there.

I want to take this time to apologise to Asterix and Dark A Brown as I missed most of their sets, but I also want to commend Leicester for their honesty and integrity… I actually lost my phone during that time before I realised… turns out – somebody handed it in. For that I cannot thank Leicester enough…

Loaneski turned it up a notch or two on his set, he clearly had more time this time around which gave him the opportunity to unleash – Welcome to Babylon… a scathing track which saw Loaneski as the relentless, cocky but respectful MC his fans know and love.

I may have lost count of how many times I have seen Shakezpeare perform. This time he put on an incredible homage to the Wu-Tang Clan in his own way – he had all his people up on stage just like the Clan would, all of them who he grew up with from childhood. Not only that – the lighting visuals were next level – the green lighting set off the atmosphere giving Shakezpeare and his crew that element of mystique, and each MC took the mic and rocked it like ‘Triumph’ was the instrumental track. Once again big ups to G’Mas catering for helping make 2Funky so homely with their authentic Caribbean cuisine. Why have greasy kebab and chips that may be under-cooked at 2am that may upset your stomach in the early hours of the following morning when you can have rice and peas, fried fish, jerk/bbq chicken, fried dumpling,  coleslaw, which will make your belly say THANKS?! I know which one I’d pick.

There was one thing I noticed at 2Funky that I hadn’t seen since the Onyx show… barricades. Right now you might be scratching your heads of what I mean. By that I mean the venue has never sold out that much to the point where the owner is now contemplating a bigger venue… like the big clock in the Liquid Swords video… the timing was perfect. It was pay day for many, it was the weekend, it was the last week before new school/college/university term starts, the weather was pleasant, and GZA only had limited dates, which meant fans from all over the UK came to Leicester to see Wu-Tang’s most lyrical swordsman.

In his 70- minute set (yes he stepped on stage at 11:50pm and stepped off at 1am) – GZA has this way of captivating the audience simply by standing there, with one hand in his pocket, and yet giving off so much energy. Had that be anyone else like a lesser known artist… he would be booed off stage surely.

Performing his big tracks across his entire catalogue, but it was his unique (no pun intended) tribute to Ason Unique himself which was the highlight. Instead of asking the crowd to put up their lighters or phones up… he jumps into a story of Dirty’s life, name dropping past hits just like he did with Labels, Publicity & Fame… absolutely amazing.

However GZA surprised me just like he did the first time I saw him live – but in reverse – this time he did NOT leave the stage and join the crowd while performing the 36 Chambers hits, there were moments where it looked like he was going to do just that… but it didn’t happen.

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Despite that, GZA rocked Leicester down with minimal effort. Some may say that Shakezpeare may have out-performed GZA on this night, and that is an arguable point, but if you’re supporting an artist as high as a calibre in the ‘head of voltron’ himself, you better bring it, and that’s what exactly Shakezpeare, Strizzy Strauss, Asterix, Loaneski, Dark A Brown, and Big Beasy did.

The 2Funky Music Cafe has become more than a venue for not just hip hop but for all genres, it has evolved into one of the biggest and best hip hop communities in the UK today. Where does the 2Funky Music Cafe go from here? Only one way – UP!

KUPID THE KING: Lost Boy LIVE @ The Robin 2, Wolverhampton Sep 15, 2018 (PREVIEW)

Preview Article by GRANT BODY-P! UK Ambassador of the Wu Worldwide DJ Coalition

Hip Hop has just celebrated its 45th Anniversary. When DJ Kool Herc held that historic and iconic block party in The Bronx, 1520 Sedgwick Ave, did he ever think that he would start a culture that would become so global and dominant? To the point where poor Noel Gallagher of Oasis had a bit of a cry about Jay-Z headlining Glastonbury, the former President of The United States (Obama) using Hip Hop culture to express his thoughts in speeches, and now this…

Kupid Lost BoyThe Robin 2, situated in Bilston, Wolverhampton has been renowned for hosting tribute acts, showcasing 60’s rock n roll, jazz, and music of that nature. But The Robin cannot stop the juggernaut that is Hip Hop, as friend of RePPiN4U and Wolverhampton’s own Kupid The King and his soulful crew will be performing his debut album ‘Lost Boy’ with a full live band ‘Music Til Midnight’ before a capacity crowd, not to mention previous hits such as ‘The Fall’, ‘Sellotape Kisses’, ‘Mom’s Heart’ and ‘Letter To My Ex’, all of which have featured on RePPiN4U Hip Hop Show at some point.

Hosted by Cassandra Maria & Roberto Vegatelli, supporting Kupid on the night includes Rais at Night (fronted by Birmingham’s Tarju Le’Sano & Wolverhampton’s Ayy), conscious lyricist – Infamous Dimez, and powerful songstress Priscilla Cameron. DJ’s on the night are DJ Dan Smila & Selekta Hype.

The venue has been ranked 13th in the UK according to PRS For Music, but Kupid and his crew are out to get the venue in the top ten… and rightfully so. The CEO of PRS – Robert Ashcroft made the following statement: “It’s an enormous accomplishment to run a successful live music space and, in spite of economic challenges, the British music scene is still strong.” In my opinion, the British music scene is the strongest we have ever seen it, ask our partners FATP HIP HOP SHOW UK.

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RePPiN4U: PRESERVE THE CULTURE!

B.D.S.I.R. Network: The Best Damn Show In Wild1 Radio & International Underground Hip Hop & Rap Connection presents a special edition of RePPiN4U HIP HOP SHOW!

RePPiN4U Preserve The Culture

Presented by Grant Body-P! & DJ Miss C Brown! US Hip Hop artists Uniqme flew over to the UK to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of his EP – Da Hoodzmen, featuring Starrlight from the Netherlands, Askem, Shakezpeare, Kemetstry, Elizmi Haze, Loaneski, Alex-Is, Ayy, Tarju, Big Beasy, Birthm4rk, Krystatic, Kupid The King!

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Presented by GRANT BODY-P! & DJ MISS C BROWN!

1. DJ MISS C BROWN – RePPiN4U Intro
2. INTERVIEW WITH UNIQME PART 1
3. UNIQME/CANIBUS/K-SOLO/PAPOOSE/KOOL G RAP – Iron Bars
4. INTERVIEW WITH UNIQME PART 2
5. UNIQME F/ KALI RANKS/STARRLIGHT – Empire (Remix)
6. INTERVIEW WITH KRYSTATIC/KEMETSTRY/BIG BEASY
7. BIG BEASY – Unstoppable
8. KEMETSTRY – So Real
9. KRYSTATIC – New Planet
10. INTERVIEW WITH LOANESKI/STARRLIGHT/ALEX-IS/KUPID THE KING
11. KUPID THE KING – Letter To My X
12. LOANESKI – Paisa
13. ALEX-IS F/ NEPHILIM – Make A Wish
14. PRESERVE THE CULTURE CYPHER (Sneak Preview)
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PRIMAL WINDS – Cut You Down

RELEASE DATE: MAY 26, 2018 – REVIEW BY MICHAEL GRANT, C.E.O. of RePPiN4U/UK REP FOR WU WORLDWIDE DJ COALITION

DISCLAIMER: The following content in this album does not necessarily reflect the views of Primal Winds… B.U.T… THEY UNDERSTAND!

CYD CoverCome on now we are all intelligent Hip Hop Heads here! If anyone here really thinks that Primordial Emcee and Iron Wind really walk the streets of Toronto swinging Samurai Swords or organizing shoot outs in the wild wild west… then you’re reading the wrong blog! Go over there and walk it like you talk it!

What Primal Winds take pride in, is emphasizing on their album concepts, and the result is a solid piece of work. They hope to keep the consistency going on their latest offering, taking it to the Wild Wild West. 16 tracks of the Spaghetti Western style fused with Hip Hop, further proving how versatile and adaptable this art-form truly is.

The album kicks off with the title track of the same name, the duo pay homage to Johnny Cash with their rendition. Unless your music taste is eclectic, you may not appreciate the direction these guys are going in as this track sets the tone of the album. Luckily for wrestling fans like myself, we will instantly recognize it from the latest promos from WWE superstar – The Undertaker who has taken a ‘Johnny Cash’ like approach to his character now.

Imagine, a Hip Hop house party in the Wild Wild West… apparently it’s a ‘Bush Party’ at the trailer park… it’s going to be interesting what visuals Primal Winds will do going forward.

Dead To Rights is a sure-fire album highlight. Only three tracks in, and the listener starts taking notice of the female vocalist appearing in the hook. She goes by the name of Alexa Ourania whose Instagram has some quite interesting images to say the least…

The only drawback being… that track ends a bit too quickly, but already, like the next skit says, this album starts to grip your ears and pull tight with the next banger ‘Hang Em High’. The homages continue in ‘Fistfull of Dollars’, where Primoridal claims to take heads of the wack rappers who run their mouth telling lie to the people on wax, otherwise they’d feel the wrath of a ‘Rattlesnake’ like Stone Cold Steve Austin.

‘Buckle Bunnies’ is a certified infectious banger with the subject matter directed at the

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cowgirls, once again Alexa Ourania steps in playing that role, and rightfully so. This is the part where I suggest to the Primal Winds that this should be a future video, with Alexa in it…cowgirl gear and all…

WWE should seriously consider using the next track as some sort of future promo for The Undertaker…best do it now while Undertaker is still active. Entitled ‘Tombstone’, the gunslinging pair are prepared to take this rap game to the end. Talking of gunslingers…

This is the latest lyric video featuring Madchild. Let’s keep in mind right at the beginning of this review, that Primal Winds do not necessarily promote gun violence, rather this is lyrics, over backdrops that fire like guns blazing on the set of Back to The Future in 1885.

The homage doesn’t stop there with The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly , which is closer to the concept than Consequence’s offering back in 2004, which was in itself a fantastic display of wordplay, but this doesn’t compare to the album’s arguably #1 highlight…

‘War Cry’ takes sonics most recognized from Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill and looped into epic fashion, and maybe, just maybe, if the album ended here, it would have been in a blaze of glory. But the duo felt confident they can go another five rounds, surviving a ‘Mexican Stand Off’, and celebrating in a ‘RoadHouse’… again, these are hot tracks, but the album is struggling to follow ‘War Cry’.

At this point the album is suffering from the ‘Stillmatic’ effect… by that I mean the album could have ended at Track 10/11, and any track that followed sound more like bonus tracks due to the track sequencing. But we always welcome back Alexa… she is the ‘Smokin Ace’ up their sleeve so to speak… great recovery!

‘Cowboy Up’ might be the most rock sounding, mosh pit infused track on the album, but these few tracks only prepared us for the album’s true ending – ‘Rising’… which pretty much silences any criticisms, albeit minor, found within the project.

Nit-picking aside, Primal Winds are truly becoming masters of their creativity, to take a different subject matter and make a body of work out of it, and at the same time keeping it true to them. If you ever wondered what Hip Hop would have been like in 1885, this is a true embodiment of that.

 

 

 

SHAKEZPEARE – Troubled

RELEASE: APRIL 20, 2018 NEW GOLDEN ERA/LIMITLESS VISION

REVIEW BY MICHAEL GRANT, C.E.O. of RePPiN4U/INTERNATIONAL REP for WU-WORLDWIDE DJ COALITION

1994: If there was one aspect I hated with a passion at school, it was studying Shakespeare, particularly that Romeo & Juliet. That story used to get on my last nerves. Two people from rival families fall in love with each other and then end up killing themselves…Give me a break. I used to roll my eyes over that all day. That gave me a ‘troubled’ mindset and wound up the English teacher.

1997: Wu-Tang Forever is released. As stated elsewhere in this blogsite, one of my highlights from that was ‘A Better Tomorrow’ imagine my horror when I discovered 4th Front Cover -Troubled - ShakezpeareDisciple used the sample from that same Shakespeare classic I hate.

Fast forward some 20 odd years later, I come across an artist by the name of ‘Shakezpeare’, introduced to me by our radio cousins FATP HIP HOP SHOW UK, this guy is all about the poetry, and not necessarily in the way William himself would have liked. Don’t call him ‘Trouble’, he’s already TROUBLED, as his latest album suggests (shout out to Method Man, heads will know what I did there), this album takes to a more deeper, almost twisted side to the persona, whether intentional or not. RePPiN4U was blessed to receive an advanced copy of this, and we are about to tell you what you can expect. One thing is guaranteed – more BARS OVER BULLSH!T, with the troubled one himself going in for dolo handling all the production going under the alias ‘TSS BEATS’.

It starts off with ‘Who Am I’, which sees Shakezpeare seemingly re-introducing himself to the world who may not know him too well, it just seems so ironic how I used Wu-Tang’s A Better Tomorrow track from Wu-Tang Forever for this review because their hook states “You can’t party your life away, drink your life away………………….because your seeds grow up the same way”, and the evidence shows when Shakespeare mentions his daughter and how she is just like him. He also knows the value of being blessed as he walks through the ‘Shadows Of’…

“If the milk turns out to be sour, I ain’t the kind of pussy to drink it, you nah’mean?”

My suspicions say that is an altered, distorted voice cameo from FATP’s PC The Producer akin to Raekwon in Supreme Clientele’s ‘Clyde Smith’, but I cannot prove it…not yet. ‘Sour Milk’ is a sure-fire album highlight. Three tracks in, and the album has maintained a haunting, deliberate pace, and it has no intention of stopping. In ‘Misguided’, Shakezpeare does not mince his words with his blunt delivery: “Getting sick of false idols, faking the game/pink dreads and lipstick/battyman strange!”

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‘Trouble’ is the first single from this project. Naturally this is the recurring theme throughout, no matter how much Shakezpeare wants to escape, so rather than that, he’s always staying sharp and ahead from backstabbers and will face them head on. Meanwhile, ‘Certy’ sounds like it has the Mobb Deep influence all throughout its sonic production, not to mention it has the stamp of approval from Havoc himself. It’s at this point Shakezpeare decides to turn up the intensity with ‘Looking Glass’, where he sees himself with his ‘inner Blanka’ just begging to be unleashed on the world.

The penultimate skit has a jewel spoken by Dr Malachi Z.York over a SAW theme. It sets the tone for the album’s last track ‘Nah’, where he puts himself on another playing field when it comes to being gutter.

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Conveniently dropping on 4/20, this project is definitely one for the smokers who can zone out and really feel the intensity here and relate to a troubled mind… that is until the final track where at the end of the journey, Shakezpeare kicks you out of his mind and proclaims you are NOT like him, and the likelihood is – he’s right. The album hits like a shaolin buddah finger (soft strikes but can easily kill when struck at the right power point.) The timing is right as well as he will be performing tracks from this album at the Killah Priest show which is days later (at time of this publish). Even if you are ‘straight edge’ like myself, this is an album you can channel your emotions into.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHAROAHE MONCH LIVE @2FUNKY MUSIC CAFE, LEICESTER UK – MARCH 24, 2018!

REVIEW BY MICHAEL GRANT, C.E.O. of RePPiN4U & International Rep for Wu Worldwide DJ Coalition

Pharoahe Monch scratches my head. Like seriously. I don’t understand. Allow me to elaborate. This is a guy who has four critically acclaimed albums under his belt (five if you include ‘Lost In Translation’), but certain heads have STILL not heard of this guy? Going as far as not even knowing that he’s behind the classic anthem ‘Simon Says’? Like – how is this even possible? It’s not like he’s an obscure artist either! Thank goodness for Pharaohe Monch live Leicester igthose in attendance at the 2Funky Music Cafe in Leicester (My home away from home). For the past two years, I have attended this venue more times than any other venue for music gigs, which says a lot for this country’s so-called ‘second capital’ (Birmingham promoters get it together!!!)

Once again I have to big up Shakezpeare and his catering crew. They really make the events feel right at home with their Caribbean cuisine. Venues across the UK STEP YOUR GAME UP!

Big shout out to the DJs on the ones an twos. KMS & DJ YESS providing the sounds on the outside while heads get their smoke on and what not, but special mention goes out to DJ Ninja Bob, who really impressed me with the way he selects his music. The casual head may not tell the difference, but someone like myself would be able to tell that Ninja Bob was carefully mixing old school with new school hip hop in his set, and I’m not talking mumble rap either. That true to form Hip Hop that is played on RePPiN4U HIP HOP SHOW. We need more DJs like him who isn’t afraid of answering to the higher-ups of what to play.

In past reviews I have criticized the venue for having too many opening acts before the main event, but this time they nailed it. Strizzy Strauss kicked things off when Big Ben struck twelve, Mercz The 1st impressed me coming off all smooth and then backing off his jacket halfway through his set proclaiming ‘That’s the commercial stuff out the way’, going in with harder sounds and then finishing with a Leicester victory anthem, presumably made upon Leicester City’s premiership victory triumph in 2016.

Friend of RePPiN4U – Loaneski was up next and owned the stage with his fierce delivery leaving the stage hot enough for D-Crime to bring the Hip Hop 4x100m relay baton to the finish line. The only drawback was these guys didn’t have enough time on stage to really show off their skills.

Now on this night, the UK were turning their clocks forward, so 1am became 2am. and between 2:15am and 2:20am DJ Boogie Blind introduced the guest of honor to the stage. Fitted with a leather jacket with the anarchy symbol on the back, this is a Renegade ready for War, starting the set with ‘Assassins’. There I was looking around the corner looking for Jean Grae to surprise us but then remembered we are not in London.

Pharoahe blasts through his powerful resume of hits such as ‘Oh No’, ‘Clap’, ‘Desire’, and ‘Got You’, but once again his epic storytelling in ‘Time 2’ was the show stealer, as a ‘drunken Pharoahe’ stumbles in and out of the spotlight, with the chair as the centerpiece, and Pharoahe eventually shoots himself with a water pistol (playing the role of the gun obviously)…

Pharoahe ends his set with the tune he’s best known for, the mosh pit anthem to end all mosh pits. SIMON SAYS. It’s just a real shame the women doesn’t do what Simon Says… and there were quite a number of them on this night!

Pharoahe Monch 2 Funky

PHOTO TAKEN COURTESY OF K PIX PHOTOGRAPHY

With no new album (that we know of) in the works, this was a stellar show which everybody enjoyed, and this has further cemented Leicester as THE place in the Midlands for Hip Hop. In the space of two years, this city has seen Onyx, Lowkey, Kool G Rap, Havoc, Dom Pachino, and now Pharoahe Monch…Birmingham – TALK TO YOUR PROMOTERS. TALK TO EM!!!