Once upon a time, poets from a foreign land arrived on these shores, and made their way to a sleepy village called London, bringing with them extraordinary sounds and experiences that scared the peace keepers. This nascent sound was called hip-hop. They brought us UK Fresh 86, the legendary Def Jam tour, taking over popular culture and resulting in festival appearances, grime, widespread radio play, bringing their rap royalty to a slavering crowd. We now have another legendary milestone to add to this illustrious history… Soundcrash presents Doom (live) and Madlib’s (Medicine Show) at The HMV Forum on October 12th, 2012.
With more pseudonyms than even Norman Cook can muster, Madlib brings his Medicine show to a clued up, sparkly eyed audience, eager to see which flow the show will take. In recorded form, it has been collected and released as The Brick on the independent hip-hop label, Stones Throw.
For those that have seen the name in print over the years but are not sure why? It’s because he’s produced legends, has DJ skills to blow one’s mind, is a multi-instrumental jazz musician and dug in more crates than Indiana Jones. The Brick collects 13 albums of original Madlib productions released over a year. One helluva gift.
Doom has previous worked under different names including Danger Doom with Danger Mouse and Madvillian with Madlib. But now, it’s JJ Doom, a new collaboration with Jneiro Jarel. Don’t expect a Madvillain show (last seen in 2005) seeing as they’re on the same bill. Doom is dropping Keys to the Kuff (Lex records). An online teaser, ‘Banished’, is a scuzzy, grimy affair, stuffed with Doom’s wondrous wordplay.
If the night was a film, it would be a director’s cut, with an extended cast and running length. Oh yes, a 2am curfew (note to Macca and ‘The Boss’: this is a time a night should overrun). A lot of J’s in the house: Jehst, Jneiro Jarel, J Rocc, and DELS, Illum Sphere and Kutmah. Epic barely describes it. It’s the US and UK in a hip-hop civil ceremony.
The turntables are dripping molten heat, the crowd is roaring to an old skool beat. Let’s just hope the venue and sound does this momentous occasion the justice it deserves.