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Jay Electronica, Whelan’s Dublin Read More

Jay Electronica, Whelan’s Dublin

Any time you talk about Jay Electronica, questions are raised as to whether the hype surrounding him is justified. This is mostly due to his unwillingness to drop a debut album despite having signed to Roc Nation five years ago. If this gig in Whelan’s is anything to go by, he has evidently been mastering […]

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Smoke DZA, The Sugar Club Dublin Read More

Smoke DZA, The Sugar Club Dublin

After Hare Squead opened things up at the Sugar Club, which I missed unfortunately, Dah Jevu had no problem warming up the venue on a cold Tuesday night with a full band in tow providing a foreboding soundtrack for the set. Front men Bobby Basil and Tafari Pesto bellow dark and gritty verses, introducing us […]

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Run the Jewels, Opium Rooms Dublin Read More

Run the Jewels, Opium Rooms Dublin

Run the Jewels self titled debut album gained Killer Mike and El-P plenty of well deserved attention, but it was with the release of Run the Jewels 2 in October that they were finally able to establish themselves as the best act in hip hop right now. They have accepted this position with grace and […]

Yasiin Bey, Vicar Street Read More

Yasiin Bey, Vicar Street

Yasiin Bey, better known as Mos Def, is perhaps one of the most intelligent, charismatic and thought provoking emcees of all time. He blends soul, jazz, funk and blues like no other, infusing all these elements with hip hop, only by means of his voice and wise choices in production. A key thing to remember […]

Serial Killers – Voodoo Lounge Read More

Serial Killers – Voodoo Lounge

The supergroup is a format that is rarely well executed in hip hop. Many are just groups of label mates who come together to feature on each other’s songs and get a leg up in the charts because of it. Serial Killers, B-Real, Demrick and Xzibit, are on the way to changing the way we […]

Freddie Gibbs, Twisted Pepper Read More

Freddie Gibbs, Twisted Pepper

Freddie Gibbs has a unique ability to take what has become a stale formula and breathe a new life into it. His tales of being a gangster in Gary, Indiana are more personal and believe than the average gun touting, drug selling rapper these days. For almost every minute of this short lived gig in […]

Mobb Deep, Voodoo Lounge Read More

Mobb Deep, Voodoo Lounge

Just under two years ago it was uncertain if the two members of Mobb Deep were on speaking terms. Prodigy was just finished a 3 year prison stint for weapon possession, during which Havoc had been tweeting argumentative statements, claiming his associate was “gay for stay”. With such a heavy gangster reputation surrounding the two, […]

Ham Sandwich, Whelans Read More

Ham Sandwich, Whelans

Ham Sandwich (not just a tasty lunch time snack) are an Indie rock band based in Dublin. They got great feedback from their recent gig at Marlay Park supporting Arcade fire and the Pixies, their biggest so far. I’ve been a fan for a couple of years, and since I missed Marlay park, I was […]

Pusha T, The Button Factory Read More

Pusha T, The Button Factory

After splitting with longtime collaborator and brother, No Malice, Pusha T signed with Kanye West’s label G.O.O.D Music to release his album, My Name Is My Name. For a while it looked like Pusha could fade into into hip hop obscurity, but after the hype surrounding MNIMN and Kanye proclaiming to the world that ‘everything is […]

Schoolboy Q, Vicar Street Read More

Schoolboy Q, Vicar Street

Schoolboy Q has had a great year so far. After releasing his much delayed Oxymoron in February and debuting at number 1 on the Billboard chart, he is now wrapping up a long tour over America and Europe. The Oxymoron tour has given him his first chance to visit countries such as Ireland and it […]

Grandmaster Flash, The Village Read More

Grandmaster Flash, The Village

Grandmaster Flash is one of the pioneers of hip hop DJing and his songs such as ‘The Message’ helped to elevate hip hop music to a new level in the early 80s. It was safe to say that I wasn’t sure what to expect from this set but I knew it would be something special. […]

Madlib, The Sugar Club Read More

Madlib, The Sugar Club

American producer, DJ, rapper and musician Madlib has acquired many names for himself across the years including Tha Beat Konducta, Quasimoto, Madvillain (with DOOM) & Jaylib (with J Dilla). Even though he has become one of the most respected and admired hip hop producers of our time, he calls himself a DJ above all else. […]