I’ve got more shit on my plate than a fat man at an all you can eat buffet. For today’s post, I’m reaching back into the Daughter’s archives and going with not one, but four individual posts that we did back in October of 2006. For those you that have been down and checking WYDU since then, sorry, but I’m sure there are enough cats that weren’t around during those times that it’ll be something new to them. Hope to be back on real time tomorrow, until then, enjoy and stay down!
You roll into the club with your boys. Mad people are all around, you give pounds to the cats you haven’t seen in awhile. The smoke in the club is thick. You smell wiffs of the indo floating around. You make your way to the bar to grab a brew and head back toward your crew. The anticipation is starting to mount as an a half hour past the start time quickly turns into an hour. The DJ set is starting to grow old and people are starting to get shifty. Then finally, the already dark club grows darker as any light starts to dim. People start to shout. The speakers start out with a low hum, then the first kick drum hits and the DJ drops the needle and the crowd goes fuckin’ crazy. The beat is now blaring through out your whole body as you feel nothin’ but the beat and the MC on stage. People are jumping up and down yellin’ “BOW BOW BOW”. This continues for the next hour to hour and a half. There is mad engery and everything is so loud that you can’t even hear yourself yell out the lyrics to the MC’s classic songs. When it’s all said and done, you are sore and can’t hear shit, but you feel more alive than you have in a long while. The hip hop show. One of the best elements in the culture.
If you’ve been to a show, you know exactly what I’m talking about. There is nothing quite like a good live show and being there and feeling everything going on around. A good show can be better than some bad sex. It’s just a crazy feeling but a great feeling. Some MC’s put on better shows than others. The best show I’ve ever witnessed (and I’m biased here) was Masta Ace. He had a great stage presence and knew how to work the crowd. Of course his catlouge of music didn’t hurt either. De La put on a great show when I saw them back in 96′. I saw The Roots open for Cypress Hill and Parliment Funkadelic in Salt Lake City on the Smokin’ Grooves Tour when nobody else really knew who they were except for me. I was jumping like mad through their whole set. I was sprayed by beer during the Alkaholiks show. Others were supposed to be better but disappointed. Digital Underground was a disappointment, although I don’t know if it was from the weekend I spent drunk the two nights before the show, or the lack of sleep. Ice T could have been better. The Bootcamp Click was kind of a let down, but maybe because there were only 40 people at the show, not sure. The smaller clubs are always much better than the large arenas, although A Tribe Called Quest put on a great show in a packed Arena when they opened for the Beastie Boys in 98′.
KRS-One & Guests Live @ S.O.B’s during the Zulu Nation’s 30th Anniversary 2003. http://www.megaupload.com/?d=B7CGJNAF
The Daughter goes live for the next few posts as we highlite some live shows & sets through out time. First up to bat is an MC that I can’t say I’ve lived until I see him live, the Blastmaster, KRS-Onnnnnnnnne!
This show was recorded (and in pretty good sound quality) live at the legendary S.O.B.’s in New York City during the Zulu Nation’s 30th Anniversary. I couldn’t find much info on the show, but it’s different than the set King Sun, KRS and MC Shan did together for the Celebration.
Memembers of DITC, Jeru and others highlite this show.
1. O.C.: Intro
2. O.C.: O. Zone
3. O.C.: My World
4. O.C.: War Games
5. O.C.: Dangerous
6. O.C.: Jewels
7. O.C.: Times Up
8. Big. L. Tribute: Moment of Silence – D.I.T.C.,
9. Big. L. Tribute: Musical Tribute – D.I.T.C.,
10. D.I.T.C.: Dignified Soldiers – D.I.T.C.
11. D.I.T.C.: All Love – D.I.T.C.
12. D.I.T.C.: Internationally Known – D.I.T.C.
13. D.I.T.C.: Day One – D.I.T.C.
The Daughter goes live with D.I.T.C’s Japan only release Live at Tramps New York, Vol. 1: In the Memory of Big L . This show took place soon soon after Big L’s untimely death in 99′, at the legendary New York club.The whole crew is there as they play some of the classic D.I.T.C. cuts along with Big L songs as they perform as if the legend is right there on stage.
As far as live albums go, it’s aight, I honestly was expecting more, but hey, it is what is and it’s still good to hear the crew on stage for a good cause, the remembrance of Big L. Special thanks to our silent sixth member and Site Designer for sending this to me. I haven’t forgotten you either homey!
One of the greatest M.C. & D.J./Producer duo of all-times is the Chocolate Boy Wonder and CL Smooth. They’ve had a very turmilous relationship over the last few years, with the lastest interview I read had CL Smooth saying “Shut up and make my beats, faggit”, damn…. But back in 2004, there were better days. The two were performing, there were rumors of another album and they went on tour together to do some shows over the big pond in Europe.
That is where this show is from, from the Jazz Cafe in London. The sound quality is pretty good for a bootleg or whatever this is, I happen to find it on soulseek six months to a year ago. It’s worth a listen. While searching for info on event, I happen to wander across an actual review for this show:
Pete Rock Live at The Jazz Cafe. Thursday 26 th February 2004 Reviewer: Marski
Much as I’m ashamed to admit it, it takes a lot for me to get my sceptical ass to a live Hip-Hop event nowadays. In common with most ‘old school’ heads my age, I find myself comparing today’s scene to that of Hip-Hop’s golden years. During that era, one act stood head and shoulders above all the other claimers to Rap’s throne and changed my record purchasing habits in the process. Fast forward ten years and there I was standing outside the Jazz Cafe at 6:50pm on a Thursday night to see the same a
ct on the last night of their three date UK showcase. I was on a mission, not only to see the two brothers from Mount Vernon who still influenced my Hip-Hop purchasing to this day, but also to get my original ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother’ EP signed.
By approximately seven o’clock we stood, craven as a pair of buzzards, rooted tot the front of the Jazz Cafe stage. We glazed in wonderment at the Technics SL-1210′s, Vestax PMC-06, Pioneer CDJ-1200′s and Emu SP-1200 sampler from which the show would be conducted. To put this into perspective, this was not just any old SP-1200, but the one used to compose all those funkafied Hip-Hop licks that had taken so much of my money over the years. As the beer started to flow a hypothetical argument began regarding the pros of stealing the aforementioned sampler against the con’s of denying ourselves seeing the show. Suffice to say, the sampler stayed and the show went on.
After numerous battles to hold the spot we had turned up so early to reserve, show time had approached. I turned round for a brief look at the capacity crowd and was surprised to see a rather maturer Hip-Hop audience than usual. I guess even the ‘old schoolers’ could make it off the couch for this one, even on a school night.
And so after two and a half hours of self inflicted discomfort, Pete Rock appeared behind the turntables and proceeded to hype an already eager crowd ready for the main event. Cue CL to rapturous applause five minutes later and it’s straight into a medley of anthems. Twenty minutes of classic Pete & CL joints dropped back to back before a pause to acquaint this hungry audience with more Pete beats and CL anecdotes.
‘Were putting the nail in the coffin tonight UK’ stated CL, obviously confident after two previous nights of successful shows and infectious beats and rhymes.
From then on the whole repertoire was unleashed. From classics such as ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother’, rarities (‘Whats Next on the Menu’), LP tracks (‘In The House’) and crossover jams (‘Take You There’). Placed amongst the mix were some exclusive CL tracks from the new ‘Soul Survivor 2′ LP. If you’ve been put off by the recent ‘Warzone’ promo doing the rounds, rest assured that the best is yet to come.The pinnacle of the night had to be the anthemic ‘Creator’. Seeing Pete and CL re-uinted stage front to a crowd of 400 people jumping into the sky in unison was truly a sight to behold. After a quick rewind, Pete & CL looked to each other in amazement, surprised as to how hard this anthem can still rock a spot.
Just when you thought it was all over, Pete dropped Tom Scott’s ‘Today’. The reaction on the audiences face when that familiar horn hook kicked in and Pete cut in ‘They Reminisce Over You’ was priceless. I looked over my shoulder once again, this time to a sea of people holding their heads for cover as the bomb dropped.
And so, as quickly as they arrived, Pete & CL departed from the stage. As did the Jazz Cafe audience in typical style, and so we proceed upstairs to loiter for the holy grail of autographs and picture opportunities.
My only criticism concerns Pete’s minimal live use of the SP-1200 sampler throughout the set. Apart from dropping the under-rated ‘Shine on Me’ (it’s a grower) straight out the back of the box, it was barely touched, which seemed a little disappointing after gazing at it for so long (that’ll teach me). Obviously more of the recent tracks were dropped straight from CD-R, but Pete didn’t really represent on the cut too hard either. This was a shame, as the brief skills he displayed during ‘They Reminisce Over You’ were lapped up by the audience. Yet these are minor criticisms of a show I’d class as the best Hip-Hop gig I’ve been to in the last ten years. The energy rippling through the Jazz Cafe from 400, over the hill, Hip-Hop heads and two guys from Mount Vernon surpassed anything I’d seen recently from a live Hip-Hop act. I guess the new school still have a thing or two to learn about the fundamentals of rocking a party.
Hip Hop Kemp is a festival situated in Czech republic. It takes place every year in late august in an area near Prague . People from all over Europe come here to camp and have fun… In 2005, Ace, Strick and Words, had to rock the main stage. One great show! If you haven’t seen them live, you’ll see what was Travis talking about. This is only 30 minute video cut, if you want the whole show you have to buy the official dvd.
01. Masta Ace – Me and the biz
02. Masta Ace – The Symphony
03. Masta Ace – Take a walk
04. Masta Ace – Crooklyn dodgers
05. Masta Ace – Da grind
06. Wordsworth – On your feet
07. Wordsworth – Gotta pay
08. Masta Ace and Wordsworth – block episode / words freestyle
09. Masta Ace – Saturday night live
10. Masta Ace – Born 2 roll
11. Masta Ace – Don’t understand
12. Masta Ace and Strick – F.A.Y.
13. Masta Ace – Acknowledge
I’ve been searching through youtube, and found some nice cuts from some other ace shows:
These three are from Lion’s Den, NYC, 9.11.2004., recorded from front row:
Juice crew trivia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQlEKEwdTzs
Take a Walk, but this time with Apocalypse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp_pwrzHZNw
and another two from Opera House, Toronto, 1.28.2005., recorded from back row:
Do it Man: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keVex00LsJA
and again Block Episode: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7m6luOuNDE
(Trav’s Note: Thanks to MastaAce.com member Clitty for those, she’s got some fly videos)