SLIMKID3 & DJ NUMARK
- No Fakin’ DJs
One thing about the Baltic Triangle is that you never quite know what to expect. The area is testament to the fact that, quite often, not everything is as it seems. Down an unassuming narrow entry and through the doors of a badly aged building lies 24 Kitchen St, one of the best new venues in the city. It has a raw appearance and a vibrant atmosphere, the perfect setting for an evening of pure hip hop.
NO FAKIN’ DJs underpin the night and build solid foundations much like those steadying this old warehouse. Old school hip hop and soul sounds are the main ingredients in this potent mix and before long every head in the room is nodding. If this set is in any way telling of how the rest of the night’s performances will sound then, by midnight, we may have some neck injuries on our hands.
Up walks PARKERTRON onto the stage. The Fingathing DJ, in a rare solo set, gives us a demonstration of his skills on the MPC and turntables. There are disparate styles in the mix, with trip hop and contemporary electronica entering the fray. All of the room is captivated by Parkertron’s mixing style and eclectic sample palette which makes one wonder whether he’s taken inspiration from DJ Abilities or DJ Downlow. His talent with the MPC is immense and a solo attracts every pair of eyes and ears in the room. The set is full of raw energy and originality, with Parkertron a perfect fit for tonight’s bill.
It may be easy to forget just how influential SLIMKID3 and DJ NUMARK have been in the history of hip hop. Any self-respecting hip hop head will surely own copies of The Pharcyde’s Labcabincalifornia and Jurassic 5’s Quality Control. These artists have released and produced some of the most important music of their genre. There’s also the fact that Slimkid3’s The Pharcyde were collaborators with probably the most important figure in modern hip hop: the late, great J Dilla. This show is happening on the eve of Dilla Day, and feels like a monumental tribute to such an inspiring musician.
DJ Numark makes an impact on the turntables as he runs through about an hour’s worth of hip hop history. His scratching skills are a treat, and the guy clearly knows how to work a crowd. He drops tracks from artists such as A Tribe Called Quest, The Fugees, DJ Shadow and, of course, Jurassic 5 and The Pharcyde. It is a fevered party as Numark makes the whole venue move and, without saying a word, has the entire crowd at his fingertips.
Slimkid3 joins Numark on stage, finally, and breaks into a fierce spat of conscious, effortlessly delivered verses. Tracks such as I Know, Didn’t I, Bom Bom Fiya and What Are Words For propel the intense energy of the crowd. This duo carry a chemistry that is brotherly. This is hip hop how it should be: raw and honest with the power to unify all who listen. Slimkid3 and DJ Numark prove that they are masters of their trade in a flawless, cathartic show.