DJ PREMIER @ MATTER O2 LONDON
Only those unfamiliar to hip hop need reminding of DJ Premiers legendary status, as a DJ and one half of hip hop group Gangstarr. As a producer for artists like Biggie, Nas, Jay-Z & Big L to Maroon 5 & Christina Aguliera! to name a few. The guys discography reads like a hip hop whos who! so when we heard he was apearing at Matter [arguably O2s best venue] at An Evening With DJ Krafty Kuts you know we had to check it out.
Midnight Friday 26th March ...legend time! enter Dj Premier wearing a black Micheal Jackson R.I.P Thriller t-shirt and obligatory New York fitted [cap]. Taking the roll of both DJ & MC for the night Premiers beats & Brooklyn attitude soon had the crowd rockin "The Real" called Premier "Hip Hop" responded the crowd. Das Efx, Nas, Royce da 5"9 were expertly mixed with unreleased instrumentals [future hits?]
Premier stopped the music only to explain he hadn't come to London alone and introduced Nick Javas signed to Premiers Year Round Record label. Javas performed tracks from his upcoming album Destination Unknown, definitely worth checking out as you'd expect being signed by Premier. Introductions over, it was straight back to the hits Biggie, Gangstar, Crooklyn Dodgers, Matters sound system has a reputation and didn't disappoint, throughout his set Premier exclaimed "I Love London" and at the end of his set came forward and must have shook 60-70 hands ! this is the stuff of legends...
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