IT’S REWIND NIGHT!!
Firstly – Veteran Bronx hip hop outfit Ultramagnetic MCs promise to shake the building down as they visit Band on the Wall on the back of their world tour celebrating 25 years since the release of the seminal album Critical Beatdown.
Secondly – Very very special support tonight sees the long-awaited reunion of UK hip hop pioneers Krispy (aka Krispy 3). Since their first ever live performance being on Steve Barker’s legendary ‘On The Wire’ radio show (BBC Radio Lancashire) in Janurary 1987, the group went on & on from strength to strength doing Radio 1 sessions and touring with Ruthless Rap Assassins, Naughty By Nature and The Black Eyed Peas, as well as being one the first UK groups to get airplay on Yo! MTV Raps. Brand new material coming soon, but first this show!
The rest of the night will be filled with hip-hop vibes from the amazing In The Loop Collective featuring DJ A-UP and Agent J plus MC Bedos.
Released in 1988, the height of hip hop’s first great breakthrough, Critical Beatdown was unmatched in originality, ferocity and innovation. Breaking new ground in sampling techniques the Ultramagnetic crew took the time honoured screams of James Brown to sinister new territory, tearing up and spitting out gnarled cuts of vicious funk. Armed with the E-MU SP1200 sampler, primary producer Ced Gee brought avant garde experimentation to the street, laying the foundation for sample manglers such as Dilla and Madlib. With Critical Breakdown Kool Keith and Ced Gee cemented their reputation as rap’s densest lyricists, spitting elliptical imagery with a deranged flow unsurpassed over twenty years later. Despite the album’s crunchy lo-fi aesthetic and lyrical acrobatics tracks such as ‘Ego Trippin’ and ‘Travelling at the Speed of Thought’ became genre-shaping singles sampled by the likes of Nas and Gang Starr. This is as blunt and crazy as hip hop could get, spawning legions of imitators and fans from Odd Future to Eminem. Critical Beatdown has become a testament in hip-hop heavily influencing groups such as Public Enemy, Cypress Hill, House of Pain, Nas and The Prodigy, who sampled the song “Give the Drummer Some” for “Smack My Bitch Up”.
Ultramagnetic MCs are back together and ready to give the world what they are missing, a true authentic hip-hop show! Having recently performed at BB Kings co-headlining with Raekwon in New York and hitting the stage with Portishead at the All Tomorrows Parties “I’ll Be Your Mirror” festival, they are ready to hit the road! Ultra rare, ultra special, Ultramagnetic – advance booking strongly recommended for what promises to be an astonishing show by these vital figureheads from hip hop’s golden age.
Early Bird tickets just £14 – save up to £6 on full price tickets! Limited availability so sold on a strictly first come basis.
This event will begin at 8.30pm but our Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open earlier for drinks and good times.