On Saturday night the RhymeOnBeat crew headed to The Garage in north London to see Jeru The Damaja, The Beatnuts and Afu-Ra live on one stage. These artists are among some of the names that made the golden age of rap music in the 1990s so special. Both the crowd and the artists on stage had a great time; read our review and check out our gallery of photographs from the night after the jump.
The night began with DJ Chris P Cuts spinning on the wheels of steel followed by rapper J Wonder who received a luke warm reception but credit where credit is due we thought he was OK. J Wonder was followed by Afu-Ra on stage but not before a gentleman hit the stage and did a kung-fu routine, which was rather refreshing to see someone to put so much effort in to their performance. We heard classics such as Equality and Whirlwind Thru Cities; it’s clear that Afu still has the showmanship and energy to rock a crowd over a decade after the release of his critically acclaimed Body of the Life Force album.
Next up was Jeru The Damaja with Spin Doctor on turntable duty. No matter what anyone thinks of rap music, if you see Jeru live you are immediately struck by his charisma. He was adamant that the crowd made as much noise as possible and persisted in demanding more noise until the crowd was roaring. Jeru had an hour on stage and had the crowd in palm the whole time; this guy has a whole catalogue of classic tracks that the crowd knew so he had the venue rocking for this whole set. The crowd rapped along with large parts of D. Original, Ya Playing Yourself, Return Of The Crooklyn Dodgers, Come Clean, Ain’t The Devil Happy and especially The Bitches
“I’m not being disrespectfu to women. I call women who take off their clothes for money bitches, women who take off their clothes for free?… I call them my friends. There’s even some guys in here that look lik they could be bitches” – Jeru The Damaja at The Garage
Jeru even spat a freestyle before introducing The Beatnuts on to the stage, though Juju was already on stage enjoying the show and his now near empty bottle of Jameson whiskey. Juju had the crowd going on the turntables and with Psycho Les they rocked the crowd with tracks such as No Escapin This, Off The Books, Watch Out Now and Hot. They did a great job of keeping the crowd engaged even after the clock had long passed the 3am mark. It will be a while before we get another chance to see such a great line up of artists put on such an energetic show on these shores and you really did miss out if you didn’t grab a ticket. Whether you were there to enjoy the sounds of the 1990s in 2013 or not, check out our gallery of photographs below and remember to share the page.