HIP HOP SLAM
SCRATCH ATTACK NEWS
Kool Keith's Peeps Return money to
club (update on Slims no-show)
SF DJs to gather for peace rally "There's not enough
love in the world"
"Ignorant American" El-P booed in Ireland
No-show Concert Money Returned/Kool Keith
Not Arrested by SFPD
After Kool Keith's peeps (inc. Tim Dog & Jacky
Jasper) fled Slims nightclub in San Francisco late
Weds night (11/20) with the club receipts: as reported here yesterday
they ran off after Kool Keith never showed up to join his crew
in concert onstage. That was about 11:40PM after announcing onstage
that "Kool Keith was arrested
on Mission Street."
Reportedly a few hours later, at approximately 2:30AM, Keith's
manager came by the club, returned the money in full and apologized.
Apparently he was prompted to do so upon learning that the club
had called the cops on the rappers who wouldn't have been too
hard for the SFPD to find in their big marked tour bus. And what
about Kool Keith getting arrested by the cops on Mission? Or the
story that he later managed to bail himself out and then take
a cab to the getaway bus? Well, the SFPD have no record of any
arrest of a Keith Thornton. To Kool Keith and his management's
credit however he did offer to do a free show at Slims. Stay tuned
for details. Meanwhile press folkers for the official word contact
Dawn at Slims.
"There's Not Enough Love in the World"
DJ's organize Nov. 27th Peace Rally @ SF Civic Center
"It's a very simple but true statement: There's not enough
love in the world," said DJ EFX about the idea behind
the There's Not Enough Love in the World event,
scheduled for next Wednesday, November 27th from noon to 5PM at
San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza, that he and other San Francisco
DJs, including 2Fresh and DJ Quest, are organizing.
"We just got the sound permits today for music so we are
all set," DJ EFX told Hip Hop Slam News on Thursday evening.
"It's not a protest. It's a peace rally with DJ's of all
types of music, percussionists, dancers, and other performers
all coming together for a nonviolent showing of our feelings about
what's currently going on in the world," said the longtime
Bay Area DJ/producer (older brother of DJ Mind Motion)
who since the early eighties has been DJ'ing/producing everything
from hip hop to tribal house. EFX said there is no hotline or
website for more details at this time but we will update you here.
EL-P BOOED ONSTAGE IN DUBLIN: DEF JUX CONCERT
The Def Jux tour came to Ireland November 16, when Mr.
Lif, El-P, DJ RJD2 all performed at the Pod
in Dublin: price 15euros/$15 approx. Aesop Rock was also
meant to perform but apparently he was sick so didn't show up.
The night started with homegrown hip hop talent Relvance
and Exile Eye (who used to live in San Jose, CA) belting
out rhymes as Irish DJ talent Kool C was busy on the decks.
And all I can say is that Irish Hip Hop is getting better by the
day. These guys were really good and the club's capacity crowd
(usually reluctant to appreciate Irish hip hop) was really digging
them. Next up was DJ RJD2 who played for a good 3/4 of an hour
set; utilizing not two but four turntables and dropping unbelievable
beats and grooves: really funky and quirky but great head nodding
shit. Next up was Boston emcee Mr. Lif who has been here in Europe
before and whose stage presence has improved greatly. The man
was tight and showed he really knows how to rock a crowd and is
a better MC than EL-P who after several songs joined Lif onstage,
much to the crowd's delight. But as the show progressed from there
it had a mixed feel to it. I didn't know whether to like it or
not and the atmosphere of the crowd seemed much the same. It lacked
that electric hip hop energy from a week earlier when Blackalicious
were here and really had the place rocking. What myself and those
I talked to afterwards didn't like about the Def Jux show wasn't
the music but the long pauses between the songs and the preachy
political speeches that we were subjected to. Plus EL-P made a
huge geographical error when he said "Dublin is one of the
livest cities in the UK" (akin to "Toronto is the livest
city in the USA" but only worse because of the age-old Irish/English
political conflict). Obviously this blunder didn't go down too
well with the Dublin crowd whatsoever who were loudly booing and
screaming in protest. El-P then apologized, calling himself "an
ignorant American." But that didn't stop him and Mr. Lif
from ranting on about American politics, saying basically that
since George Bush had come to power that September 11th was more
or less all planned and that, basically, we are all doomed. I
know what is going on in the world. I don't need it rammed down
my throat at a hip hop concert. I am not in school anymore. But
all that aside when they stuck to what they do best, their music,
the Def Jux crew were really good.
(reported by Paul Lowe in Ireland)