Words by CHAOS27 (Floor Force / Zulu Nation)

Picutres (apart from first one): Courtesy of Ben Gwynne @ 159 Photography



The time was 7 o’clock me and my homies got to the club very excited to say the least.

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We were all looking forward to seeing a great line up of Hip Hop once again in Leeds. The O2 is a great venue for gigs. Last time we were there was Public Enemy and they were amazing. As we entered the club we could hear a booming baseline which wetted our appetite for sure. As everyone greeted each other inside, up stepped DMW on the mic to do his amazing beatbox skills. Then came another legend of the Leeds scene MC Speedo with MC Jonie D, dropping slick lyrics which had us all nodding our heads.

After one or two drinks next was the incredible Abstract Orchestra (10 piece hip hop breaks band with trumpets, trombones the lot). As they started playing MC Paul Edmeade hits the stage hyping the crowd then bussin some killer lyrics which had the crowd waving their hands in the air. Everyone was astounded by Abstract.

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Now it was time for the unmistakable Mos Def (Yasin Bey). The first track was “Fear not a Man”. After a couple of reggae influenced joints next was ‘New World Water’ from Black on Both Sides which has smart lyrics. This joint definitely got people hyped and Mos Def seemed to really be enjoying himself – spinning like a top on stage round and round. Next up a great little skit of Hip Hop which had everyone singing “one for the treble, 2 for the bass”. The last track was “Mathematics” which is a favourite of mine. The guy is definitely crazy with an extreme talent. Expect some madness on stage along with some very slick lyrics and dope tunes. Mos Def will have you laughing and nodding your head at the same time.

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After what seemed like forever (he should have gone straight on after Mops Def – no gap!) the guy who I and most of my old school heads were there to see…. enter The Godfather of Hip Hop Mr Africa Bambaataa – wearing Zulu Nation hoodie and beads and great big headphones (looking just how I’d imagined). Bambaataa is responsible for most of us older b-boys getting into Hip Hop in the first place and my all time favourite tune is Planet Rock. As his MC hyped the crowd a cypher developed – bboys n bgirls entering the circle, bussin fresh moves as Bambaataa dropped break after break the place was jumping. B-boy Mouse appeared and amazed everyone with his acrobatic moves. At the back was some old heads popping to Bams planet rock mixed with some funk like James brown. To say this was the party of the year is an understatement!! Peace out….

Thanks to Bboy Chaos27 as always for handing us his notes for the night

Next Leeds 02 event is Method Man & Redman 21st December