The pungent aroma of weed and skunk hung heavily in the air at the Eventim Hammersmith Apollo in London as the crowd prepared for the superstars of Hip Hop Method Man, Redman and Busta Rhymes to take the stage.
Stand out opening acts included rappers from Portugal with Angolan roots and Lady L… (can’t remember her name due to the Apollo hotbox), followed by beatboxing and local DJ’s playing hip hop bangers to rile up the crowd before the arrival of the main acts.
With the lights dimmed, bass cranked up, weed halo swirling around the venue, Meth & Red took to the stage performing iconic classics from Blackout! and Blackout! 2 including How High (Part 2), A-Yo, Da Rockwilder, the Wu Tang classic M.E.T.H.O.D. Man, underground tracks and the usual shout out to ODB. As always Meth & Red had the crowd sweating and hopping within minutes with smooth beats, their trademark synchronised dance moves and a ‘mini’ stage dive.
After a quick trip to the bar for a beer and a jäger bomb we entered the arena as Busta Rhymes sauntered on, dripping in large gold chains and wearing what looked like a Givenchy Rotweiller/Doberman painted t-shirt, he ripped into his first track. With joints blazing throughout, Busta performed for what can only be described as a viciously aggressive 45 mins. His set list included the songs Break ya Neck, Holla, I Know What You Want, Woo Hah!! (Got You All in Check), Turn it Up (Fire it Up) and various renditions of his line from the Chris Brown song Look at me Now. Once in perfect Jamaican.
Unfortunately the night was cut short by the dreaded curfew and despite Busta’s assurances that the show would go on, the plug was pulled and the lights turned on, much to the disgust of Busta. Silence! A riot was definitely on the cards as Busta and his crew attempted to negotiate a final song. Pockets of the crowd could be heard chanting ‘PLAY WHAT’S HAPPENIN’, which would have brought Busta and Method Man together for the first time on stage. Finally, Busta was given a mic and Meth and Red appeared for a final bow. Shots & champagne and it was all over.
Word of the night – bumbaclot uttered by Busta at least 5-10 times.
Songs of the night – M.E.T.H.O.D. Man & Break ya Neck.
Aftermath – Awesome BBQ after the show followed by a fight ending in 2 abandoned shoes and the arrival of the Police.
If anyone has a full Superstars of Hip Hop set list for both Method Man, Redman and Busta Rhymes please feel free to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add it to this review. Cheers, ETF crew.
As promised here are some clips from the Superstars of Hip Hop gig;
Parting words from Busta Rhymes
Da Rockwilder – Method Man & Redman
Woo Hah! Got You All In Check – Busta Rhymes