So I had a pretty amazing dream on Sunday July 28 2013 … it involved a 13 hour flight to LA, a fancy Hollywood hotel, amazing pre-drinks and a ride in a limo that dropped us at some random stadium those crazy Californian’s affectionately call the Rose Bowl in Pasadena … Oh it also included some dudes named Justin Timberlake & Jay Z … plus 60,000 excitable music fans.
This dream was the ‘Legends of The Summer Tour 2013’
After sitting in notoriously bad LA traffic for almost 2 hours things only had to get better for it to be a dream not a nightmare! With roadies in hand we sprinted towards the MASSIVE Rose Bowl Stadium, which normally houses Gridiron matches and U2 concerts but on this particular night some crazy Australians were in Pasadena for two reasons and two reasons only … the smokin’ multi-talented JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE and rap superstar legend JAY Z.
After the traumatic collection of the tickets it crossed our mind on our first inspection “section A3 row 12 sounds pretty alright” but we had more important things to dream about … like getting inside and not missing a millisecond of this show! With our golden tickets in hand we made our way into the ROSE ‘UNKNOWN’ BOWL
In the dream state the unknown became closer…
and closer …
and closer …
Running through thousands of ecstatic bud light drinking Californians towards probably the biggest and Grade A stage I’ve ever imagined in my life we took our seats merely METRES away from two music legends!
Kicking off a ridiculously mental 3 hour set with ‘HOLY GRAIL’ and seeing JT and Jay Z’s actual facial expressions NOT via a screen it all suddenly hit … I had to pinch myself …. this Ain’t a dream … this is for REALZ and it is f*cking amazing!!!
JT and Jay Z shared an enormous stage enormous tracks and an enormous band … imagine going from JT on the electric guitar with Jay Z rapping ’99 Problems’ to JT groovin away to Senorita and having the ladies swwwwoooooning to a Jackson Five Cover of ‘I Want You Back’ a special appearance by JT’s right hand man Timberland for ‘Sexy Back’, ‘Empire State of Mind’ featuring JT’s crooner-like intro and outro of Frank Sinatra’s ‘New York New York’. Ending the set with ‘Suit and Tie’ both decked out in suits and ties of course and each clutching a glass of bubbles each (surely Cristal … it’s Jay Z we’re talking about here) these new pals had the Rose Bowl and 60,000 music fans in the palm of their hands. so many collabs and individual sections that JT and Jay Z owned respectively there is nothing to fault about this set list or the way the show flowed … pure perfection … these guys are 100% pro’s.
I could have stayed there all night … no such thing as getting tired in dreams!
There are not many shows that have you on such a high for days afterwards.
Whoever gave this tour it’s title ‘LEGENDS OF THE SUMMER’ hit the nail on the head in more ways than one – there are not many shows where you actually feel truly privileged to have seen it with your own eyes. These two in action together and the musical comradery was a once in a lifetime experience that I can say ‘yeah I was there’ not ‘yeah I wish I was there … as cliché as it sounds … dreams do come true and this dream that became a reality was pretty damn unbelievable.
Still pinching myself …If only I could be taken back to that night…
Oh well… for the time being I guess i’ll just relive it by watching this a million times over… *swoon*
Wiki93 is the first thing I’ve heard in the last decade or so that stamps itself firmly side by side with hip-hop’s legends of the late 80’s, early 90’s. If Mos Def/Beastie Boys/ODB happens to harmonise in a bar the familiar tune of ‘they just don’t make them like this anymore’ seems to commence. Well RATKING are my overwhelming rejection of that notion. Signed to Hot Charity/XL Recordings, many would say they’re punching but the indie kings have once again picked up a cracker.
Contradictions-are-us. Whilst this post hip-hop four-piece feeds a sweet dose of nostalgia, the undeniable efforts to pump that sound with some popping 21st century beats is clear. But as we know, old school is cool and the back-to-analogue trend is ever present in these guys production. Taking sounds from all different sides to the spectrum, they experiment with Of Montreal style synth, jumpy Suicide mannered beats and Jedi Mind Tricks type grooves.
Without knowing sweet f’ all about RATKING it wouldn’t take a genius to work out where they hang. Patrick ‘Wiki’ Morales takes the mic in this record hence the entitlement. He’s 19, from Manhattan and a self-confessed ‘upper-middle-class’ kid. He raps about what he knows ergo the content is teeming with NYC references. He talks about New York and it’s rap romance, from Jay-Z to Wu-Tang Clan and it’s raw. So god damn raw. The slightly pinched, slightly nasal tone to his vocals help render the classic feel of it all; paramount in standing out from the bunch.
I won’t spoil it for you, as I’m sure everyone will have an entirely different outlook but as far as drawing your attention to this fresh, raw, Harlem stinking band goes, I vote that you check it out. I get the feeling this is going to be one that you want to jump on early doors. Before the sheep arrive.
Andre Saraiva’s Dream Concerts on the corner of La Brea and Willoughby, Los Angeles, CA
Portugal. The Man’s music has always had hip hop sensibilities and their latest album Evil Friends was no exception, in fact with Danger Mouse on the boards it was probably the furthest they’ve ventured into that world.
DJ Terry Urban obviously saw the potential and has whipped up a super super dope EP where he teams PTM jams with some of his and everyone else’s favourite rappers. Jay Z. Check. Kanye. Check. Biggie. Check.
Cop it below and head over to the Soundcloud for the generous free download.
Rappers & Cereal - Serious Business.
Theophilus London dropped in and spun his top 10! Enjoy.
“Why Even Try” by Theophilus London, RAC remix
"Hot Raw Sex” by Jimmy Edgar ft. Theophilus London
“Niggas In Paris” by Kanye West + Jay Z
“Rolling In The Deep” by Adele, Jamie XX remix
“Sutphin Boulevard” by Blood Orange
“Cop Killer” by John Maus
“Suck My Dick Hoe” by Lil’ B
“Play Myself Some Music” by R. Stevie Moore
“Beth/Rest” by Bon Iver
Bling Bling” by B.G.