Rarekind Records February Show
When just over a month ago, an internet post by Ewan at Rarekind Records indicated that they would be putting on a show with a strong line-up featuring a mixture of both established and up and coming UK rap acts and dj’s/beat producers at one of Brighton’s best venues we were sure we weren’t alone in penning it in to the diary.
Jump forward to the night in question, after a long week of work, we set off from Holdin’ Court H.Q to begin a trip that didn’t see us return until sunrise the next day.
Once we’d arrived at the venue just after 11pm, in passing, we were greeted by a few of the most influential members of the current Brighton Hip-Hop scene standing around outside. This very moment seemed extremely poignant, as each time we’ve visited Brighton this welcoming and accepting attitude of the people there has always appeared evident.
Once inside, a quick summary of the crowd inside the main room seemed to be made up of 50% percent Hip-Hop fans and the other 50% we guess were just there because it was free entry and they wanted to get drunk, take drugs and have a good time?! Seemingly joining the party late, we linked with members of justgot.co.uk and made our way closer and closer to the front as Hinesy Hines the evenings host introduced act after act..
The highlights of the evening would have to be Scizzah’s performance backed by the aggressive TC, and the way the headline act Rodney P and Skitz managed to re-kindle the slowly dwindling crowd and gave the whole show a new breath of energy. Suddenly, the room was full once more and later in their set, the controlled crowd invasion of the stage simply added credibility to the spectacle before us.
Huge credit must go to the organisers and performers for putting on this show and once more proving that UK Hip-Hop is more that just ‘active’ but also still very much awake at 3am on a damp February night on the South Coast.