11th & 28th July | Fleece
Everyone has a summer playlist of classics and I’d be surprised to hear of hip-hop fans not including tunes from the OGs The Sugarhill Gang. 2019 marks the 40th year since their formation and that alone is something to celebrate. With tunes like ‘Rapper’s Delight’ and ‘Apache’ the relevance of their music lives on, as most of their original members do. But Big Bank Hank passed in 2014 after a long battle with cancer. In 2016, the remaining members reformed to go on a world tour and Bristol is lucky to receive them at the Fleece on two separate occasions.
Alongside them we welcome Melle Mel and Scorpio of The Furious Five, equally as victorious in building the world of hip-hop back in the late 70s and 80s. Their immortal, politically-aware music is constantly necessary to remind the people the world is in our hands. There’s no doubt we will all be chanting ‘The Message’: “Don’t push me cus I’m close to the edge, I’m trying not to lose my head, It’s like a jungle sometimes, it makes me wonder how I keep from going under.”
The first date may be sold out, but if you’ve been slow to act, you’ll just have to wait to the end of the month. These will be nights of celebration of original hip-hop music and American rap. Whether you are a die-hard fan, or have recently taken to indulging in historic musical champions, these are gigs to embrace with open ears and plenty of bounce in your shoes.
See the video for ‘Rapper’s Delight’ here: