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PRhyme!


I'm hella late with this post. So late in fact, that I feel it's appropriate enough for Throwback Thursday. Here are some flicks I took at the PRhyme show in Oakland last month, one week before my birthday. As soon as I heard that the legendary DJ Premier (of Gang Starr fame, and my personal favorite hip hop producer) and Detroit-based lyrical monster Royce Da 5'9" (of Slaughterhouse/Bad Meets Evil/Shady Records fame) announced a tour to promote their instant classic PRhyme album (released in December of last year), I had to pounce on the opportunity. Having seen Premo live several times before already, I knew I was in for a dope, energetic show. Of course, I was right; real hip hop was in the building all night, with hot opening sets from Detroit emcee Boldy James (whose debut album, My 1st Chemistry Set, from last year is produced entirely by The Alchemist!) and Brooklyn, NYC-based up-and-comer Your Old Droog (who has been slowly making a name for himself for the past year or two, drawing comparisons to Queensbridge, NYC hip hop legend Nas). The latter performed several songs from his self-titled EP/album, as well as the street banger "Hoodie Weather", and was accompanied by the underrated DJ Skizz (who also reps Brooklyn and helped produce most of Droog's album). Finally, Premo and Royce came out and tore shit down. As expected, there was a lot of love and call-and-response action from the crowd, and the duo performed most of the songs from the PRhyme album (which is based entirely off of sampled material from retro-blaxploitation producer Adrian Younge), as well as such past classic collaborations as "Hip Hop", "Second Place" and "Boom". Royce's younger brother/hype man Kid Vishis also stepped in to rock the mic a couple times. All in all, I had a lot of fun at this show and I highly recommend the venue (The New Parish) to anybody who's never been there. It's very intimate but spacious; in fact, I was awarded the opportunity to shake hands with Kid Vishis, Boldy James and DJ Skizz on my way out!