Monday, October 14, 2013
Review: KRS-One Live at The Shrine
Friday night, October 12, 2013 was one of those nights that truly encompass the culture of The Shrine. Reggae group Dub Dis, Reggae/Hip Hop-fusing group Illuminati Congo and the legendary KRS-One were all on the bill and they represented all that this club is about, giving us a great night of Reggae and Hip Hop that got the packed-house crowd moving and having a good time from start to finish.
Dub Dis got the night going with a good set of Reggae music. The group set the mood perfectly with a chill vibe that instantly got the people in attendance grooving. The house DJ kept the party going in between sets by excellently mixing classic and contemporary Hip Hop tracks that resulted in dance circles and breakdancers showing off their best moves.
The second-to-last act was Illuminati Congo, who brought their signature blend of Reggae and Hip Hop and absolutely lit up the stage at The Shrine. The chill grooves of their beats were great for the ears but lead singer Jahn The Baptist’s ferocious delivery of line after line of socially-charged lyrics (and the occasional track about a particular plant that plenty of those in the crowd were familiar with) were an excellent sonic combination. The group finished their set with a truly unique fashion, bringing on The Shrine’s own Mr. GreenWeeds to spit a couple of lines as did a couple of men standing in the crowd who did a great job of their own on the mic.
When it was time for KRS-One to hit the stage, the club was filled with an inexplicable vibe that was felt in the air that night that very well may have been the result of the anticipation that builds for seeing a Hip Hop legend. Once the Bronx native hit the stage, the man was electric during live renditions of classics like “Step Into A World (Rapture’s Delight)” and “Sound of da Police” as well as freestyles. KRS-One preached to fans about being better prepared in life, stopping the violence in the streets and most of all he spoke about appreciating the art of Hip Hop.
With his presence alone KRS-One made it worth the trip to The Shrine, seeing him perform live made it a complete Hip Hop experience.
Photos by Tito Garcia.
Review by Oscar O (BKA @PursuitOfDopeness)