Time/Date: 9PM, all Fridays of November
Venue: Bru Bar & Hostel
Admission: All shows are FREE + kick off at 9PM
November at the Brú will be a celebration of the vibrant hip-hop scene around the country, and beyond, with a stellar line-up each Friday for the month. Shenanigans start at 9 each night, with the line-up looking something like this:
Friday 6th November:
Size, Hazey Haze and MCB are a trio of rappers from Limerick. Their debut EP, ‘Basic Instinct’, features production from Naive Ted and mynameisjOhn (Rusangano Family).
Same D have gained a reputation in their home town with uncompromising, high energy live shows. You are not ready for what these boys bring.
Ennis native, Clerk 5 came out of nowhere last year with his banging debut, Authority Figures (a collaboration with Naive Ted). He delivers effortless multisyllable raps with a raw honesty that hits home.
Most recently Clerk tore it up at the SíDúBí festival in Glengarriff and Community Skratch Games in Galway.
‘Clerk 5 bangs out lyrical gems’ – Rabble
Good Vibes Society:
Cork hip hop OGs, Micky Gatch and Hungry Lungs must be rapping since they could talk. In 2012, along with Cork producer D’Beats, they emerged under the Moniker of Good Vibes Society. On top of this, the lads run The Hotobx every Friday on UCC 98.3 fm, digging in the crates of classic rap with live performances from local artists.
Their name says it all… wit, humor and absolute choonage. Your sides will split as you pump your fists.
Friday 13th November:
It’s safe to say that Costello is one of the country’s most respected and prolific rappers. His albums Illosophical, Mary Jane and Cosmos as well as his work with Lethal Dialect, G.I. and others set the bar for Ireland’s current generation of mcs.
Costello features in the award winning Claire Dix documentary, Broken Song. He travels abroad promoting the film and the craft he dedicates himself to.
‘This take on classic hip hop might see exactly the sort of voices that were silenced during the boom, finally break through.’ – Rabble
Following last year’s R.E.B.E.L, Dublin’s Rebel Phoenix has dropped another pounding album, Documentations (produced by D.C.R’s GerryBoy). Over gritty thumping beats he raps like a man on a mission, painting scenes of corruption, crime and rising above evils of the modern day.
Rebel P was one of the standout acts of Cork’s Livestyles Fest 2014.
‘Heavy, body-shot message in the form of word.’ – HipHop32
Ruff Culture member, Sykaadeliq, pours his heart through his pen. He is a rapper, in the classic sense, harnessing wordplay and delivery to convey his story. Whether its 90’s boom bap or rapid D&B tempo this guy never fails to body any beat he spits on.
Turntablist, Producer and DJ, Danny Deepo is a member of turntable group Vince Mack Mahon and co-founder of the Community Scratch Games. Through a dusty sample based style he explores hip hop, electronic and even trad, all the while never quite settling on one genre or the next. At times his sound is esoteric or spacey and sometimes it’s just plain heavy and insane.
This year Danny took to stages at Electric Picnic and Townlands Carnival. The Tempest ep saw release in February and The Gentle Art of Sampling is not far away.
A young rapper who spends his time between Cork and Tralee Mark has been making a name for himself over the last couple years both with his group Apocalypse and as a solo artist. With a couple solid releases and a bunch of well recieved gigs under his belt Young Phantom is well on his way to becoming one of Irelands best.
Xav’ is an exciting young rapper from Marseilles in France, and here he’ll be making his Irish debut… Fusing Jazzy samples with an energetic nu-school rap style, Xav’ is breaking down the language barrier with a universal flow…
SP are a Waterford based group of rappers, beatmakers and DJ. Their instant classic, 12 Labours, cemented them as a hip hop power house and led to a tour with Maverick Sabre.
Over the past couple of years, each mc released his own individual ep, expanding the sound introduced on the album. LP number two is in the pipeline. Expect a grimy show. Heads will nod.
‘Razor tongued rhymers and some icy production’ – Hotpress
Hailing from Dublin but “Keepin’ it Gritty in Cork City” for the best part of a decade, MataMatik delivers 90’s style Boom Bap in the spirit of Nas and Wu Tang, with a unique Dub/rebel twist.
He is currently putting the finishing touches on his debut, ‘Cassandras Call’ and recently dropped the first single, The True Meaning, featuring Rebel Phoenix and 4Real. To say the man can work a crowd would be an understatement.
‘Doesn’t pull any lyrical punches.’ – Evening Echo