Verbs and Kash get Dirty @ Tramshed, Cardiff.

Saturday night we had the great pleasure of supporting the UK Hip Hop veterans Verb T and King Kashmere at the Tramshed in Cardiff.

Also on the agenda was Cardiff’s main lady of Hip Hop, Unity (Ladies of Rage) and DJ Mansfield Green who bound the night together with his visually arresting AV sets before and after performances.

Now if you’ve ever been to Tramshed, you might remember the big stage on the ground floor with the bar at the back of the room. We weren’t there though.

We were actually in a smaller area upstairs, with a window overlooking the entrance courtyard. It had its own bar, the sound filled the room nicely, overall it was a good space, for what turned to to be a f*@king amazing and intimate gig.

We knew the night was gonna be sick as soon as King Kashmere and Verb T started spitting for the soundcheck. Shouts to the sound guy (Lee) who done a great job making sure the levels were spot on all night.

First up was Unity, accompanied by Cardiff’s awesome uprising of female musical talent known as Ladies of Rage (LOR). Unity is a highly visible and dedicated performer and maybe one of the most versatile. Her stage presence was great and it was dope to see so many of the LOR hitting the stage.

We were up next. The vibe was immense! Everyone in the place was live, and the size of the space meant the crowd were fully immersed in what we were throwing out. I mean literally, we had Jaffa Cakes flying all over the place! We’ll be posting a video up here soon. Big shout out to Joe Roberts for coming through to video our set.

Whether you know him by the name King Kashmere, the Iguanaman or one of his other aliases, you know what you’re getting when he blesses a stage. Kashmere’s subject matter descends into the ears like the sonic boom of an alien spaceship entering Earth’s atmosphere. If you heard his music, you probably understand what I mean. It’s like he’s rhyming from a dimension where Sci-fi and fantasy routinely have lyrical sex on top of killer beats. He was joined on stage by the heavy DJ Jazz T.

Verb T finished off the night, taking old school and new school heads on a trip through some of the many bangers he’s worked on. It’s always a treat to listen to his reflections on life synched up perfectly on beats that you could just kick back and chill to, or otherwise get some pronounced head nodding on. His set raised the roof, topping off a damn good night.

Respect to all the heads that were in attendance. Was good to see some familiar faces and other artists in the room. To name a few…Junior Disprol (Dead Residents), Alkemy, Bespoken (The Hold Up), Mudmowth (Associated Minds), Blaktrix, Cesto (Squid Ninjaz), Saykridd, Femi, Cara (Baby Queens), and others that I probably missed (Sorry).

Finally, big up Tumi of Starving Artists for putting on a cracking night. Until the next time.

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