If you've been a fan of underground hip-hop anytime in the last 18 years or so, tonight is a very special night. City Hall will be hosting a rare opportunity to catch extremely influential long time veterans of the indie hip-hop scene. As DJs, producers and emcees, these artists have been shaping the sound of indie hip-hop for nearly the last two decades through a staggering amount of solo and collaborative projects. One of Denver's most experienced DJs will also be lending his services tonight. How lucky is Denver to have this show? There will only be three shows on the whole tour. Three. And two of them are in California. If you can go, count your lucky stars.
Madlib has been a DJ, producer and emcee since 1993 and since then has become a staple for Stones Throw Records. He has been behind a ridiculous amount of projects, not only under the name Madlib but also Beat Konducta, Jazzistics, The Last Electro-Acoustic Space Jazz & Percussion Ensemble, Quasimoto, Sound Directions, Yesterdays New Quintet, and twenty-two other names/groups. His abstract form of beat creation stems from his insatiable desire to dig up rare samples from very obscure vinyl, especially vinyl from around the world. He has produced albums for Dudley Perkins, Guilty Simpson, Lootpack, Percee P and more. He has even collaborated with the late J Dilla with Jaylib and MF Doom as Madvillain.
J. Rocc is a turntabilist style DJ who has been at his craft since 1992. He became a prominent figure in the underground hip-hop scene as part of the Beat Junkies. Since then J. Rocc has released a slew of mixtapes and lent his production skills to a heap of Stones Throw Records releases. He's also been the DJ for Madlib's live shows since the early 2000s, and that will be his role tonight.
The main event is the Madlib Medicine Show Live, a live presentation of the epic twelve volume collection of beat tapes and mixes that span Madlib's eclectic range of styles. The twelve volume series has a ridiculous amount of Madlib's original beats, hip-hop and jazz productions as well as his remixes and mixes of funk, soul, Brazilian, psych, jazz and other uncategorizable sounds from Madlib's work as Beat Konducta. The Madlib Medicine Show is twelve hours long, so it'll be very interesting to see how Madlib and J. Rocc will perform the music and which parts of the massive collection they will bring to life. Check out a couple selections from the Madlib Medicine Show below.
Madlib - Medicine Show #2 Flight to Brazil - Track 2 by M.Becerra
02 - Madlib - Ornette by zibalba1
Madlib Remix: AZ - Never Change by Rappcats
02 Track 02 12 by DJMUSAWORLDWIDE
The City Hall doors open at 9:00PM. The show is 18+ and tickets are $20 (add $5 if you are under 21).