Renegades of Rhythm – DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist
Words by Bossman75
Using only vinyl pulled from Bambaataa’s historic collection – over 40,000 strong and permanently archived at Cornell University – DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist aim to present Bambaataa’s legacy in all its genre-busting and socially-minded complexity. This isn’t your average club night, and don’t expect them to just spin old school Bambaataa jams. “This has never been done before, definitely not on this scale. They’re HIS records, with his blessings. This isn’t just ANY copy of ‘X’ breakbeat, it’s THE copy, THE copy that started everything. Not just any records, the MASTER OF RECORDS’ records.” – DJ Shadow. Naturally, it was paramount to the two DJ’s that the tour have the full blessing and support of Afrika Bambaataa himself. “I call on all who love Hip-Hop to come out, see them, hear them,” says the Godfather. “My story is our history in DJing.” The tour will use six turntables and a variety of real-time effects. “It adds another performance level, real-time sampling from the record that’s being played,” says Cut Chemist. Visuals for the tour will be supplied by acclaimed video director, multimedia producer and regular Shadow collaborator Ben Stokes. It’s admirable that these two world-renowned artists are striving to do something more engaging for the crowd, especially considering the historic relevance of what’s being played. It’s also testament to just how far hip hop DJ’ing has come. Last August Kid Koala presented a blend of cinema, theatre and gig, with his graphic novel Nufonia Must Fall at the Roundhouse in London. Whether you’ve seen DJ Shadow or Cut Chemist before, it’s unlikely you’ve experienced anything like Renegades Of Rhythm. Tickets for the Albert Hall in Manchester, and The Forum in London are still available. Another show of this magnitude may be a long time coming, if ever, and is not one to be missed.