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Chali 2Na, Krafty Kuts and Dynamite MC: The H Club, London 16/8/19

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When I first started listening to hip-hop, Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre, 2Pac, Biggie and Jay-Z reigned supreme. I was hooked after a friend lent me a copy of Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony's LP, which I had on repeat for months.

It was only after a couple of years of gangsta rap that Jurassic 5 and The Pharcyde came to my attention and showed rapping about violence wasn't compulsory. The first Jurassic 5 record was a revelation, boasting "Concrete Schoolyard" and "In The Flesh" among others.

Chali 2Na has one of the most distinctive voices in hip-hop and delivered some superb verses on that record. Two decades later he's still coming up with the goods, with latest release "Adventures of a Reluctant Superhero", a collaboration with the UK's own Krafty Kuts, a must-listen.

The venue for the duo's show was The H Club, nestled on the fourth floor of a building in Covent Garden. It's the first time I've got a lift up to a gig.

Chali may have played at bigger venues in the past - I was was lucky to see Jurassic 5 at a sold-out Kentish Town Forum a few years back - but the intimate setting meant those who were there were treated to a close view of one of the heavyweights.

Chali 2Na is one of those artists who seems incapable of putting on a bad show. He was smiling and laughing with the crowd throughout, and showing off his razor-sharp flow.

Material from the new record went down well alongside classics including "What's Golden", "Jayou" and, of course, "Concrete Schoolyard".

The duo was joined by UK rapper Dynamite MC, himself an accomplished solo artist, and they tore through "Waste No Time".

By all rights, Chali 2Na should be packing out far bigger venues, but those who did come along were treated to a masterclass. And the veteran still has a lot more to give, judging by the quality of his latest work.

PHOTOS: DAVE BURKE
Words Dave Burke

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