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Busta Rhymes : London Hammersmith Apollo
Enthusiasts who've never caught a live US hip-hop show are treated to some of the musical pyrotechnics, crowd manipulation techniques, and riotous energy that sometimes makes such events literally dangerous: the electronically sculpted sub-bass in itself is enough to make your temples throb. Meanwhile Busta himself proves just how underrated he is as an hardcore hip-hop MC with the seamless verbal flow on 40 non-stop bars of 'Holla', or in conjunction with Spliff Starr on 'Pass The Courvoisier'.
And, although entertainment value abounds with irrepressible airings of hits like 'Woo-Hah...' and 'Turn It Up/Fire It Up', it's impossible to forget the severe ghetto edge - traced from Jamaican dancehalls to Brooklyn basement clubs - bubbling beneath the surface. Phenomenal.
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