Last Friday March 6th at Tattoo Scribble Jam winning DJ Skratch Basitd brought The Flex to Toronto. With Ali Shaheed Muhammad from A Tribe Called Quest in tow, this was a show for the ages.

Big Jacks sets it off

Big Jacks sets it off

DJ Big Jacks opened things up with a set of very wide ranging music, hip hop from the early 90′s to late 00′s era. While he did his thing Skratch Bastid hyped the crowd up and proved to be a very good party emcee, keeping the crowd involved with interactivity. Skratch then took to the decks and proved why he was renowned the world over.

Scribble Jam winning skills!

Scribble Jam winning skills!

Putting his furious mixing and scratching abilities on display, Skratch toyed with the crowd playing motown classics and then beat matching them with songs that had used them as samples. His experience display was wonderful and really set the tone for Ali Shaheed who came to the stage playing classic Tribe and 90′s hits. Ali Shaheed kept the crowd rolling through his set and even had a beat match session with Skratch that was showed the strength of their talents.

Ali Shaheed spins his set

Ali Shaheed spins his set

From start to finish this was a very dope hip hop show. It was culturally reflective, not much like the hip hop shows that have been on display lately. It’s rare that you seen DJ’s actually applying their scratch talents any more, so this show was a complete breath of fresh air. If you were on hand to witness it, then you definitely saw a rare treat.

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Ian McWilfred

Arts major at Ryerson University. Musical Journalist from East Toronto. Paid and pays in reality cheques.

  • Jaicyea

    nice write up !!!