Written by Joe Langham
Fortnightly Norman Bar club night, Subliminal, welcomed its first international act in the form of J57 and Koncept of the Brown Bag All Stars. The pair, promoting Koncept’s upcoming mixtape ‘Malt Disney’ dropped by for a ‘free entry’ show on a leg of their Full Bottle Tour.
The live in-house band, the Subliminal Collective, kept the audience entertained with a vast array of tracks, in wake of the delayed hip-hop duo. Whilst fellow tour mates Jefferson Price and Boodah French could not make the Leeds show, J57 and Koncept put on a performance that more than made up for this. On arrival the much anticipated pair set up stage with almost no delay to play for the eager and building crowd. J57 got the set started with several beats from upcoming projects, which included an exciting look at a future release with Koncept.
After J57 warmed up the crowd, Koncept graced the mic, opening with some well-known tracks including October 10 and Watch the Sky Fall. A corner of the bar, instead of a stage, gave the crowd the treat of a very up, close and personal gig. Koncept frequently entered the crowd to do his verses, which exaggerated the up, close and personal nature of the show, making it seem at times like a set especially for individuals of the audience instead of a whole crowd. J57 acted as more MC than DJ on the night, frequently joining in with the tracks and riling up the crowd. The pair flowed lyrically as fluidly as the drinks, taking moments out of the show to take shots with the audience. The interaction of the set was brilliant and the proximity of it made it all the more special.
A variety of tracks were performed including a selection from ‘Malt Disney’ and ‘Awaken’, a J57 remix of ‘I Fucks With That’ and crowd favourite and Brown Bag classic: ‘Rhett Committed Murder’.The crowd had their hands up through almost the entire set and did not stop moving long after the show finished. The atmosphere was more akin to a party rather than a hip-hop gig and the performers felt more like friends rather than rap stars and their after show antics proved this. Their interaction did not stop when their performance did either as they moved straight over to a merch table, stacked with early exclusive copies of ‘Malt Disney’ and other related merchandise, to sign items and have photos and chats with fans.
As the stock quickly dwindled, the table filled up with drinks bought by the fans and the Brown Bag duo partied with the crowd until the bar closed. HHKMag was also exclusively told of some very exciting future projects that both J57 and Koncept had planned. These projects will hopefully come sooner than later and hope of this was boosted as they confirmed that they hope to return in September. Koncept’s ‘Malt Disney’, produced by Deejay Element, drops on February 26. The next Subliminal is on the same date, this time featuring Ape Cult and the recurring Subliminal Collective.