Limerick's Belltable saw a frenzy of hip hop shenanigans with Akil (formerly of the now disbanded Jurassic 5)hitting the mic last Friday night. Support on the night came from Leon who masterfully mixes and splices the freshest beats with the classics to get the crowds heads bopping in tow.
Akil hit the stage and the beats and rhymes punched the air powerfully. Jurassic 5 material was drawn out to engage the crowd but it was clear that they were open to anything and everything he threw at them. Within the space of half an hour the pint-sized rhymes merchant left the stage to locate himself in the centre of the dancefloor while the crowd swarmed around him. What followed was the start of a beautiful relationship with both the artist and the crowd making love together to produce an offspring of continuous smiles. Akil invited others to drop rhymes over the beats and those who did did so with such ability one felt they could carry on with the show themselves. By the end of the show there was no Akil to be seen on stage-he was getting his dance on with the locals.
It was this connection the artist offered to the crowd that made the night an unforgettable night in Limerick. Could it be the best gig I have been to in Limerick?....
Here is a flashback to the J5 days: