Def Wish Cast
hit Brisbane on their ‘Evolution Machine’ tour last Thursday, and BOY what a show.
When I was growing up, this was the holy grail of hip hop shows; a Def Wish Cast show.
They three MCs hit the stage with a god like presence, like the old school pioneers they are, gear blue tracksuit tops, matched, fly kicks in check.
They trio looked more like Run-D.M.C. or the Beastie Boys in their fine form from the ‘80s than your cliche ‘Aussie hip hop’.
Running through their early material like A.U.S.T. and then their separate incarnations as ‘Celcius’ (Sereck’s
solo project) and ‘Killawatz’ (Die C
and MC Def Wish's
old crew), they gave the crowd some rarities from their extensive catalogs.
Then the evolution began.
and DJ Murda-1
hit the stage and performed a good portion of their album.
‘Dun Proppa’ is a sure favourite and an anthem already having the crowd going wild. It’s definitely a show you have the see live.
These guys have it down pat so well, it's not funny. Three MCs working well on stage is a hard feat, throw in a vocoder and DJ, and visuals… making it work could be a nightmare, but Def Wish Cast leave it feeling surreal and somewhat nostalgic.
I spoke to MC Def Wish after the show, it was a mediocre turn out being a Thursday night, smack band in exams, but he said verbatim: "you know, we'd rather perform for ten REAL heads that thousands of fake ones".
Word to that. Staying as true to the game as they ever have. Sharp tidy show!
NO EXCUSES next time they are in town!
for more images from the night.Photos: Lachlan Douglas