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I'm British-born Chinese from Bristol, UK. I’m LA-based. I’m a hip hop aficionado. After 15 years in London I moved to LA to pursue a new career and outlook on life.

Back in the 80s I was a DJ. In the 90s I contributed to the world's first street style exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2011, I had my first interviews published. Today, I’m keeping busy with music, art, photos and writing.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Live Mixtape comes to the Echoplex (J.Period & Black Thought)

Archive story #2.

Back this summer I went to check out the J.Period Live Mixtape show live after downloading it from J.Period's blog. It's been getting love online - - find the link at the end of this post -  but truth be told, although it's billed as a "one-of-a-kind, live, hip hop experience" the live show is essentially a DJ rocking two turntables and an M.C. rocking a microphone. Yep, true old skool rap talent.

Imagine, M.C. Black Thought, from Philly's The Roots, on the mic backed by beats and dubplates from the only designer stubble hip hop DJ, J.Period! This show premiered at Toronto's Manifesto Festival last year - check out the video below - and has toured Miami, San Francisco, Oakland and Portland before reaching Los Angeles.

What I love about the Live Mixtape is that it separates the real MCs from the studio MCs,” says J.Period. “As a performer, Black Thought is unmatched in his breath control, and his voice live on stage is just as compelling as it is on wax. That was the motivation behind this EP, and the fact that it plays as well as a mixtape as it does as a live show is a testament to Thought’s incredible abilities as a live MC. There’s no one else in his league in that regard.” J.Period

J Period & Black Thought Present "The Live Mixtape" illadelph edition @ the 2010 MANIFESTO Festival (OFFICIAL) from on Vimeo.

Cop this! You can download the Live Mixtape (Illadelph Edition)” EP mixtape here which is a live recording of the J.Period and Black Thought performance at Toronto’s premiere hip hop festival, The Manifesto, Sept. 26, 2010. Expect to rock to J.Period remixes, hip hop hits and a karaoke session where Black Thought impersonates his favorite MCs

To learn more about The Manifesto Festival, Toronto’s largest annual hip hop festival, click here.

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