This is something special right here. In the fall of 2014, Dj Shadow and Cut Chemist took their Renegades of Rhythm tour across North America. During these performances, they presented a historical retrospective of Hip Hop from its inception up through modern times. Every record they played during these shows was borrowed from the legendary collection of Afrika Bambaataa. Afrika Bambaataa is known not only for being one of the originators of Hip Hop starting way back in the late ’70s, but also for his collection of rare and impossible-to-find-elsewhere vinyl totaling over 40,000 records. These performances provided great insight into the styles that influenced Bambaataa (Funk, Soul, Reggae, Jazz, Electro, Calypso and Soca, Disco, West African, Pop, etc.) during the height of his career and also are a great representation of just how vast and widespread the roots of Hip Hop are.
In early 2015, Shadow and Cut Chemist took the tour overseas and performed across Europe making stops in the UK, Switzerland, Hungary, France, Estonia, and many other places. In late July 2015, a live recording of the Renegades of Rhythm show (the final North American date in Oakland) was released on VHS, yep VHS. It was simultaneously put up on Youtube to apease the fans that didn’t own a VCR (or simply didn’t understand why something so incredible would be released in such an archaic format) and appears to already be sold out.
On top of being able to watch Shadow and Cut Chemist in action, on six turntables, on effects, on drum pads, and on drum machines, this also features the visuals of long-time Shadow collaborator Ben Stokes so it’s visually appealing in many ways. I have a strong feeling that eventually this will make its way to DVD or Blu-ray, in the meantime, there is this to tide us over: