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Event Review: Benny Banks @ 02 Academy Islington

So this Sunday it was all about Benny Banks as his headline show took place at North London’s 02 Academy Islington, which was supported by Joe Black. Entering the Academy the vibe was live,  music was pumping,  people where in good spirits and the positive energy took a life of its own as Joe Black took to the stage and had the crowd engaged,  making sure we where well prepared for the main event. Black  killed it as he performed hits from his Reallionaire  and King of the Underground  mixtapes; he even surprised the crowd with a little treat in the form of former X Factor contestant,  Yasmin who brought some female energy to the show. As Joe Black finished his set the DJ went back to spinning some good tunes which kept the crowd entertained.


As the time passed by,  the eager crowd gathered around the stage ready for the main event and Benny hit the stage much to the delight of his fans. Benny preceded to play his set,  which was accompanied by a live band,  a first for the MC and I have to say the live band gave Banks that  extra edge and helped bring his music to life. Banks had great banter with the crowd as he flirted with the ladies and spoke to the man dem about Henessy.  Just as the crowd got settled he dropped Mary Jane, which picked things back up,  followed by Bada Bing, which had the whole venue buzzing. There was a mixed crowd, which included people who knew every song,  word for word and new followers,  either way Benny had the crowd’s attention; his rap skills definitely translate well during a live performance. The beginning of the end of the set was introduced by a surprise from Dappy who commanded the stage and had the crowd feeling him. To top it off Banks ended the show with a freestyle and he happily shared that “he wrote the verse while taking a dump yesterday”.

Overall the show was a success Banks commanded the stage,  charmed the females in the crowd more than their monie’s worth.


Review by Rufaro Mboneli

Joe Black Interview – talks Prison, Geko v Benny Banks & Lyrics [@JoeBlackUk]

The London Wave presents a genuine interview with UK rap veteran Joe Black. In the interview he talks in detail on what influenced him to become involved in rap music, from mimicking the international rap icon Biggie Smalls to more local influences including Ramson Badbonez. He also goes on to discuss how being in prison influenced the way he writes his lyrics and states that he wrote a lot of the material  whilst he was in prison.

Joe has collaborated with a number of UK artists and expresses how he feels blessed to have worked with them and is open to the idea of working with up and coming talent.

Words by Patrick Fennelly