Sons Phonetic "Isolation (feat RíRá)"
Rob Kelly "Crazy"
Street Literature "Products of the Environment"
Lunitic "Stacy's Story"
Class A'z "Who Shot Ya"
In honor of St Patrick's Day today I have included a little sampling of Irish hip-hop (focusing on rap) care of the above videos that include Wexford's Rob Kelly with the song "Crazy." and the Waterford based hip-hop crew Sons Phonetic from their album Twelve Labours and featuring a cameo from Ireland's greatest emcee in its hip-hop history spanning past few decades - RíRá who in the years since his role in the pioneering Irish hip-hop group Scary Eire has built a strong solo career that includes collaborating with countless up-and-coming Irish hip-hop acts like Sons Phonetic, and the late great Dublin rapper Lunitic from his album Based on a True Story on the song "Celtic Funk." Above is the video for another song off that same Lunitic album. It is for the song "Stacy's Story."Also above is the video from about 3 years ago for "Who Shot Ya" by Dublin super-rap group Class A'z featuring Nucentz, Redzer, Terawrizt, and Rawsoul.
Saint Patricks Day in the Bay Area parties and events include Shockwave (every third Saturday) at the Layover in downtown Oakland with DJ's Tim Diesel & Max Kane spinning some deep funk. Party is from 9pm to 2am. No cover but "wear green sucka" is what the promoters request. 21+ Layover is located at 1517 Franklin St., Oakland, CA 94612. Tonight the DJs at Bootie SF (myself along with DJs Ajax and DJ Tripp) will be spinning some Irish mash-ups in the mix along with the usual style of mashups at Bootie parties. And happening late this morning is the big San Francisco Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival at City Hall that is all ages free event and will happen rain or shine. The event is underway and goes til 5pm with the 1130am parade beginning at the corner of Second & Market St, and continues on to City Hall. More info here