On Tuesday 7th June 2016 local Manchester promoters More Bounce brought through some living legends to Soundcontrol in Manchester, rap royalty, EPMD.
The last time I went to see EPMD was at The Forum, Kentish Town in London on 19th Feb 2011 to celebrate my 25th birthday, so it was grand to have them perform closer to home.
After the gig we introduced ourselves, took a few snaps and got some merchandise signed.
I spent the majority of the time being a bit starstruck, so Holly asked the entourage if they wanted to pop over to our shop at The Kitchens in Spinningfields, Manchester for some lunch the next day.
The next day, Holly was looking after the MediaCityUK site and Luke was manning the fort in Spinningfields.
Our trading hours were 12-3pm, as it reached 3.30pm it wasn’t looking likely they were going to turn up, so Luke closed and began the clean down in the kitchen.
I was in Bury getting some kitchen parts repaired when at 4.30pm, Luke called “Ozzie, they’re here. Come quickly.”
I drove back in the van to Manchester in record time, obviously obeying all the speed limits driving in the safest possible manner.
When I arrived, Luke was getting the fryers back up to temperature and taking the orders from all the crew.
It was a pretty unbelievable experience, huge thanks to More Bounce for bringing them down.
Erick Sermon, DJ Diamond The Artist and the rest of the group were really humble and full of common courtesy and appreciation of the food and supportive over our vision for the business. Maybe a US venture on the cards?
They were regaling tales about their travels and the capers they’ve got into with their rap superstar mates. Dropping famous names left right and centre.
We happened to have one of our #hiphopcatchphrase games up on the blackboard so I played “Guess The Hip Hop Album”. Can you guess what the album was? Erick didn’t, although I’m pretty sure he didn’t understand my ramblings about what the rules of the game were though.
To top it all off, they even took time to feedback on Instagram too. Buzzin!