The 7 Days of Funk Experience: Snoopzilla and Dam-Funk at Exchange LA [Review]
Los Angeles, CA – On Dec. 10, Snoopzilla and Dam-Funk hit up Exchange LA in Los Angeles, CA to release their highly anticipated 7 Days of Funk record. The lineup for the evening was stacked high with performances from the funk master, himself, Dam-Funk; Snoopzilla (who you may also know as Snoop Lion or Snoop Dogg, etc), master DJ-producer, Peanut Butter Wolf; OG hip-hop producer-vocalist, Egyptian Lover; old-school funkman, Bootsy Collins; funkster of all-trades, Steve Arrington, and more.
The worlds of hip-hop and funk collided, and HipHopCanada was in the building to soak it all in. Our very own Winnipeg producer-turned-L.A. expat, Maxwell Benson, hit up the show to get the scoop for you all. A big shout out to our friends over at Stones Throw for hooking us up for the night. See how it all went down after the jump.
The funk faithful were out to a packed house at Exchange LA for the CD release party for Snoopzilla (formerly Snoop Dogg) and Dam-Funk’s new project entitled 7 Days Of Funk. The crowd came for the funk – the whole funk, and nothing but the funk. And they were not disappointed. The El Presidente at Stones Throw (Peanut Butter Wolf) and his star-studded support cast ensured that every soul in the house went home funk-di-fied.
The setlist ran through a who’s-who of all things funk, starting with Peanut Butter’s opening VJ set where he mashed up Prince, Sly, and Family Stone, and threw it all on the big screen for everyone to see. The West Coast Poplockers led by Legend Kool Boy hit the stage and amazed with their group routines. They had every hit on-point.
Steve Arrington graced the stage (with PBW in-tow on the ones and twos) and gave every producer in the house wet dreams when he assumed his former role as Slave frontman and performed “Watching You” (sampled by Snoop and EPMD). He also covered his solo material including “Weak at the Knees” (sample by Jay Z and Jermaine Dupri from their classic, “Money Ain’t A Thang”).
The Egyptian Lover set made it evident that he hadn’t lost a step when he performed “And The Beat Goes Boom” with his Roland TR 808 under his arm. He gave a show of live beat-making. And the drum machine beatsmiths in attendance loved it.
By the time Bootsy Collins hit the stage the funk faithful were ready to get loose to some bump music. Bootsy was properly supported by his funk disciples, Snoopzilla and Dam-Funk, on the wheels of steel on either side of him. Snoopzilla and Bootsy had the crowd singing along to Funkadelic’s “(Not Just) Kneep Deep” like it was 1979 all over again.
The success of the night was seen on the smiling faces of the world-class talent that came through to get baptized by the funk gods. Talent such as DJ Babu (of The Beat Junkies), the legendary DJ from the D Houseshoes and Low End Theory’s Turntable destroyer The Gas Lamp Killer were all in attendance. Wiz Khalifa, Kurupt and Daz Dillinger were also in the building. And they looked on with eyes wide (like they had just rolled 7 or 11) as Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers turned the mother out with his signature animated bass-style.
Finally, the performance went into the new 7 Days of Funk material. Snoopzilla and Dam-Funk performed “Faden Away” and all in attendance were out of their church pews with their hands in the air, singing along and breathing that, “Ooh wee,” of the funkdified air.
Review by Maxwell Benson for HipHopCanada
Photography by Maxwell Benson and Pietro Magnani
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