Every Sunday at the Needle, we host a night of old school hip hop, funk, soul and more! Our resident DJ, KØBA, took some time out of his day to chat with us about VIBE on Sundays, Kendrick Lamar, tapes and more!
Come check it out for yourself this Sunday. Always free cover, dance if you want and drink specials like $4.75 Hennessy.
Q: What is it that inspired you to create VIBE night?
A: Hanging out with Ali and talking about doing something dope that’s for music lovers as opposed to the kind of pop lovers who only dig the hits. A night for the people who would love the B-sides and be as excited about them as if they were the hits, you know? We wanted some freedom in what we’re playing and not that obligation some DJ’s get to play just the hits. We can go old school, new school or play trap. It’s fun to read the crowd and see where we can take it. And I don’t wanna bash Top 40 music; it’s actually come a long way from where it was five or six years ago because you have people like Kendrick Lamar or Bruno Mars doing these funk based things. The depth of Top 40 can sometimes just be about throwing your hands up in the air and drinking some Jager (sings & laughs). Not a lot of substance or originality. But as far as modern hip hop goes, Run the Jewels are my absolute favourite. Killer Mike has such an iconic voice. It’s something you’ll always remember when you hear it. It’s like Biggie. You always know when a Biggie song comes on. I think Killer Mike has that same potential. Or modern soul. Anderson .Paak is doing it right.
Q: As far as your personal connection to hip hop goes, do you remember one of the first times you heard something that influenced you in the direction of DJing?
A: Well, I started out in the techno world, so that doesn’t correlate too much to what VIBE is, but when I first started DJing, Drum and bass was a really big thing for me. I realized a lot of it was based around hip hop. A lot of remixes of old Lauren Hill and Eazy-E. Stuff like that. But my very first introduction to hip hop would have been Public Enemy. I would have been around 12 getting into that stuff. I also think being a skateboarder back in the day had something to do with it. Listening to Beastie Boys’ “Check Your Head.” That is easily one of the most influential albums for me.
Q: So, we’ll ask the obvious, lame question: what was the first album you ever owned?
A: I think it was a Pharcyde tape. Then I bought the CD. Pharcyde is the shit.