There’s only 9 weeks to go until the biggest and best celebration of Hip Hop and R&B culture touches down at Sankeys Ibiza for the first time, and Applebum line-up has been announced. The full details of their debut, groundbreaking 13-week residency have just been confirmed, and with an array of some of the biggest names in the industry alongside a host of acclaimed resident DJs bringing the ruckus each week, Applebum looks set to make Hip Hop history with the first series of events of its kind on the White Isle. Running every Tuesday night from June 21st until September 13th, Applebum will be bringing a taste of the old school and showing Ibiza what Hip Hop is all about.
Kicking things off on the grand opening night of the first ever Hip Hop dedicated club residency on the Island is one of London’s most acclaimed turntablists, DJ Yoda. A winner of DMC’s DJ of the Year award, DJ Yoda is renowned for his mindblowing audio-visual sets and unique cutting-edge mixing style. He’s produced a catalogue of seminal mixtapes and records over the years, toured the globe with Goldie and the Scratch Perverts and collaborated with the likes of Biz Markie, Jungle Brothers, Ugly Duckling and People Under The Stairs.
In week two, Applebum are extremely excited to welcome the legendary hip hop producer DJ Premier as he makes his Ibiza debut. Premo’s history of collaborations spanning over thirty years is like a Hip Hop hall of fame with the likes of Nas, Biggie, Mos Def, Rakim, Immortal Technique, Kanye West, KRS-One, Dr Dre, Jay Z and Busta Rhymes.
Joining DJ Premier in week two is Nightmares on Wax, a.k.a. DJ EASE. With a lifelong love and dedication to Hip Hop and b-boy culture, Nightmares on Wax has continued to develop his experimental sound over the years with classic chill-out records like 1995’s “Smoker’s Delight” and “Carboot Soul” in 1999.
Get ready to take a journey back to the roots of Hip Hop as Applebum present one of their biggest inspirations, Grandmaster Flash. Young Flash mastered his innovative and completely original DJing techniques of cutting, backspinning and phasing on a sound system he built out of scraps before he finally rose to prominence in the New York DJ scene of the 70s.
One-half of a double Grammy-award winning duo with The Fresh Prince a.k.a. Will Smith, DJ Jazzy Jeff has been transforming the groove for decades with a multitude of platinum-selling albums and hit singles such as “Parent’s Just Don’t Understand”, “Ring My Bell”, “Boom! Shake the Room” and the timeless 1991 classic “Summertime”. In his own right Jazzy Jeff has established himself as one of the most influential R&B, soul and neo-soul record producers around, helping to develop artists such as Eminem, The Roots, Talib Kweli and Rhymefest.
Applebum line-up also includes Blackstreet, who will be mixing it up with their soulful, slow jam vibes in the sixth week’s headline slot. The R&B-funk quartet has an impressive history of collaborations with some of Hip Hop’s biggest names, including Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Dr. Dre, Mya, Janet Jackson, Eve and Ja Rule.
DJ Yella, the man formerly behind the beats in legendary gangsta rap group N.W.A., is next up on week seven alongside the returning DJ Yoda and Phat Phillie, co-founder of Croatia’s Fresh Island Festival and one of the biggest DJs in the Croatian Hip Hop scene.
Yet another Grammy winner will be on the mic at Sankeys this August as rapper Coolio headlines week eight. Coolio helped push rap into the mainstream as he rose to fame in the 90s with a string of globally successful hits including “Gangster’s Paradise”, “C U When U Get There” and “Fantastic Voyage”, becoming a household name as he collaborated with the likes of Method Man, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, B-Real and Snoop Dogg.
Applebum are excited to announce the legendary Sugarhill Gang to headline the penultimate show of the season. The group are notorious for bringing Hip Hop into popular culture around the world with one of the most pivotal songs in Hip Hop history, 1979’s “Rapper’s Delight”. Generally considered to be the first ever real commercially successful Hip Hop track, the song was named as one of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” by Rolling Stone, and earned itself a place on the National Recording Registry, a list of recordings seen as “culturally, historically or aesthetically important” in the United States.
If that isn’t quite exciting enough, Applebum will also soon be announcing yet another very special guest to headline Applebum line-up. If the already star-studded lineup is anything to go by, you can only expect to be blown away by the secret star who will be joining a returning Nightmares On Wax to draw Applebum’s Ibiza debut to a close at the final party of the season, making it a summer to remember.