After blowing the roof off the 02 Academy Newcastle last Friday with a mosh pit inciting set, UK grime legend P Money is this week’s Artist of the Week.
Active since the early 2000’s in grime’s fledgling pirate radio scene, P Money is without doubt one of the most respected names in the UK grime scene – despite never reaching the mainstream success of contemporaries like Wiley, Skepta and Giggs – you could say P is an MC’s MC.
So, after an array of local talent, such as NE Dons, HB, FungiFerg and more, got the O2 Academy crowd suitably warmed up, P Money still made light work of stealing the show with an incredibly sharp set, putting any suggestion that the 29 year old MC is past his prime to bed.
P’s performance jumped straight into top gear from the beginning and didn’t slow down until the very last breath. Opening with the help of fellow London born rapper Little Dee, with tracks from their recent ‘Back 2 Back’ EP, the pair’s slick flows and faultless timing had the crowd mesmerised from the jump. P then went to put on a grime masterclass, delivering bars with a breathless pace and his signature skippy flow, before turning the temperature up even more with the second half of his set focusing on bassline tracks. Over these breakneck speed beats P put on an absolute tour de force in terms of skill on a mic – he proved with no uncertainty that he’s still one of the best in the game.
Being the veteran that he is, P Money has played to massive crowds in his time. However, despite the turn out in Newcastle not being all that impressive, P still gave his everything on the stage. “I know there’s not a lot of you here but we’re still doing this right,” P said addressing the crowd. “I’ve played to thousands of people at festivals and it’s easy, they’re just signing the words back to you. But at shows like these you’ve got to work, it brings the hunger back to me, reminding me when I was first coming up. I can have a real connection with you all at these shows, I love it man.”
With mass chants of ‘ONE MORE TUNE!’ at the end of P’s set, the academy unfortunately wasn’t having it, turning the lights on and cutting power to the mic and decks. However, ever the showman, P Money stayed back after the show for an impromptu meet and greet with the left over fans; taking photos, signing autographs and shaking hands – a true veteran of the game, with the skill and attitude to back it up.