Stepping through the doors at Chi last Friday night was like walking into a hip-hop costume party: from huge afros to flat-peaked baseball caps and plenty of Tinie Tempah geek specs, Dubai’s rap fans had donned their best togs to ensure Brooklyn rapper Busta Rhymes felt at home. The warm-up DJs did a stellar job of setting the tone with a set of hip-hop classics, and by the time Busta took to the stage the place was packed. Ever the showman, he bashed out hit after hit, rattling through ‘Touch It’ and ‘Break Ya Neck’ as the sweaty crowd braved the humidity (well, it’s hip hop – if you’re not grinding and sweaty, something’s gone wrong). The top track was, unsurprisingly, 1996 single ‘Woo Hah! Got You All In Check’, which had thousands of ecstatic clubbers bouncing to the beat, proving that hip-hop is alive and well in Dubai.
Rebecca Harling, Frankie Hart and Valentina Toledo