Music Wednesday, August 17th Words by: Gavin Brown, pictures by: DJ Yella, Ed Lindsay @ The Venue

5 things we loved about the legendary DJ Yella's Hereford gig

Music Wednesday, August 17th

5 things we loved about the legendary DJ Yella's Hereford gig

As one fifth of The World’s Most Dangerous Group – along with Ice Cube, Dr Dre, MC Ren and the late and sadly missed Eazy E – straight-up gangsta rap legends NWA, DJ Yella is a certified hip hop icon. He co-produced one the genre’s greatest ever albums, the immortal Straight Outta Compton, as well its underrated and brilliant follow up Efil4Zaggin and albums by Eazy E and Bone Thugs N Harmony.

With the Straight Outta Compton movie introducing the group to a brand new audience and finally getting them the recognition they deserve (they were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year) it is with great privilege that we witnessed the legendary DJ in Hereford at the Venue This weekend.

Here are five reasons why it was such an event: (video courtesy of The Venue's Ed Lindsay)

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1. He's a Hip Hop legend

As Dre’s co-producer on Straight Outta Compton, Yella has been the sonic architect of some of rap’s dopest songs. Straight Outta Compton. Gangsta Gangsta. Express Yourself.  All are Yella productions, and all of which he played on Friday. Add to that perhaps hip hop’s most infamous ever song in Fuck Tha Police and you have a recipe for a great set. To see him rocking the turntables in Hereford was a joyous occasion.

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2. He knows how to rock a show

With his hypeman Playboy T onstage with him, Yella proved that he is still a wizard behind the decks, cutting and act scratching throughout the show and getting on the mic to hype the crowd up showing his experience from DJing thousands of shows throughout his storied career. Aside from all the NWA classics, Yella’s set was a veritable West Coast hip hop lover’s dream with classics from Dre, Eazy and Cube rubbing shoulders with bangers from Snoop Dogg and 2Pac.

3. He knows what exactly what the crowd want to hear

Starting the set off with NWA reunion track Hello, his selection was everything you wanted to hear. Boyz In The Hood, Murder Was The Case, The Next Episode, It Was A Good Day, California Love, Still DRE, Gin & Juice, Natural Born Killaz and all the NWA classics went down a storm.

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4. The energy inside the place was incredible

From Playboy T pouring shots out for members of the audience and generally hyping everyone up into a frenzy, to Yella’s DJ skills and mic shout outs (including a heartfelt tribute to Eazy E), Yella brought Compton to Hereford for everybody to witness the strength of street knowledge.

5. Despite his legendary status, he is still a humble guy

Yella stopped the music towards the end of his set to come out and shake the hands of his fans and let them take pictures and showed that despite the bad boy reputation of NWA and the music he is famous for, he is a humble and generally all-round good guy.

All in all, this was a night that nobody in attendance will forget. A bonafide hip hop legend in Hereford showing just why he is held in such high regard. An amazing night. 


You can keep up to date with the latest and greatest DJs, MCs, live music and events hosted by the Venue, on Hereford's Gaol Street, on social media here and here. Check the official website out here.

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