EPMD with Defenders of the Faith (Live) [Review]
Vancouver, B.C. – Defenders of The Faith came out swinging as the opening act for EPMD this Tuesday night at Fortune Sound Club. The boys were on point. The club was packed and waiting for the main act, but clearly these Vancity veterans have a fan base of their own waiting to hear them spit their game.
Defenders of the Faith, which is the duo of Producers/MCs Checkmate and Concise, included some of their older stuff and when they hit the crowd with “Takin’ it to the Top” everyone started to sway in a familiar fashion. Fizal Stars and Heatwave joined the guys on stage for one of their new singles “Find a Way” and helped to blast the audience into a high-energy state.
EPMD hit the stage with the energy of an old school crew with new-found love for the game. The boys came out spitting “You Gots to Chill” and the fans were loving it. Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith are not the young boys they were twenty years ago, but they made a point of saying the reason why they were still going is because of their loving fans. They were appreciative of their fans – noting the exceptional love in Vancouver – and encouraged the hip-hop community in this town not to hate on each other.
Parrish’s 80s-style cap and Sermon’s ancient bling made the fans feverish with nostalgia. At the beginning of “The Joint” the crowd went crazy and hands were flying in the air: from then the energy only continued. They performed the more chill joints “Jane”, and “The Crossover” with seamless flows, and “Gold Digger” helped close the night. DJ Scratch was unbeatable at this show. His skills as a DJ are unsurpassed: the crowd was awed by his strategy and he left them laughing with enjoyment.
EPMD is another testament to the ongoing saying that “hip-hop is not dead,” no matter how old it might be.
Written by Samantha Cairns for HipHopCanada
Photography by Amalia Judith for HipHopCanada