Souls of Mischief at Fortune Sound Club (Live) [Photos/Review]
Vancouver, B.C. – Hieroglyphics are always welcome in Vancouver, and Souls of Mischief proved, yet again, why that Bay Area sound appeals so much to us West Coasters. The night started with some local flavor as Cityreal warmed up a receptive crowd. OK Cobra’s Fritz the Cat came out next, looking like a Vietnam war dodger and serving up some off-kilter flows from within the heart of the audience.
Mista F.A.B. was the real surprise of the night: the man can entertain. He opened with a freestyle and carried that spontaneous energy through for his entire set. He opened his heart to the onlookers, sharing that his mother had cancer and talking about angels before performing “U R my Angel” – it’s so rare to see hope and kindness integrated into a hip-hop set and it set the tone for the whole night. Then of course his collaboration with The Grouch and Zion I made an appearance as he rocked his verse from “Hit ‘Em”, moving on to “Teenage Thug” and some hyphy-era West Coast jams. His finale – an idea he admits to taking from Supernatural – was to freestyle rapidly about whatever people in the audience held up, including iPhones, bras, and bling. It was truly entertaining and induced a sense of hope that there is still fun, ego-free art involved in rapping.
Souls of Mischief came on in all their glory, maintaining a high level of energy through their tightly spit tracks. Although Phesto was missing, the three remaining Souls Tajai, Opio and A-Plus held it down, opening with some Hiero favorites like “Fantasy Island” and “Powers That Be.” Some new jams from Montezuma’s Revenge like “Proper Aim” and the Prince Paul-produced “Lalala” made their way in amongst the classics, proving that although most of us were in junior high in 1993, these guys still have what it takes. Inevitably “93 till Infinity” was the night’s climax, being the most memorable and successful track of the Oakland quartet. That track marks an era, an energy, and a movement that continues even today, and Vancouver was lucky to experience it.
Written by Amalia Judith for HipHopCanada
Photos by Jamie Sands for HipHopCanada (http://www.jsandsphotography.com)
Photography by Jamie Sands