Yelawolf at Fortune Sound Club (Live) [Review]
Vancouver, B.C. – Yelawolf – aka Catfish Billy – brought a rare freshness to Vancouver. His style alone proves that there’s room in hip-hop for all sorts of forms and content, and the young Alabama MC’s self-proclaimed “redneck hood shit” is a remarkable example of the newness that the industry needs.
As a precursor to Yelawolf’s short albeit sweet performance, several Vancouver acts set the stage. Shottas, Scalebreakers, Autokrat and Defenders of the Faith all performed, as Emotionz hosted – and treated the crowd to one hell of a beatbox. Woven into these performances was Surrey-based clothing company Ephin’s showcase. Ephin’s display of DJs, rappers, b-boys and models was another example of the space in hip-hop for variation on a theme. Surrey’s hip-hop subculture certainly is different than Vancouver’s, and it was an unfamiliar kind of display, but in the end the message came across that Ephin represents hip-hop on a diverse scale and unites and supports its artists as a family.
Yelawolf himself was everything the crowd expected and more. He makes rapidfire rapping look easy, all while painting a vivid picture of the South that embeds itself in the mind of the listener. “Pop the Trunk” is one such track, where Yelawolf delves into some deep and rather creepy descriptions of a different kind of thug life, more farm than street. He performed several other hits from the recent Trunk Muzik mixtape, and also delivered his popular Dylanesque hook from Juelz Santana’s “Mixin’ up the Medicine.” He interacted freely with the crowd, who were of course completely hammered by this time (all those opening acts took a while) and ready to party.
Between Surrey’s Stompdown Killaz and Alabama’s Freudian goldmine, it was a night that brought out the industry’s finest…and then fucked with their heads. Good times.
Special thanks to Coast2Coast Entertainment for bringing Yelawolf to Vancouver and arranging HipHopCanada’s exclusive interview… coming soon!
Written by Amalia Judith for HipHopCanada
Photography by Christian Sigouin for HipHopCanada
Photography by Christian Sigouin