Rascalz reunion in Vancity [Photos/Review]
Vancouver, B.C. – In the nineties the Rascalz (formerly Ragamuffin Rascalz) ruled Vancouver. Really Livin’ is a classic and when Cash Crop dropped in ’97 (to this date one of the best albums to ever come out of Canada) every show the crew played was classic shit. Emcees Misfit and Red 1 were always bursting with energy, and thanks to DJ/ producer Kemo and b-boys/ graff writers Zebroc and Dedos, the crew also focused on allowing all of hip-hop’s elements time to shine.
The enthusiastic crowd was definitely ready to revisit a group that played a huge role in developing Vancouver’s burgeoning hip-hop scene. The evening kicked off with vintage style as legendary and influential DJs Kilo-Cee (Krispy Biscuit), rocking strictly vinyl, and Flipout lead a tour through the classics of hip-hop’s golden age. Next it was time to get live and Red 1’s Killawatt stable was in control of the warm-up. The charismatic Plazma crew jumped, bobbed and weaved through an infectiously energetic set that sucked the crowd in from the jump off. Energy waned during second opener Heatwave’s set and the crowd thinned out slightly, but when the Rascalz finally grabbed their mics the party people made it clear who they came to see. Backed by the incredible DJ Kemo, Red 1 and Misfit performed a short intro before launching into the anthem “Dreaded Fist”.
Any evidence of the much-rumored beef between Fit n Redi was absent. In fact they seemed to genuinely enjoy performing with each other again. The set grew fractured with rushed, one-verse snippets from underground hits like “Soul Obligation” and “Blind Wit the Science”, an odd choice since the crew was together for the first time in ten years, and energy again dipped as Red and Fit launched into new solo material. However, the crowd was revived by the posse-cut classic “Nothern Touch” and before long the MCs turned the stage over to the considerable talents of Dedos, the crew’s master b-boy and graff writer (fellow Rascalz b-boy Zeb Roc was sadly missing).
Dedos put on a b-boy clinic before being joined by the incredible Flipout and promoter Rob Rizk for a spontaneous breaking cipher. As the Rascalz said farewell with the mega-hit “All Over the World” it was clear this wasn’t just a reunion of an incredible and influential hip-hop group, it was a resurrection of the entire community that influenced, was influence by, and nurtured the rise of Vancity’s original rap superstars. From the old F.W.U.H. posse (Science, Blaze, Martini), to Kilo Cee and Flipout (were Ease and J Swing there?) the original Vancouver hip-hop community was there to celebrate. It was great to see the legends stand up and hold it down. Shit, even the Mayor had to come down to give props to the ‘Couv’s considerable hip-hop heritage. The new class has big, dedicated shoes to fill.
Written by Natch Crumbly for HipHopCanada
Photography by Chris McKibbin for HipHopCanada
Photography by Chris McKibbin