Bun B at Fortune Sound Club [Photos/Review]
Vancouver, B.C. – For Bun B’s first appearance in Vancouver he was treated to a freshly decorated Fortune Sound Club, newly adorned with Christmas cheer. With golden holiday lights shimmering and strung from the ceiling, the stage was set for a gangsta party, and the crowd was amped.
The evening began with local mic vets the Main Offenders, who tore through a nice set, a blend of solo and group jams, that was capped by a fresh assed freestyle from battle-rap legend Aspire. Next ,Vancity stalwart JayKin graced the stage, delivering tight and topical raps, including new joints from his recent downloadable mix Sneakers and Videogames. While the night’s openers performed tight local grooves, the crowd was a little standoffish and attempts to get a classic call and response rapport was difficult. The people were only there for one thing.
At 12:15pm, after DJ Physik’s well received set of dirty south monster hits, Bun B took to the stage with little chatter on his part and a hell of a lot of noise from the now attentive throng. The southern rap veteran launched immediately into tracks from his latest, 5 mic awarded album, Trill OG. With a veteran’s poise and presence he flawlessly rapped modern southern classics like “Put It Down” and “Just Like That” before turning back the clock. Bun went all the way back to “Pocket Full of Stones”, a song that blew UGK up a little bit back in the day, and gave a perfect tribute to his late UGK homie, Pimp C, by rapping Pimp’s verse, with the crowd contributing a good deal of back up to boot. The audience showed Bun some serious love demanding an encore after he first stepped off the mic. He quickly returned to the Fortune stage, effortlessly crushing his verses, while casually giving it all to the frenzied fans.
Hell, he even tossed his fitted into a sea of outstretched arms. The long trip from Texas was definitely worth it for Bun B, and that’s the trill.
Written by Natch Crumbly for HipHopCanada
Photography by Amalia Judith for HipHopCanada
Photography by Amalia Judith