Tre Nyce at Climax Strip Club (Live) [Review]
Maple Ridge, B.C. – Most people living in our particular province would agree that Vancouver is our largest metropolis, that no doubt it’s B.C.’s urban hub. So if you’re checking a rap show, chances are it’s going to be at a club in the heart of Downtown where the drinks are overpriced and the servers are underdressed or maybe in East Van where the drinks are watered down and the servers sport muffintops. So when I had the chance to go peep Swollen Members’ newest addition Tre Nyce playing at Maple Ridge’s Climax I thought why not? A rap show at a strip bar out in the backwoods? Hells yeah I’m down…
Surrey Kingz were slated to set things off to be followed by DZ of Keep Six and then the headliner, Swollen Member’s Tre Nyce. So me and my girl got a beer and sat in gyno row, like we usually do. I forgot about the empty stripperless stage in front of me as Surrey Kingz took to the main stage to the left of us. Kicking things off with their track “Do It Big,” spitting boastful raps loud and clear over a grimy raw beat, the crew quickly took over the stage. The 3 MCs traded off verse after verse, keeping things fluid and interesting with each member having their own distinct style. Kause was kicking decent rhymes – that sounded suspiciously like an all-too-well known white nasally blonde battlerapper – while Monsta Mackrocks spit a verse letting the industry know that he’s on the scene. It was a short set filled with rhymes about their excessive weed habits, rhyme skills and prowess, althought their diversity in style and delivery redeemed their somewhat cliche content.
Next up, representing Keep Six was DZ aka the Duelist. Whether solo or with his fam this guy always represents. He’s been cutting his teeth on Vancouver’s live circuit for years and stepped up to the plate like a pro. Having no problem with holding down a set on his own, it’s a wonder why he gradually allowed homie after homie on stage until it was packed. It was hard to tell if any or all were his fellow crew members or just buddies of his, but his set quickly devolved from a strong performance to a mess of overlapping and unclear crew vocals over a drowned-out beat. Hopefully the next time Duelist does a solo show he’ll actually do it solo and show his ability to go out there and really kill his tracks.
Tre Nyce didn’t need to brag, he didn’t need to be surrounded by ten drunk pseudo hypemen, all he needed was a mic and a beat. No pretense, no posturing – which was a first for the evening – just an emcee ripping the mic. This Battle Axe Warrior was introduced to the public at large when he appeared on Swollen Members fifth album Armed To The Teeth as an official member of the team. Holding his own amongst original Swollen Members Prevail and Madchild it’s clear what caliber of an MC Tre Nyce is. This is a true blue-collar working class MC, he made little mention of his affiliation with his Battle Axe cohorts, opting instead to focus on killing his set as his way of impressing the crowd.
When he flipped “Pornstar,” the fourth single from Armed To The Teeth, the guys and ladies went wild, and he couldn’t have chosen a more fitting venue for such a track. With his set consisting of a mix of club tracks, street joints, and odes to fine women he kept the vibe hype. The dancefloor stayed packed throughout his performance which didn’t stop him from stepping off the stage to take the mic right to the dance floor and the people. An artist like this is a refreshing addition to the Swollen Member family and will only serve to propel the group back to their status of Vancouver’s premier group.
Between the beats, bass, and boobs I’m not sure that Climax lived up to it’s name but Tre Nyce certainly did. Word up.