Bishop Lamont, Chin Injeti and Defenders of the Faith (Live) [Photos/Review]
Vancouver, B.C. – Fortune Sound Club hosted the first performance of Bishop Lamont – formerly of Dre’s Aftermath label – to an attentive Vancouver crowd. Although this was Lamont’s first visit to Vancity, he’s been making waves here via collabs with some of our faves – up-and-comer SonReal and veteran Chin Injeti have both worked with the Cali MC recently. “I’m Faded” features SonReal alongside Nate Dogg, while Chin Injeti has produced and been featured on tracks like “Wanted Man” and “City Lights.”
Defenders of the Faith held it down as always; Checkmate and Concise are intrinsic in the scene here and it’s always great to see them warming the crowd up with some gritty tracks and interactive antics. They debuted the “Cell Phone” song, which was a little rough at parts and flows were interrupted by lost lyrics. However, they sufficiently got people ready for Lamont, as accompanied by Chin Injeti on bass as well as a live drummer.
Although Lamont isn’t necessarily a household name, he can rhyme on Dre’s beats like nothing else and his West Coast flow melds well with a Vancouver crowd. The Bishop proceeded to call church to order with the gospel-tinged “Hallelujah,” a revelatory track which works to clarify what the devil classifies as real hip-hop, and what the true believers need.
But dude’s funny too, and things switched from the more serious vibe to the catchy “Fuck Your Couch,” for which Lamont demanded the crowd repeat the phrase again and again. “Grow Up” was a crowd-pleaser, and then came a string of tracks for the ladies…Lamont knows how to get the juices flowing, and the front-row girls definitely responded, often obnoxiously. “Do It” was followed up by “Feel On It,” then “Bitches on my Dick,” all songs about…well, fucking.
Chin stepped up for “City Lights,” and his collab “Wanted Man,” and it was great to see the Vancouver producer, composer and musical in his element. Overall, the show was highly entertaining, especially when the gold chain and coonskin cap came out. Bishop Lamont seems to have a bit of it all: edge, sex appeal, great beats and variety, and a seamless flow.
Words and photography by Amalia Judith for HipHopCanada.