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Mac Miller and Okay City at Fortune Sound (Live) [Review]

Vancouver, B.C. – Fortune Sound Club was the place to be on Wednesday night. If you were under 20 and couldn’t hold your liquor, even better. The venue was packed because of Mac Miller, who’s fresh out of high school and currently blowing up YouTube. And again, judging by the impressive attendance, dude’s done more than just made it in his own back yard.

Mac Miller

Okay City and DJ Seko filled out the evening and got the crowd warmed up nicely. Local heads Okay City lit up the stage as soon as they stepped to it. Both Ray Black and Bill Maka have a commanding presence, confidently exercising and displaying their skill; they owned that stage and used every square inch of it as they stayed lively running back and forth, giving their energy to the crowd who fed off of it and gave it right back. Their content seemed like the same old conscious material that underground hip-hop has all too much of, but their clever delivery and ill beats made it seem fresh and anything but played out.

Once the smoke cleared and Okay City left the stage, the DJ kept things rolling as rumours began circulating of headliner Mac Miller’s problems at our very efficient border. Dude wasn’t even in the building, maybe not even in the country.  So things lumbered on as the crowd got more and more drunk, but the host kept the vibe up by setting off a little hip-hop karaoke. It actually was pretty dope. Fortune has made hip-hop karaoke an ongoing thing, so if your favourite rapper ain’t in town just grab the mic and pretend you’re him. Peeps had fun and it broke the tension of the crowd wondering if Mac Miller was going to be a no show. He wasn’t.

In the nick of time, with about 45 minutes left in the night, Mac Miller and crew hit the stage. The crowd went nuts right away. This regular dude who raps about regular things had the crowd rapping along, word for word. And any dude that can “rockin’ PJ’s and no shirt / I wake up and eat yogurt” and make it sound ill is on to something. Riding high on the success of his 2010 mixtape ‘KIDS’ (Kicking Incredibly Dope Shit) it seemed like any song he flipped was already a classic as far as the crowd was concerned. Generally his set was tight, but certain songs had such a strong vocal playback it was often louder than him. Those songs sounded good, real strong, but it has the effect that he’s lip synching because anytime he’s sloppy on the mic or misses a rhyme it’s still heard loud and clear as his playback fills in the gaps.

His mic control shouldn’t be doubted however, as he kicked several a capellas that proved how tight his delivery is. When he rocked some of his illest joints like “Nikes On My Feet” and “Senior Skip Day,” the fact that he just turned 19 made it all the more impressive. Dude’s poppin’ off at such a young age, it’s hard to imagine where he’ll be a decade from now. But wherever that will be I’m sure that there will be even more avid fans reciting the rhymes of Mac Miller. Don’t be surprised if you’re one of them.

Written by Jesse Furnell for HipHopCanada
Photograph by Amalia Judith for HipHopCanada

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