Murs and Black Milk with Whole Wheat Bread and Tabi Bonney (Live) [Review]
Vancouver, B.C. – A treacherous cold wind blew through east Vancouver Thursday night, delivering a group of true underground rap heads from California, Detroit and beyond. At Fortune Sound Club where Murs began the first stages of his Road to Paid Dues Tour the venue was packed with pure heat.
From Jacksonville Florida, Whole Wheat Bread kicked off the evening with a dirty-south punk-rock induced set that had hip-hop and punk fans alike bangin their heads. This three-piece southern crew has a larger than life sound, drawing their rap influences from crews like Wu-Tang and 36 Mafia but also infusing the heavier sounds of Propaghandi and Rancid. Closing their set with “Bombs Away,” WWB brought the right kind of flavor into the crowded venue, getting the people hyped and energized for what was next to come.
Tabi Bonney’s Washington swagger was all the was needed to continue the good vibes – he reminisced through hip-hop history, throwing some old school covers in the mix including a random Too $hort track – but mostly just killed his set with style and finesse. Murs, self-proclaimed hardest working rapper (and possibly the nicest) in the underground game, proved himself right with a wild set ripping tracks from Murs 3:16 The 9th Edition, Murs for President and even dropping a little “Dirty Girl” from Felt. Booties were shakin during “Dark Skinned White Girls” while wanna-be thugs got their fists pumpin for “H-U-S-T-L-E”. Murs brought back his Whole Wheat homies for a tight take of “Walk like an Egyptian” leading Black Milk into the spotlight.
Black Milk stepped on stage with tracks that demanded attention and soon became hard to tell what was more mesmerizing, Milks smooth style in delivering solid bangers or his baby-face and fine steeze. Proving he’s more than just a pretty face, Milk held it down for the crowd dropping on point tracks from his latest Album of the Year, as well as some throwbacks to Popular Demand and Sound of the City.
Good vibes were spread all around as the evening came to an end Murs and company set up at the merch table to greet and chat with fans with a lack of attitude rarely found in rappers. Fans seemed thrilled to warm up with some real hip-hop before being herded back into the frozen Vancouver night. The love was definitely felt.
Written by Kassandra Guagliardi for HipHopCanada.
Photography by Amalia Judith for HipHopCanada.