Ice Cube in Vancouver (Live) [Review]
Vancouver, B.C. – On a Monday night in Vancouver, the Commodore Ballroom held host to the West Coast’s self-proclaimed “originator of this gangsta shit.” Ice Cube fit right in at the sold-out Commodore, which was chock-full of every aging 2-bit gangsta this side of Surrey. Well that might be an exaggeration but it there were certainly a lot of big dudes up in the house.
JayKin opened the night for Cube and got busy warming up the crowd with classics like “1,2,3,4” and a selection of tracks related to sneakers, videogames and his love of Japan. Ice Cube made his debut to the stage performing “Life in California” from his newest album I Am The West but quickly left the stage when the power to DJ Crazy Tones’ tables cut out, only to returns moments later to restart the track and quickly followed it up with “Hello” from the War and Peace album.
With the crowd starting to get in to it, Cube played “Jack in the Box” from the album Raw Footage followed by the NWA classic “Chin Check.” He then took a minute to talk in memorial about Nate Dogg before performing the powerful Westside Connection track “Gangsta Nation” which had featured Nate Dogg back in 2003. The show continued with more tracks from The Predator, Cube performing “Check Yo Self” to an enthusiastic audience and another West side Connection track “Bow Down,” plus “Drink the Kool Aid” from the new album
The follow-up, “Why We Thugs” and “Go To Church” from Laugh Now Cry Later received mediocre crowd responses, which then lead in to WC plugging his new album Revenge of the Barracuda and performing a track from it. The night rolled on with You Can Do It” which immediately prompted the ladies in the room to move out on to the floor and put their asses into it, as per instruction. “We Be Clubbin” was next up on the playlist, followed by “It Was a Good Day,” which got one of the best crowd reactions of the night.
Before he wrapped up the night Cube invited his sons OMG and Doughboy out to perform their track “She Couldn’t Make it on Her Own,” before finishing the night off with “I Rep that West” from the new album I am the West. It was a loud, busy night that had people pushing each other around, dancing a little fanatically, or just grooving to some old favorites and reliving the glory days when they used to sell weed out of their mom’s basement.
Writing and Photography by Jamie Sands for HipHopCanada