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Rihanna, J. Cole and B.o.B in Vancity (Live) [Review]

Vancouver, B.C. Rihanna got vivacious in Vancity Friday night in one of her “favorite cities in Canada” on the first leg of her Loud tour. With her she brought an energetic crew of dancers, a fashion show of costumes and a whole lotta sass.


J.Cole kicked off the evening with a “Straight Up” Paula Abdul sample and a couple tracks from his Friday Night Lights mixtape. Ladies were going crazy for “Hit it in the Morning” before the left and right sides of the arena competed for loudest screams and sang along to “Who Dat”. Cole’s DJ definitely wasn’t shy in showing off his skills on the ones and twos while doing full 360 spins and a little hands-free scratch with his chin.

The crowd only got more hyped as southern sweetheart B.o.B made his way to stage like a comic book superhero (complete with theme music) and got right down to business. Accompanied by an 8-piece band of pure energy, Bobby Ray played favorites from his debt album B.o.B Presents: Adventures of Bobby Ray like “Nothin’ on You” and “Airplanes” that had fans singing along enthusiastically.  With a little help from fellow ATLien Playboy Tre, B killed it with “Bet I” before asking the crowd to join him in throwing on their sun g’s for “Past my Shades”. If anyone can take a slow jam and make it rowdy it’s B.o.B; he showed off his guitar skills on “Don’t Let Me Fall” before closing his set with the best of his ATL swagger, proving that he is way more that a few radio hits and a pretty face.


Rihanna took the stage, emerging from a futuristic pod while neon-clad backup dancers surrounded the diva as she belted out “Only Girl (In The World)” before stripping down to a bedazzled neon bikini. With a crazy sexy stage presence she mixed it up with old favorites like “Disturbia” and “Shut Up and Drive” while newer gems like “S&M” and “Hard” saw her in a white leather one-piece, making the estimated ten straight boys in the building just that. And leave it to RiRi to be the only girl in the world to make war look extremely sexy as she left and re-entered the stage in a pink military tank surrounded by her soldiers for “Raining Men” before sprinting through the crowd and taking a few bangs on the drum. Yet another costume change had Rihanna in a flowing yellow number as she slowed things down a little with “Hate That I Love You,” showing a softer side to the pop diva. A shot of vodka and fireworks from the ceiling introduced “I’ll Drink To That” while a floating platform had Ri and her piano man 15 feet from the ground, closing the evening with “Umbrella” with some very appreciative rude boys and girls going crazy for more.


With an entire performance that demanded attention and lacked a single dull moment, Rihanna and her crew proved that she isn’t in the biz of putting on your average display of pop music.  Provocative, edgy and cool, Rihanna brought all the elements that make up a true diva proving this ain’t your mommas kind of show.

Written by Kassandra Guagliardi for HipHopCanada
Photography by Jamie Sands for HipHopCanada

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