Digital Underground at Bar None in Vancouver (Live) [Review/Photos]
Vancouver, B.C. – Yaletown, known for its upper class attitude and expensive dining experiences isn’t typically the spot you would find people sporting a fitted ball cap or a baggy Tupac shirt, but just off of Hamilton & Davie rests Bar None Night Club, which has of late has had a steady flow of classic hip-hop artists making its way through their doors. The previous evening the club had held host to Digable Planets and only one night later Digital Underground, maybe most well known for bringing Tupac in to the music scene, provided Bar None with their legendary presence.
Although only your typical popped collar, awkward-dancing, “upper class” had shown up first to get their drink on, Elekwent Folk followed by Greg B and Stroker Deluca had just enough stage presence to help the masses remove their eyes from their drinks which they were so desperately trying to see their reflection in. It wasn’t long though before a few true fans showed up, providing a hype atmosphere right before Digital Underground finally hit the stage.
DJ Fuse on the Ones and Twos kicked off their set scratching, juggling, and performing body tricks right before Mr. Humpty Hump appeared and “Food Fight” blasted through the audio system. Humpty quickly made his way through the crowd and onto the stage with helium balloons and a clear garbage bag full of popcorn, wasting no time performing “Same Song” which was the first song Tupac had appeared on, followed by “The Humpty Dance.” Later in the set Shock G appeared from behind the plastic nose and glasses with “I got five on it” and made his way over to the piano where he remained for the majority of the night ordering drinks and passing around a joint to the rest of the group.
Digital Underground brought a raw old school hip-hop feel to Bar None, playing classic after classic with enough flare that even if you had stumbled through the doors after finishing a high priced meal that barely filled your stomach, wearing an overpriced suit or dress, they most definitely would have had you doing The Humpty too.
Written by Jamie Sands for HipHopCanada
Photography by Tyler Simpson for HipHopCanada