Get Busy Committee and Autokrat at Fortune Sound (Live) [Photos/Review]
Vancouver, B.C. – Boasting one of the best sound systems in all of Vancouver, Fortune Sound Club was the scene on Thursday night as Vancity welcomed Get Busy Committee to town; it was their turn to make that awesome sound system boom, courtesy of Regime Entertainment.
DJ Seko provided the beats on the tables as the crowd slowly trickled in. The set featured mainstream hip-hop, with a heavy influence on 90s and 00s rap. Although the atmosphere was laid-back and the crowd sparse, the attendees were definitely getting their drink on while grooving to DJ Seko’s dope and sometimes nostalgic set.
Finally after a delayed start, local Vancouver artist Autokrat took the opener role. This brash rapper ignited the stage with her cocky and fast flows. Despite a few microphone issues and what seemed like a lack of preparation in her set, her ruthless and in-your-face attitude kept the sleepy crowd’s attention. Due to the lack of time, her set was shortened to only a few songs. A stand-out track was “West Coast Par-Tay”, paying homage to the West coast and how – as implied in the title – we like to party. With enough tattoos to give Lil’ Wayne a run for his money, Autokrat showcased good talent in the little time she had.
Next DJ Salem Wreck took the stage, playing a quick set before the main event. Showcasing his scratching talents while playing recent hits, he got the crowd fully pumped for the Get Busy Committee and despite the less than stellar turn out, GBC brought the party. Their intro featured a video with Pee-Wee Herman, his voice dubbed over with a little more adult content. The crowd immediately turned up the energy, as the GBC opened with “Never Good Enough”. Although the trio was missing member Apathy due to personal family issues, Ryu and Scoop didn’t miss a beat. Ryu provided excellent voice control while Scoop got a chance to showcase some of the hit tracks he himself produced.
Jumping around and having a blast on stage, they performed songs from their upcoming album Opening Ceremony such as the title track and “See You When I See You”. Hardcore fans rapping back every single word were not disappointed as GBC also executed some tracks from their previous effort Uzi Does It, like the cool Fresh Prince-sampled “Chillin Out Maxin”. Get Busy Committee’s set was fun and can only be described as a mix of LMFAO, Cypress Hill and Snoop Dogg. West coast, old school, even R&B and techno influences were strong and clear throughout the whole showcase. They repped the West coast to the fullest, down to the LA and San Francisco caps on their heads. For the final track, the duo invited their fans on stage to perform “I Don’t Care About You” with them. A few brave individuals jumped up ecstatically, and the stage became one big dance party.
Get Busy Committee’s huge energy and bouncy set was exciting to watch and fun to vibe to. The crowd at Fortune Sound Club was not disappointed. Taking underground music by storm, this group is not to be slept on. As this was their first time performing out of the United States, we can be sure to expect them back.
Written by Christina Parihar for HipHopCanada
Photography by Jamie Sands for HipHopCanada