J-Live in Vancouver with Emotionz, Elekwent Folk and Def3 (Live) [Review]
Vancouver, B.C. – Anyone attending the J-Live show at Shine Nightclub was treated to a visible transition of the ages. Faces on the stage grew more harried and experienced from one to the next as the near-angelic Californian youth of Elekwent Folk led into Def 3’s unwavering command of the flow, then on to a still further-refined gatling gun delivery from Emotionz, and peaking with true school Brooklyn MC J-Live.
Not long after Vancouver hip-hop veteran Emotionz finished prepping the crowd with a closing cover of “Let Your Backbone Slide” by Maestro Fresh-Wes to cap a short and virtually flawless set, J-Live hit the small intimate stage at Shine without warning, saying few words and getting right down to business.
The performance featured all the earmarks of a genuine article hip-hop show: no opportunity for crowd interaction was spared and no hits omitted from the set list. Highlights included “Satisfied”, a classic jam from ’02 that had the crowd good like hot sex after the breakup. A core group of heads who seemed to be fuelling the dance floor got crazy to the banger “Don’t Play” and hands stayed up for “Like This Anna” and “Whoever,” among others. Finally, a brief encore during which J-Live juggled records while rapping simultaneously was a small dollop of rich icing on an already very edible cake.
Written by Jay “Yung Dad” Edgar for HipHopCanada
Photography by Tyler Simpson for HipHopCanada