La Coka Nostra in Langley (Live) [Photos/Review]
Langley, B.C. - Evolution Entertainment – along with Where It’s At and PD – had La Coka Nostra and Swollen Members co-headlining at Langley’s Troubadour, a show that was originally billed as KottonMouth Kings, but a week before the show KottonMouth Kings had to cancel and were replaced by House Of Pain, Ill Bill, and Co’s hardcore rap group La Coka Nostra. Good trade up. DJ Eclipse (Non Phixion) was standing in for DJ Lethal as La Coka’s tour DJ – La Coka was down a few more soldiers yet, with Danny Boy being MIA and Everlast unable to join the boys either. But as Ill Bill and Slaine lumbered to the stage, these sizable 2 guys filled it out as if ten dudes had just took the stage. Large and in charge, these 2 pros needed no help owning the stage, their mics, or the crowd.
Openers Kutwax Krew did their thing, the sound was crisp and the mood was hype. Getting ready for the main act, DJ Eclipse (Non-Phixion) nonchalantly walked on stage to start setting up – a process which entailed a few pieces of gear, hella bottles of water and multiple 6 packs of Heineken. Ill Bill and Slaine ripped through their set with intensity but without missing a beat they assaulted the audience with banger after banger from A Brand You Can Trust like “I’m An American,” “Fuck Tony Montana,” and fittingly “Bang Bang.” The two seasoned MCs complemented each other well, trading verses back and forth with Bill’s more chill and on-point delivery and Slaine’s louder sharp rhymes. Each MC shone in their own right. And when they kicked Non-Phixion (Ill Bill’s prior group) classics such as “Black Helicopters,” “Cult Leader”, and “The CIA’s Trying To Kill Me” I almost lost my shit. Highlight of my night. After about an hour of obscenities, bitching about borders, customs, worlds governments, drug use and abuse, bad decisions and ignoring consequences – all in between slaying track after track – La Coka Nostra called it a night.
And next, the boys are back in town! Local heroes Prevail, Madchild and Rob the Viking stepped up to show once again that Swollen Members are still a force to be reckoned with. Still relevant, still fresh and most importantly, still good. Whether kicking recent jams or going back to their classics the crew was in full effect, and when they took it all the way back to “Lady Venom” the crowd went nuts. Prev was live, full of energy as he jumped up and down keeping the crowd pumped. And Madchild had a crazed look in his eye and a drink in each hand but when he did his thing on the mic he was right on point and had killer timing. S&M still got it.
The night was dope and considering there was a packed house of drunk young guys and barely clothed ladies I didn’t notice any real drama, other than the odd bouncer escorting some drunkard outside. Evolution Entertainment and The Troubadour put on an ill rap show in Langley, good lookin’.
Written by Jesse Furnell for HipHopCanada
Photography by Jamie Sands for HipHopCanada