Raekwon and JD Era at Fortune Sound Club (Live) [Photos/Review]
Vancouver, B.C. – Big Raekwon took over Fortune Sound for his second time this Wednesday night with fellow IceH2O soldier JD Era. With a slew of openers getting the crowd up and anticipated for the man himself, the hype only made it all the more sweet when The Chef took the stage.
Spinning tracks between openers was Vancity legend Kilo Cee, who kept it fresh and funky all night leading into West Coast specialties Conscience. Three dudes and a little lady made for a melodic but up-beat introduction with “No Regrets” to the hundred-something white boys lining the front of the stage. St.John’s own Stack Steady kept it “swag” with their rowdy antics and-in-your face style. MCs Dunn Hustle and John Saint kept on a steady “fuck haters, get money” rhyme spree while still managing to keep tracks diverse and even breaking out an East Coast spliff for a reagge-infused banger. Wrapping up the local talent was Household, who had a few of Fortune Sound Club’s very own employees joining forces and spitting out Wu-customized rhymes as well as an “Otis” remix and tracks like “Fuck Your Life”.
Changing things up from the lighter to the dark, NYC bad boy LAD a.k.a LA The Darkman threw up his W then spit a couple rhymes which included “Street Life” while showing some major love for Vancity. This was a great intro as a camo-clad Chef took the stage kicking of that “C.RE.A.M” to hype the crowd while the Only Built for Cuban Linx bangers immediately followed. “Guillotine Swordz”, “Rainy Dayz” and “Ice Cream” had the crowd going crazy which eventually led Lex Diamonds to introduce ICEH2O Canada’s own JD Era. If you haven’t hear of this cat by now then crawl out the hole you’ve been living in. After a little ODB tribute with “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” the treacherous two killed the stage with murderous rhymes from Rae’s recent Unexpected Victory mixtape where Era played his part on tracks like “Just a Toast”, “Goodfellas” and “Soldier Story”.
Rae and the boys had a moment to bring up a fine young lady to perform Method Man’s part on “Protect ya Neck”. Sadly, her failure eventually led everyone onstage to boo her off and scrap the idea of crowd performaces all together. A little acknowledgement of Wu-Tang’s 20th anniversary in the game led the eve to a close. The Chef cooked it up, Fortune Sound was served and the whole room was no doubt satisfied.
Written by KassKills for HipHopCanada
Photography by Amalia Judith for HipHopCanada