End of the Weak Vancouver (Live) [Photos/Review]
Vancouver, B.C. – The End Of The Weak competition was a tough one with five rounds designed to put an MC’s skills to the test. To win the competition one had to remain confident and smooth while consistently landing lines the crowd could get behind in each and every round. No easy task, when freestyling about random objects pulled out of a bag, for example. Each MC had strong moments but the official results – decided on by judges Heatwave, Snak The Ripper, Evil Ebenezer and Prevail – were no surprise to the crowd. When asked who the winner should be, Junk was the crowd’s choice as well as the judges’.
Even though there had to be a winner, props to all the MCs who competed. HipHopCanada would like to quickly introduce and acknowledge each competitor’s contribution to the night. Starting with the man who placed second, who also gets to head to Montreal, Rupert Common. The “pre-apocalyptic rap-poet and comedic artist of Canadian decent” won the crowd over early, killing the first round with a written verse to a beat of choice.
Placing third, Little T, showcased his “clever wordplay and solid flow” consistently throughout the competition and was able to really engage the audience. He really stood out in the freestyle bag which gave a couple of the MCs a little trouble.
In no particular order, the “industry’s greatest disscovery”, G-Diss, killed the beat juggling round with a solid delivery and holding true to his unique flow and tone.
Joblow, was the first MC to really wake the crowd up in the first round, which is a very notable achievement. Check this dude out if you see him performing on the streets of Van.
Speeches Beyond, another MC of the VanCity streets, showcased the diversity of his flow in the written verse and a capella rounds.
Beat maker, DJ and MC Cander started things off spitting over a dubstep beat and built momentum throughout the competition, ending strongly in the cipher round.
Kyirim dropped a deep a capella about celebrating music as a united harmonious family, hitting the minds of the audience.
Cloud Strife had a solid start to the competition introducing himself and the quality of his skills in the first two rounds.
Finally the oft-titled “hippie hip-hop” MC Glympse delivered some solid bars on the beat juggling round.
Big ups to the host of the event, Black Lion and the DJ/Coordinator, DJ Makeway. And we can’t forget the hard-working judges Prevail, HeatWave, Evil and Snak. If you missed the event get plugged in and be on the look out for open mics setting the stage for next years event and be sure to follow this year’s competition to the finale.
Written by Joshua J for HipHopCanada
Photography by Alyssa Biller for M.E.D.S