E-40 in Vancity (Live) [Review]
Vancouver, BC – On a chillin’ Sunday, Fortune Sound Club brought out E-40 – aka Charlie Hustle, genius of bay area rap – to indulge in some old school Vallejo and Oakland flavor. E-40 has collaborated with a range of talents from Juicy J to 2 Chainz to Lil Jon, keeping himself current in the hip-hop game. From the 90s to now E-40 has rocked his classic old school rags emanating Bay Area hype.
BlakAce, one of E-40’s many local Vancouver openers, laid down the start of the show sporting mardi gras beads, animating the crowd with his steez and rowdy charm. The crowd murmured with hype for this West Coaster, rushing onto the dance floor as BlakAce spit hot flames and lit the crowd on fire. BlakAce was successful at getting the crowd riled up and bouncing before E-40 even hit the stage.
E-40 flew onstage with Big Omeezy asking everyone to rep Van by putting their phone in the air and shouting “This is 604”. Big Omeezy even repped Van City swag that he had picked up the day of the concert; a true Vancouver fan. Next E-40 fired into “Sideways” and taking it back to 1993 played the famous “Captain Save a Hoe”. E-40 repped a New Era hat, a golden key chain around his neck and his classic E-40 faded grin. The crowd’s hands flew into the air when E-40 dropped “I Got Five On It”. He whipped the crowd like butter spitting game the way only E-40 can.
Ladies were called onstage during “U and Dat’ to dance for the hyphy master, and one chica even let her giants tits fly about onstage. During “Snap Yo Fingers,” E-40 worked the crowd into such an electrified frenzy you could almost smell the swass in the cloud of foggy Fortune sweat. The SFBA legend threw down impenetrable beats and paired them with witty, lyrical charm such as “I spray myself with sucka repellent my n**** not perfume.” The crowd was thick, wild and sweaty as E-40 ended with two bangers “Function” and “Bitch” leaving the stage with “I love y’all, thank y’all, we out.”
Review by Nicola Storey for HipHopCanada
Photography by Laney McGrew for HipHopCanada
Photography by Laney McGrew