Tech N9ne and Madchild in Chilliwack (Live) [Photos/Review]
Chilliwack, BC – Where It’s At and PD Entertainment brought the one and only, the mental giant, Tech N9ne to do his thing away from the concrete of Vancouver to Evergreen Hall in the middle of Chilliwack. This all-ages venue was packed with sweaty youths and the place was bumping from the jump. So, lucky for me, the welcoming city did not live up to its name – it was far from chilly and even further from wack.
With a multitude of opening acts the night jumped off early – doors were at 6 and things got popping right away. Act after act hit the stage all busting high energy sets. DJ Rrcade kept things rolling between sets as Dazzle, Loc And Ol Grimey, Ghost, Dead Alive, Bossmen, Kut Wax Krew and Born Stoned all threw down impressive performances. Every act killed it, when Kut Wax hit the stage they delivered nothing but bangers, J Dub, Rhymeztien and Killah Scalez rocked the house along with their girl Katrina Malone who brought her sutlry soulful sounds. The set was hype; each member has their own style, making every track dynamic. Rhymeztien is straight murder, flipping from double-time to punchlines, J Dub is just crisp bringing that original boom bap and Killah Scalez rounds it out with his grimey ‘putting in work’ steez. Born Stoned were stand-outs as well, killin it with uptempo party jams that had the house moving. Every song was hella live with MCs Matt Kron and Nox going rhyme for rhyme keeping the energy level at its peak. These guys don’t miss a beat: in fact they rock it.
Flying high off the buzz of his new solo album, Dope Sick, Madchild took the stage and took it over immediately. No hype man, no dreaded partner jumping high in the air to pump up the crowd, just an ill MC focused and ready to go. Mad is on point, and continues to prove he’s as relevant as ever. With plenty of solo material to run through he hit the audience mostly with joints off of M.A.D.E. (his previous solo release) and Dope Sick and the crowd ate it up.
I think homie slapped fives to every hand within reach, really connecting with the kids, there was a lot of love for Madchild in the house. And when he launched into some of S&M’s classic songs the audience erupted, Mad had ‘em all singing the hook for “Warrior” in perfect unison. Swollen has been proving as of late that they’re still a force to be reckoned with, and Madchild is proving the same for himself. Dude can hold his own as a solo artist, it’s going to be interesting to see where his solo career goes from here.
And as the smoke cleared from Madchild’s set the man that everyone’s been waiting for appeared – wearing a prison issued looking button up and voodoo-esque face paint Tech 9 held court. His boy Krizz Kaliko popped off the intro, giving us an impressive assault of double time rhymes, with Tech jumping in and out to make our heads spin even more. Now the sound in this hall was about as good as you could expect it to be, its acoustics weren’t intended to handle that much bass or shouting loud vocals. Just the mere fact that Tech was as clear as he was is a testament to this guy’s skill. With the dazzling delivery this technician pulls off he simply has to have outstanding breath and mic control in order to kick his signature delivery clearly and to deal with less than ideal acoustics. The crowd rapped along with Tech (when they were able to keep up) and when he played “Am I Psycho” and “He’s A Mental Giant”they rocked the hooks and let the Technician take a breath, not that he needed one. Dude pulled off his set with a mastery that few veterans can, specially with a style as intense as his, he made it look easy. For an artist that’s 12 albums deep it actually looks like he’s beginning to reach his peak at a time when many other artists have long since faded away.
Written by Jesse Furnell for HipHopCanada
Photography by Jamie Sands for HipHopCanada
Photography by Jamie Sands