Mishap & Phonik Ops open for Sweatshop Union in Surrey (Live) [Review]
Surrey, BC – For a politically minded hip hop group, Sweatshop Union sure knows how to keep things bumpin’. The boys just recently wrapped up the last leg of their Kings of the Beach tour with a slew of opening acts, including Mishap & Phonik Ops at Olympia Pizza & Restaraunt in Surrey.
Phonik Ops kicked things off with his own spin on De La Soul’s “Rock Co Kane Flow”. Of course, smooth running is nothing but a myth as the duo fell victim to some technical difficulties; mic issues to be exact. Mishap’s creative lyricism on “Me & Mic” was drowned out by Phonik’s beats, but the crowd seemed unfazed due to the high energy brought on by the pair. After a brief hiatus, all was fixed and by the time “Younger Days” came on, the crowd was back to groovin’ and grindin’. Throughout the set, interludes of Phonik’s skilled scratching mesmerized the crowd while Mishap impressed them with his carefully crafted lyrics. In true fashion, Mishap paused before his last couple of tracks to make a few jokes, thank the crowd, and of course- salute the half naked babes. The set ended with “A Hip-Hop Sunset”, where Phonik (much to the ladies excitement) left the turntables to join Mishap on the mic.
Sweatshop Union soon took over the stage and the excitement generated by their presence instantly vibrated throughout the packed venue. Without a surprise, these Vancity favorites killed it. They bounced through old and new tunes but focused mainly on their latest release Sweatshop Union is the Leisure Gang. The boozy crowd went especially wild over “King of the Beach” and “Bill Murray”. Throughout the set, the Union went hard spittin rhymes and the crowd ate every second of it. Def3 and Ray Black killed the crowd and put the hype into full affect. The dynamic crowd interaction sent all the ladies into a hormone-driven trip and the fellas into a blissful state of hip hop appreciation.
Where It’s At Entertainment put on a night of hip hop that left the people immersed in pride; Vancity’s hip hop scene is crazy good, filled with unique artists who stay true to the sounds they grew up to.
Written by Shaheena Azmatullah @ItsSHAHEENA for HipHopCanada
Photography by Rober Johansen for Lady and Guy Photography