Hopsin and Dizzy Wright at the Rickshaw in Vancouver (Live) [Review/Photos]
Vancouver, BC – HipHopCanada was proud to present the Canadian tour dates for Hopsin and Dizzy Wright with our boy DJ K-Rec opening on the one’s and two’s. Check out how the Funk Volume boys tore up Vancity’s Rickshaw in a review by our team member Nicola Storey and photo set by Jamie Sands.
Hardcore hip-hoppers gravitated towards the Rickshaw for a punk-level of rowdy this Saturday night to experience HipHopCanada’s amigo Hopsin. Hopsin’s musical wingman Dizzy Wright established the night grindin’ and escorting power onto the stage, prepping the crowd for Hopsin to take over. Dizzy got everyone’s “hands up” asking “Are there some ladies in the crowd? Okay we got some talent TONIGHT, we’re from out of town. We need it.” Cannon-balling the stage into musical hyper-drive Dizzy banged out “Independent Living” hypothetically face-fucking the records labels with lyrics like “ Imma do this shit without a major ho.”
Like a sly ninja Hopsin infiltrated the stage to spit with Dizzy for “Can’t Trust Em.” Hopsin proceeded to crank the rowdy volume, spittin’ out diss after diss with “Ill Mind Of Hopsin 4.” Igniting the floor with green lights Hopsin brought out the chronic goblin in the audience, creating a foggy dank haze. Shirting down to show off his rippling muscles, Hopsin teased the ladies of the night for “I’m Not Introducing You.” Bludgeoning beats in “Nocturnal Rainbow” Hopsin showed Vancouver some lovin’ “Dis the last Canadian show. We in Vancouver mang!”. During “Trampoline” Hopsin got gritty mobbin’ and surfin’ through the crowd, at one point even walking on top of the crowd like it was a sea of carpets. Reppin’ Vancity Hopsin rocked out with a Canucks hat asking the crowd “Where the die hard fans at?”
Just to make this a show not to be forgotten Hopsin got a random chick from the audience to be the “First female Swizz to do one” before the two of them broke out into an accurately aggressive version of “How You Like me Now?” Sinisterly addressing the bouncer with “You’re looking at me like I’m a fucking psycho” Hopsin launched into “Am I A Psycho?” turning the crowd into a zombie apocalypse dance off.
Hopsin then asked Vancouver for something it wasn’t quite ready for – “What’s the hip hop scene here in Vancouver like? Any rappers here tonight? You gotta be able to spit 16 bars.” Vancouver then provided three emcees to the stage: one bearded, one balding and one dreaded out dude. Baldy fooled straight out the gates, embarrassing Vancity’s hip hop identity. Next up was Beardy, splitting intelligent rhymes with his tongue – a straight up librarian. Then dreads spit shit like ”Y’all ready for Hopsin/Hell ya/ Lets drop it/Yo, lets rock it.” At the least, an interesting cipher that Hopsin brought to the light.
Hopsin then told some radical shit “I used to be signed to Dizzy Records. I went through a lot of bullshit. And then finally I promoted my album on my own. I know sob story.” Firing into “Sag My Pants” Hopsin crouched on top of the crowd to spit “Bitch I’m an asshole” and finally ending the night with “Ill Mind of Hopsin 5.” Hopsin’s sheer prowess at creating an interactive crowd ragin’ experience was straight up genius. This guy knocks out haters like Godzilla crushes buildings.
Written by Nicola @shortStorey Storey
Photography by Jamie @jsandsphoto Sands