Madchild at The Commodore in Vancouver (Live) [Review/Photos]
Vancouver, BC – Friday night at the Commodore was a wrap on Madchild’s Dope Sick Tour in no better place than hometown Vancouver, BC. Madchild proved to Vancity that he is ready to reclaim his throne in the hip-hop community with the success of his solo album, a new Swollen Members album set to release in March, and a solo EP on the way.
The night started off fresh with a set each from Cityreal, Matt Brevner, and Ghost. Cityreal kicked off the show and drew out an immense number of fans to the venue early in the night. Throwing down just a quick set, he left the crowd craving more. Closing out with a few words, the rapper tossed at least a dozen copies of his latest album Good Morning Blues into the air for his loyal fans.
Matt Brevner was joined on stage by a number of Vancity peers that captivated the audience from the start of his set to the finish. Brevner had the crowd riled up and ready to sing along with him during the last track of the night ‘FCKSWG’ from the new album ‘Bushido.
Ghost definitely brought his A-Game determined to win the crowd over, and he did just that. Ghost was killin’ it from the moment he jumped on the mic and throughout the whole duration of the time he was on stage. To say in the least, the MC was always on point with solid beats and lyricism that kept the crowd rockin’ with tracks like ‘Roll Up’.
Madchild took over the stage with no hesitation and no absence of excitement from the crowd. Delivering tracks in the same order they appear from the latest Dope Sick, he started off the set with “Devils Reject” and “Monster”. Consistently charming the crowd from beginning to end Mad’ had everyone hooked on the new material – and even erupting into classic Swollen’ tracks. The audience showed no mercy to the sound of silence when he busted into “Warrior” having everyone sing along in perfect harmony the entire time. Accompanied on stage by Prevail and Moka Only in the second part of the set, the three together were downright impeccable. At one point without any second thought Prevail jumped into the crowd to surf around in the sea of fans. The crowd going wild at this point, Madchild, Moka, and Prevail consistently held it down without missing a beat. Madchild is back with no intentions of slowing down and it’s safe to say that you don’t want to miss out on what this rap monster has in store for us next.
Photography by Jamie Sands