Murs with Fashawn and Prof in Vancouver (Live) [Review/Photos]
Vancouver, BC – On a damp and dreary Vancouver night Fortune Sound Club hosted Murs, Fashawn and Prof on their Road To Paid Dues Tour. The crowd was an interesting cross section of hip-hop fans ranging from skinny jeaned indie hoppers, to typical flat-brimmed heads, to somewhat out of place top 40 rock dudes. A good mix though.
Expecting Fashawn to rock his set with Murs – they have a joint album, recently released Murs X Fashawn – This Generation – the young buck stepped up and killed his set solo, with just a DJ backing him up. Nothing new to a kid in his early 20’s who has more experience touring than most artists have in their 30’s. His live game was on point – delivery was hella strong, his beats were ill and he rocked his tracks with wreckless abandon. His lyrics were good but not great, his delivery was good but not great, and there was nothing that really separated him from any other competent seasoned emcee who rapped about the same old same old. He seemed genuine and legit, but offered nothing new or creative. Just solid semi-conscious, semi-street underground rap. Which, nowadays is a dime a dozen.
Next up was Prof. One in a million. Rocking a skeezy 8th grade style ‘stache, Prof was clearly on stage for one reason and one reason alone – to have a great fucking time and to make sure the whole house did too. His call-and-response and general crowd interaction was better than the hypest hype-man and better than the oldest veteran of party rockin’. He definitely stepped up his game and was fully committed to his delivery. He kicks a real fun and dynamic flow that reflects his playful, but skilled, personality.
Prof owned the crowd quickly with his party anthems, funny in-between song banter, and back and forth involvement with the crowd. Once he had them on his side Prof branched much further out and his set progressed. Putting the mic back on the stand he asked the crowd for permission to sing a blues track and “give rapping a break”. With the crowd in his hand, he proceeded to kick a bluesy song that had him belting out Muddy Waters styles at the top of his lungs. He proved that he is a very talented artist and not just another rapper. Keep your eyes on Prof.
The Living Legend from L.A. – Murs – a seasoned veteran of the underground scene. No hypeman, just a hype emcee, Murs came out of the box swinging and had the floor jumpin’ right away. He ran through material from his early solo work to his large body of work with legendary producer and recording partner 9th Wonder. Murs kept it interesting, at one point he slowed things down and gave tribute to classic G funk. He had his DJ play a track that was just a chill piano melody and made out like he was gonna kick some spoken word poetry. He slowly started rhyming Warren G’s classic “Regulate” – a West Coast anthem. To further the history lesson, or to continue on the tribute vibe, Murs rocked 9th Wonder’s version of Common’s “I Used To Love H.E.R”. Although, his set lacked material from his major label album Murs For President Murs killed it.
The Road To Paid Dues Tour was ill and Fortune was fortunate to have them. Murs and Fashawn are especially used to rockin’ much larger venues but they still know how to kill it for the more intimate crowds. Individually each artist is a headlining act in their own right and if you get a chance to see just one of these artists do their thing, jump on it.
Written by Jesse Furnell for HipHopCanada
Photos by Jamie Sands for HipHopCanada