Zion I at Fortune Sound Club in Vancouver (Live) [Review]
Vancouver, BC – Still working to promote their eighth album, ShadowBoxing, Zion I hit the stage at Fortune Sound Club on Thursday night, putting an official wrap on their Canadian tour with A-1, Bitter Rhythm, Transit, and guests Wilderness Crew.
The five acts blended exceedingly well together — Bitter Rhythm kicked off the night exceptionally early — no more than just a few minutes after doors opened. Being a fan of poetic lyrics and solid beats, Bitter Rhythm is the kind of hip hop you’re going to want to get into.
Originally from BC, now representing Calgary, Alberta – Transit took the stage without hesitation. Consistently on point, Transit does not half-ass it with the energy he brings even to a thin crowd; delivering tracks from his latest album STALE meanwhile busting into older tracks such as “Baby Duck” from Public Domain. In terms of lyrics, beats, and overall performance, the artist is certainly no lack-luster and takes Canadian hip-hop to a whole other level.
Wilderness Crew really changed the tone of things for a minute. Backed by a live band, the crew is doing it a little differently than most these days. Easy lyricism and upbeat songs like “People” provided a sick flow and an interesting element of reggae that ended up being a real crowd pleaser.
A-1 turned things back up and dispensed a positive energy in his performance from the beginning until the end. Unfamiliar to the artist prior to the show, he captivated the crowd with his skills almost immediately by encouraging the audience to get closer to the stage. With upbeat songs and lyrics that actually make you think for a second, the rapper’s on a come up that you’re going to want to follow.
The Bay area duo Amp Live and Zumbi finally took over the stage and brought the crowd to a high they had all been anticipating. Fortune provided an intimate atmosphere for the crowd and Zumbi, who has impeccable stage presence that was never absent while delivering new tracks “ShadowBoxing,” “Human Being,” and a vast number of freestyles. Zumbi’s dance moves laced with his rhymes and Amp Live’s portable guitar-like beat machine kept the performance interesting with an infectious energy that sparked a connection with the crowd that was never lost. Between the classics, new tracks, and freestyles, the duo proved to be as vigorous as ever; proving to be stronger every year. The boys wrapped up the show with The Take Over’s classic “Coastin’” leaving an energetic crowd more than pleased with the performance they had just experienced. Zion I put on a hell of a show, and the ShadowBoxing tour is one that you surely wouldn’t want to miss out on.
Written by Tiffany Jaeger for HipHopCanada