N.O.R.E in live at Venue Nightclub in Vancouver [Review]
Vancouver, BC - CO:LAB is Vancouver’s monthly hip-hop showcase hosted by #BlueprintLIVE at the Venue nightclub and features some of the best and brightest in international and local talent. Queens O.G N.O.R.E made a stop in Vancity this past weekend and hit up Venue as this month’s feature.
The party was slow to start until the OTOW Gang hit the stage with a wide range in vocals from the methodic Mic Flont aka Genius Christ to the laid back Ka.Lil. The whole gang took to the stage with local MC, Attikus. The group started their set with “Stay Up” – one of Attikus’ hits although every MC had their chance to shine with a grand finale from Ka.Lil, “Whisky Mask”.
Heatwave was next to hit the stage wearing Welcome to Eastvan original adorned in Eastvan street names from Commercial to Hastings. Heatwave has broken out in Vancouver with a bang and most of the audience was familiar with him. Those who weren’t were still playing very close attention. Heatwave was promoting his upcoming album, Hi Heat and dropped several tracks from that.
His voice is heard from the speakers, “I’m just smoking” says N.O.R.E from off stage. “They got the best bud, I’m moving out here!” as he took the stage to a warm welcoming. A large portion of N.O.R.E’s set wass dedicated to fallen brothers such as ODB and the Notorious B.I.G. N.O.R.E is one of the few people to see the rise and fall of those fellow New Yorker’s careers although he survived. His laid back attitude made his presence feel natural and was actually it his homie or hypeman on stage flailing a towel that seemed strange. N.O.R.E finished “Nothin” when he invited Red1 on stage to give some love to Vancouver.
“I’m gonna stay here, smoke, take pictures. I’m going to do whatever I can to show this hospitality back” said N.O.R.E in appreciation for the respect he felt from Vancouver as the show came to an end.
Review by Clayton Cyre for HipHopCanada
Photography by Jamie Sands for HipHopCanada