Machine Gun Kelly in Vancouver (Raging With Reindeer 2 Canadian Tour) [Photos/Review]
Vancouver, BC – Originally published Dec. 7, 2013 – The majority of hip-hop nowadays is comprised of dudes who see rap on TV and think “hey that looks easy” then try to emulate what they saw. The result is a watered down, mundane version of the original. Then every once in a while, that very special artist comes along who shines so brilliantly with their own originality and flare. Machine Gun Kelly is that artist; one part British Rock God, one part hip-hop disciple and one part stoner. MGK radiates sex, confidence and authenticity and his fans absolutely worship him.
The Raging With Reindeer 2 Canadian Tour hit the Vogue Theatre last night like an atomic bomb. Vancouver’s own Juvi Dizzle – with his balaclava clad stage posse – and Dilemmanade with his gong show tactics… literally – were hard to forget and Fly America did their thing warming up the spot.
Ghost did an excellent job of warming up the mic and interacting with the crowd, wild’n out and ripping stage dives. EST’s Dub-O went harder than most before MGK finally burst on stage wearing a black pea coat, white T-shirt, ripped red jeans, smoking a roach and looking like he invented swagger. Though only 23-years-old he exudes the assertiveness and courage of a veteran like no-one else. Along side him were his band, fully equipped with electric guitar, bass and a rowdy drum kit up on a 6 foot platform.
The set opened with “Breaking News” and the theater went absolutely crazy. The energy was magnetic. The person jumping around and rapping on stage seemed barely human and he had every audience member’s complete and undivided attention.
MGK whipped out his bare ass during the set to the delight of many fans that revealed his hidden tattoos. During “Street Dreams” he ripped off his wife beater like the Hulk – despite any visible sign of muscles. Completely inked from the neck down, he is a walking Louvre and rocks the look so damn well.
Three quarters of the way through the set the lights shut off and everyone started chanting “MGK, MGK..!” after the eclipse he stood up at the front of the stage holding the mic stand as if it were a rifle. When the lights turned on loud shots fired and the beat dropped for “Warning Shot”. The effect was very powerful and proved to be the most dynamic intro of the set.
“Wild Boy” was the biggest hit of the night and he certainly lived up to the title. MGK played the part the entire show, hurling himself into the arms of his devoted fans going crowd surfing, jumping around the stage like a wild animal and climbing up onto speakers. One particularly impressive stunt found him standing atop the kick drum on the drum platform, making him over 15 feet tall looking like the alpha lion marking his territory.
The lights and smoke machines were on their A-game as well, changing colours to match with each song. “Diamonds and Gold” had the lights all change to yellow and gold and turned green for “Stoner” while Kelly lit a fresh join and performed smoke-in-hand. The set ended with “End of the Road” and Kelly complimented his fans and thanked them “so fucking much”. “We are Machine Gun Kelly. WE are machine gun Kelly” arms open, acknowledging and embracing the entire room.
Review Written by Max Dishaw for HipHopCanada
Photography by Ryan West for HipHopCanada
Photography by Ryan West