Ghostface Killah teams up with Sheek Louch in Vancouver [Review]
Vancouver, BC – The Venue nightclub was treated to the stellar catalogue of Ghostface Killah classics at Venue Live this week but before The Iron Man himself hit the stage, some local emcee’s had a chance to heat things up. The ever enthusiastic North West Division boys delivered a solid set, playing some new jams from their latest album Rap Better Party Harder. Emotionz was also in the mix and his set was topped off with an impressive beat box.
Ghostface’s name and picture were both on the poster but the show belonged equally to The LOX rapper Sheek Louch who performed alongside his Wu-Tang partner the whole night. Ghostface’s opened the set with the lyrically supercharged track “Nutmeg” from his Sophomore album Supreme Clientele. He followed it up with another throwback classic in “Ice Cream”. Ghostface was rocking a red hat, matching hoodie and black vest overtop and looked epic standing on stage in front of the giant golden “W” lit up behind him.
Blunts were being passed around the club like a baby at a family function. In other words; everyone got to hold them. Pair that with that the bottle of Hennessy on stage and you had the undeniable sense that this was a true hip-hop show. Everyone threw their W’s up all night and the Wu-Tang classics came one after the next. But that’s not to say it was all Ghostface and Wu, hits from The LOX’s library such as “Money Power Respect” and “Kiss Your Ass Goodbye” got their time to shine as well.
One of the highlights of the night featured a special performance of the Wu-Tang Clan classic “Protect Ya Neck”. Ghostface and Sheek invited members of the audience who claimed to be able to spit Method Man and ODB’s verses up to the stage.”Who knows Method Mans verse?! Who can do Ol’ dirty Bastard”? What’s maybe more impressive than how well the fan who they picked performed is how Ghostface and Sheek were able to pick the perfect person for the job. From the dozen who hopped on stage – probably looking just to collect daps from the legendary rappers – only 1 was picked. They somehow just knew this kid had what it took. The crowd got so hyped when he started to spit Method Man’s verse and if you’d had your eyes closed you probably wouldn’t have known the difference.
“Whose shoe is this? Is this your shoe”? Sheek said, pointing at a female in the front row who had had her stiletto snatched out of her hand when trying desperately to give it to Ghostface earlier that night. How generous of them to hand it back to her. The two legends graciously thanked the crowd and ended with a “123, peace!” as the house lights turned on and off at their command. It was dynamic. “We’ll be signing autographs at the merch table. Thank you Vancouver!”
Review by Max Dishaw for HipHopCanada
Photography by KassKills for HipHopCanada