Snak The Ripper and crew at Olympia [Review]
Surrey, BC – Originally published April 22, 2014 – In today’s music industry, and especially hip-hop, it’s hard to tell who’s faking and who is the real deal. So many rappers build their whole persona on their struggle and story because starting from the bottom is the cool thing to do. Every once and while there is that artist who comes around that really kicks you in the face with rugged authenticity – that guy is Snak the Ripper.
Legions of fans from all age groups descended upon Olympia Pizza – a small but prominent venue and one of the only all ages venue’s in the whole Lower Mainland. With people lining up as early as 5:30, this show was sold-out, which really shows how solid his hometown fan base is.
The Just Giver Tour kicked off with Jaclyn Gee. By the time she took the stage, the crowd was hungry for their hometown hero to rock the mic. She performed a short but sweet set, showcasing her skills as both a talented female rapper as well as a singer. Something about Jaclyn is magical, she has this old soul that reflects in her voice every time she sings. Merkules took the stage next, nearly taking up the whole thing. 2014 is shaping up to be a huge year for this talented young man; in the last month he has released tracks with underground legends such as Apathy, Celph Titled, and Slaine, and will be touring Europe with Snak on the remainder of the tour. Like everything else about Merkules, his performance is charismatic and raw. He was hammered back a bottle of tequila throughout his set and despite a few slip ups here and there, nobody really cared, because that’s what everyone loves about Merk. Everybody knows he can rap like a maniac, so watching him have as good of a time as everybody else got the crowd hyped.
Snak finally took the stage and the tiny venue erupted with excitement. He announced that he was gonna be performing mostly new songs from his upcoming album Just Giver. After giving the fans a taste of his latest work, Merkules joined him to perform the fan favorite “L.A.S.H.”, which has accumulated over 300,000 views on YouTube. Despite a few hiccups during the performance the fans loved it. After a few more songs he commented on how people kept saying that he didn’t have enough songs about consuming illicit narcotics and puking on his new album, so he wrote a new song all about that. The beat dropped, the crowd went crazy and everybody had their hands up. Overall, Snak seemed like he was testing the waters for his upcoming tour, feeling out his latest songs that have not been performed live yet. Even though his set wasn’t as tight as it could have been, the experimentation did not hinder the crowds love for Snak, who is so much more than just a performer for a lot of people.
You can really hear the maturity and struggle in Snak’s message and he has come along way from his early beginnings as a graffiti artist who made rap videos. This man is someone that a lot of kids look up to because he represents the everyday guy who works tremendously hard for what he wants. If anybody started from the bottom, it’s Snak the Ripper. This guy is just getting started and with his die hard fan base by his side this performance proved he is hungrier than ever.
Written by Tyler Pearson for HipHopCanada
Photography provided by Where It’s At Entertainment