YEG to the World: Vol 1 Recap [Review]
Edmonton, AB – On Jun. 11, The 25th Dynasty introduced us to the first instalment of YEG to the World. Just to keep you up to speed – this is a monthly showcase of Edmonton’s urban talent; from producers, DJs, MCs and more. Vol. 1 went down at YEG Dance Club and we couldn’t have asked for a better turn out for the first show.
The doors opened at 10 p.m. – so in hip-hop time – things didn’t get poppin’ until well after 11:30 p.m. I’m gonna keep it 100 with ya’ll right now: Showing up excessively late for shows seems to be the norm in hip-hop – and that’s that ish I don’t like. Don’t get me wrong – it’s not always our fault (some artists can be divas in that retrospect). But this is a case where it’s on us. Showing up two hours after the promoters and the venue have opened the doors for you – is plain disrespectful. Not to mention – your lateness slows everything down. As much as I loved seeing all of your gorgeous faces, as much as I loved that you spent your Wednesday night supporting YEG hip-hop; I would have loved it even more if you showed up on time. We have GOT to get better at this fam. Think of all the work that goes into putting on a show, think of the effort these artists put into their craft to give you a great performance. Give the people – who hustled hard for you – the respect that is due and just be on time. I think that’s a more than fair trade. Ok. Rant is over. Let’s get to how dope this showcase was.
Edmonton MC (and founder of YEG to the World), Muta Mouraine was our host for the evening and kept the program at a smooth pace as soon as it began. After each artist finished their set – Muta took the time to ask where peeps can find their music and what upcoming projects they have on the go. I love that he gave each performer that solid opportunity to plug their work to the crowd.
I’ve loved hip-hop for as long as I can remember – however – it’s only been a minute since I’ve been on the Edmonton scene. Now that I’m investing more of my time with local cats – I am just blown away by the talent that’s right here in my city. Self (from The Liberators), Evrlove, K-Riz, TAM, Young Tox, & K-Blitz were mad live with their performances. From head-nodding boom bap to hyphy club bangers; each and every artist delivered with so much energy and made it look effortless.
Let’s not forget about Jae Maze, DJ Baggylean and DJ TNT – without DJs and producers – we don’t have hip-hop. Maze, Baggylean, and TNT each had their own set to show us what they’re workin’ with – and they put on for the city. I have to be real and give a special shout out to DJ Baggylean: this cat not only backed Young Tox and Self on their sets; he spun an all-local set from Lee’On, K-Riz, Muta Mouraine, Jae Maz, Peep Game, Kazmega, Poli Live and more. That’s love.
This is what our city needs – I can’t think of a better platform for local artists to showcase their talent. It’s also the perfect opportunity for people – who aren’t familiar with the YEG hip-hop scene – to get exposure to Edmonton artists. It’s beautiful. Even for myself; a lot of what I do at HipHopCanada is behind the scenes – so it’s fantastic to be able to put some faces to names and hearing a live performance is just icing.
YEG to the World Vol. 2 goes down on July 9 at YEG Dance Club – and I strongly recommend that you don’t miss out. Good people, good vibes, good music – what can more could you ask for? Keep it locked for more details and peep the photos, from Vol. 1, after the jump.
Photography by Jonathan Deschênes at ClinksNet.com