Dizzy Wright brings the party State of Mind to Edmonton [Review]
Edmonton, AB – On Jul. 23, our friends over at Nighshift Entertainment and Pearl Entertainment brought Las Vegas MC Dizzy Wright through Edmonton. Dizzy stopped at Encore at WEM to perform for the YEG heads as he made his way across North America on his State of Mind Tour (in support of his spring-released sophomore EP of the same name). He’s actually still on tour, right now. It all wraps up at the beginning of September. Anyways, here’s how the night went down.
We walked into Encore while DJ Grizz was mashing up oldies like Eazy-E’s “Gimme Dat Nut,” some Warren G, and even “Get Low” by Lil Jon. Grizz also played all the new favourite tracks by artists like YG, Drake, Future and Wiz Khalifa. The first opener of the night – Dizzy (an Edmonton rapper; not to be confused with Dizzy Wright) – helped MC the evening, and also opened the show. He did a good job pumping up the crowd for the main event. During his set he absolutely knocked us out with a crazy fast verse to A$AP Rocky’s “Fuckin’ Problems” although the vocals were really echo-ey: “Hey sound man…AN…An…an!”
Chubby C and Domino came out hot; on the microphones pumping up the crowd before DJ Grizz even had their set music up. They were definitely the biggest come-up of the opening shows. High energy, crazy fast rhymes – check them out. Parallel was a new group for me. They had passion but not a lot of stage presence – you can tell they’re new to the big venues and I’m looking forward to watching them really shine in future. Hometown YEG boy – Mitchell Lawler – was next coming off his HUGE win with Hot 107 block party contest (his winnings included opening for Classified), and he gave us some of our known favourites by him.
Unfortunately, we missed the set by another of our local faves – Brothers Grim – because we were backstage chatting with Dizzy Wright (stay tuned in our interview with him to find out his pre-concert ritual and in studio necessities). But we came out just in time to catch the Doom Squad. The first time we saw these guys they blew up the stage for Hopsin and tonight was no different. They even released a new song called “Outta My Mind.”
Finally the stage got set for Dizzy Wright. But not before DJ Hoppa came out and blew the roof off by mashing up some heavy metal and old-school R&B. Seriously, I love this guy. If we didn’t have media passes allowing us to get back stage near him I think he’d have the right to put out a restraining order – I read somewhere that he practices scratching everyday and it shows. He KILLS the turn tables.
So Dizzy rolls out with a cloud of smoke behind him; sporting a Pac t-shirt and Cheech & Chong socks. Way to rep the Great White North. He played us both new and old tracks like “Can’t Trust Em,” “Solo Dolo” and “Kill Em With Kindness.” The crowd was absolutely banging when Dizzy turned Encore into Vegas with a performance of “Hotel Strippers” (which seemed to be a fan-favourite). And he saved the best for last with a performance of the high-energy “Everywhere I Go,” which ended off the night.
When we chatted with Dizzy backstage, he was unbelievably nice. He came across as a really calm, mellow guy. I’d expected his whole set to have a vibe like his “World Peace” track (that he also performed). There were definite Snoop Dogg-Wailers-like moments where he was just up there vibing with the crowd and had everyone waving their two-finger peace signs. There were, however, these moments where you could really see the influence of his label-mate Hopsin – he yelled at the crowd during “New Generation,” and ordered us to jump. He even took a HUGE crowd dive. And surfed twice. Despite being a little tipsy (he pre-partied a bit too hard with Hoppa), Dizzy proclaimed he fed off the crowd’s energy. He put everyone in a party state of mind.
Photography by Andrew Lynn for HipHopCanada