Freebandz: Future stops in Edmonton for the Honest Tour [Review]
Edmonton, AB – On July 5, our friends at Pearl Entertainment, Eiffel Tower Entertainment and Union Events brought Future to perform live at Encore. The ATL native is currently touring across North America, in support of his sophomore album Honest. This is the second time Future has graced YEG with his presence this year; the first as an opening act for Drake’s Nothing Was the Same tour (December 2013). The momentum of Future’s career since then has sky-rocketed; whether it’s a feature or his own record, the amount of hits this MC has dropped in 2014 has been nothing short of impressive. Hate it or love it; Future is the reigning king of those club-bangers we’ve become addicted too.
Opening acts for the Edmonton stop included Casino, Bando Jones, and Rico Love. HipHopCananda was fortunate to sit down and chop it up with Rico Love before his set (shameless plug – watch for it soon), due to the timing of our interview – we were unable to catch Casino and Bando Jones’ performances. Sorry guys! However, I have a feeling that they did a stellar job warming up the crowd, as things were on and poppin’ once we got back inside the venue. In between sets, DJ Fadal and MC Mista Perry teamed up to keep the party going. Spinning hits from YG, Kid Ink, Ludacris, Young Money, Young Buck and many more – there wasn’t a single body in the building that wasn’t moving a little somethin’ (except for the dudes flexing at the bar. Of course).
Rico took the stage shortly before midnight and whisked the crowd away with a smooth-sexy performance. For those of you who may not be familiar with this R&B star’s resume; he’s not just a lady-killer on the mic. He’s wrote, composed, and produced some of the hottest hits in hip-hop – past and present. Rico even gave us a little taste (which the crowd ate up) with; Usher’s “There Goes My Baby,” Kelly Rowland’s “Motivation,” and French Montana’s “Ain’t Worried About Nothin.” Just to name a few.
It’s apparent that Rico’s presence is starting to grow across the country, as fans sang along to his hits; “They Don’t Know,” “Red Noes,” and “B*itches Be Like.” (Side note: you know all those hilarious “B*tches Be Like” memes you see on Instagram? You can thank Rico for that). What I loved about Rico is that he has the kind of stage presence that just makes ya’ feel good; so refined and effortless. If this is even a small indication of what’s to come for Rico Love, then I’d welcome him back to E-Town anytime.
As I had mentioned earlier; Future has a massive amount of hits behind his belt, so I knew the show we were in for was going to be L-I-V-E. And damn, was it ever. Sporting his signature shades, a leather biker-jacket, and an oh-so stylish grey tank with matching pants – Future took the stage in a frenzy. You name it, he smashed it. “Same Damn Time.” Turn Out the Lights.” “Sh!t.” And “Move That Dope.” “Move That Dope” seems to be everyone’s favourite joint at the moment. It received the largest response from the crowd without a doubt.
It didn’t stop there, either. Future teased us with his features in “Love Me” (Lil Wayne), “Bugatti” (Ace Hood) and “U.O.E.N.O” (Rick Ross). If you’ve ever felt some type of way about Future’s use of auto-tune, then you need to experience him live. He stunted on us right from the jump – a real MC and a true performer. To be honest (tee-hee), I wasn’t sure what the turn out would be like for Future. He’s hot right now, but I had no idea about his following in Edmonton. Needless to say, Edmonton showed huge love in a full house at Encore. Whether you’re a performer or a fan, this was the type of show you wanted to be at; people dancing on tables, couches, and against the wall. It wasn’t just a concert, it was a full-out party. What more could you ask for on those Saturday nights in the summer?
Photography by Andrew Lynn