IAMSU! brings the real to Vancity (live) [Review/Photos]
Vancouver, BC – In Vancouver typically a hip-hop show scheduled for a Friday or Saturday night begins at an earlier slot time, so the rush of weekend club-goers can get their fix in at 11pm sharp. This past weekend at Bar None, Timbre Concerts hosted Bay Area producer/emcee IAMSU! with openers DJ Relly Rels, Fizal Stars and Billionaire B; a diverse collection of dope artists who put on quality performances individually with their own unique touch.
When it comes to hip-hop, Vancouver has always been a show up late, leave early type of city though, one can’t help but wonder, when someone like SU, who could easily be the next leader of the California new school, shows up in Vancity on a Friday night why isn’t the room absolutely packed to the windows and walls? Vancity, ya’ll ain’t up on it like you think you are.
The crowd slowly trickled in just past 9pm for Vancouver’s own Fizal Stars to take the stage with DJ K-Rec and the Blockstars crew. Fizal’s flow on the mic is vicious and despite the slim attendance he made his mark and held it down like a vet.
Coming from L.A, Billionaire B showed the locals how they do it across the border. With his Hood Hustlers, Billi laid it down sharp and clean backed by VanCityBeats. The crowd was definitely receptive to the warm up by both camps and it was nice to see some fresh talent on opening acts.
Heartbreak Suzy took the stage shortly after, suited up in a hoodie and Supreme lid. Fierce and raw he wasted no time hyping the fans who made it to the front of the stage. He dropped “Only That Real”, “I Love My Squad” and a few other cuts from his latest album Sincerely Yours as well as verses from his features on tracks like “Function” and “Gas Pedal”.
There’s a reason his clique is called the HeartBreak Gang – Su is a stud. “Hi. Don’t act like we didn’t talk to each other earlier” he said flashing his gold laced smile, pointing at the ladies front row. One thing can be said aside from IAMSU’s hyphy 45 minute performance, there was an impressive amount of females feeling his vibe and shouting lyrics front row. Although a slightly abnormal occurrence to witness at a Vancouver show, (over ecstatic rap fan-boys are kind of our thing) it was dope to see the ladies representing for that good Cali hip-hop. We’re guessing by next year SU will be back with a line-up of fans out the door, wishing they caught him during his previous stops. Vancouv, don’t say we didn’t warn you for next time.
Written and photographed by KassKills for HipHopCanada