Ab-Soul’s These Days Tour hits Fortune Sound Club (Live) [Review/Photos]
Vancouver, BC – On October 15th Ab-Soul headlined Vancouver’s Fortune Sound Club on the West Coast date of his These Days Tour with openers Bas and Spac3man.
When I first heard Ab-Soul would be headlining at Fortune Sound Club a few months ago, I was beyond excited. I had first heard of him a couple of years ago when his album Control Systems was released and had been listening to him ever since. Watching him grow as an artist from “Turn me up Some” (with Kendrick Lamar) has been something of an adventure on it’s own.
Ab-Soul’s These Days Tour, named after his recently released project, is also his first headlining tour. That being a rather momentous on it’s own, it was exciting to see Soul for the first time knowing that with his first independent Vancouver show he would be eager to put out his Ab-Soul-ute best performance. Needless to say, the crowd wasn’t left disappointed.
By the time the openers came onstage around 9:30 the venue was already packed. A sharply dressed Spac3man, hailing from Seattle, along with local emcee Heatwave, helped the crowd get their evening started. Spac3 played with high-energy and both performers crowd surfed from the stage over the tightly packed dance floor. Spac3man announced afterwards that Heatwave was just lucky enough to have his first stage-dive in his home city. They both beamed with excitement and it was easy to see the performance high on their faces. The crowd was receptive to their experience.
Bas, from J.Cole’s Dreamville Records label, came on shortly after and kept the party going. The New York based rapper kept things heavy with his songs from his most recently released album, Last Winter and the audience loved his east coast styles. Just before the end of his set he expressed his gratitude to the crowd and to Ab-Soul for bringing him along on tour.
Finally, after what felt like all night of dub sirens and artists shouting out “are you ready for Ab-Soul?!”, he walked out onto the stage and everyone roared as he started off his set. Soul opened with quite a few tracks from Control Systems, including “Pineal Gland”, “Bohemian Grove”, and personal favourite, “Terrorist Threats”. The energy only continued to rise as he continued on and played some of his collaborative works like the Schoolboy Q assisted “Druggies wit Hoes”, and “Hunnit Stacks” from These Days featuring Schoolboy Q and Mac Miller. Of course he also pulled out quite a few other songs off of his recent album including “Gods Reign”, and the hypnotic tune “World Runners” featuring Nikki Jean and Lupe Fiasco. There was no lack of energy in his communication with the crowd and by the end of the night he had everyone with their hands up screaming in unison “TDE!”.
Overall Ab-Soul put on a Top Dawg performance and as did all of the opening acts involved. Anyone who didn’t come out definitely missed out on a solid night of good vibes and killer hip-hop acts. Most impressively, Ab-Soul’s intelligence and passion shined through in his performance.
Review by Holly Brown Bear for HipHopCanada
Photography by Jamie Sands for HipHopCanada