Big K.R.I.T demands attention during Vancouver show [Review]
Vancouver, BC – You could almost smell the anticipation at Venue Nightclub as Southern King Big K.R.I.T returned to Vancouver last week on his Pay Attention Tour. The excitement began to rise as fans entered the building and it was obvious, that it was going to be a night to remember.
The first act was Vancity’s own J. West. Starting off with a bang, West captured the crowd from his first song and despite having strep throat, he held his own, with a strong delivery. His high energy made for an overall solid performance.
Next up was another Vancouverite, Cityreal. Alongside DJ C-Styles, he rocked the crowd with ease. With hard-hitting, boom-bap beats and thought provoking lyrics, Cityreal proved why he is one of the strongest emcees on this side of the country.
The third act was the LS Boys, the final local talent of the night. It was refreshing to finally see a group with more of a Southern influenced style. Their catchy R&B hooks and bumping trap production were the perfect fit for the evening. The trio repped their city to the fullest, but it was obvious who the crowd came to see.
As the lights came back on and the smoke cleared, the DJ hyped up the audience by dropping southern banger after southern banger. It was at that point that the entire energy of the show seemed to pick up, ten fold. Blessing the stage before K.R.I.T came the final opening act, Atlanta’s own Two-9, who were quick to set the tone for the rest of the night. Their heavy 808 party anthems had the audience in the palm of their hands. The group’s set consisted of heavy bass hits, anti-authoritarian bangers, as well as some soulful songs for the ladies. Here for their first time, it seems obvious that they are destined for a bright future.Then came the moment the crowd had been waiting for.
They roared as K.R.I.T stepped on stage and his DJ revealed his booth was made of the front of a classic Cadillac. The illuminated head lights added a final touch to a set design that was out of this world. The crowd prepared for lift off, and began their journey towards Cadillactica. As he boldly went where no man has gone before, K.R.I.T was quick to show why he is the self-proclaimed King of the South. Traversing through the full spectrum of emotion, he touched on many classic hits from throughout his career. From “Temptation” to “My Sub” to “Country Shit” he had the club singing every word.
Alongside crew member Big Sant, K.R.I.T put on a show that will be remembered for years to come. Performing brand new tracks from his up-coming album Cadillactica, it was clear that his confidence was at an all time high. Perhaps that’s why he chose to take us home with “Mt. Olympus”, a song he wrote in response to Kendrick Lamar’s verse on “Control”.
Seems like these days, the Mississippi rapper is hopping on almost everybody’s radar. If you ask me, it won’t be long until the whole world starts to Pay Attention.
Written by Josh Hook for HipHopCanada
Photography by KassKills for HipHopCanada