Grieves sets off Vancouver with a bang on A Different Kind Of World Tour [Review]
Vancouver, BC – The crowd was small and intimate at Fortune Sound last Friday for the second stop on Seattle MC Grieves’ Canadian Different Kind Of World Tour. Even with the small group the DJ was playing a great set and amused with his dance moves behind the booth. It didn’t take long before opener SOL got on stage after local act Def3 to kick off the early Friday evening event.
Admittedly I hadn’t heard of SOL before this show, but I was about to be very impressed. The energetic Seattle based rapper came on stage, I didn’t expect much but was certainly put in my place. A small crew of die hard fans flocked together front left of the stage and you could see their lips sing along with every verse. He spit sharp one-liners all through out his set that flowed into the stories that were his songs. At the end of his set he hopped off stage and got in with the audience, wanting to “feel the energy” with us. He finished leaving everyone stoked for the main act.
Backed by a few musicians, they added a nice touch to Grieves performance, not only for audio stimulation but also added a nice visual band like feel to the set. Grieves came full-throttle, keeping the audience pumped. He played mostly songs from his new album, Winter and the Wolves, including personal favourite “Shreds”, but he also threw down some older cuts from his previous project Together/Apart.
The crowd in front lost it with excitement, and you could tell that Grieves was loving their energy, and one fan even face-timed a friend who couldn’t make it to the show. After one of the songs ended Grieves noticed and grabbed the phone, said “hey” to the receiver of the call and caused the front row and their clique, along with the entire crowd, to fall even more in love with him. Who doesn’t love an artist that gets interactive with their fans? He also brought a bra on stage so he could throw it into the crowd, which was pretty entertaining. The most entertaining park is that he drunkenly ask whoever grabbed it to give it back.
HipHopCanada had the chance to interview Grieves before he set out on tour and the type of rowdy behaviour mixed with a hard-hitting performance was what was expected from this up-and-coming artist. He definitely lived up to his hype and we’re so glad he did.
Written by Holly Brown Bear for HipHopCanada
Photography by Joel Dufresne for HipHopCanada