Mobb Deep shakes up Vancouver on The Infamous Anniversary Tour [Review]
Vancouver, BC – Las Vegas P and Hollywood Hav came correct last week for the first time in Vancity in over 8 years. The setting could not have been more fitting as Bar None set the stage perfectly for the Queensbridge duo with their NY style venue. With the venue’s brick walls, giant wood beams and intimate spacing it was like Mobb Deep did a private show at a secret downtown loft and even after 20 years, they still know how to heat a room up.
The place was jammed packed on a Wednesday night. Surprised though? With a plethora of hits spread over the years and a new studio album out right now – The Infamous had no problem bringing the fans out on a weeknight. It should go without saying that the chemistry between the two has been there since day one and now, is still going strong. Their stage energy was magnetic and the way they conversed and performed was without flaw. For one of the most sampled voices in hip-hop history, Prodigy sounded especially exceptionally on the mic losing little to none of his powerful growling flow over the immense loudness and bass of the beats.
Prodigy and Havoc opened up their set with “Survival of the Fittest” from their sophomore album The Infamous. Fans reacted accordingly, rapping along with Prodigy’s opening verse word for word and transitioning into the hook. Naturally “Shook Ones Pt II” was another big hit but the crowd was treated to a good amount of material from the 2014 self titled album The Infamous Mobb Deep.
Over the years the name Mobb Deep has becomes synonymous with honest, grimy NY style hip-hop and it’s gratifying as a fan to see they’ve lost none of what made them so appealing in the first place. The Infamous 20th Anniversary Tour is well under way now with plans to make stops in Chilliwack and Victoria, BC next. One thing that was made obvious this evening: Mobb Deep is here to stay.
Written by Max Dishaw for HipHopCanada
Photography by Jamie Sands for HipHopCanada