Loso’s Way: Fabolous returns to Edmonton [Review]
Edmonton, AB – The aftermath from Halloween parties and pub-crawls alike can go either way: either you’re down for the count for the next 24 hours or your thirsty for round two. On Nov. 1, Fabolous held down the second round of Halloween weekend at Encore, in his third appearance in YEG (brought to us by our friends at Pearl Entertainment, Nightshift Entertainment and Eiffel Tower Entertainment).
I arrived at the venue around 10:00 p.m., it was slow start that Saturday evening, assuming those attending were either busy on last minute touches on their costumes or still in bed from the night before. DJ Grizz was warming things up as the audience slowly started to trickle in. Whether there’s 500 people in a venue or 15 – Grizz has no problems holding a room down. Always on point between early and present club joints – he knows what the crowd wants to hear. He also took the task as support for all of the openers – during and in between sets.
Local opening acts for the night included; Blackson Gutta and Dizzy Bhadhands, Prince Gill, Divercity, Sarah Swaggs, Lonnie Tunez and G.A. Perry (who also did double duty as our host for the night). A highlight that shouldn’t go unnoticed: between Divercity and G.A. Perry – three lovely ladies graced the stage to accompany part of their sets – which isn’t something I see too often during opening acts. It was dope to see these MCs infuse some R&B / soul into the mix, proving that there are female R&B singers who are equally as talented as the MCs in this city. To the lovely ladies: my apologies for not catching your names, but if you’re reading this, I applaud your performances.
After the openers wrapped up; DJ Alize, Bomb Squad, and DJ Lucky J were next up to keep the party going. One of my favourite elements at a rap show is that period of time when the DJ, or DJ’s in this case, have their moment to turn up the crowd before the headliner hits the stage. However, I was lukewarm about what went down during this time: it seemed like everyone and their dog was invited to wile out on the stage – and to keep it 100 – the whole thing looked a hot-mess.
I know it’s Halloween weekend and everyone wants to get wild and have a good time. I get that. For the most part it looked like the crowd was enjoying it all, but here’s how I look at it: if I paid my hard earned money to see a show – I don’t exactly want to see a circus of drunk fans doing anything they can to get their 15 minutes on stage. I came for the music. Alize, Bomb Squad and Lucky J were straight fire – but I felt that the chaos [on stage] took away from the vibe of their set. As I mentioned before – that should have been their moment.
Chaos aside. By 1:30 a.m. Loso finally made his entrance – sauntering on stage in one of the illest ways I’ve seen yet – reppin’ an Oilers jersey and Michael Myers’ mask (freakishly spot-on to the original). Seeing my American rappers in an Oilers jersey will never get old for me; it just goes to show the attention they pay to their Edmonton fans. We die for our Oilers… even with the amount of L’s they’ve been catching these days.
Fab showed love to the day ones in the audience; breaking out into earlier joints from his discography inluding Sweet Dreams and Real Talk. He showed even more love to the ladies as he broke into a special medley of teasers…just for us. “Baby Don’t Go”, “Throw it in the Bag”, “Can’t Let You Go” and “You Be Killin Em'”; songs that we still gush over to this day.
The lose-my-ish moment of the night most definitely went to “Breathe”; the energy in the room turned up several levels as soon Loso broke into the classic bridge. We also got a taste of a couple remixes that he dropped earlier this year including; YG’s “Who Do You Love” and Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot N*gga.” Side note: anytime you get the opportunity to Shmoney Dance – just do it. It’s good for the soul.
In the end it seemed like Fabolous rushed through his set, as it lasted no more than 40 minutes. Between studio albums, mixtapes and 10-plus years in the game – I for one was left thirsty for much more. For example; I would have loved to have heard a little more of his latest such as “Young OG”, “Cuffing Season” or [Mally the Martian’s] “My Dawgs” (which Fab is featured in).
Although short, this was a night for classic Loso. And I suppose there ain’t nothin’ wrong with that.
Written by Rosa Jason for HipHopCanada
Photos: Fabolous at Encore in Edmonton
Photography by Andrew Lynn for HipHopCanada
Twitter: @eiffeltowerent | @myfabolouslife | @Nightshift_Ent | @PearlEnt780 | @RAYHILLENT
Tags: Blackson Gutta, Bomb Squad, Divercity, Dizzy Bhadhands, DJ Alize, DJ Lucky J, Eiffel Tower Entertainment, Encore, Encore WEM, Fabolous, G.A. Perry, Loonie Tunez, Nightshift Entertainment, Pearl Entertainment, Prince Gill, Ray Hill Entertainment, Sarah Swaggs