T.I brings Paperwork Tour to Vancouver [Review]
Vancouver, BC – There’s no denying that T.I has been in the big league of hip-hop for quite some time. On the heels of his latest album release, Paperwork, the Grand Hustle boss himself made a stop in Vancouver that was long overdue to a sold-out crowd presented by Spotlight Productions.
Goin’ up on a Tuesday? Fuck that. TIP knows how to turn up the club on a Monday, and he does it properly. Harbour Event Centre was filled wall-to-wall with geeked out fanboys in Hustle Gang hoodies and groupie babes dressed to the nines hoping to quench their thirst with a little Southern touch. It’s been forever since we’ve seen TIP on this side of the border and although the buzz of crossing over to Canada was perhaps a concern, all was laid to rest when we got word that he had safely made it into Edmonton a few nights before.
So what have we been missing all these years? Everything. T.I is the essence of cool. He was so on-point lyrically and knew exactly how to move the crowd, flipping through his catalogue of tracks with a smugness like, “yea, I know this one ya favourite too”.
He spit off his verses to tracks like “Bugatti” and “We Dem Boyz” with rapid fire and as if that wasn’t enough to blow the minds of the sardine-canned crowd, that was just the beginning. Cue in a little track titled “Whatever You Like” and every man, woman and bartender was devotedly singing every line, with camera phones held high – despite TIP’s dedication to the “bad bitches”. Damn. That Southern charm, tho.
The Rubberband Man sliced through cuts from Urban Legend such as “ASAP”, “You Don’t Know Me” and of course those Paperwork crowd favs like “No Mediocre” and finally “About The Money”. Considering he could have packed in a venue twice the size, the venue choice could have been a bit more spacious but the night went off without a hitch regardless. Those who were fortunate enough to fit into capacity witnessed something huge in Vancity hip-hop history will no doubt be riding the high for weeks to come.
Special thanks to our pal Mark Rasta from Spotlight Productions for holding us down.
Review and photography by KassKills for HipHopCanada