Yelawolf’s Slumerican Made Tour hits Vancouver (Live Review) [Photos]
Vancouver, BC – Originally published November 18, 2014 – Stepping into Venue Nightclub on Granville Street this past Saturday for Yelawolf’s Slumerican Made Tour with Rittz and local act Northwest Division, I could immediately feel the excitement in the room. The energy was bright and the excitement was contagious.
Often, the opening act in Vancouver don’t necessarily fit the bill. This night particular however, that was not the case. At all. There simply is not a Vancouver hip-hop group more appropriate for the Yelawolf opening slot than Northwest Division. Having just released their Stay Sharp mixtape and still buzzing from sharing a stage with Mobb Deep three weeks prior, Junk and Hungry had their game faces on. Their crisp, razor sharp flows primed the audience for what they came to see; staccato double-time bounce raps and these two proved they can keep up with the likes of the heavyweights they were opening for.
Rapping in unison at some points, and trading off bar for bar at other points, NWD was in control. The crowd was even caught a little bit off guard, and a lot of patrons, being from out of town, assumed Northwest Division was on tour with Yela and Rittz. It was perfect. “0-60” – one of group’s newer songs, was the highlight of the set. Job well done, gentlemen. Bravo.
Next on was fellow Slumerican favourite Rittz. With his name in blistering lights behind him, the silhouette of his signature mane could be seen as he took the stage. The crowd went nut-balls before he could even get out his first “a-ch-a-chea”. People came from all over the province to catch him, and they definitely did not leave disappointed. His gangster black dress code from head-to-toe showcased his fiery red fro, which of course accented his colourful personality. Rittz has a way of really engaging with the crowd. Like, this guy could talk a cat off a fish wagon, and he carried that warm persona into his tracks. Man, that guy can rap. I mean, he didn’t even break a sweat, and he was rapping for close to an hour with out seeming to even take a breath. Now that’s how you do it, kids. “High Five” stirred the room into a frenzy, and I’m not certain the springs under that dance floor had ever been tested that way. The silky hook of his recent single “Crown Royal” warmed the entire room turning the grind factor up to 11. Magic. The only sting of disappointment is that his set was missing the banger “White Jesus”. C’mon son! How the hell you not gonna play “White Jesus”?? Can’t stay mad at Rittz though. Not even for a second.
With the stage lights down and emotions running high, a vibrant guitar solo creeped in and the crowd was licking their chops. Yelawolf took the stage with his band mates looking like the Black Crows. Cowboy hats. Boots. Confederate flags here and there. If Yela knows how to do one thing well, it’s appeal to various markets. The Skaters love him. The gangsters love him. The redneck rockers love him. Hell, even my mom thinks Yelawolf is hot. He has the look and he knows what he’s doing. His set had live guitar and keys so there was no shortage of instrumentation to keep the crowd drawn in, and his DJ was scratching and dropping cuts throughout his entire set as well. Something for everybody, right? If looking like a greasy 70’s rock band wasn’t enough, there were sprinkles of AC/DC and Nirvana throughout the set as well. And it wouldn’t be a true Alabama party without Lynyrd Skynyrd in the mix. Probably could’ve done without that, but the crowd ate it up, feasted on it actually.
Now, normally I wouldn’t think going on after Rittz is good idea, but the Wolf man got the job done with out a hitch or glitch. His cool and collected stage presence is remarkable and he sounds exactly the same live as he does on record. Big ups to the sound guy as well.
“I Just Wanna Party” lit the place on fire. The vibe in the room was all bear hugs and daps, high-tens and booty claps. “Pop The Trunk” was worthy of shivers, with every person in the room knowing every word. The song’s beautiful piano line was played live and it was overwhelming how well it was done. “My Box Chevy” brought Rittz back out to share the stage and the two of them have undeniable chemistry. “Daddy’s Lambo” kept the feeling light and bouncy and the good times kept on rolling. All in all, I don’t think a single person left that show the least bit disappointed. This was definitely one of the best rap shows Vancouver has seen in a long, long time.
Written by Stroker DeLuca for HipHopCanada
Yelawolf: Slumerican Made Tour in Vancouver
Photography by Jamie Sands for HipHopCanada