French Montana heats up Edmonton (Live Review) [Photos]
Edmonton, AB – Originally published December 2, 2014 – Only in Alberta: a foot of snow falls literally overnight, the roads are glass, and the parking lots have become snow banks. Is that gonna stop our Friday night? Hell nah. It all went down at Encore on November 28; South Bronx native and original Coke Boy, French Montana braved the storm for the Edmonton stop of the Set it Off tour. Courtesy of our good friends at Pearl Entertainment, Nightshift Entertainment and Eiffel Tower Entertainment.
I touched down at the venue shortly after 11:00 p.m. (after having my vehicle pushed out of the snow on two occasions, but let’s not get into that). Unfortunately, due to my mishap, I missed the opening performances from K-Blitz, Dizzy, Prince Gill and Chubby C & Domino. Sorry guys – I got you next time!
Freezing and frazzled – it didn’t take much to recharge my vibe as I was welcomed with beats hosted by DJ Grizz with Dizzy on the mic. Always a good pair to have warm-up the crowd. The opening acts continued with performances by Mitchell Lawler & Conch, BGK, and Blackson Gutta. We were also treated with special guests, Gshytt, a duo hailing from Cali. Shouts go out to Edmonton’s own DJ Akademic, who hosted Gshytt for the entire Canadian leg of the tour.
By midnight, Encore held a full crowd of “Coke Boys” and “Coke Girls.” I’ve been to many, many shows in my day but I couldn’t help but be intrigued as I scanned the room. I don’t think I’ve seen so many teeny little girls at a rap show before, which lead me to my question, “Y’all here for French? Or Khloe Kardashian’s boyfriend?” Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.
French Montana slayed when he hit the stage sporting all black everything from head to toe, as he opened his set with “Once in a While.” I take back my Khloe Kardashian statement – cause the crowd went absolutely bananas when he came out – they were definitely there for French.
With the amount of features French has alone, I wasn’t surprised that his performance was so hype. He did that as he broke into his verse off A$AP Rocky’s “Work” remix, Rick Ross’ “Stay Schemin'” and had Encore in the palm of his hands with Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot N**ga” remix. I have heard many (too many) versions of “Hot N*gga” and it’s safe to say that French’s take has been my favourite.
What I admired about French’s stage presence was his chill-factor on the mic. No gimmicks, no bells or whistles. Just so laid-back, yet he had the crowd in a frenzy as he performed hits like “Ocho Cinco,” the platinum-certified “Pop That” and “Freaks.”
French closed out the night with his smash-hits, “Ain’t Worried About Nothin'” and “Don’t Panic,” leaving the full-house wanting more. With his second studio album Mac & Cheese: The Album to be released soon, the Set it Off tour is a friendly reminder of why French Montana remains significant in mainstream hip-hop. The people love him, he continues to make music that will make us dance our asses off, and even after the blizzard of the century, he still shutdown Encore.
Written by Rosa Jason for HipHopCanada
Photos: French Montana at Encore in Edmonton
Photography by Rosa Jason for HipHopCanada
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Tags: Bad Boy Records, BGK, Blackson Gutta, Chubby C & Domino, Cocaine City Records, Dizzy, DJ Akademic, DJ Grizz, Eiffel Tower Entertainment, Encore, French Montana, Gshytt, K-Blitz, Maybach Music Group, Mitchell Lawler & Conch, Nightshift Entertainment, Pearl Entertainment, Prince Gill, The Coke Boys