Holiday turn-up with Juicy J in Edmonton [Review]
Edmonton, AB – On December 19, our friends at Nightshift Entertainment, Urban Metropolis and Hot 107 FM teamed up to bring Juicy J live at Edmonton’s Union Hall. With all the hustle and bustle from the Christmas season, a few hundred people came through to let loose with the Three 6 Mafia legend.
DJ Dillon (with Dizzy on the mic) warmed things up for the night, providing beats for the crowd in between acts. Union didn’t pick up as fast as I hoped, with fans trickling in the venue one by one, however by 11:00 p.m. the size of the crowd was decent enough for the opening acts. Local openers included; Dizzy (with Diviot), Sully, Mitchell Lawler & Conch, Gutta Muzik, Evrlove and Doom Squad. It would have been nice to see a little more love from the crowd, but each act made due and still gave them everything in their performances.
When the clock struck 1:00 a.m. Juicy J hit the stage sporting all-leather, gold chains, topped off with a black beanie and shades. Although the venue was still at about half capacity, the crowd was intoxicated – uh I mean – hype enough to give Juice a solid reception. ‘Tis the season after all. At first I was surprised by how young the crowd was; Juicy J has been on the scene for a long minute, before some of these youngsters even born. However with his release of Stay Trippy (in 2013) along with the amount of singles he’s put out in the last year, it did make sense. Juicy J started strong with joints like “Show Out,” “Ice,” and “Scholarship” then eventually broke into his most popular hits (to date); “Bandz A Make Her Dance”, [Katy Perry’s] “Dark Horse” and “23.”
About 15 minutes into his set, Juice called on a handful of peeps to join him on stage for a good ol’ fashioned… Shmoney Dance contest (I was just relieved it wasn’t a twerk contest). I won’t get too much into it but I will say this; if Juicy J specifically says “How many of ya’ll know how to Shmoney Dance?” Do yourself a favour and save yourself the embarrassment if you don’t. Although the “contest” was a bit of a flop, Juice still had everyone turned up like a mo’ fo’.
That wasn’t the only time he brought fans on stage either, actually, for the majority of his set he encouraged the crowd (well, the girls of course) to come on up a shake a little something with the Juice Man. While his interaction with the crowd was enjoyable (who wouldn’t jump on the opportunity to “Bombay Gin Dance” with Juicy J himself), it did take away some of the shine on him.
I waited patiently and I knew it was coming – cue the Three 6 Mafia interlude. Juice showed up with a medley of “Poppin My Collar,” “Sippin On Some Sizzurp” and “Stay Fly.” The nostalgia was real for “old-timers” like myself. While I noticed some looks of confusion on some of the youngins, the majority was reveling in the glory of it all. I mean – it’s Three 6.
After a solid hour-long performance, Juicy J closed the night with his latest smash-hit “Low”. It may not have been the largest of crowds that Union Hall has seen, but Christmas still came a early for some of Juicy’s biggest fans in E-Town. Let’s face it, everyone likes to turn-up on the holidays, and no one can turn-up quite like Juicy J.
Written by Rosa Jason for HipHopCanada
Photos: Juicy J at Union Hall in Edmonton
Photography by Andrew Lynn for HipHopCanada
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