Smoke Dza, Sir Michael Rocks, Nacho Picasso & iLL Chris smoke out Vancity (Live) [Review/Photos]
Vancouver, BC – The Electric Owl caught a strong patch of haze this past Tuesday as Harlem’s blazing lyricist Smoke Dza and company took over the club with the help of presenters Timbre Concerts.
Shortly after local dab-rapper Creed Taylor brought the crowd to attention, Northwest connecter iLL Chris schooled Vancity with tracks from his recently dropped Bolo Tape. Always on the tipping point of what’s hot, Logics looked fresh to death and gave Vancity and intro to his lyrical custom.
Seattle’s rising comet Nacho Picasso was also in the mix and gave the crowd a taste of Stoned & Dethroned – the project collab he had dropped earlier that day with Blue Sky Black Death. His raw wordplay was clever, inglorious and ruthlessly witty. The filthier his lyrics, the harder it was to take eyes off him, especially during crowd favourite “Duck Tales” with lyrics like “Don’t hold a grudge, hold a dick”.
Next up was Sir Michael Rocks. Fans of Mikey went wild mimicking his every word as he spit tracks from his summer release Banco. He brought his unique Chicago sound, kept his signature style of cool and roused an energetic response from the crowd. It was obvious he maintains a loyal following in Vancity and seemed to impress audience members who were less familiar.
As the lights got cooler and the smoke got thicker, the Kushed God stepped on-stage with mighty deliverance and commanded the rooms attention. Smoke Dza was joined on-stage by New York emcee Al-Doe and the evenings official DJ Krescendo, where they smoked until they got lit off Vancouver kush, and dropped heater after heater without missing a beat. They got the room hot and bothered, especially a few feisty females who were inspired to show a little affection to joints from Dream.Zone.Achieve. Not a bad way welcoming to Vancity – shout out to those ladies.
Vancity affiliates HeatWave and Tony Mason took over unofficial hosting duties, weaving through the background of each performance and made sure the whole venue was well informed on each artist in-between sets . It seemed like everyone showed up to see someone specific but left pleasantly educated on a a few extra dope artists. Not a bad turn out, or turn up, for a Tuesday.
Review by Kasskills for HipHopCanada
Photography by Jamie Sands for HipHopCanada