B.o.B. meets Edmonton on Canadian Tour [Review]
Edmonton, AB – On January 30, ATL’s B.o.B. braved the cold streets of Edmonton and put on a live show at Encore in West Edmonton Mall. Brought to you by Eiffel Tower Entertainment, Nightshift Entertainment and Pearl Entertainment; the Grand Hustle artist was the first major urban-headliner to hit E-Town in 2015.
Although the headliner was large, we wish we could’ve said the same for the crowd. Encore hosted roughly 300 people, which wouldn’t be too shabby in a more intimate venue, but for a venue that holds up to 1,000 the building definitely could have used a few more bodies. The show continued on with our locals; Evrlove, Dizzy (with Diviot), [C.O.B.’s] Rome Angel, Young Tox and K-Blitz, Mitchell Lawler & Conch, Sully and BGK each respectively taking the stage to open the show. Nightshift’s DJ Grizz did his thing to hold us down throughout the night.
While B.o.B. is used to performing in front of thousands, he still made the most with what he had to work with and had some fun with the crowd. Cue [deep breath] the twerk contest. We all know twerking ain’t leaving anytime soon, and I can rock with that, but these contests have got to stop. Props to B.o.B. for interacting with his fans, but I say stick to the music instead of pulling these girls on stage. Poor, poor girls.
Twerking aside, the show also had humbling moments, as B.o.B. handed out t-shirts and mixtapes mid-set. Ok. So maybe it was his security guard who actually did the hand outs – regardless it goes to show that Bobby Ray can still keep it real no matter what level of success he has achieved. The distribution of mixtapes is the story of every rapper’s hustle, after all.
There’s no debate that B.o.B.’s rise to mainstream success has been steady since his debut in 2008 – but to see him put on a full live-set is another story. You realize how notable his career has become, when his biggest hits are performed back-to-back. Not to mention the level of diversity to his catalog; from the lighthearted and pop-friendly “Airplanes,” “So Good” and “Nothing on You” to the raw and rugged “HeadBand,” “Out Of My Mind” and “Ready.”
Edmonton marked the second-last stop of B.o.B.’s 4-day Canadian tour, which was also the only stop held in Alberta. Regardless of the the turnout – the show gave fans the opportunity to watch an up-close and personal performance and experience a little southern hospitality straight from the ATL.
Written by Rosa Jason for HipHopCanada
Photos: B.o.B. at Encore in Edmonton
Photography by Andrew Lynn for HipHopCanada
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Tags: B.o.B., BGK, COB Canada, Diviot, Dizzy, DJ Grizz, Eiffel Tower Entertainment, Encore, Evrlove, Grand Hustle, K-Blitz, Mitchell Lawler & Conch, Nightshift Entertainment, Pearl Entertainment, Rome Angel, Sully, Young Tox