Souls of Mischief Hit Venue Nightclub in Vancouver (Live) [Review/Photos]
Vancouver, BC – This past week Blueprint Live brought none other than Hieroglyphics’ Souls of Mischief to Venue Nightclub in Vancouver.
The night kicked off around 10 p.m and featured a talented line up of B.C artists. As the house filled up, Abyss the Mighty Void, Immaculate, Ill-Legitimate, Northwest Division, Emotionz and Aileron individually took their turn on stage. They did their job proper, getting the crowd jumping and amped up for Souls.
Right before the main act, out came two men, backs turned to the audience, dressed in all black with a logo on the back of their hoodies and circular masks protruding from the sides of their heads. The music started and they turn around revealing their masks to be the same as the logos on their hoodies. The beat wasn’t hip-hop though, their set started off with orchestra music and began conducting to it like maestros.
When the beat dropped their words were profound. They put on quite a performance, with choreographed moves, costume changes for every song and props like painted signs stating “we are one”. I refer to them as they because their individual names were kept anonymous until the end of the set where the name Black Opera was flashed across the Venue screen. A definite tough act to follow, but if anyone could do it, it’s Souls of Mischief.
Starting off early morning Friday the 13th right with a packed house, Souls of Mischief finally hit the stage, however they were one short. The inside scoop is that A-Plus was turned around at the border. Nevertheless the show went off without a hitch, which is impressive considering they had to cover all of A-Plus’ parts.
Each member looked as fresh as ever. The atmosphere was amped up with strobe lights flashing and fans interacting that even went beyond getting the crowd to sing-a-long and throw their hands in the air. One fan, who sported an old-school Gretzky jersey somehow managed to get two baseball bats inside the venue was invited on stage by Tajai, who used one of the baseball bats as a prop for the song “Batting Practice”.
A couple songs later was the moment everyone had been waiting for: they dropped “93 ‘til infinity”. The crowd went nuts, water bottles were emptied over excited fans, and everyone chanted “this is how we chill from 93’ till”. Just when everyone thought they were wrapping up their monies worth set Tajai announced a surprise. They were ending the night with the bootleg song “Cab Fare” and even the photographers stopped taking photographs to film the rare events on their phones. The packed crowd lost it. After the song, Tajai brought everyone back to sanity, getting the crowd to hold up peace signs and recite “peace, together, unity”.
All in all, it was a pretty legendary night (even though they were out of Hieroglyphics T-shirts at the merch table). With great local talent, an amazing opener and an infinite headliner, Venue was definitely the place to be this Thursday.
Written by AlleyKat for HipHopCanada
Photography by Jamie Sands for HipHopCanada