Post Malone and Jazz Cartier give Vancouver a high-energy show to remember
Vancouver, BC – It was a rainy Sunday night, but that didn’t stop fans from waiting for Post Malone‘s Hollywood Dreams Tour stop in Vancouver with Jazz Cartier and Larry June in a lineup that never seemed to end. The bass from the DJ set was vibrating outside The Vogue Theatre, and everyone was eager to get inside. After passing through the doors the energy was electric.
Although Post’s album Stoney still hasn’t been released, he still managed to pack the venue and bring a crazy crowd that was ready to turn-up. The DJ played the typical hype bangers and had the walls shaking right up until he asked, “Are y’all ready to see Jazz Cartier?!” The crowd spoke, chanting, “Cu-zzi, cu-zzi, cu-zzi!” The lights turned down, and a roar came from the audience. We all knew it was time.
After San Francisco emcee Larry June threw down his set for the all ages crowd the audience began gearing up for Jazz Cartier, who had almost as much buzz surrounding him as Post Malone. The lights remained low and a bright, red, flashing “100” appeared on the screen. The music started and Jazz came out like an explosion to “100 Roses.” Everyone instantly fed off his energy. He was giving it his all, and it was apparent that he fully committed to the set. The first 3 songs had the audience bobbing, but comfortable but he knew how to change that quickly as he began to light up the stage. When he jumped, we jumped. When he went crazy, we went crazy. At multiple points during his performance he jumped in the crowd, and his fans caught him before returning him to the stage. As the set went on he got more intimate with us, and went from standing on stage, to standing on the guard rail, to standing on the crowd itself. Mosh pits started getting bigger as the songs started to get more wild, and it was difficult to keep balance when everyone was either pushing to get into the mosh, or pushing to get out of the mosh.
I knew his set was coming to an end when “Dead or Alive” played. By this point I was in awe that he’d been standing on the crowd for the last 3 tracks, and was still managing to hit his bars and keep his show as live as it was. Cuzzi went out with one of his biggest bangers, and set the bar high for Post Malone. FKI First kept the party going with some hype tracks while we waited for the second half of the show.
Post Malone came out to “White Iverson” (obviously), smiling large in his shiny grills. He paid his respects to fallen artists Bankroll Fresh and A$AP Yams pouring out ounces of Bud Light onto the stage. “Too Young” was first to play, and immediately he had the whole venue singing in harmony. Everyone was feeling him, and he was feeling the audience.
He followed up with “Monte” and it immediately changed the mood. The audience went from singing as if we were in an open meadow, to wilding out like it was our last night alive. Post was feeding us energy like we were hungry for it. Eventually Post brought out Larry June to assist on “Never Understood” from his mixtape August 26.
All around, the show was wild and the energy never really stopped – from the artists and the audience. Before the show was over, Post took a minute to apologize to his fans about the tardiness of his album, but ensured us that pre-order for Stoney will be available next week. Following this last declaration, he preformed a song off the album titled “Champions” featuring Quavo of Migos. He signed us off with “White Iverson,” the one track that everybody in the audience knew. He performed the first half of the song until the crowd took over singing every word for him. Until next time (and hopefully after we get our hands on Stoney), Vancouver will be awaiting his return.
Review by Mario Flores for HipHopCanada
Photography by Jamie Sands for HipHopCanada