Bluesfest Day 5 featured Roland Prince, City Fidelia, MGK & more
HipHopCanada and CapCityHipHop were down at Ottawa’s LeBreton Flats for day five of RBC Bluesfest 2018.
The day featured performances by some unbelievable talent including a couple of incredible local acts. We caught live shows from Roland Prince, City Fidelia, and “Wild Boy” MGK.
Check our review below. You can find more photos from the show towards the bottom of the write-up.
Another hip-hop heavy day at Bluesfest featuring a ton of local talent; Day five started with young up-and-comer Roland Prince hitting the Black Sheep Stage with his energetic bars. Surrounded by school mates and some family members in the audience, Prince aka “the broke boy from Kanata” was heavy on crowd work and lethal with lyricism.
With the hot sun blazing reflected on his sunglasses and sweat dripping off his forehead, Roland kept rolling, keeping a strong pace with the intimate crowd. You could tell that he was feeling the bond with his fans since he performed unreleased tracks off his new album, ODD, set to drop today on his birthday (July 15). Click here to check it out.
He also performed his most popular tracks “Faux” and “Wiseman.”
Overall, he gave a great performance and won over some new fans during the show, a lot of potential coming out of OT and Prince is leading the charge.
One of the best feelings is coming back home; the comfort, the memories and energy isn’t comparable. That’s how City Fidelia felt when he jumped on stage! An Ottawa native from Chinatown and current Toronto resident, his stage charisma and poetic lyrics brought a different vibe to the Black Sheep Stage. Flanked by a strong crew of cameramen, hypemen and DJ Kaptev on the beats, Fidelia kicked off his 7 p.m. set making sure his presence would be felt. This shoe was extra special for local fans of the “Lately” rapper, as this was his first show back in OT after years of residing in Toronto – the nostalgia was off the charts!
Tracks like “Unfinished Business”, “Snakes” and “Miles Away” had the crowd hyped up.
But his whole set list had the place going crazy and at one point City was even bold enough to jump into the crowd; stage diving similar to how London On Da Track did during Sunday’s show.
His authenticity seeps through his music and his love for his hometown is glaringly obvious. During his set me made time to show support for other local acts.
He brought out Carpe DM to perform the hot new single “One More Time” and also performed a track called “What You Need” with Toronto producer-singer, Eva Shaw, before speaking on an up-coming project they’re working on. This genuine act brought the crowd fully on his side, even non-hip-hop fans waiting in beer lines to see the Foo Fighters.
It was a solid performance from an experienced rapper, filled with nostalgia and genuine love for the city and City… Fidelia.
Here we like to keep it real, we keep it 100 with our readers. When I tell you the MGK had the best performance of this entire Bluesfest, best believe its NO CAP! Filled with smoke machines, confetti, guitar solos and a viper mic stand (yes, you read that right, a VIPER mic stand), Machine Gun Kelly tore the roof off the Black Sheep Stage. Even the crowd-packing Foo Fighters were overshadowed by the energy and insane performance Kelly gave out.
He set the tone early with “Wild boy” and the crowd erupted! With a diverse fan base, it was easy to see why MGK has transcended the ‘Eminem wannabe’ narrative that haters put on him years ago.
With teenage girls at the front screaming their voice off, and drunk dads jumping up and down to guitar riffs, Kelly seamlessly fused rap elements and rock vibes; demonstrating why his stage presence is second to none.
He was showing Ottawa love while smoking about five blunts mid performance. The biggest stand out from MGK’s set was his lead guitarist who showed out and was feeling the love from an the enthusiastic crowd.
This was an amazing show by Machine Gun and definitely a highlight (if not THE highlight) of Bluesfest.