Quebec rap finally had its moment of glory on the Plains of Abraham on Tuesday, and the star of this historic evening, Loud, took advantage of the carte blanche offered to him by the Festival d' summer to invite pioneers and current stars of the genre to a great hip-hop celebration.
They were at least fifteen, including obviously his accomplices Lary Kidd and Ajust, to have responded to his invitation. Pioneers like the members of Muzion and 83 as well as the big names of the hour Souldia and Tizzo and many others, it was the long-awaited big celebration of keb rap.
Even if the Plains were not as busy as on previous evenings, possibly in part due to the violent storm which delayed the opening of the site at supper time, the many festival-goers gathered near the stage gave a triumphant welcome to Loud, whose entrance was filmed from behind the scenes in documentary style.
The rapper focused on his own material first, alternating between tracks from his new album, No Promise (Provider, #10, Coin in the Shade), and songs that l 'established among the stars of keb rap in the late 2010s (Had to go, New Riches), with the added bonus of a healthy dose of pyrotechnics.
The heart was certainly at the party. We've lost count of the number of times the crowd has responded without being asked, in the purest tradition of rap concerts, to the call to “make the fucking noise.” < /p>
“We got it raining on our heads, but the rap gods are with us,” shouted a fiery Loud, who had at his disposal a central platform, the same as Adam would have liked to have had Levine at the Maroon 5 concert, to meet his fans.
After a ten-track segment where Loud occupied the space alone, the show took on the appearance of a history of rap in Quebec when the guests began to parade.
Honorably, the designated “sovereign pontiff” of keb rap, Sans Pressure, was the first to be summoned to offer < em>Hostile territory.
Before their number, the giant screens then recalled the brilliance of 83 which had interrupted the ADISQ gala hosted by Guy A. Lepage, in 2002, to demand more of recognition for rap.
After a nice nod to Karim Ouellet which took the form of a meeting of Loud Lary Ajust on Autumn, the Plains vibrated like never before when Loud swung All women can dancebefore the veterans of Muzion come to create one of the highlights of the FEQ by revisiting one of the most important songs from here, all genres combined, La vi ti nèg.
The presence of J. Kyll, however, made people realize that it would have been appropriate, on the occasion of such a rap party, to invite other girls, in order to recognize the increasingly large place they occupy in rap keb. We'll have to think about it next time.
Romeo Elvis: the long-awaited big brother
Before Loud, we witnessed the first visit to Quebec by Roméo Elvis and the least we can say is that the Brussels rapper, big brother of a certain Angèle, was eagerly awaited.
Several festival-goers seemed to have moved expressly for this outstanding crowd leader who, obviously, did his homework before arriving since he asked his admirers in the capital if they were “hotter than Montrealers”.
Fostering the rivalry was superfluous given that the spectators on the floor obeyed him finger and eye, that he asks them to create a large circle pit on Pogo >or replace his sister's voice — “it's gotta be gross,” he demanded — during J'ai vu.
Even if he had a brand new album under his arm, Everything can happen, Roméo Elvis drew from a little everywhere in a repertoire where rap takes on pop colors and even sometimes rock, by virtue of the presence, too rare in hip-hop, of three musicians on stage with him.
Between Romeo Elvis and 20Some, Rymz appeared on the stage with the clear intention of filling their ears with the help of a guitarist, DJ Shash'U and the visit of the rapper with cutting speed D4vid Lee.
Started at top speed and with the obvious directive to avoid downtime, his performance reached a climax when the hedonistic rapper from Saint-Hyacinthe chained an unbridled version of Krève, standing on the console, before giving the floor to Shash'U, who also managed to make the crowd jump to the sound of New Power.
Here is someone who has understood that the Plains do not happen often in life. “It's cool to be on this stage, he admitted, smiling like a satisfied kid, before concluding by showing his tender side on his success Little Prince.
20some: she left
In front of a floor that was slowly filling up after the storm that delayed the opening of the doors, rapper 20some, first to perform, gave a brief but compelling preview of his debut solo album, Home Run, packed with old school rap to beautiful sensibility pop, released last fall.
A member of the Dead Obies, 20some received a visit from his friends Joe Rocca and Greg Beaudin, who came to deliver their verses of the song Knock Out.
Thanks to this great baseball fan, the Plains even experienced a first, that is to hear the voice of Jacques Doucet, famous descriptor of Expos games, shout “she's gone” at the Summer Festival.
Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7128