What started off like a bad rerun of all things Hip Hop in Montreal, turned out to be one of the best shows in this city’s history.
With a heavy police presence (typical) and a visit from the fire Marshall (capacity) things looked gloomy leading up to the 2Chainz concert,Sunday evening. In fact, as we approached the venue, my crew and I thought it a lost cause, because of the all too common occurrence of Montreal Hip Hop Shows getting shut down. (I.e Rick Ross at Olympia )
As any MTL Hip Hop head will tell you, A LOT of shows get cancelled in this city. For whatever reason, whether it be capacity issues, gang violence, not greasing the right people, or simply not being aloud in the country, it seems that most of these events carry with it the ever present threat of cancellation. I prayed Sunday would be different.
So at 10:27 pm, standing in a motionless line outside the Olympia Theatre, the crew and myself made the decision to abort mission and start selling our tickets. It was a tough sell for many reasons. The most paramount of which was our love for Hip Hop and the loss of not only money, but of a great experience. So there we were, hawking our tickets right next to the kid selling his mix tape to the “tough crowd” who had consciously left their coats in the car, hoping to avoid coat check (CLASSIC MONTREAL MOVE)
We sold 2 tickets and were in negotiations to sell a 3rd at a loss when all of a sudden, like a miracle from the HIP HOP GODS, the line began to move. We were ECSTATIC. We bought more expensive tickets at the box office on our way in, braved through the mandatory Coat Check line and security check and BOOM
In Like FLYNN baby!
We set up shop on the balcony to avoid any brush ups, and for easy access to the bar and bathroom. It turned out to be a good move because we had enough space for the whole crew and a birds eye view of all the cat fights breaking out down below. (It seems as though for every fight, there’s an iPhone filming it. ) Our timing was perfect, as soon a we got our vodka doubles flowing the show was kick started.
From his shine to his rhyme the dude was spectacular on stage
2chainz aka Tity boi was a true showman. His energy was amazing and made up for the really bad sound that’s typical of an Olympia gig. It seemed like everyone was having a blast, even the birthday boy, former WBC Light Heavyweight champion Jean Pascal made an appearance on stage to help 2chainz perform “Birthday Song“.
Yes the B.O.A.T.S. show was a true classic. It was as though, as long as Tity Boi was rhyming, the MTL was a cool as the ATL. The crowd was left euphoric and even when the MC approved starting a RIOT, the room came together and rapped RIOT in unison.
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