While the PNE Forum may be a great spot to watch a gymkhana routine or a SuperDogs show, it’s a terrible place to see a concert.
The sold out all ages crowd didn’t seem to care, however, probably because they were just so excited to finally see Schoolboy Q on tour in Vancouver.
Though the long wait in line outside the venue caused the show start over an hour late, the fans quickly mobbed the stage upon entry with as much enthusiasm as they could muster.
Opening duties for the night went to Joey Bada$$, an American rapper from Brooklyn, New York. The young rapper had the local crowd in the palm of his hand from the start performing tracks across his substantial discography. Well known for his intricate flow and lyric style, the nuance of his performance unfortunately echoed away into oblivion.
With the show already running late, Schoolboy Q swiftly entered the stage following Joey’s performance and dove into a rendition of the track “Gangsta” from his third studio album, Oxymoron. Growing up in South Central, Los Angeles, the prolific rapper is also a member of the hip hop group Black Hippy alongside Top Dawg Entertainment label-mates and fellow California-based rappers Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, and Kendrick Lamar.
While most of Q’s powerful delivery was definitely lost bouncing around the concrete walls of the venue, the young audience didn’t show any signs of waning enthusiasm and recited every lyric back to the rapper word for word. Highlights from the show were his performances of, “Blessed,” “Collard Greens,” and “Man Of The Year.”
Having seen both Q and Joey perform in other venues and festivals over the past few years, it was apparent that their performances were masterfully executed. It was such a shame to have to witness a venue dilute their work to that degree.
Joey Bada$$ and SchoolBoy Q performed at the PNE Forum on October 22.
Photos for Daily Hive provided by Brandon Artis. Connect with him at @_brandonartis.