Canibus at Club Red Last Night

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Chris Piel



Canibus
Club Red
Saturday, February 26

"CAN I? BUS! CAN I? BUS! CAN I? BUS..."

That's what the club was chanting last night as they waited for Canibus to hit the stage Saturday night, sometime after midnight. Eventually the rapper appeared and immediately launched into his performance. Just one track in, he had to clear the sweat from his brow. The perspiration indicated the level of intensity with which Canibus would work his way through his heady music all night.
In some ways the performance was the antithesis of what many hip-hop shows have become. Today, especially in small clubs, it's often the case that a live set is nothing more than a stoned emcee casually recounting his album. Supporting hype men might try and get the crowd rocking but the angst is generally missing.

Listening to a Canibus album, you can feel his hunger, which he prides himself on. He loses none of live. "I'll be in the crowd if you ain't controlling it," he shouted during "How We Roll." His energy was contagious and had the small crowd moving, especially during his famed LL Cool J diss track, "2nd Round K.O." Many tried to sing along, shouting out his compacted lyrics. A few kids in the front row actually kept up with his relentless pace all evening.

Towards the end of the night he brought local rapper Greydon Square on stage to perform their collaborative track, "War Porn" off of Greydon's The Kardashev Scale. The moment was two years in the making for Greydon who had always wanted to work with Canibus and was instrumental in brining the show to Tempe last night.

Roca Dolla, Mister Riot, Mr. Miranda, Knox and a few other emcees all contributed opening acts making for a local rap summit of sorts. It's quite possible however that the mini-break dancing kid Mr. Mase (he couldn't have been older than seven) stole the first act with his b-boy talents.

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Chris Piel
Canibus introduces Greydon Sqaure before performing "War Porn."



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Chris Piel
The precocious B-boy opener Mr. Mase
Critic's Notebook:

Last Night: Canibus at Club Red

Personal Bias: I'll side Eminen if their beef ever manifested it self in a Club Red riot to the death

The Crowd: Hip hop heads anonymous

Overheard: "When I say 'welfare' ya'll say 'hell yeah!'" -Knox

Random Notebook Dump: Dear opening act whose name isn't worth knowing. Never get on stage again and read lyrics off your cell phone. Ever.


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10 comments
Nick Stanbery
Nick Stanbery

Greydon was amazing!! Can't believe he did dopamin kata.

Kcjones
Kcjones

WHAT A SHOW! LONG LIVE INTELLIGENT HIP HOP

Rustednails
Rustednails

Greydon is a genius. Linked up with Canibus, those two could take on the whole industry. Revolutionize hip-hop with intelligence and integrity. Kick out the dummards.

Swerv1
Swerv1

Greydon and Bis dynamic duo !!!!!!!!!!!

dMac
dMac

Greydon is the man! Excited to see him in my area soon

lex
lex

I found this article very appealing. Although i do not listen to rap, the way you described the rap scene that night brought me in like i was there. The humor was nothing short of making the post exciting and less serious/ more entertaining.

MAYABOYS24
MAYABOYS24

His name is BBOY MASTER MACE . Thanks for the Love!

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