It’s been three long years since we’ve heard an album from Detroit’s own, Obie Trice, the man who brought us hip-hop classics from “Got Some Teeth” to “Shit Hits the Fan”. Four months after the drop of his fourth studio album “The Hangover”, released under his own label, Black Market Entertainment, Obie hit the streets of Canada for a promo tour. With a show every night and thirteen cities across eastern Canada, the capital city was no doubt going to be one of his stops along the way. After some rough weather traveling from Peterborough, ON, Obie and his crew finally made it to Ritual Nightclub in Ottawa to perform.
Photo: Chizzle Photography
The show opened with a hefty roster of Canadian talent including Dopekiid, Ickarus, Léon ‘fa du Fond, C-Note, and the main supporting act, Mace Milly with Kidd Major. Each act brought a special hometown touch to the show and displayed some raw talent to put on for our city. Although we didn’t catch everyone’s live performance, we did get to hear them all during sound check; Every performer held their own, very dope lineup. Of course just before Obie hit the stage there was one more performer: a Montreal rapper by the name of Bless. We caught up with Bless before his set (interview coming soon) and talked a little bit about his third studio album, “Spoils of War”. Having worked with notable artists from Guru, Foxy Brown, to Capadonna, it was no surprise that the artistry and talent was strong on this one; Definitely an artist worth checking out.
Photos: Chizzle Photography
Despite the crappy weather and the late arrival, the crowd was ramped up and had been brewing a hangover themselves since earlier that night. Obie hit the stage with way more energy than expected from a guy who performed four shows in a row already, battled our treacherous weather, and knocked out three interviews all before his set. The night was lit and the deeper it got, the lower the Henny bottle got as he graciously shared his spirits with his faithful audience. Obie went through a catalog of his music from “Cheers” to “The Hangover” featuring old songs like “Hennessy” and “Lady” and new songs like “Same Shit” and “Good Girls”. Part-way through the show, in true story-teller fashion, Obie connected with his fans on a more personal level with a story about his mom’s passing from breast cancer. Although a difficult topic, he light-heartedly pleaded with the females in his audience to “Cut those titties off, ladies. We only want ass anyway!” We at Envy Magazine have spent seven years waiting for Obie to come back to Ottawa after being denied entry back in 2008, let’s not make it another seven years.