REVIEW: Mobb Deep Live at Barrymore’s Nightclub, Ottawa

Posted: November 19, 2014 in
Written by: EnvyMagazine

It’s clear to see that true hip-hop heads still (and always will) revel in the classics, like Mobb Deep’s ‘The Infamous’. The 20th anniversary of Mobb Deep’s album brought the world back to that gritty, timeless rap that could only come from a duo like this. On one of the last five stops of their tour, Havoc and Prodigy made their way to the capital city for the first time and shut the place down. Barrymore’s Nightclub was the perfect spot for a show like this (an old theatre-turned-nightclub) giving us that Studio 54 in the 90s, before the sold-out stadiums, vibe. The duo opened the show with “Shook Ones” and had the crowd buzzing from jump. But what really brought the mobb out in everyone was when that beat dropped and uttered the lyrics “to all the killas and the hundred dolla billas”, it was a wrap. One of the most iconic songs in hip hop performed live, there could not have been a better moment of the night. In between, their set bounced back and forth between classic ‘The Infamous’ and their newer stuff, which banged just as hard as the old. Havoc and Prodigy vibed well together on stage, back like they never left to give us 20 years of legendary hiphop.

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Opening the show, a few homegrown Canadian artists hit the stage. M.I.M.E (Ottawa) and Divine Havik (Toronto) warmed up the crowd as they trickled in, high energy from both acts. Just before Mobb Deep, Swisha-T and Johnny Bravo tore down the stage, barely leaving anything for Prodigy and Havoc to perform on. The hometown support was strong on this one; They got the fans hype as hell and soaking wet (thanks for the water bottle shower, Bravo). Despite Peter Jackson having been the original opener for Mobb Deep, Swisha and Johnny absolutely killed it along with appearances from fellow Ottawa artist, Aspects.

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