Photos by Sheldon Ang
I had the privledge of checking out the local edition of one of Aussie Hip Hops most premiere nights – Liquid Kandy at Metro City. LK has been a huge platform for the genre and this show certainly showcased not only the best WA has to offer but also some of the top up and coming talent in the scene. Penny Purr started the night off with a bang, I hadn’t heard much of her before this night but I was impressed with her gusto and passion from the outset. She only performed a 20 minute set but what we got was a performance in which was one that would be tough to follow. A surefire star. We caught up with her ever so briefly in passing after her set and told her how much we enjoyed it and she couldn’t have been more happier and enthusiastic to hear it. Humble and delightful – a great performance to kick off the night.
Greesy was up next and kept the energy flowing the way it needed to with another 20 minute set that kept the crowd pumped. I found the 20 minute sets to open things up worked out nicely and kept things interesting, and artists like Greesy being put in a spot like this is ideal. He’s clearly on the rise in Aussie Hip Hop and I wish other genres of music invested in it’s future like Aussie Hip Hop seems to.
5PAST was next and this guy had some catchy tunes. Again, I am just a tourist in Aussie Hip Hop but I know whats catchy and what gets me boppin’ and this performer had the goods for our last 20 minute set of the evening before the ante was upped.
KNOE hit the stage 4th and if I thought things had got real already, KNOE fired the crowd up very well and to put it as bluntly as possible, gave us some great shit. And to think we were barely half way through our evening. I have to say this about Metro City, I know the place is only used when there’s a gig on, or so it seems – but boy it needs a little bit of a refurbishment. Its such a shame, its still a nice enough venue but there’s so much wasted space. These are some of the random thoughts that go through my mind as I bop to a great performer like KNOE, but I can’t help but think of my surroundings when I’m enjoying a show.
Up next were the incomparable Downsyde. I love these dudes – the energy and good vibes of this act just draws you in so much. It was the first time I had seen Downsyde since the inclusion of Beni Bjah – who was my favorite performer of the evening. I got to speak to him after the set and said how much I enjoyed his performance and that he really breathed new life into Downsyde – which is no knock on the former lineup because they’ve always been so energetic and exciting to watch, but Beni Bjah was kickin’ ass and taking names on this evening. Optamus was his usual untouchable self, and he too told me afterward how chuffed he was about how their tour had gone and how LK was a great way to finish it up. Just a great bunch of guys, spreading a good message to the world in the best way that they can.
Complete was our next performance of the proceedings and backed up by all of his entourage/boys this was a crazy performance with such great energy. I thought Downsyde may have been a hard act to follow but Complete was absolutely tremendous. You should have seen the crowd just feeding off the energy emitting from the stage.
Drapht was our Main Event of the evening and he did not disappoint. What I want to say first though, was that backstage I felt a little bad for him – it just felt like to me he needed some solitude and a quiet place to relax before the set, but perhaps he was fine and it’s just me being overly worried about people based on their body language. Everybody was having a laugh and were loud around him and it just felt like he needed some peace and quiet! Keeping that in mind though, he certainly seemed comfortable on stage, he tore the roof off from the outset of his time on stage – it was the first time I had ever seen him perform and I totally get why he is seen as the real deal. So many great songs, and the crowd just simply came unglued for him. It’s a shame about COVID-19, it would have been magical if more patrons could have been in the venue to see this set and and this show. It’s the best we could have hoped for though! As Drapht ended the proceedings I was absolutely spent. It was such a great night, with a lot of love and passion coming from the stage and right back at them from the audience. Whether you like Aussie Hip Hop or not, you have to respect the fact they have an incredible thing going on right now in this country and as a rock n’ roll guy, I am glad I was able to share in it on this evening, got to meet some of the people on the show, and got to be apart of it in some small way. Much thanks to the Liquid Kandy crew for their hospitality and for looking after us so well, you have an incredible thing going right now and I for one can’t wait to check out the next one.