Local hip-hop scene showcased at Bon Voyage EP release party
Submitted by Tyler Knockwood
A huge thanks to the Beer Garden (BG’s) on Prince Street in Charlottetown for giving the much needed opportunity to showcase some of the local talent P.E.I’s hip-hop scene has to offer. When people hear the words “local talent” they sometimes assume mediocrity, but there was nothing average or mediocre about the show on Friday, February 16th. The venue was perfect for this type of show. Once inside, the only lights were coming from the stage, a mix of black and neon lights which illuminated almost like a 3-D rainbow.
Royal J is an Islander who is young and talented. He was the first up (always tough). He was dressed from head to toe in white, and preformed like it was his hundredth show with all the swag and lyrics you would expect from a seasoned veteran. The black light really worked to his advantage shining brightly on his white beanie all the way down to his white Nikes. Royal J performed three songs from his new extended play, The Royal EP.
DeeJ Flynn was up next with his Macho Man Randy Savage sunglasses and long wavy hair pushed to the side. He strutted back and fourth along the stage with supreme confidence and had plenty of good fan interaction. Like Royal J, Flynn was limited to three songs but that was all I needed to hear to know he has talent that can not be taught, bought, or copied. DeeJ has a unique style and stage presence. I am definitely looking forward to hearing more from him.
BT flow and his crew of hype men followed. Until this point it had been solo acts up on stage but BT flow had two of his friends accompany him during his performance. They fed off each other's energy which was essential for the type of performance they were giving. They performed their set of three songs to an enthusiastic crowd.
After the openers it was time for my personal favourite lyricist/rapper/performer Brody Knockwood. Better known to his fans as B-Noq. He gave it 1000% and had people pushing and shoving to get to the front to see the spectacle. In my opinion he gave the best performance of the night. He had great crowd interaction and the amount of fans singing along with every word was giving me chills. Numbers of views on a computer screen is one thing, but to witness actual human beings rapping their best rendition of B-Noq’s “Drunken Chevy” won’t soon be forgotten. Following that, he performed two more songs from his latest project, Ear Drugs, which is being received very well in the hip-hop community.
Immediately following B-Noq it was time for Cavy and Skitsipslow to give it their all. They are a rap duo from P.E.I. Both have had success as solo artists, Cavy with singles like "Black Sheep" and Skit with "Kitchen Parties." The musicians decided to combine their talents together and release an EP. The show was an album release promotion for their new EP Bon Voyage. I must say, mission accomplished. The show was amazing. Everybody was turned to the max, the way a good show should be.
I felt this show really solidified the need for more shows of its kind on P.E.I. Hip hop isn't dead. It lives up north, more specifically on Prince Edward Island. All of the performers gave it their all and the crowd really gave them the vibes needed. All acts had great vocals, great beats, and great stage presence. The crowd was full of fans and supporters of their favourite performers, and that’s really what the Island hip hop scene should be all about.