<h5>By Graeme Wiggins </h5>
<h3>Monday, March 19, 2018
Fortune Sound Club </h3>
VANCOUVER – The ingredients to a good hip-hop show are pretty straightforward: a booming sound system, an MC with dope rhymes and something to say who ideally does so without the aid of a pre-recorded rap track, a hype crowd filled with both new and old fans, a skilled DJ, an opener who gets the party started. Those will make for a good show. To put it over the top it takes something else. In the case of veteran rapper Dumbfoundead it was a combination of joy and humour.
His songs were tight, a good mix of older material (“Ganghis Khan” was a crowd pleaser from his 2013 album Old Boy Jon) and newer (the pseudo-encore of “Rocket Man”). He stalked the stage proudly and energetically displaying the technical ability one expects from someone who came from the Project Blowed scene. But it was in between songs that he really took the show to a fun next level. He told jokes, taught people Korean words, shared anecdotes, and even did crowd work (“you’re like a next-level, k-pop, white kid!” he told one audience member.) It never took too long or dragged things on.
It seemed to come from a good place and was refreshing. Sometimes rappers can be a little self-serious on stage, and to see Dumbfoundead joke about his age and upbringing added just a little something to take things further. And despite the name of the recent documentary he’s featured in, there wasn’t a “Bad Rap” to be seen.Dumbfoundead, Fortune Sound Club