By: Lucy Sky –
Madchild’s show at Babylon nightclub in downtown Ottawa on January 21st was a night filled with dirty beats, and the grimiest of rhymes.
From start to finish, this wasn’t something any hip-hop fan in the area would want to miss. People came from as far as Peterborough to see the show, and with six opening acts and local support, Ceerouse, C-Note, Pimpton, Prehistoric, Swift Crew and Young Kazh, they got the crowd warmed up into a frenzy. The small crowd grew progressively larger into a full house by the time Madchild came on and gave him that warm Ottawa welcome.
While every artist put their all into their performance, Madchild took it to another level. The fans were head over heels when he came on stage, suiting a winter jacket and backpack. It wasn’t long until he started showcasing his lyrical skills and putting on his fan-enthused performance. Throwing off the jacket, getting comfortable on stage, he brought forth the performance that everyone was expecting and they could not have been happier about it.
The night was jam packed with the crowd chiming in on continuous rhymes, playing into his stage presence and creating a fully enthusiastic environment. The spark between artist and fans was strong enough for anyone to be enthralled by.
While he didn’t play the same venue, Snak the Ripper recently performed in Ottawa with one of the same supporting artists, Swisha T, and about halfway through the show Madchild had the crowd chanting “f**k Snak the Ripper” after he belted out “who here hates Snak the Ripper, f**k Snak the Ripper”, which unified the crowd and amped up the adrenaline in the room.
Highlights of the night were fan favourites like “Lawn Mower Man,” “Runaway” and “Prefontaine.” Foremost was when the Vancouver rapper jumped into the crowd, the fans were taken a back by the fact that he not only welcomed fans to the stage for most of the night, but also wanted to come down to their level.
Madchild is on tour throughout February and will visit London, ON. on Feb. 2nd, Sarnia, ON. on Feb. 3rd, Kitchener, ON. on Feb. 4th, Windsor, ON. on Feb. 5th, Toronto, ON. on Feb. 6th, and more. Full tour dates here.