Those who love their beat with a lot of words know that Vernon has one heckuva hip hop scene.
The city has churned out some impressive MCs and producers: SonReal, TassNata, Young Catalyst, Nick Brongers, Creative Bloodline, Immaculate are just some of the few who come to mind.
And on Saturday, a few more will be added to that list showing what they do best when they open for Vancouver MC Snak the Ripper at Vernon’s 2929 Nite Club.
Homeboy Rory MacLeod, aka NOX, is back on the scene and will perform from his just-off-the-press CD, F.E.A.R.
Produced by Vernon’s Track Star Productions, owned by Chad Hector and Kyle English, who have previously worked with Immaculate (Julian Wolansky), MacLeod has been working on the record for the past two years.
“In that time, I decided a name change, fresh sound and fresh start would be my newest vision,” he said. “F.E.A.R is the result of a cutting edge creative process, world class sound design and production.”
Along with NOX, DJ Dargas, Stage and Alfy’O, a former Vernon resident will support headliner Snak the Ripper at the 2929 concert.
Jaclyn Gee, a 21-year-old hip hop/soul singer-songwriter, is releasing her new album on the same day as the Vernon show.
Now living in Vancouver, Gee was born in Surrey and moved frequently throughout her younger years all over B.C. and parts of Alberta.
In 2011, while living in the Okanagan, she was nominated for a B.C. Interior Music Award in the category of Best Musical Recording with Blue, a collaborative album with Kelowna’s Thomas Kjorven.
Gee’s first solo album, titled Heart & Soul, was produced by Kjorven with the exception of the song Over You, which was produced by The PhonoGraff and features Snak The Ripper.
The music video for Over You, released in July, collected more than 21,000 views in the first week.
Gee has rocked the stage alongside acts such as Swollen Members, Snak The Ripper, Sweatshop Union, Datsik and Omar Linx, and says she is influenced by the likes of The Fugees, Norah Jones, The Roots and A Tribe Called Quest.
With hip hop as a foundation, she has developed her own ambiguous, soulful sound that is said to soothe the soul.
Headliner Snak the Ripper stepped onto the Canadian hip hop forefront in early 2007 and has been kicking up dust all over the country ever since.
His debut release, The Ripper, gained hype across the globe, building his fan base by thousands in less than a year, and went on to sell more than 2,000 copies digitally and hand-to-hand in that time.
With help from his crew, Snak has been littering the Internet with his reality-based lyrics, hard-hitting beats, and pure ability to tell it like it is. While other rappers only rap about glamour and fantasy, Snak says he speaks truth and honesty in every single line.
Known for his prominent delivery, and an incredible ability to describe every filthy thought in his head, Snak has become known as one of Canada’s most dangerous up-and-coming hip hop artists. He has rocked shows across the country, and shared the stage with the likes of RA The Rugged Man, Ill Bill of Non Phixion, Sean Price, Cunninlynguists, Choclair, Moka Only and Datsik, just to name a few.
Snak has just recently released his third studio album, White Dynamite. His biggest release to date, the album features underground legends such as Onyx, Madchild, Eliza, Bishop Brigante, Young Sin and Evil Ebenezer, with production by Stuey Kubrick, N-Jin, Sapient of Sandpeople, Rob The Viking, Moka Only and others.
Presented by 13th Floor Entertainment and Bassbong Records, tickets to Saturday’s hip hop show at 2929 Nite Club, 2900-29th Ave., are available in advance at the Downtown Internet Lounge on 30th Avenue next to the Towne Cinema.