Vancouver, BC - Friday night the Pacific Coliseum was left shaken as 88rising artists Joji, Rich Brian, and Keith Ape lit up the stage. Every member of the crew came along for the ride on their 88 Degrees & Rising Tour. The extensive and diverse R&B and hip-hop lineup lived up to its hype, promising Don Krez, August 08, KOHH, NIKI, Higher Brothers, Keith Ape, Rich Brian, and Joji. Each artist brought a new energy to the crowd.
The show kicked off with DJ Don Krez - the perfect starter to the night; getting absolutely wild. The crowd was hyped, and after a quick intermission, R&B singer AUGUST 08 serenaded the crowd with his smooth and sultry vocals. Rapper KOHH was next and came spitting bars in Japanese.
It's likely that every single audience member fell in love when NIKI’s voice as it echoed through the speakers. The sweet R&B singer poured her heart out on stage. When it was time for Higher Brothers to perform, they made it their mission to crank the energy back up. The audience was jumping to tracks like “Made In China”, and the energy didn’t stop as rapper Keith Ape took the stage immediately after.
A hum of excitement roared through the arena as the notorious first few notes of Keith Ape’s hit song “IT G MA” played. The arena was electric by the time Rich Brian hit the stage to perform hits like “See Me”, “Glow Like Dat” and “History”. He finished with his breakout song “Dat $tick” and the crowd fired back every single lyric.
Closing the show was Japanese-Australian singer-rapper Joji appearing calm and cool while sporting an 88rising hoodie with Adidas sweatpants. The heartbreak expert had the audience belting in sorrow to his sad love ballads like “SLOW DANCING IN THE THE DARK”, “YEAH RIGHT”, and “Demons”. In celebration of his album BALLADS 1, which dropped the same night, he performed new songs like “ATTENTION” and “TEST DRIVE” as well.
The 88rising crew came together for one last time on the stage to perform the summer jam “Midsummer Madness” from their collaborative group album Head in the Clouds. Hugs were passed around the stage by the artists as the show finished off on a sentimental note. The concert somehow magically managed to maintain a consistently amorous mood throughout while switching up the energy levels enough to keep audiences entertained. With crazy, high-energy rap acts like Keith Ape, Don Krez and KOHH to the slow ballads of Joji, NIKI, and AUGUST 08, the 88rising collective offered a refined palate of R&B and hip-hop talent giving the crowd everything the could want in a rap show.