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Celebrating Two Years with Kurupt

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

It’s time to party, and as usual, Blueprint LIVE is making it happen in style. Celebrating two years of integrating multi-genre live events into the landscape of BC’s music scene, the Blueprint LIVE team have put together a pretty irresistible edition of the CO:LAB showcase series – Tha Dogg Pound’s Kurupt will be playing a free show alongside his brother Roscoe at Venue on December 17.

CO:LAB is a monthly hip-hop showcase that combines many elements of hip-hop and pays homage by featuring legendary hip-hop artists alongside local up and comers. This is one way in which Blueprint LIVE builds up the local hip-hop scene and provides inspiration through the legends that are featured at each showcase. Kurupt, for example, is an artist who heavily influenced the way that hip-hop developed on the West Coast – appearing alongside Daz Dillinger on Dre’s The Chronic and Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle, Kurupt helped define the lyrical, stylistic and thematic features of 90’s classics during the G-Funk era.

Growing from his roots, Kurupt continued to take an important role in hip-hop – Dogg Food was released on Death Row Records in 1995, with Kurupt leaving the label shortly afterwards. His first solo album Kuruption! featured multiple East Coast artists including N.O.R.E. and Buckshot, allowing Kurupt to diversify the sound he’d helped develop. Kurupt formed group after group for various releases, making history with Wu Tang, Canibus, Mobb Deep and The Alchemist. After decades of feuds, label moves, reunions, albums and tours, Kurupt’s place as an innovator, a legend and a gold mine of hip-hop history has truly been solidified.

There’s something pretty special about witnessing a veteran performer like Kurupt, especially on the West Coast where his influence has been so strong. To see such a performer for free, though, is more than special, it’s point proof of the hard work and care that Blueprint LIVE puts into all their shows – whether hip-hop, EDM, folk or metal.

Blueprint LIVE has expanded the way that Vancouver interacts with music: the quality and frequency of big name acts have increased exponentially since Carlo Giusto and Malcolm Croome – the live music directors – stepped up to the plate in 2012, each man bringing with him a wealth of instinct and experience. Blueprint LIVE continually deepens relationships between artists, media, venues and fans by creating spaces that are inclusive, relevant and exciting.

Join us as we celebrate our second anniversary on December 17th at VENUE.

By Amalia Nickel

events calendar

 August
 
Aug 22   Mndsgn   Fortune
Aug 30   The Midnight   Commodore
 
 September
 
Sep 1   Sleep   Capital
Sep 7   Slowthai   Fortune
Sep 12   Blackalicious   Fortune
Sep 12   COTIS   Capital
Sep 12   No Fun At All   Venue
Sep 13   Oliver Tree   Commodore
Sep 17   Charlie Cunningham   Fox
Sep 21   BJ The Chicago Kid   Fortune
Sep 23   Nitzer Ebb   Venue
Sep 26   Criminal: Podcast   York Theatre
Sep 26   Shura   Venue
Sep 27   Lil Keed (All Ages)   Venue
Sep 27   Nilüfer Yanya   Fortune
Sep 29   Hatchie   Fortune
Sep 30   Band of Skulls   Venue
 
 October
 
Oct 1   !!! Chk Chk Chk   Fortune
Oct 1   Kamelot & Sonata Artica   Venue
Oct 2   SG Lewis   Fortune
Oct 2   Marc Rebillet   Venue
Oct 5   Delain, Amorphis & Anneke Van Giersberge   Venue
Oct 7   Ride   Venue
Oct 7   Song Exploder Live - Chuck D   Van Playhouse
Oct 8   Starcrawler   Fortune
Oct 10   Maribou State   Commodore
Oct 11   Injury Reserve   Fortune
Oct 15   Cavetown   Venue
Oct 19   Jakob Ogawa   Venue
Oct 25   Guerilla Toss   Fortune
Oct 26   Hollerado   Commonwealth
Oct 28   Cat Power   Commodore
Oct 30   Madeon (Live)   Commodore
 
 November
 
Nov 4   Peter Hook & the Light   Venue
Nov 6   SHAED   Fortune
Nov 9   Maxo Kream (All Ages)   Fortune
Nov 16   Jack Harlow   Fortune
Nov 19   Julia Jacklin   Venue
Nov 23   Dave (All Ages)   Fortune
 
 December
 
Dec 6   The Chainsmokers   Rogers Arena