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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

 April
 
Apr 23   LP   Orpheum
Apr 23   Wallows (All Ages)   Venue
Apr 24   Yelawolf (Sask)   Coors Centre
Apr 25   Roy Blair   Fortune
Apr 25   Yelawolf (Winn)   Citizen
Apr 27   Knife Knights   Fortune
Apr 27   The Floozies   Celebrities UG
Apr 30   Peter Bjorn And John   Venue
 
 May
 
May 1   Lil Windex   Venue
May 2   Melvins   Venue
May 4   ionnalee   Venue
May 8   Jai Wolf   Venue
May 11   Michal Menert & Exmag   Fortune
May 18   Lolo Zouaï (All Ages)   Fortune
May 22   Pink Sweat$ (All Ages)   Fortune
May 22   SonReal (Cal)   Commonwealth
May 23   Orville Peck (Cal)   Commonwealth
May 25   Higher Brothers   Commodore
May 25   Jenn Grant   Fortune
May 28   BONES (All Ages)   Venue
May 28   J.I.D   Commodore
May 30   Snotty Nose Rez Kids   Fortune
May 31   BONES   Commonwealth
 
 June
 
Jun 4   Operators (Cal)   Commonwealth
Jun 7   Chromeo with a Live Band (All Ages)   Malkin Bowl
Jun 7   Operators/Handsome Furs   Fortune
Jun 8   Kranium   Venue
Jun 8   Operators/Handsome Furs   Fortune
Jun 14   Sticky Fingers   Commodore
Jun 14   Yungblud (All Ages)   Venue
Jun 15   Reverend Horton Heat   Venue
Jun 15   Sticky Fingers   Commodore
Jun 16   Reverend Horton Heat (Vic)   Distrikt
Jun 21   Together Pangea & Vundabar   Venue
Jun 23   Blue October   Venue
Jun 26   The Messthetics   Fortune
 
 July
 
Jul 5   FVDED In The Park 2019   Holland Park
Jul 11   Bob Log III   Fortune
Jul 20   Cuco (All Ages)   Venue
Jul 27   Comethazine (All Ages)   Venue
Jul 31   The Marías   Fortune
 
 August
 
Aug 5   Pixx   Fox
Aug 7   The Drums   Imperial
Aug 10   Everything Is Terrible   Fox
 
 September
 
Sep 17   Charlie Cunningham   Fox
Sep 23   Nitzer Ebb   Venue
Sep 26   Shura   Venue
 
 October
 
Oct 1   Kamelot & Sonata Artica   Venue
Oct 5   Delain, Amorphis & Anneke Van Giersberge   Venue
 
 November
 
Nov 4   Peter Hook & the Light   Venue
 
 December
 
Dec 6   The Chainsmokers   Rogers Arena