Velocirap-Tour on its way to MackDaddy’s

Music Diva

The snow is here, you’ve had a few turns and it’s time to get into the full swing of winter fun at Sun Peaks. Resort life is all about a work-play balance, with an emphasis on play, and there’s no better night out than at a local hip hop show!

Kamloops MC Auk—Austin Ingram—is bringing hip hop to Club Mackdaddys on Dec. 16. The Velocirap-Tour, featuring Rushden and Diamonds, KutMasta Kurt and DJ Weezl, is one of many MC Auk is throwing around the Interior in the next month. He says it’s finally time he organized his own events.

“I’ve been doing this for a while, but just recently started promoting,” Ingram says about his progression from MCing to organizing. “I thought, ‘I should be doing this myself.’”

MC Auk has been regularly hosting events at Pogues Mahones in Kamloops, and the Sturgis North Pub in Salmon Arm. Sun Peaks is a new venue that MC Auk is very excited about.

“I’m getting a tour going, and want to hit up some ski hills,” he says.

One wouldn’t normally associate Kamloops with hip hop, but it’s a genre that’s becoming more popular in the desert city, according to MC Auk.

“It’s been more on the underground,” he says, “But it seems like people have started getting more into hip hop lately.”

He says it hasn’t been easy getting local shows going, as most nightclubs aren’t interested in hosting hip hop shows, because of the negative things they associate with the genre. MC Auk says there’s a different mentality that comes with hip hop.

“It’s different than the metal community, because in hip hop there’s no band, there’s no team mentality. There’s a lot of ego.”

The Velocirap-Tour unfortunately doesn’t feature Kamloops hip hop. The artists performing are quite well-known, and will be a good inspiration for the potential in hip hop here.

Rushden and Diamonds is a comical hip hop group from Vancouver. Their debut album 2010 came out last September.

KutMasta Kurt is an American producer well-known for his “Enth E Nd” Linkin Park remix featured on the 2002 album Reanimation. He’s also done work with Kool Keith and Masters of Illusion.

DJ Weezl hails from Edmonton and has some mad scratch skills. He’s toured all over and has also done work with Kool Keith.

The Blackalicious show at Club Mackdaddys in 2009 was amazing, so hopefully this show will draw an equally lively crowd. Cover for the Dec. 16 show is $5—it could be the best $5 you ever spent.

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