Review – Pac Div w/ XV and Casey Veggies @ The Key Club – West Hollywood,CA – 07/13/11
Jul 20th, 2011
Category: Key Club, The, Los Angeles, Pac Div, Written Reviews
Pac Div w/ XV and Casey Veggies
@ The Key Club Concert Review
I went back to the Key Club once again for another epic Hip Hop show. For those of you who don’t pay much attention to the live Hip Hop scene, the Key Club always has it going on. They bring legendary icons such as Too Short, Dj Quik, Snoop Dogg, Xzibit and up-and-comers, such as YG, Kendrick Lamar, Theophilus London and Bobby Brackins (just to name a few). This time, the SOLD OUT Key Club stage was graced with appearances by XV, Casey Veggies, Dom Kennedy, Juicy J and Key Club veterans Pac Div.
This was the second time I had seen Pac Div, so I was really excited for their set. I had never heard of Casey Veggies or XV before, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. When I walked in to the Key Club, Casey Veggies had the stage and the Key Club was popping off. I didn’t know any Casey Veggies songs, but he had the club moving and had some catchy beats. After a song or two, Casey Veggies asked us to give it up for Juicy J! I was beyond excited to see Juicy J, as he busted into the Three 6 Mafia classic, “Stay Fly”.
After Juicy J exited the stage, Casey Veggies’ set got a little strange. Half of the set included Casey Veggies performing some tracks live, and then he just sang along underneath the tracks. The tracks got the crowd moving, but I didn’t really see any point in Casey Veggies just singing along. Dom Kennedy joined Casey Veggies on stage to perform “CDC,” and in my personal opinion, the sing-a-long technique doesn’t come across well live.
I loved the parts of Casey Veggies’ set where he was actually rapping. I thought the live portion of Casey Veggies’ set was sick and feel that in a year or so, he will have worked out the kinks in and will hopefully not be playing Disney sing-a-long when he performs live.
Up next was XV; this was my first time hearing XV as well, and I have to say this dood has got it. XV is all the way from Wichita, Kansas and has a positive message in his songs. I really dug how XV came across. He had a lot of energy and was constantly communicating with the audience. I couldn’t believe how upbeat XV was and look forward to see what he brings to the table in the future.
Pac Div closed out the night and, as usual, brought it to the max! Mibbs and BeYoung (Pac Div) command the stage and rock the mic! Pac Div works together as a unit and the energy that brings to the stage is phenomenal. When one of them is spitting a verse, the other to will hype them and keep the song flowing. I think this is one of the most important aspects in a good Hip Hop show, and Pac Div has got it down to a science.
Another cool thing about this show, is that Pac Div had a jam band on stage to play a short intermission as they changed from suits into something more comfortable (jeans and tees). I think the vast majority of the crowd was too young to appreciate Pac Div’s little jam sesh, but I thought it was top-notch and something really cool to do.
As usual, it was a great night at the Key Club. The house was wild, the performers brought it and JUICY J was in the house! I will def catch Pac Div again, XV if he makes it out this way from Kansas again, and Casey Veggies if the mood strikes me. -lorn