Ra Scion and his voluptuous beard have already made a name for himself rapping with Common Market, but he is not stopping there. Today he stopped by Easy Street Records in West Seattle to perform as his alter ego Victor Shade.
Shade is often referred to as the “Superhero of Rap.” Earcandybeat.com relates how the project started as a tribute to his deceased brother-in-law who was a comic book aficionado. Shade did no wear the cape today, but his rhymes and stage presence were still supernatural.
With the garage door open, Shade played both to the audience in Easy Street as well as on the street. At one point during the performance he even stepped off the stage and rapped shoulder to shoulder with patrons on the sidewalk. Even the kids were feeling Victor Shade’s performance as they danced and swayed in the front row on the street.
Carrying the entirety of the stage by himself, Shade had no problem keeping everybody hyped up. He constantly moved around the stage and did not miss a beat. His underground hip hop style gelled with the warehouse vibe of the Easy Street and kept everyone engaged with his rhyming precision, including a throw back line to LL Cool J’s “Momma Said Knock You Out.”
If you missed Victor Shade at Hood to Hood, and shame on you if you did, you can catch his next performance on May 27 at the Hard Rock Cafe for $20 pre-sale or $25 at the door.