Dec 7, 2016

VIDEO: Ricca Razor Sharp – “54 Spots in the 403”

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Calgary’s Ricca Razor Sharp revisits all 54 venues at which he has performed during his 17 year hip hop career. Some current, some forgotten, some legendary. Video by Kelsy Norman.

Lyrics:

54 Spots in the 403
Where Ricca Razor Sharp was a dope MC
Come on a venue voyage with me
to 54 places in the 403
That’s 54 stages that I rock
54 places to blow up the spot
I been across the street and around the block
Razor Sharp on stage cold keeping it hot

54 spots in the 403
From the north to the west to the south to the east
I played the Republic on 17th
And Java Shark for the Defekt CD
Some spots closed or became other joints
Like Fameless Clothing, also the Point
On First Street I get on down,
Back in the day at Cherry Lounge,
and Night Gallery that was upstairs
Now there’s some kind of store up there
Soda and Bamboo, the list goes on
Got booked for the Castle Pub by Castle John
Cafe Koi and Vicious Circle
I did that, like Steven Urkle
Lilac Fest, busting out hits
In a parking lot where this building now sits
At Palomino it’s a three step process,
Eat ribs, drink beer, drop the hotness
Over at Watchmans during Stampede
Blades of Steel gave em what they need
Out to Lord Nelson’s, I sometimes venture
And Radio Park, on McLoed remember?
There used to sit the Multi Cultural Centre
All ages shows rowdy kids would enter
And I played the first Distillery
And I played the second Distillery
I missed the third one, man, that’s killing me
I played the fourth one, that’s called Distortion
I played Verns and Cafe Kawa
Swigs down south and Tropicana
The first NMC and Dickens too
Oak Tree Tavern and of course Ubu
For 10 at 10, now it’s at Commonwealth
That used to be the Underground slash Warehouse,
A metal, rave, punk bar and bath house
I played it then, I play it now
Mikey’s Juke Joint used to be Jack Daws
I rapped and I rapped to mass applause
I played the Back Alley with Phattoe
Girls on the speakers, stripping they clothes
Whiskey Audible opened up for Red and Meth
At the Rusty Cage I was kicking it fresh
a really great show I could not believe
BoS, Ship and Anchor on New Year’s Eve
Local 522 was great oh yo
Blades of Steel played some of our best shows
And in the defect days, and Phattoe
We played a great bar that was called Metro
That had two halves, one side for dancing
The other side for the hardcore bands and
and due to a policy regarding the line
Band fans skipped ahead club kids wait outside
I played Broken City on many occasions
With Blades, Audible, maybe even EquAzn
Blind Beggar One, drinking beers doing shooters
Blind Beggar Two that used to be Hooters
Had my first solo CD Release Show
At a place called Amsterdam Rhino
It’s had many names through the years to keep it working
Last Best, King’s Head and Fox n Firkin
I’ve played Classy Joints for the Shows that were private
Telus Convention Centre, even the Hyatt
the Grand Opening of Genesis Centre,
MEG energy and even the Jack Singer
The Calgary Golf Club that was fun
the Al Azar Centre the Shriners run
that’s where we played for Holly and Nick’s wedding
BoS rock till the room starts spinning
Ya wanna hear about schools? cool
Liberty Lounge at the MRU
The Empty Space, oh yes, Mac Hall
SAIT, ACAD, I played em all
At an elementary school in Dover
Ricca Razor Sharp won the kids all over
Mt. Royal Plaza at the First Sled Island
That’s a crazy list Razor Sharp’s compiling
Some venues I don’t even recall
Stages round here darn near played em all
So to developers with money in they pocket
Build a new stage, watch Razor Sharp rock it!

54 Spots in the 403
Where Ricca Razor Sharp was a dope MC
Come on a venue voyage with me
to 54 places in the 403
That’s 54 stages that I rock
54 places to blow up the spot
I been across the street and around the block
Razor Sharp on stage cold keeping it hot

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