As this was my first NXNE showcase event, I was kind of hyped to see all the different local and American talent and vibe with them throughout the night. The showcase was held at Wrongbar, a club/bar/concert venue in Parkdale, Toronto.
The opening features were mostly from Toronto. Tre Millions started the night off that set the mood for the rest of the show. From him to The Antiheroes, the energy was off the chain! They really got the crowd turnt up! I was trying to get a clear photo to tweet out but I couldn’t because of how interactive they were with the audience.
The standout line from their performance off a track of theirs was “this is the track that broke your mom’s back.” That was one of my highlights of the night and really enjoyed their Modern Day Riot track.
MMVA nominated Rich Kidd hit the stage right after The Antiheroes and he performed his hit, Can I Get A? (Bom, Bom) twice. My favourite part of his set was him tweeting and taking pictures with the fans – that’s what I love about small venues like Wrongbar. Kidd was showing love for Toronto and the other performers all night.
There was a special performnce by Deniro Farrar‘s and I had happened to get a chance to chat with him before the show started. I didn’t know who he was until I checked in on Foursquare to see that he was one of the performers for the night. He got on stage and killed it! Considering I hadn’t listened to his music before I dug the performance.
He got the whole diverse crowd dropping “n—-” word out loud. By the end of his performance it was a hot basement party and awaiting Joey Bada$$.
Keeping it real, before attending this concert I heard one Joey Bada$$ verse off the 1 Train track with A$AP Rocky alongside other artists. I liked that so I proceeded to download 1999 and get into the zone.
Fast forward to 1:05 am, the DJ gets the crowd going with some Brooklyn legends including of course, Biggie. The crowd got hyped reciting Juicy word for word. We were ready for him as light grey haze filled the room and then he “hits the stage for the first time in Toronto.” (Joey was actually here last summer for The Smokers Club Tour but he seems to have forgotten).
Joey performed Waves off of 1999 which got the audience in a New York state of mind. From World Domination to the 1 Train verse (another dope part of the night) to School High, it was incredible! Being his first (faux) time in Toronto, he performed a couple new tracks for us including ’95 till Infinity and even had Statik Select and Kirk Knight on stage with him.
My absolute favourite part of Joey’s performance was the Capital Steez tribute. The Pro Era member passed away in December but everyone to raised their two fingers up in memoriam. It was a great way to show love to him and the crowd was really feeling that.
It honestly was like being in a basement party in Brooklyn. The walls were sweating, the audience was sweating, Joey was sweating but we didn’t mind, we were having a good time!
Although, everyone was there to see Joey Bada$$, I really liked the whole showcase and was able to get some new music downloaded and ready for listening. It was an amazing concert – being my first – and it was cool to see how we have a lot of young talented rappers in our city – you just got to look for it.
Shout out to Smashmouth Entertainment, NXNE and Wrongbar for putting together a kickass show. It’s something I’ll never forget and always remember as a musical milestone! We’d also like to thank Cassandra at Flip Publicity for the media passes.
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