A little humidity, the Toronto skyline, a boat and a set of wicked ass Djs spinning the best in hip-hop and house…and you’ve got yourself a clash of all clashes ‘Booze Cruise’. Apart of one of many Hip-Hop vs. House (HHVH) events hosted by Taboo aka Life of the party and Benzo of Bag of Trix the cruise headlined Sweet Touch Foundation Djs Riccachet and Thera-P VS. Dirty Dale and Tyrone Solomon with the Guru Bros. on the drums.
Seeing as the cruise enlisted my all time favorite trio, food –drinks- & Djs, I was excited to attend the event centered on the birthday of infamous Toronto dancer B-Boy Benzo. Bad-Perm raffled off a pair of tickets for a winner who tweeted why they should be the lucky ones partying on the boat alongside the Bad-Perm team. The cruise tickets were awarded to Jessica Nolan, yet for those that purchased a ticket it was well worth it. Each ticket included catered food (worthy of your mom’s cookin) and one free drink ticket for all the ladies on board. You hear that, one free drink ticket for every lady that entered the cruise, Toronto nightclubs – take note!
As people stepped on board the sold out Aurora Borealis at Pier 27 on Yonge st. I tried to scope the crowd to guess who the house heads and Hip-hop fans would be, I myself still struggling to discover which I love more…..Hip-hop or house….a decision I decided to come to at the end of the night [and this review].
I can honestly say I was expecting to see shifts in the dance floor between each dj, yet was pleasantly surprised to find that everyone flowin with the progressive house beats had no problem switching up their two step to cater to the aggressive hip-hop anthems pushing through the speakers. Now tell me, who said a hip-hop head can’t love house and vice versa? The B-boys and B-girls showcasing their style to the break beats were the same ones raising their hands to salute the house beats echoing across the deck (no fist pumping thankfully).
While talking to some of the people in the crowd one girl told me that she had attended a similar HHVH event last summer at the Mod Club hosted by Taboo and FREKKLS and said that “The energy these guys bring to their events are crazy, I usually only attend house events but my friend here (points) will never come out with me unless we are attending a hip-hop show. I guess this is a kind of best of both worlds for non-believers of the opposite genre”. I honestly couldn’t have said it better myself!
As the boat started to head back to the pier I thought to myself…Damn, Toronto can only anticipate the next HHVS event to blow up the scene….and as for me, I remain an avid Hip-Hop Head….with a little bit of house beats inside my soul.
Photographer: Melissa Moffat