The Beat: Producer Showcase went down this past Friday night at Adelaide Hall, a venue located in the heart of downtown Toronto. Presented by Manifesto & Foundry, The Beat: Producer Showcase was an event designed to showcase the beats produced by the likes of Sango, Oddisee, Elaquent, Sunclef, Lancecape, and Rich Kidd. Hosted by Wan Luv and DJ Mymanhenri, this musical affair had a little something for everyone. For those up and coming producers there was much to be learned. And for those who just love hip hop – and wanted to have a good time – this event definitely catered to those needs too.
The showcase was organized into three rounds — Canada Hip Hop Remix, International Remix and Toronto Remix which included a live performance by Shad. The two-floor Romeo-and-Juliet-esque venue held the sizable crowd comfortably– with room to dance, bob your head, or furiously type notes on your iPod.
Rich Kidd started things off with some heavy 808s and good ol’ call and response. “We run shit!” he says into the microphone – alluding to greatness that is the T-Dot. His energetic and elaborate set brought the crowd to life and truly got the event started. 2013 has been a big year for the Toronto MC and producer; he’s had more live performances than I can count on one hand, 3 EP releases, and an active role with Manifesto. Overall great showmanship, variation of sound and technique.
Up next was Lancescape of The Monolith Crew, hailing from Toronto. Lancescape wanted to give us a history lesson –- he shared beats from “the vault” of Canadian hip hop pioneers. “Toronto is the best city in the world!” he exclaims. I was ecstatic with his effort to engage the crowd in hip hop that has been produced locally and nationally. The crowd especially enjoyed his chopped rendition of k-os’s I wish I knew Natalie Portman.
Elaquent – a Guelph, Ontario native brought his A” game” with unique samples, stellar beat matching and dope fx’s. His distinct melodic calculation had my head bobbin’ and my neck sore
Oddisee was easily the highlight of my night. The DC rapper and production god delivered the goods in Toronto this weekend. Oddisee is truly a master of his craft – his set was effortless. The simplicity of his live set took me away from crowd for a short moment. I could feel the synth under my skin and the harmony of his composition running through me. I’m eager to hear his new instrumental LP The Beauty In All, October 1st.
The last producer I was able to see was Sango. Sango turnt up the venue and was the first act to have the entire crowd dancing. The Michigan-based producer exquisitely merged soul, rnb, future bass, and hip hop cuts that seriously got the crowd going. His energy radiated through his miraculous waveforms that completely captured the audience.
Much love to all the producers that showed us a thing or two. Doing a live set is not easy – respect to all the artists for mastering their craft and sharing it with us at the showcase