The Top 10 Concerts I Attended in 2018

2018 was another epic year in concert-going. It marks the most concert reviews written on this blog in any year so far, with over 30 shows attended and reviewed. We also got to expand beyond Toronto and cover shows in other cities, travelling out for some fun times in Kitchener, Guelph, and Buffalo. Between the…

Top 30 Hip-Hop Albums of 2018: #10-1

2018 may go down as the best year of the 2010s for Hip-Hop releases. It’s been a year to be known for the sheer volume of great albums, with so many dropping that it’s been a challenge keeping up. While it’s great to see the culture thriving with so many artists putting out new music,…

Top 30 Hip-Hop Albums of 2018: #20-11

2018 may go down as the best year of the 2010s for Hip-Hop releases. It’s been a year to be known for the sheer volume of great albums, with so many dropping that it’s been a challenge keeping up. While it’s great to see the culture thriving with so many artists putting out new music,…

Top 30 Hip-Hop Albums of 2018: #30-21

2018 may go down as the best year of the 2010s for Hip-Hop releases. It’s been a year to be known for the sheer volume of great albums, with so many dropping that it’s been a challenge keeping up. While it’s great to see the culture thriving with so many artists putting out new music,…

Concert Review: Onyx at The Opera House in Toronto

Toronto’s last Hip-Hop concert of 2018 would be the classic 90s-era group Onyx performing at The Opera House. Brought to us by Fun Up Entertainment, this show would come on the last Friday night of the year, just three days away from New Year’s Eve. For hardcore and 90s Hip-Hop heads, there aren’t many better…

Concert Review – Shad at The Great Hall in Toronto (2nd Show)

Another year in Toronto, another concert from Shad. The Juno award-winning emcee has had a long history of T-Dot performances, in recent years doing shows that range from revered concert venues like the Danforth Music Hall and Massey Hall, to outdoor summer festivals in Dundas Square and FCP Park, and even small, intimate shows at…

Concert Review: Obie Trice – The Cheers 15th Anniversary Tour in Guelph, ON

It’s been fifteen years since Obie Trice released his debut album, Cheers. While he’s spent many of those years on the underground circuit after his eventual exit from Shady Records, Obie’s platinum-certified debut represents a moment in Hip-Hop history worth celebrating. It was a time when Shady Records and Aftermath Entertainment were a unified force…

Concert Review: Murs at The Drake Hotel in Toronto

To kick off the final month of 2018, Toronto Hip-Hop heads were in for a treat with a rare performance north of the border by underground legend Murs. Having a lengthy career where he’s represented indie labels like Definitive Jux, Rhymesayers Entertainment, Jamla Records, and most recently Strange Music, Murs has been holding it down…

Concert Review: The Beatnuts at Hard Luck Bar in Toronto

It’s always a good old-fashioned Hip-Hop party whenever The Beatnuts come to town. The Queens, New York duo of Psycho Les & Junkyard JuJu have been relatively quiet in terms of new music, but have been able to continue touring for years off of their six albums released between 1994 – 2004. Never falling into…

Concert Review: Classified – The Canadian Classic Tour in Toronto

  With sixteen albums released over the span of more than two decades, Classified has experienced a lengthy career similar to many emcees associated with the word classic among Hip-Hop heads. He’s gone through the grind of pushing through the underground to gain national recognition, the stardom with earning platinum plaques and awards, and has…

Concert Review: Kool G Rap at Revival Bar in Toronto

One of the most influential emcees in the history of Hip-Hop, Kool G Rap is a name often associated with words like authenticity, longevity, lyricism, greatness, and above all, respect. He’s often cited as an influence by some of the greatest lyricists the genre has seen, and is still releasing new music with over thirty…