Concert Review: Jay-Z – The 4:44 Tour in Toronto (2nd Show)

It’s been another game-changing year for one of Hip-Hop’s most influential titans, Jay-Z. After spending a few years away from the music, Hov returned in 2017 with his thirteenth studio album, 4:44, which has had a major impact both with the music itself and the business aspect around the album’s rollout. Having signed a new ten-year…

Concert Review: Otherwise Known at Salto in Toronto

Otherwise Known are re-emerging on the local Toronto Hip-Hop scene after spending some time keeping their music under wraps and perfecting their craft. It’s been two years since the duo consisting of emcees D-Knight & E (a/k/a Otto Major) released their debut album, After Hours, and the accompanying EP Word To The Wise, but they’ve started…

Concert Review: Slaine & Termanology at Nocturne in Toronto

For over a decade, Slaine & Termanology have been staples in the Boston Hip-Hop scene as individual artists. Mostly navigating their careers separately, Slaine has made waves in the underground both as a solo artist and as part of the group La Coka Nostra, while Termanology has done the same with heavy collaborations on his…

Concert Review: Necro & Madchild at The Rockpile in Toronto

For the first time in about ten years, Necro has returned to Canada for a cross-country tour, and he’s bringing along Canadian Hip-Hop icon Madchild to sweeten the deal!  The Brooklyn emcee/producer is gearing up to release his first full-length solo album since 2010’s DIE!, but as the originator of the death-rap subgenre, this would be…

Concert Review: ¡Mayday! at Adelaide Hall in Toronto

Just a couple weeks after seeing Strange Music’s Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko, and Stevie Stone rock the Phoenix Concert Theatre on their Strange Reign Tour, their labelmates ¡Mayday! have returned to Toronto on their own tour promoting their new album, Search Party.  Released just one month ago, this is their fifth album on the Strange Music label, and also…

Concert Review: Logic at Echo Beach in Toronto

Over the past month, this show went from being one of the most anticipated concerts of the summer to becoming an uphill battle to satisfy disappointed fans.  It was supposed to be two of the biggest Hip-Hop artists under the age of 30 teaming up to co-headline what was being promoted as both Logic’s Everybody’s Tour and…

Concert Review: Tech N9ne – The Strange Reign Tour in Toronto

Tech N9ne continues to prove he’s one of the hardest working Hip-Hop artists there is, somehow keeping up with his seemingly never ending tour schedule while releasing three new albums in a span of less than twelve months.  He released The Storm in December of 2016, Dominion this past April, and is gearing up to release his…

Concert Review: Robbie G at Less Than Level in Oakville, ON

Over many years, Robbie G has built the local Hip-Hop scene in his hometown Guelph, Ontario from the ground up.  He’s brought international artists to his city ranging from T.I. to The L.O.X. to Akon, creating a platform for local artists to showcase their talent, and has also made an impact on Canadian Hip-Hop with…

Concert Review: Havoc (of Mobb Deep) at The Rockpile in Toronto

Earlier this year Hip-Hop lost one of its legends when Prodigy, one half of the duo Mobb Deep, passed away.  Before Prodigy passed, Mobb Deep were apparently working on planning another Canadian tour, but rather than cancel their plans, Havoc decided to honour the legacy of his partner in rhyme by embarking on the tour…

Concert Review: Nas & Lauryn Hill at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto

Just one week after seeing Jay-Z headline his Made In America festival in Philadelphia, we’ve returned home to see two of his biggest rivals over his multi-decade career perform at the Budweiser Stage (f/k/a Molson Amphitheatre).  While Lauryn Hill only competed with Jay in terms of chart positions, awards and accolades for their 1998 albums,…

Review: Jay-Z +More at The 2017 Made In America Festival in Philadelphia, USA

For six years and counting, the Made In America Festival has filled Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway every Labor Day weekend with music fans there to see reputable artists of all genres perform.  With diverse lineups, it’s a way to have people of all tastes and backgrounds party together, which is something America seems to desperately…

Concert Review: Kendrick Lamar – The DAMN Tour in Toronto (2nd Show)

Just one month ago, Kendrick Lamar put on an epic performance with his very first headlining show at the Air Canada Centre, and now he’s brought his DAMN Tour back to Toronto for a second show!  He’s had one hell of a year, further solidifying his spot among Hip-Hop’s elite superstars with his third major-label album DAMN, which…