Concert Review: Nas & Mary J. Blige at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto

When it comes to Hip-Hop and R&B, Nas & Mary J. Blige can be considered royalty of their respective genres, each having legendary careers lasting over 25 years, and now they have joined forces for The Royalty Tour. Celebrating 25 years of Nas’ Illmatic album and Mary J. Blige’s My Life album, the two legends…

Concert Review: Beast Coast at Echo Beach in Toronto

The Beast Coast crew have individually been taking the underground Hip-Hop world by storm over the past several years, and now they’ve finally united as a supergroup to release their first album as a collective, Escape From New York. The all-Brooklyn squad consists of standout star Joey Bada$$, members of his Pro Era crew including…

Concert Review: Common at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto

  For the first time in five years, Common has returned to Toronto on his Let Love Tour. The acclaimed Chicago emcee/actor/author has had many artistic endeavors in recent years, always pushing his own boundaries with the various looks, feels, and styles of the characters he portrays in film, and with each of his musical…

Concert Review: Shad at the 2019 TD Toronto Jazz Festival

There are many ways to ring in the summer in Toronto, and one of those ways would be the opening weekend of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival! On the first official weekend of summer, and for the entire week to follow, the Toronto Jazz Fest shut down a stretch of Bloor Street between Bay Street…

Concert Review: Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals at Echo Beach in Toronto

  2019 is Anderson .Paak’s year. After crushing it on the indie scene for most of the decade, the multitalented RnB/Funk/Soul singer has arrived in the mainstream, finally releasing his major-label debut album on Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment late last year. Riding the wave of November’s Oxnard album, 2019 so far has seen Anderson .Paak go…

Concert Review: Snoop Dogg at Rebel Nightclub in Toronto

  One of the most prolific figures in Hip-Hop, Snoop Dogg has returned to Canada on a very special concert tour. After hitting smaller Ontario markets along the way like Sudbury and Huntsville, Snoop’s return to Toronto would also be a smaller show than we’d expect, as he’d be performing at Rebel Nightclub as opposed…

Top 10 Upcoming Hip-Hop Concerts to see in Toronto This Summer (2019)

It’s that time again! The weather is warming up, and Toronto is about to be ripe with music festivals, nightclub shows, and outdoor concerts. As we always do, we’re counting down our top 10 picks of must-see shows for Hip-Hop fans in the GTA! In chronological order: 10. Madchild & Stevie Stone at The Rockpile…

Concert Review: Nitty Scott at Adelaide Hall in Toronto

It was a night of rarities this past Saturday in Toronto, as The Academy Presents had a showcase of Hip-Hop artists who don’t release new music too often, and haven’t touched a Toronto stage in a while. Brooklyn, New York emcee Nitty Scott would be making her return up north, her latest release being 2017’s…

Concert Review: Earl Sweatshirt at Rebel Nightclub in Toronto

The elusive Earl Sweatshirt has made his return to Toronto, performing here for the first time since 2015. He’s had a bumpy ride over the years since then, cancelling tour dates due to health and drug problems, having his father pass away, and not releasing any new music until just recently. This past November he…

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…

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…