See and be seen. Went to these shows and more between now and December. Rawse was boring, but ended up one of my favourite nights.
Dec. 23: Rick Ross @ Sound Academy. “The pay-off at a Rick Ross show is immediate gratification – girls scream and dudes roar – upon hearing the thunderous opening bars of songs like Hustlin’, 9 Piece, MC Hammer and B.M.F. and being able to yell along to the hooks.”
Jan. 18: Madlib @ The Great Hall. “It was like he’d come straight from digging at Cosmos Records and just had to play out his finds, all rare and funky and bass, bass, bass.”
Jan. 19: Buraka Som Sistema @ Wrongbar. “Buraka would benefit from a bigger stage next time; more room for their percussion set-up and the three emcees to bounce around, and more room for the crowd to bootyshake on stage.”
Jan. 29: A$AP Rocky @ The Opera House. “In between breaking up a weak fight and drug talk he praised the city’s multiculturalism, calling Toronto “a Crayola box” and yelling “shout out the Somalians,” in a nod to his own lineage.”
Feb. 25: Kingdom @ Dim Sum King. “It’s important to note that Kingdom rinses 90s/00s pop cultural ephemera in a completely non-ironic way. Those familiar swatches serve to mentally anchor dancers submitting to his tastefully strange, sometimes dissonant soundscape.”
Mar. 8: Emeli Sande @ Drake Underground. Subtext of her massive UK-based fame made it almost surreal to watch the singer, clearly comfortable in front of thousands, on the tiny Drake Underground stage.
Mar. 25: #CMW, Machinedrum @ Forest View Chinese Restaurant. “Like Swizz Beats threw a rave.”
Mar. 25: #CMW, Georgia Anne Muldrow @ Wrongbar. “We want you to shake it and think,” Muldrow told the crowd. “Kind of like patting your head and stomach at the same time!”