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July 13 BIG TICKET review

Posted by Chris on July 30, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Hip-Hop is alive at the Big Ticket

By: Tracy Dane

 

Hip-Hop lives in Toronto and the Big Ticket concert and party series proved it. Premiering Friday July 13th.  Velvet Underground was the perfect setting for fresh new, underground Hip-Hop artists to come out of the woodwork and for established recording artist to give partygoers a performance to remember.

Headlining the July 13th BIG TICKET was Urbnet recording artist, Perfeck Strangers who performed songs from their chart topping debut album Series Premiere. Award winning DJ LAW kept the beats flowing, playing the best Hip Hop music and videos on the planet and the popular high-energy rapper, Tommy Spitz guest hosting for the night. Also gracing the stage that night was SepTO (TO is for Toronto!) an appearance by Jelly Too Fly and a head banging Beat Showcase by KB Tha Crazy Guy who I’m sure got the name ‘crazy’ because of the beats he produces.


Rap newcomer Jae Matic opened the Big Ticket performances; giving him his first real shot at a live performance. Jae Matic with a generous dose of lyrical twisting and tight hooks. His track For The Kids had the crowd; with its ‘Fuck You’ anthem, it was an instant hit.

 

SepTO was smooth as Jazz with his hypnotic Hip-Hop groove. He gave us all our favourites and included his hard-hitting new track titled “Nevera Evera”.  This artist is lyrically one of the best we have seen in a long while. Reminds us of all the great rappers, a mix between Q-Tip and Hova and I cannot wait to see him live again.  


Jelly Too Fly, a female MC, spit lyrics with a vengeance and was up to par with her male counterparts.  Her presence on stage is enhanced  by the fact that she is not on it...she had no problem getting down to the nitty gritty, when she comes off stage and rocks up close and personal with the crowd. No fear, all Swag.


 

The headliners of the night, Perfeck Strangers; are the Dynamic Duo of the Toronto Hip Hop scene.  Dan-e-o and Promise have stage presence to be reckoned with and spit with tenacity and vigour that made you feel like you are at the right place, at the right time.  Their style is difficult to define but you instantly know you like it. Their live show is a performance; a tightly choreographed performance. They know how to connect with the audience and they deliver as few can. A must see any time you get a chance!  


 

Yes, the musical line up was explosive; each performer blasted the stage with vicious energy and kept the crowd engrossed with their hard driving lyrics. It was a bit like going back in time; a time when Hip-Hop was for partygoers and talent spectators. The venue, the artist line up and the DJ were all spot-on.


 

With the huge success of the premier Big Ticket event, it will now happen monthly, the second Friday of each month at Velvet Underground 510 Queen St. West. The next event is Friday August 10th from 10pm until 3 am. Well-known industry mogul and Big Ticket’s creative director, Chris Jackson has arranged another stellar line up including Toronto natives Citizen Kane and Large Live ’N’ Direct from New Foundland, who I understand perform with a live band. It will be another great night of Hip-Hop and I cannot wait…


 

The Big Ticket series provides Toronto Hip-Hop fans, artist and music industry pros just what we need, just when our city needs it most. Toronto’s Hip-Hop scene needs more Big Ticket events, more underground Hip-Hop, more live music, more professional and polished event production, more fun and more unity. That is Hip-Hop’s roots and Big Ticket provides it in extra large doses.

 

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