The problem with hip-hop shows is that they make you forget that non-hip-hop shows actually do start on time.
Flipping through Twitter in an empty Wrongbar to check what I missed during Briar Rabbit's extremely punctual set at Czehoski (which didn't go along with being stuck in the word's slowest cab), FOMO hit hard. Walking into a venue as an artist is finishing up their set is the ultimate tease.
At Wrongbar Toronto's London-dwelling grime-scener Tre Mission kicked things off with a short, kinetic set while The Antiheroes ramped up the energy and challenged us to have fun with them. The duo closed by encouraging the crowd to grab their music because, "It's free...that's why we're broke."
Deniro Farrar was a blur of overwhelming intensity with plenty of shout-outs to North Carolina, an explanation of Twitter follow-back rules and yet more intensity. Farrar rule: Rappers who only follow other rappers are dickriding. Farrar is a heavily tatted whirlwind of passion.
Rich Kidd's stage presence and charm were on another level on Saturday night. With his aggressive and booming voice demanding that the crowd feel him - figuratively and literally, as he hopped off the stage and into the crowd where he told females to, "Feel on my chest like I'm Usher"- it was all Toronto love for him.
When Joey Bada$$ hit the stage just after 1 am, the atmosphere was hot, heavy and bursting at capacity. Joey made the four-hour sauna session worth the wait as he delivered a combination of known and fresh material while engaging with his adoring audience throughout. Clad in bucket hat and sweat-soaked sweatshirt, his first appearance in Toronto was indeed quite badass.
UNFORGETTABLE: There was something magical about a packed Toronto crowd chanting Brooklyn for an 18-year-old. Also: if we could all live with the passion that Rich Kidd projects, we could - as he opines on The City - save the world.