Bow Wow mixes the old with the new at Toronto’s Sound Academy [Review]
Toronto, ON – One of the premier spots for shows in the Dot, the Sound Academy, hosted YMCMB’s rapper/actor Bow Wow, this past Saturday. The Underrated Tour tore the house down, and gave fans a chance to see why Bow Wow is just that; underrated.
While the opening acts were all unique and exciting, there were a few too many. Acts such as the UGO Crew, Steven Chexx and Hype Holla all graced the stage, trying their best to make an impression. Also opening was Toronto rapper Devylle, performing his new single “Birthday Girl.” He stole the first half of the show with good stage presence and crowd control.
After much anticipation and clear signs the crowd was restless, Bow Wow hit the stage. The audience went from zombies to teenybopper status in ten seconds or less. The venue became electric as Bow Wow came out in full force. With impeccable voice control and a swaggy stage aura, he controlled the crowd instantly. Keeping excited and staying hype the whole time, Bow Wow hit the crowd with hits from his whole catalogue. He included the Summer teen anthem “Marco Polo” as well as took a more grown up approach towards the ladies with tracks like “Like You.”
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Highlighting the night was the classic “Where My Dogs At?” (which honestly brought out the 12 year old in me). Throughout the show, Bow paid homage to his new set, YMCMB, making it very clear a new era in his music career is underway. The high energy show included a low key moment when he sat on the stage serenading to one very wet eyed super fan. He ended the night with the very catchy ‘Lil Wayne featured banger “Sweat”.
Seeing Bow Wow live truly dispelled any doubts or thoughts in my mind of him being a less than stellar rapper. While he’s struggled with the stigma that comes with being a childhood star, Bow Wow proved himself able to run with the big dogs. With one of the hottest labels in the game backing him, look for Bow Wow to keep surprising us.
Written by Christina Parihar for HipHopCanada
Photography by Alyxx Moore for HipHopCanada
Photography by Alyxx Moore