Meek Mill headlines first show in Toronto
Toronto, ON – Maybach Music’s golden boy Meek Mill made his first headlining appearance in Toronto on February 21st at Luxy nightclub. Toronto native Harvey Stripes opened for Meek on his 5-stop tour across Canada, that began in Montreal the night before on the 20th.
The doors opened at 9:30 PM and after what seemed like forever, Stripes, lookin’ like a bag of money draped in a fur coat and accompanied by his TalkToEm team, officially started the show at 12:00 AM. The crowd soaked up his performance, along with the stack of hundreds he let go of into the first few rows of people. Stripes’ trap influenced music was a perfect fit and he had no problem getting the crowd hyped. As his most recent release “Lord As My Witness” played, Stripes re-introduced himself and left the stage. He walked through the crowd smiling and greeting fans until him and his team reached the back of the club.
Now we were all anticipating the arrival of Meek. Around 1:00 AM the venue security huddled around the doorway at the back of the club, and finally, the Philly rapper revealed himself. The ones closest to the back watched through the glass window as he sat in a booth, face covered by his hood until it was time to make a move. First, his tour DJ, DJ Bran set up on the stage and then the intro track, “Dreams and Nightmares” off his debut album was heard through the speakers. Meek passed through the curtain, removed his hood and addressed the crowd with the first line from the song, “Ain’t this what they’ve been waiting for? You ready?”. The crowd roared with excitement as Meek and his hype man planted themselves in the middle of the stage. Continue reading after the jump.
With his pants low and wearing a black tee with the words “Embrace your struggle, enjoy your success” written in gold, Meek delivered each line of the song that gets meaner and meaner as it goes on. Fan favourite “Ima Boss” was next, followed by “Burn” that features Big Sean. Meek then took a break and spoke to the crowd a bit and made it very clear that he was just a young dude from Philly who chased his dreams. He continued on with his set with club banger “House Party” from the Dreamchasers mixtape, “Black Magic” off Self-Made 2 and another track off his album, titled “Believe it”.
Mid-set Meek asked his DJ to play his “favourite song right now”, which, if you follow him on Twitter and Instagram you would have known it was Drake’s “Started From The Bottom”. The rest of his set included songs from Dreamchasers and Dreamchasers 2, Self-Made 2 and Dreams and Nightmares including, “Racked Up Shawty”, “Actin’ Up”, “Young and Gettin’ It”, “Bag Of Money”, “Flexin'”, “Amen” and a few more. Several times Meek stopped the show and engaged with the crowd, he re-iterated where he was from and that you should never let anyone stop you from doing what you want to do. He also took pictures of the crowd for his Instagram page.
In its entirety the show didn’t last very long, about 30 minutes, but in the words of a friend of mine “hip-hop happens”. Overall, Meek came hard and the passion in his voice made up for the short set. Meek can spit and seeing him perform live further proved why he is arguably one of the best rappers in the game right now. Considering his age (24), grind and backing of MMG, Warner Music and Roc Nation he is definitely an artist who has so much more in store and one to continue watching.
A very special thank you to Tara Muldoon and Substance Group for including HipHopCanada in this show. Much love! Check out the pictures below, courtesy of Ajani Charles.
Review written by Natasha Paolini for HipHopCanada
Photography by Ajani Charles for HipHopCanada