Red Bell Music closes festival with Toronto hip-hop talent centre stage
Scott Storch, legendary producer, said it himself during his Red Bull Music Festival talk, “the world is watching, there’s so much talent coming out of Canada.”
Underscoring that statement, the 2018 Red Bull Music Festival in Toronto closed off with with a showcase of Toronto’s newest generation of MCs at Love Child Social House. On Thursday, Oct. 25, teenage prodigy Lil Berete, whose debut mixtape Icebreaker came out in September via XL Recordings imprint NEW GEN; rap quartet The Sorority, R&B songstress Ebhoni, rising hip-hop artist Yasmine and up-and-coming rapper Pilla B performed in front of a packed venue.
Infamously known as the “Screwface Capital” of Canada (dare I say, the world), it was refreshing to see a solid line-up of fans waiting to get into the venue to support these locals acts. It was even more refreshing to walk into a room packed with people who were totally turned into the performances – singing/rapping along, jumping, dancing, screaming, watching and not IG-ing.
Each of the performers delivered high-energy and interactive acts to a crowd that definitely appeared to be there for the same reason as the artists – to put on for Toronto.
Has this city unscrewed its face after all of these years?
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Written by Maricel Joy Dicion for HipHopCanada