Hip-Hop Karaoke Toronto 10th Anniversary With Pete Rock

Toronto came out and celebrated the 1oth Anniversary of Hip-Hop Karaoke Toronto. Fans of Hip Hop have been gathering at Revival Bar (783 College St. Toronto) to experience the culture this fresh and unique way. Fans get a chance to perform any of 700 hundred songs that range from classic to more current. Lyrics are available but most know each word religiously. They get to rap and sing their chosen song on stage in front of a crowd, as if it was their own concert. I don’t know too many places where someone can rock a crowd for hundreds of people like that. HHK is truly unique.

There was a huge line of hungry Hip Hop lovers waiting to get in and start what was to be an incredible night. As I walked in I heard some classic Hip Hop playing. I knew I was in the right place and ready for a night of dope beats and performances.

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Abdominal and More Or Les kicked the night off getting the eager crowd primed for the upcoming performances.

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I was blown away by the performances. People came form far and wide to attend. One person came from Vancouver to perform. All different types of people stepped up and did their thing. Young, older, men and women. Some sang and rapped solo while others had two people on stage sharing the workload. They were all different, but all had infectious energy and crowd presence. They really moved the crowd in their own way. There was even a woman who rapped Cypress Hill’s “Insane In the Brain” in Spanish. The whole crowd rapped along with her in English. This is proof that Hip Hop is universal and has no language barrier. Appreciation was a theme of the night as everyone on stage thanked the HHK crew for providing them with this incredible outlet for expression.

– Photo: DJ Sub-T

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– Photo: DJ Sub-T

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Then, it was time for the legendary DJ and super producer Pete Rock to get on the 1’s and 2’s and rock the crowd. The fans were feeling his mixes and song selection. It was like every song was better than the last. His did a A Tribe Called Quest set, paying homage to fallen brother Phife Dawg and another set remembering J Dilla. Pete absolutely killed it, drawing on the crowd’s limitless energy and giving it right back. One of the best sets I’ve seen and heard live in a while.

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There was such an organic, positive Hip Hop vibe that a break dancing circle broke out in the middle of Pete Rock’s set. All of a sudden he has become the musical conductor of the breaking session. Now that’s Hip Hop!

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Pete Rock showed his love for Toronto on Instagram:

The night was an amazing display of the Hip Hop culture. This is just another example of how Hip Hop is alive and thriving in Toronto. The performances were vibrant and inspiring. Pete Rock took the crowd on a ride that they will never forget. Big ups to the HHK crew for their relentless hard work and dedication over the last 10 years. I’m happy to announce that this will not be a farewell. As the monthly series will not continue, they will have less frequent events in the future. That’s great news for us HHK fans as this has become an institution in Toronto Hip Hop.

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