Posted by Scott Willats
Picture this: four stages, each stage representing a different genre. Each genre represented by some of the top talent talent in the biz. Now picture this event outdoors, in an epic yet state-of-the-art facility. Still not getting your attention? Well, now picture the host and MC of the evening being none other than Kardinal Offishal. The 2011 Red Bull Culture Clash is coming to Toronto this Thursday, Sept. 22, and bpm:tv will be there.
Four stages, each representing their own sound. On one, you’ve got the legend and pioneer known as Afrika Bambaataa & The Zulu Nation. You kidding me? Who has a chance of competing with them? Well, the opposition is just as heavy. On another stage, you’ve got Lucky Me, with help from Hudson Mohawke, Lunice, Rustie and … wait for it … Just Blaze.
Sound tough? It gets more challenging. Toronto is represented by DJ Mensa, Lissa Monet, Lindo P and our Don, our DJ Khaled before DJ Khaled, Mr. Starting from Scratch. Game over, right? Who has a chance of beating them in their own back yard? That’s where our electro brothers come into play. The only crew that could even stand a chance against those three stages is none other than the trend-setting label known as Mad Decent. DJ Sega, The South Rakkas Crew and Paul Devro are all going to take their shot at competing with the best. Their secret weapon: the artful dodger and moombahton king, Dillon Francis! (I was just telling a couple friends the other day: “I can’t wait until Dillon Francis comes to town.” The electro gods must have heard me, because no less than a week later I’m blessed enough to see him.)
This is the kind of event that a live broadcast just wouldn’t do justice, because the crowd is as much a part of the festivities as the DJs. Top that off with Toronto’s King Kardi, and you got yourself a show not to be missed.
The inspiring people of Manifesto have this week all planned out. If you’re into some old school, backpack real rap, then tonight you have a chance to see one of the best groups in the game: The Boot Camp Clik. I saw them back when I was 17 at an … ummm … all ages show (lol), and they were one of the main reasons I got into my field. Sean Price, Buckshot, Starang Wondah: all heavy hitters in the rap scene, and they are right around the corner at the Sound Academy. I look forward to hitting both shows and I hope to see you there. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT HOW TO GET TICKETS.
This is going to be an event to remember, so get fresh, call your team and get ready to rep your genre until victory is yours. Defeat is not an option!
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But seriously, how does anyone have a chance against this? Get ‘em, Dillon!
We play for keeps … xx
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