[Event Coverage] J-Live @ The Great Hall – Aug. 25, Toronto

Thursday night at the Great Hall, hip-hop fans had the opportunity to see the multi-talented, underground legend J-Live. The event, presented by The Academy & The Cypher, was a celebration of the art of emceeing, dj’ing and production.

DJ Combo & DJ Romeo warmed up the crowd, splitting duties on the 1’s and 2’s. The cypher crew then invited any willing emcees to hit the stage and showcase their skills. Whether it be on the stage, street corner, or studio; cyphers help emcees to grow, feed off eachothers creativity, and prove themselves to their peers. There were rappers of all skill levels who took part, and at the end of the day it was all love.

The first opener of the night was Class of ’93, an emcee-producer hip-hop duo from Toronto. Kzaraw had a nice, chilled out flow and she seemed real comfortable onstage. Check out their free 11 track project on their bandcamp.

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Next up was Wolf J McFarlane, who performed his own style of hip-hop, in that alternative lane.

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A few months back your mind may have been blown by a series of MPC performances by Fresh Kils presented by the Come Up Show. Seeing it live, is even more incredible, as Kils got the crowd hype with a crazy display banging out beats. He & Uncle Fester just released an album called the Mint Condition featuring Ali Shaheed Muhammed, Ghettosocks, Moka Only, Rich Kidd, Smash Brovas and more.

Big up to The Academy and The Cypher for putting together an entertaining lineup of openers.

Soon to be 5 LP’s & 4 EP’s deep, J-Live is a triple threat artist; handling production, rapping, and dj’ing duties on many of his projects. He is another artist that never got the shine he deserved, but fans of true-school lyricism support fanatically.

Showcasing his versalitity, J-Live deejayed for himself all night and spit tons of classics. Highlights included “Them That’s Not” and “Epilogue”. Keep an eye out for J-Live’s new album S.P.T.A. (Said Person of That Ability aka Spitta) dropping September 27th.

“Real recognize real, and real will prevail.” J-Live – “Watch Sun Watch”