While it was pouring rain on Thursday night, there was fire coming out of the speakers at The Painted Lady. Rob GF, Junia T, Roshin and McCallaman all rocked the stage for 93 Paper Street at the Dundas and Ossington venue. 93 Paper street bills itself as a house party that "doesn't get broken up once it gets good," which was true for the vibes but not for the glassware at The Painted Lady. With the venue packed wall to wall I counted at least five bottle smashes during the night! But the lovely staff at the bar was always quick to tidy the shards and I even saw Roshin help out with a broom.
Despite the storming outside the mood inside the Painted Lady was joyful. McCallaman opened up the performances by getting the crowd moving and shaking to a mix of R&B, classic hip hop and Toronto anthems. I've been to my fair share of McCallaman sets but it still amazes me how he's able to read the energy of an audience and give them what they want.
Following McCallaman's set, the hosts of 93 Paper Street, battle rappers Knamelis & Kid Twist, said a welcome and thanked everyone for coming out. The pair riffed well off of each other and got the crowd laughing but it would've been nice to see two of Canada's most influential battle rappers spit a few bars! They probably saved it cause they didn't want to burn the stage down with their hot takes before the show even started.
Roshin kicked off the performances with an energetic set. The MC is stepping out on his own after releasing two studio albums with the group Notes to Self BBRC. He premiered a song off his upcoming solo project Lie and did a verse to a Sean Price beat at the show.
Following Roshin, Junia T took to the stage and everyone was fighting for a spot at the front. The Sauga City rapper was beaming ear to ear in an Oilers jersey and Legends League hat as he started to rap the opening verse to 'My My My'. Briskinthehouse wasn't around for his feature but Junia was still able to slay the track. He also premiered a new tune at the show and even got the audience to sing along to the chorus of WORK/ Work a lot/ Keep Working/ WORK. Junia T ended it all off with a self described yardie tune and left the crowd wanting more.
After a short 15 minute break for people to empty their bladders and get refills for their beers, the last performer of the night, Rob GF, took to the stage in his Bob Saget T-shirt. The rapper's upcoming project is titled Angry, which is fitting, as he brought the rage to The Painted Lady. After running through several tracks that will appear on Angry, Rob turned it up a notch by inviting audience members onto the stage for a lit performance of 'Statue'.
The whole night went down like an old rager complete with hard tunes and plenty of beer.
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Words | Nuruddin Qorane
Photos | Ola Mazzuca