Well, NXNE is over and OfTheNow caught the last little bit of it (and my breath!) but what a little bit it was!
If you don’t know who Kid Sister is yet, you better look that girl up! She is probably one of the best female MC’s since Queen Latifah and she knows how to get the party going the right way. Kid Sister broke out in 2008 with her party track “Pro Nails.” It’s the kind of song you hear and you can’t help moving with. It was her first single, and when Kanye heard it via his DJ/Kid Sister’s boyfriend A-Trak he jumped on it. She’s that good.
It’s no surprise when she hit the stage just after 8 pm on Sunday night at Yonge/Dundas Square the crowd ate her up. Kid Sister gave back everything to the crowd she was getting. Her energy was tangible and she is so cute, you just want to smush her in your pocket and keep her for later, or just hang out with her.
If you haven’t heard Pro Nails check it out here and then go find her album Ultraviolet.
The vibe Kid Sister led off only got better once the legendary veterans of hip hop jumped on stage. And yes, I am talking about the one and ONLY De La Soul! Trugoy, Posdnous and Maseo made us all remember why we fell in love with hip hop way back when “3 Feet High And Rising” came out.
Even if you weren’t listening to De La when this album came out in 1989 (I was a bit young for it then too) and you heard it now, you would still find all the charm, smarts and energy the De La became known for.
De La was one of those groups that criticized the violent, careless direction that hip hop was heading in at the time, but they still kept the light, fun absurdly funny energy to their music. The guys of De La are what most people would call past their prime, but do they ever know how to put on a show!
The trio pumped out classics from De La Soul Is Dead (their second album, released in 1991) including crowd favourites “A Roller Skating Jam Named “Saturdays”” and “Ring, Ring, Ring (Ha Ha Hey)” . People were belting out the lyrics with them, throwing their hands in the air and dancing like crazy, because let’s be honest, De La Soul outside on a beautiful day and for free, how can you not have fun?
De La Soul is NOT Dead.