If the Shash'u crowd was receptive, however, they were downright riotous for DJ Quik. The West Coast hip-hop veteran had a packed crowd waiting for his arrival, and managed to deliver the goods, offering some seriously solid and truly timeless rap tracks to a packed Belmont; at this point, the venue felt more like a cramped house party than anything else. Sure, there were some awkward beverage shoutouts (from obvious choices like Red Bull to an ill-fated "I'm in Canada for the first time" call-and-response bit about Molson Canadian), but the set was a hell of a lot of fun.
The sweaty evening concluded with an appearance from Mannie Fresh, who'd already made quite the impression that day. Having arrived earlier than expected, he dropped by the PHI Centre earlier in the afternoon and hit the studios with the up-and-coming producers participating in the program.