The Beatnuts / Jeremy Chambers Sound Academy, Toronto ON May 29

The Beatnuts / Jeremy Chambers Sound Academy, Toronto ON May 29
It's hard to say how many of the long haired, baggy jeaned, skateboard-toting crowd was actually in the building to celebrate the anniversary of New York hip-hop duo the Beatnuts and how many were just there for the skateboard competition. After some DJs, lots of skateboarding, and an adequate warm-up set from local MC Jeremy Chambers, the Beatnuts sauntered on stage, plastic cups in hand and bottle of Hennessy in tow. Psycho Les and Juju had no DJ and were taking turns strolling over to the booth to drop their own instrumentals, filling their cups with Henny and inviting girls to awkwardly dance on stage while they slurred through some classic joints like "Off the Books," "Find That," "Supa Supreme," "Give Me Tha Ass," and "Watch Out Now." Although the energy wasn't there, during those classic moments, hands did go in the air and the people did bug out. But like most of their discography, the live show was hit and miss. An hour later, the Beatnuts threw up their hands, almost in surrender, and yelled out "we OUT Toronto!" and strolled off-stage as nonchalantly as they arrived, leaving behind a single, empty bottle of Hennessy.