D-Sisive Sneaky Dee's, Toronto ON, June 13

D-Sisive Sneaky Dee's, Toronto ON, June 13
Photo: Kevin Jones
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On this NXNE night, rap veteran Derek Christoff, otherwise known as D-Sisive, has the crowd in the palm of his hand and knows it. With frequent collaborator and producer/MC Muneshine as his hypeman and DJ Tech 12 on the wheels, D-Sisive is free to play things as animated as he wants to. Starting in with a intentionally bad Boys II Men a cappella, accelerating the pace doing the "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" lyrics over the classic Bob James Nautilus sample, and then launching full force into cuts from his insanely deep catalogue — think Jonestown 2 tracks like "Troy's Bucket" and "#1 Record" (with Adam Bomb of the Fifth Letter Fam jumping up on stage) — D-Sisive pretty much does what he wants. Keeping things loose ("You like salsa? You guys like dancing?" he asks while doing his best Latin dance steps), Christoff's stage charisma is undeniable.

The recent 2013 Polaris long-list announcement did not go unnoticed on this night: "I'd like to perform 'Not One Candle' off my not long-listed Polaris album," he says with a casual "could give a fuck" air before ironically launching in on the track from his spurned opus Jonestown 3: The Dream Is Over. A highlight, and there were many, was probably the Peaches "AA XXX" cover towards the end of the set. "I'm sultry as fuck!" proclaims D-Sisive to the approving crowd. Official awards and recognition be dammed — live performances like this one prove D-Sisive probably doesn't need them.