As one of the minds behind the Toronto chapter of Hip-Hop Karaoke, More Or Les is no stranger to reinterpreting rhymes from hip-hop's greats. That's why the Wavelength Music Festival asked the local MC to perform cover versions of songs from some of the city's most celebrated spitters as part of their 15th anniversary festivities.
Exclaim! TV took in the man's live tribute to Toronto's hip-hop scene at Sneaky Dee's on February 13, where he made sure to include a cover of Kardinal Offishall's "BaKardi Slang," a track taken from the Scarborough native's sophomore record, Quest for Fire: Firestarter, Vol. 1.
After getting the crowd involved with a quick call-and-response to Offishall's "The Anthem," Les drops the bouncy "BaKardi Slang" beat, dedicating the track to people all across the GTA. Flowing through the classic Kardinal cut with ease, he delivers a vocabulary lesson in slang, highlighting the differences between the United States and Toronto.
Watch his performance in the player below.
Filmed by Katherine Kwan and Roberto Granados-Ocon
Audio provided by Joe Strutt
Edited by Katherine Kwan
Filmed at Sneaky Dee's in Toronto, Ontario