Rae Sremmurd Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON, June 20

Rae Sremmurd Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON, June 20
Photo: Atsuko Kobasigawa
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One of this year's most anticipated NXNE shows, American rap duo Rae Sremmurd's Canadian debut sold out early, and the chants for the brothers (Swae Lee and Slim Jimmy) began long before they took to the stage. Despite Slim Jimmy falling off a stage and injuring his leg at a recent New York show, he seemed to be all healed, vigorously hopping from side to side and offering to show his scar to the audience.
 
Their debut album SremmLife is perfectly crafted for large venues, chockfull of catchy songs with infectious hooks. Playing for an all-too-brief 30 minutes, they didn't waste time on banter or staying still, tearing through a barrage of hits including "No Flex Zone," "Up Like Trump,"  and "Throw Sum Mo" (the crowd filling in for Nicki Minaj and Young Thug's verses on the latter). The biggest sing-along was reserved for "No Type," the chorus of which rang loud and clear, before the brothers quickly premiered a new song from a forthcoming project.