Jurassic 5 / Abs & Fase / Killa Kela Kool Haus, Toronto ON - April 20, 2003
Published Jan 01, 2006As the crowd filed into the venue, people were greeted by what appeared to be a sound check, but it was in fact UK beatbox wizard Killa Kela tuning up his vocal chords in order to drop mind-boggling rhythms with his mouth. The charming Kela giggled his way through classic hip-hop breaks, jungle and Britney Spears, all through only the jaw-dropping wonders of his mouth and nose. Abs & Fase proceeded to cook up some culinary cuisine in the form of beats and rhymes, dropping gems from their criminally slept-on record as well as the soon-to-be famous cuts Abdominal knocked out of the park with DJ Format. Abs & Fase always put on a show, complete with hooks and gimmicks to keep cats in the crowd paying attention and their heads nodding. Of course it's expected that the place would go bananas for headliners Jurassic 5, and for good reason. J5 always come out swinging and have little difficulty getting the crowd to eat out of their palms, with verbal assaults and finely executed harmonies. Cut Chemist and Nu-Mark took the anxious crowd through a journey of musical gadgets, classic swing music and turntable massacres when given the spotlight as the four MCs took a breather. After that, the crew never seemed to let up, as they threw banging cuts at the beat-hungry crowd, covering equal parts of their discography, including one of their earliest cuts as a six-piece, "Unified Rebelution." Jurassic do not put on whack shows, period. They've taken live hip-hop to a beautiful level, and came out hyped, fed off the crowd and left on an even greater plateau.