Madlib / J Rocc / mymanhenri Great Hall, Toronto ON January 19
Published Jan 20, 2012As a modern-day Renaissance man of hip-hop, Madlib spends a lot of his time in the studio, considering himself to be more of an introvert. But having put out countless albums under an array of pseudonyms, the California-based DJ/producer/MC shows no signs of slowing down, making it hardly a surprise that when he emerges it results in a sold-out event. And such was the case with his his show at Toronto's Great Hall.
The Toronto local mymanhenri opened the show as the crowd steadily poured in. J Rocc, one of the founders of the Beat Junkies, was on second, and by the time he hit the stage, the Great Hall was packed. J Rocc was phenomenal, doling out an amazing set and delivering unreleased tracks from Flying Lotus while spinning lots of material from the late J Dilla. With 20-plus years of DJing under his belt, J Rocc displayed some seriously impressive skills.
Madlib hit the stage to cap off the night, completely living up to his critically acclaimed name. He played a lot of deep cuts, spinning records only the eccentric DJ himself would know about. The highlight of Madlib's set was when he delivered "Come on Feet" from the first album he released as Quasimoto. As an added bonus, J Rocc came out on stage toward the end of Madlib's set to join him on some tracks, with the two legendary DJs just having fun with it and laying down some killer beats.
Overall, the show was a huge success, with both the crowd and DJs looking as if they had a great time.