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Watch out kids, Nas Is Coming. The Queensbridge legend will be performing at the Koolhaus on Friday, and the stage may be a welcome respite for Esco considering his week: Nas has abandoned his much-publicized decision to name his upcoming album Nigger, and Al Sharpton may have been involved. Instead Nas will leave the album untitled, content that fans will know what the real name is. While many are skeptical about the album, including 50 Cent (who told VH1, “Nas sucks. That’s a stupid name.”), the two songs released, “Be a Nigger Too” and “N.I.G.G.E.R (The Slave and the Master),” are pretty thought-provoking. Nas will be joined on stage by hometown up-and-comer The Kid Famous, who last released a 7-minute shot at Toronto called “4th Biggest City.” It’s a hot track and the kid has nice flow.
That same night, everybody’s favourite rapping bad babysitter will be headlining the main room at Randomland’s Happy Daze event. Dogged for years with the unimaginative “female Eminem” label, Princess Superstar has been working the electro angle, and her “Licky” collaboration with Larry Tee is pretty infectious. Considering the rumours surrounding Slim Shady spread by his ma, it’s probably a good thing that Princess Superstar didn’t turn out to be the female Eminem. Although to be fair to Shady, Marshall Matthers has told people many times that his mom is crazy.
Also this weekend marks the beginning of boat party season. Footwork is putting on their Beats Ahoy! 7 party on the River Gambler. The sold-out party boards at 12 p.m. “sharp,” and will feature Jelo, Sydney Blu and a wack of other local DJing talent. Partiers can dance on the boat’s two levels of dance floors or have a contemplative smoke while watching Toronto go by from Lake Ontario. Boat parties: they’re super rad!
Full listings below.
Thursday, May 22
Tainted Love @ Andy Poolhall with rotating DJs: DJ Ritz, Corey Dawkins, DJ X, and DJ Fase. No cover.
Omnikrom and Numero# @ The Social with Vaneska and The Oligarchy Kids. $10.
Friday, May 23
VND/LSM @ Drake Underground with Geoff Snack. $5.
DJ Addy @ Mod Club with DJ Guinea.
Pawn Shop Fridays @ TOI Bar with Jap_, Alicia Hush, and Cosmin. No cover.
Synchro @ Andy Poolhall with Cozmic Cat and Dalia. $5 after 11 p.m.
DJ Ayres @ Wrongbar with Nasty Nav. $5 before 12 a.m.
Mosaic @ Gladstone Melody Bar. No cover.
Uma Nota @ Gladstone Ballroom. $10.
106.9 FM’s Cottage Rock Dance Party @ Canadian Corps Hall. $5.
Manzone & Strong @ This is London with The Roaches, and Vinyl Junkies.
Randomland: Happy Daze @ CiRCA. Main Room Boom Boom: Princess Superstar, JDP & Dave P, Barbi, A.D/D; Bathroom Bar: ViVi Diamond, Rex Manning. $15.
Saturday, May 24
Pupy Y Los Que Son Son @ The Opera House. $35.
Cherry Bomb @ Andy Poolhall with Denise Benson and Cozmic Cat. $6 after 10 p.m.
Paul Devro @ Wrongbar with St. Mandrew and Nasty Nav. $5 before 11 p.m.
The Soul of Cuban Dance Music @ Koolhaus.
Marco Carola @ Footwork with Vinyl Junkies and The Roaches.
Nas @ Koolhaus with Famous. $44.50.
Traffic @ CiRCA with Doman + Pettigrew, Addy, Neno, DJ Jedi, Red Circle DJs & Jason Myles.
Spin @ Guvernment with Mark Oliver, Deko-ze; The Drink: Manzone & Strong; Orange Room: Naughty V; D’Luxe Lounge: DJ Wristspect, MC Sir Lancelot; Acid Lounge: Alicia Hush, Tim Patrick.
Sunday, May 25
Beats Ahoy! 7 on the River Gambler with Mark Oliver, Jelo, Robb G, Sydney Blu, The Roaches, Jon Jon, Evan G, and Baby Joel. $40 adv.
Thunderpussy @ Bovine Sex Club with ViVi Diamond and Guy Michael.
Edge 102.1 Live to Air @ Velvet Underground with Martin Streek.
Monday, May 26
Make it Mondays @ Raq-n-Waq with The Viper Crew. No cover.
Manic Mondays @ Dance Cave with Holly Rock and DJ Shannon. No cover.
Tuesday, May 27
Totally Wired Tuesdays @ Embassy with DJ Richie Volume.
Footwork Tuesdays @ Andy Poolhall with DJ Fase. No cover.
Wednesday, May 28
Remix This @ Andy Poolhall with Sek One and Matt Medley. No cover.
Hump Day Bump @ Gladstone Melody Bar. No cover.
Loose Joints @ Kitchen. No cover.
Flop House Wednesdays @ TOI Bar with Alicia Hush and YM. No cover.