NXNE: How To Go Hip-Hop

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NXNE: How To Go Hip-Hop

Forget compasses, GPS, or helpful Sherpas. From June 13–19 this year, Torontoist is here to be your guide to everything NXNE.

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Tona and Saukrates at the Manifesto Festival. Photo by b-real from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

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Fed up with the bespectacled angsty kids in their skinny jeans slowly bobbing their heads to washed-out rock? Great. Here’s how to get the most out of NXNE’s rap/hip-hip offerings for 2011.
What to bring: This year’s fest is ending on a hip-hop note with the big names rapping things up (sorry) at Yonge-Dundas Square. So whether you’re a dad from Leslieville or a tween from Thornhill, you’ll fit in (the beauty of anonymous mass venues). Otherwise, the past few years have seen the lines between g’d up and urban slick collapse, so you can pretty much wear what you will. Still not sure? Just dress like Ghettosocks (Crawford, June 17 at 10 p.m.).
Where to go: The no-brainers are The Pharcyde and Digable Planets (Yonge-Dundas Square, June 19). But try to arrive early for 15-year-old Reema Major (who has already cut her chops on The Cypher). Not your sound? Make sure you hold out for D-Sisive. And speaking of D-Sisive, what a perfect segue into mentioning the panel he’ll be a part of with Saukrates, T-Minus, and Muneshine: Digital Beats + Tweets: How technology is changing the face of hip-hop. Other show picks include the pseudo-ironic and digital synth–heavy commodore84 (The Detour Bar, June 16 at midnight) and Thrust (Crawford, June 16 at 9 p.m.). Of course, one has to mention Shad (The Ballroom, June 18 at midnight), but be sure to arrive early that night for 88 Days of Fortune (11 p.m.).
Dos and Don’ts: For better or for worse, these acts are spread out over town so do be prepared to be mobile (bikes, with helmets of course, are a solid bet). Don’t fret the whole time about what you should do; we’re not in high school anymore. If you are, trust us, it gets better.

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