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Makin' it clap Getting up hip-hop fest a hot lineup

August 15, 2021
Toronto Sun
By Jason Macneil

MARC ECKO'S inaugural and well-executed Getting Up Festival at The Docks wrapped up last night with a great one-two punch of Kanye West and Ludacris, with West marginally having the edge.

West, whose breakthrough album The College Dropout resulted in stardom, made the most of his set, opening with some new material from his forthcoming sophomore effort Late Registration before dishing out We Don't Care and The New Workout Plan to an enthralled crowd.

The charismatic West, when not working the stage or getting the audience going, relied on his string of strong hip-hop numbers to keep the energy and momentum throughout, particularly on Gold Digger and All Falls Down.

West then went through some old-school and new-school slow jams before nailing his own Slow Jamz. The highlight by far though was his epic-like Jesus Walks with the crowd singing along loudly.

While hard pressed to follow, Ludacris was up to the task, running through his albums and testing the crowd's knowledge of The Potion and Blow It Out.

Mentioning how many hits he had, Ludacris then proceeded to shine on Southern Hospitality and Area Codes. After slowing things down with two Usher tunes including Yeah!, Ludacris added more favourites like Pimpin' All Over The World before the homestretch.

Lil' Jon, the king of "Crunk", dazzled all with a high-octane opening of Get Crunk and Throw It Up, but mainly tamed things down for the remainder with some reggae and island fare.

Saturday's show, while capped off by the animated Busta Rhymes, seemed to be stolen by Nas. The rapper, who also performed in Toronto last December, had the crowd won over early and often mixing his gangster hits with tracks like Disciple, If I Ruled The World (Imagine That), Nastradamus and Got Ur Self A...

Nas was also able to make the most of his slightly shortened set, tossing in snippets of older nuggets like K-I-S-S-I-N-G, Life's A Bitch and Street Dreams with a medley of hip-hop staples by LL Cool J and House Of Pain among others.

Busta Rhymes, who mixed his rapid-fire raps with some Elvis-like karate chops, took a while to get the audience going but shone during Make It Clap. Rhymes, releasing a new album later this year, made Woo Ha!! Got You All In Check from 1996's The Coming a highlight.

The rapper had the crowd finish off some songs, although I Know What You Want didn't work so well. "I get all sexy for you and you can't even remember the words!" Rhymes said in mock anger. Scenario, Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See and Get High Tonight were very well received.

Ciara was some 45 minutes late for her 30-minute slot. After local MCs and DJs tried to stall for time, the singer, dressed as if inspired by Janet Jackson circa Rhythm Nation, got more attention for her dancing than with songs from her Goodies debut such as 1, 2 Step and Oh.

Getting on up
Your guide to one of the biggest hip-hop festivals ever

August 7, 2021
Toronto Sun
By Mary Dickie

NEXT WEEKEND, one of the biggest hip-hop shows ever put together rolls into Polson Pier, a.k.a. The Docks, for two days of beats, fashion, cars, graffiti and rapping of all varieties. The Getting Up Festival brings some of the biggest names in U.S. and Canadian hip-hop together, mixing the diverse worlds of hot Southern party rap and politically conscious East Coast rhyming, and adding a dash of West Coast Canadiana.

Headliners include multiplatinum sellers Kanye West, Lil Jon, Ciara and Ludacris as well as serious thinkers Mos Def and Talib Kweli, smooth R&B singers Jully Black and Brooke Valentine and homegrown rapper Kardinal Offishall.

The festival is sponsored by fashion designer Mark Ecko, and timed to coincide with the release of his Getting Up video game. In keeping with the big-picture hip-hop lifestyle theme, there will also be a graffiti expo featuring such artists as West One, T-Kid, Dash and Virus, a car show, MC battles, a gaming area, DJ sets and even a Video Vixen contest.

The festival is being overseen by video director Lil X, who has helmed clips for many of the performers.

In fact, there are so many cross-connections between the artists that a few guest appearances in each other's sets seem inevitable.

Here's a handy guide:

- The Getting Up Festival takes place at Polson Pier (The Docks) Aug. 13-14. Both days are all-ages, and doors open at 1 p.m.


Busta Rhymes, Nas, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Fat Joe, Brooke Valentine, Rascalz, Kardinal Offishall, Keshia Chante, Jully Black


Ludacris, Kanye West, Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz, Ciara, Swollen Members

- One-day and two-day tickets are available at Ticketmaster outlets, Rotate This, Soundscapes, The Docks and most Athlete's World locations.


REAL NAME: Chris Bridges


LATEST ALBUM: The Red Light District

STYLE: Saucy party jams

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Sales of 10 million for his first three albums, Back For The First Time, Word Of Mouf and Chicken - Beer

SOCIAL CONSCIENCE: The Ludacris Foundation sponsors self-esteem-building programs for young people

COLLABORATIONS: Sum 41, Nas, Doug E. Fresh

BUSINESS SIDE: Heads the Disturbing Tha Peace label, home to Bobby Valentino and Shawnna

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Actor in 2 Fast 2 Furious, Crash, Hustle And Flow; guest commentator at the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest



LATEST ALBUM: Chain Letter

STYLE: Steamy R&B

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Top 20 Billboard debut for Chain Letter; heavy rotation for Girlfight video

COLLABORATIONS: Lil Jon, Big Boi, Ol' Dirty Bastard


REAL NAMES: Jonathan Smith, Sam Norris, Wendell Neal



STYLE: High-energy party rap

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: The Kings of Crunk; Lil Jon produced No. 1 singles for Ciara and Usher (for which he won a Grammy); multi-platinum sales of his own albums; spoofed by Dave Chappelle

COLLABORATIONS: Usher, Snoop and Nate Dogg, Nas, Ice Cube

BUSINESS SIDE: Executive vice-president of A&R for Jermaine Dupri's So So Def Records

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Lil Jon custom eyewear, Crunk energy drink


REAL NAME: Trevor Smith

HOMETOWN: Brooklyn, N.Y.


STYLE: Humourous, innovative ragga- and dancehall-influenced rap

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 11 albums, more than a dozen international hit singles

SOCIAL CONSCIENCE: Recorded an audio track describing a Stevie Wonder video for the blind

COLLABORATIONS: A Tribe Called Quest, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Sean Paul

BUSINESS SIDE: Developing a clothing line

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Acted in Higher Learning and Shaft, pitchman for Mountain Dew


HOMETOWN: Vancouver


STYLE: West Coast Wild Style

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Three Junos, lots of critical acclaim


COLLABORATIONS: Moka Only, Dilated Peoples, Abstract Rude

BUSINESS SIDE: Run their own label, Battle Axe Records

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Studio and clothing line


REAL NAME: Ciara Harris



STYLE: Crunk & B, a funkier R&B version of crunk

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Multiplatinum album with several hit singles, Soul Train female entertainer of the year

COLLABORATIONS: Ludacris, boyfriend Bow Wow

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Looking at acting offers




STYLE: Silky R&B

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Four Juno nominations, wrote for Destiny's Child, long-awaited debut album moving up the charts

SOCIAL CONSCIENCE: Fact-finding trip to Bangladesh

COLLABORATIONS: Nas, Choclair, Kardinal Offishall

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Acted in stage production of Da Kink In My Hair



LATEST ALBUM: Keshia Chante

STYLE: Peppy R&B

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Gold album, Top 10 singles, one Juno

SOCIAL CONSCIENCE: Benefits for food bank, tsunami relief, firefighters


EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Represented Canada at Expo 2005 in Japan


REAL NAME: Joseph Cartagena


LATEST ALBUM: All Or Nothing

STYLE: East Coast Puerto Rican hardcore rap

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Several multiplatinum albums, No. 1 single Lean Back, produced Big Pun's Capital Punishment -- first multiplatinum album by a Latino rapper

COLLABORATIONS: Ashanti, Nelly, Ja Rule, R. Kelly

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Appeared in movie Empire; feuding with 50 Cent


REAL NAME: Nasir Jones

HOMETOWN: Queens, N.Y.

LATEST ALBUM: Street's Disciple

STYLE: Poetic street realism

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Rave reviews for Street's Disciple

SOCIAL CONSCIENCE: Officially turned his back on materialism; criticized New York radio stations for being corporate pawns

COLLABORATIONS: Father Olu Dara, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, The Firm (Foxy Brown, AZ, Nature)

BUSINESS SIDE: Heads own label, Ill Will

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Jousting with Jay-Z for NYC supremacy; married to Kelis


REAL NAME: Jason Harrow


LATEST ALBUM: Belly Dancer/ Sick single

STYLE: Reggae-influenced hip-hop

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: produced Choclair's gold Ice Cold CD; two Junos

COLLABORATIONS: The Circle (Saukrates, Choclair, Jully Black, etc.), Rascalz, Busta Rhymes

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Acted in Love, Sex And Eating The Bones and My Baby's Daddy


REAL NAME: Talib Kweli Greene

HOMETOWN: Brooklyn, N.Y.

LATEST ALBUM: The Beautiful Struggle

STYLE: Socially conscious, soulful hip-hop with sharp lyrics

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: The Beautiful Struggle debuted at No. 14, hailed as rap album of year

SOCIAL CONSCIENCE: Numerous benefits for social and political causes

COLLABORATIONS: Mos Def (as Black Star), DJ Hi-Tek, Kanye West, Mary J. Blige

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Bought struggling Afrocentric bookstore with Mos Def


HOMETOWN: Vancouver


STYLE: Mellow West Coast hip-hop

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Three Junos (one declined), Northern Touch single with Kardinal, Thrust and Choclair

SOCIAL CONSCIENCE: Involvement with War Child charity

COLLABORATIONS: Bret "Hitman" Hart, Kardinal Offishall, Choclair



LATEST ALBUM: Late Registration (out Aug. 30)

STYLE: Smooth flow with vintage R&B samples

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Produced massive hits by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. Debut album The College Dropout enjoyed multi-million sales, 10 Grammy nominations and three wins

SOCIAL CONSCIENCE: Criticized consumerism in All Falls Down, new single is Diamonds From Sierra Leone

COLLABORATIONS: Jay-Z, Jamie Foxx, Brandy and John Legend are all on the new album

BUSINESS SIDE: He heads Getting Out Our Dreams (G.O.O.D.) label


REAL NAME: Dante Terrell Smith

HOMETOWN: Brooklyn, N.Y.

LATEST ALBUM: The New Danger

STYLE: Intelligent, socially aware hip-hop

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Turning the tide against the dominance of gangsta rap

SOCIAL CONSCIENCE: Tons of benefits for AIDS relief, political consciousness-raising, etc.

COLLABORATIONS: Talib Kweli (as Black Star), Busta Rhymes, Floetry

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Acted in Monster's Ball, The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Something The Lord Made, owns a bookstore with Talib Kweli