There I am, 10m in front of the biggest crowd I’ve seen in Toronto. My heart is racing, and excitement is mounting. Sound check is over, smoke is coming from the machines behind the instruments, sounds are playing over the speakers, the band has taken the stage, the drummers are tapping small wood objects and their cymbals, and I’ve already heard K-Os ‘check 1-2′ over the speakers. “I’m so damn close” I thought. “I’m too excited for this shit.. better calm my heart rate or the camera shake is going to be terrible. I wonder if this will be the coolest thing I’ve ever taped.”Â The next few minutes happen fast. I focus in, and try to concentrate on the basics I’ve learned until song three ends. I quickly head for the stage left exit, determined to get more shots.
I work my way through the crowd, and when Crab Bucket ends I sprint in to the mall, and up the escalators. After approaching a hostess, and imploring her to admit me to the patio, she complies, and I find myself looking out on the vast audience reaching hundreds of metres back, as the music echoes off the buildings surrounding the stage.”How could this get any better?” I thought to myself, as I snapped a picture from 4 stories above the enormous mob crowding the NXNE 2010 stage at Yonge and Dundas Square, all captivated by K-Os’ incredible performance. I packed up my things quickly, and bolted down the escalators, as I justified to myself missing half of a song; “the pictures from up there will be worth it”.
As I muscled my way to the side stage I realized that another rapper had taken the stage that I recognized from a few weeks back. “Is that Saukrates?” I asked the guy next to me. “No idea” he said. “Hell yeah! That’s definitely Saukrates!” I realized.
In short, the K-Os concert was an epic experience for me, and is a concert memory that is going to be filed away in the same folder with (as of now) only one other comparable concert.