Live Music Wednesday – Rejjie Snow at the Velvet Underground

24-year-old Irish rapper Rejjie Snow is on rise, and he knows it. That’s not to say he isn’t modest, though.

Picked-out of relative obscurity by Elton John’s management company, the talented artist next found himself opening for Madonna, affording even more exposure. Currently on the road with his 2018 Coming To America tour, Snow was in humble form, hiding his eyes under a camo bucket hat.

Greeting the fresh-faced, all ages crowd at Toronto’s Velvet Underground, the Dublin-bred artist kicked-off the show with songs from his 20-track LP, Dear Annie.

Unruffled by the energy of the audience, Rejjie nevertheless radiated confidence throughout the evening. Showcasing his unique, unhurried rapping, tracks such as Oh No! captivated onlookers with its heady groove.

Taking it in stride, Snow rhymed his way through Black Pancakes before diving into Egyptian Luvr. Unsurprisingly – given the attentive crowd – the Kaytranada-produced number rallied a collective singalong.

Though Snow’s music is smooth by nature, a trio of hard-hitting tracks soon followed, including LMFAO, Desole, and Charlie Brown. Determined to cram every note of his catalogue into the night’s set, he paused momentarily, telling the crowd, “Make some noise for everyone here!”

His wish was answered. With the crowd in the palm of his hand, any utterance seemed to erupt in vocal approval. Soon chants of ‘Rejjie’ started filling the tight, narrow venue. As a sign of appreciation and good fortune, Snow politely grinned and chanted back “Thank-you, Toronto.”


Myles Herod

Myles Herod

Traveller, image maker, pop-culture seeker, storyteller, a guy you want around when things go south. Tastes range from Kubrick to Krautrock, Wu-Tang to Wiseau. Currently resides in Toronto, Canada.
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