By: Vanessa Tam
VANCOUVER — What if one day you picked up a magazine that gave you some practical advice on how to have a good summer? Like wearing a lot of sunscreen means you won’t get sunburnt. Or by drinking lots of water means you won’t pass out halfway through the day. And if you go to see all the hip hop and electronic music shows on this list, you’ll probably have the best summer of your life.
July 6 @ The Waldorf Hotel
Growing up in the rough and tumble Waterhouse District of Kingston, Jamaica, Junior Reid is one of the most prolific Reggae Dancehall artists of our time. Most well known for his 1990 anthem “One Blood,” Reid recorded his first song at the young age of 13 and has since gone on to work with legends of the industry including Augustus Pablo, Sugar Minott and Barrington Levy, ot name a few.
July 13 @ Vancouver Forum
Recognized for his smooth and soulful delivery, Khalid Robinson is an American singer and songwriter hailing from El Paso, Texas. Just going by the name Khalid on stage, the young artist was first thrust into the spotlight with the viral success of his debut single “Location” that was released during the summer of 2016.
July 21 @ Celebrities Underground
Bridging the gap between funk and disco, producer Terence Nguyen brings sexy new vibes to the French house genre under the name Darius. Often likened to other French artists Cassius, Fred Falke and Daft Punk, the Parisian artist is most recognized by his Romance EP released back in 2014.
July 27 @ Fortune Sound Club
Without much documentation, very little is known about the underground hip hop supergroup Secret Circle made up of rappers Antwon, WIKI and Lil Ugly Mane. All we can say is this will be a truly rare appearance for our fair little city and that curiosity will probably not kill the cat.
July 28 @ The Vogue Theatre
The latest in internet sensation hailing from Miami, Florida is 16 year old rapper Lil Pump. Good friends with Lil Uzi Vert, Pump just started posting tracks to his Soundcloud page last year and has already garnered over 50 million plays. Fans of mumble rap or not, no one can deny that’s still one hell of an achievement.Clubland, Darius, Junior Reid, Khalid, Lil Pump, Secret Circle