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Under the influence with Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller

Posted by Melody Brown / July 31, 2012

wiz khalifa toronto concertSunday's Molson Amphitheatre crowd was treated to a whopper of a bill, thanks to the Under the Influence tour. It brought together Wiz Khalifa of Taylor Gang fame, along with Mac Miller, Chiddy Bang, Kendrick Lamar, and Chevy Woods.

wiz khalifaPeople were high on hot sunshine and bass-heavy beats, and the thick smell of herb was in the air. After all, the tour is called Under the Influence and 90% of the small talk between songs was weed related. If the strict no narcotics restriction had really been enforced, it would have become an all-talk-no-action situation.

kendrick lamar torontoTalk about a bore. In fact, although the majority of people were exhaling thick billows of the sweet and skunky smoke, security only laid down the law when they caught a kid smoking a cigarette.

chiddy bang torontoAlthough headliners Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller held their own with a roster of hits, I was most excited for, and particularly impressed with, Chiddy Bang's short set of songs that turned me into a wannabe hip-hop dancer. It's too bad I have no talent in the booty pop department. I personally specialize in the "full-body dry-heave set to music."

Chiddy Bang's "Breakfast" makes me feel like a gangsta while I eat my Frosted Flakes in the morning, and their freestyle to Flux Pavilion's "I Can't Stop" is just badass and currently playing on repeat, much to my neighbour's delight (I hope).

wiz khalifa torontoWiz Khalifa is the skinniest man I've ever seen, beating out even my friend, Toronto comedian Daniel Woodrow - sorry, Daniel. But his powerful voice and catchy rhymes make him larger than life. The crowd of thousands went wild when he played "Black and Yellow" - almost as wild as when he took his shirt off and teased with the promise of exposing his junk.

The night ended in fine form with the entire Under the Influence lineup joining Wiz on the stage and performing O.N.F.C. (an acronym for Only Niggas in First Class, naturally).

wiz khalifa torontoFor more from Melody Brown, check out her twitter page. Photos by Brian Morton.



lol / July 31, 2012 at 11:11 am
I loved this review. It's between sending your drunk girlfriend and a 16 year old girl to this show, and asking what she thinks when the radio song comes on.

But honestly, if you had the privilege of seeing someone like Kendrick Lamar, I'd do a little more research on these guys for the hip hop crowd that comes here.
AV replying to a comment from lol / July 31, 2012 at 12:06 pm
Amen lol. Didn't want to be the guy that shit on little Melody's dream of being a journalist, but this is some high school (if that) level writing.
PL / July 31, 2012 at 12:09 pm
What happened to the opening paragraph about Rob Ford? That was the best part of the review.
PL replying to a comment from AV / July 31, 2012 at 12:34 pm
You forgot a hyphen in that sentence, AV.
ID / July 31, 2012 at 01:02 pm
Schoolboy Q wasn't at the show...
Ryan / July 31, 2012 at 01:09 pm
Some of the poorest written reviews have been pumped out of BlogTO lately. Ignoring Kendrick, noting that Schoolboy Q was there when in fact he was denied entrance at the border, unnecessary shout outs to friends...

Seriously look into hiring an editor or at least a college level journalism intern or someone who can go beyond Wikipedia for their background information.
Ryan replying to a comment from lol / July 31, 2012 at 01:10 pm
crabs / July 31, 2012 at 01:30 pm
Haters gonna hate, yo. I'm sure Globe and Mail has a full write up, no?

I was so depressed at the lack of SchoolboyQ. :( Please come back.
Erik / July 31, 2012 at 01:43 pm
Agree about Schoolboy Q!
Rob / July 31, 2012 at 04:11 pm
This breed of modern-day hip hop is some of the worst tripe to have ever been created in the name of "music". Yea, I'm an old hater, whatever...but as an art form, (popular) rap is digressing badly.
poh replying to a comment from Rob / July 31, 2012 at 09:48 pm
I'm glad you thrown the word "popular" in there. I think there is a bit of a resurgence going on in rap music, with a lot of great underground artists and part of it is the new DIY aesthetic that many have embraced. Mac Miller is one of them, but he's not exactly my favourite. Interesting that Kendrick Lamar was on the program, as he is one of the rising stars in hip hop today.
Brandon / July 31, 2012 at 10:15 pm
Horrible review.

But, I was at this show and Kendrick and Mac both killed it.
holla / August 1, 2012 at 09:20 pm
how about writing about Mac Miller and Kendrick Lamar?

Horrible review, did you copy/paste from another site's review or did you just arrive late to the show?
luc / August 1, 2012 at 11:54 pm
also on the lawn there was one asshole security guard that was taking peoples joints and ripping them up and tossing them in the woods,but he was taken off lawn as soon as mac came on, they didnt want him ruining everyones night
abbey binette / August 2, 2012 at 01:26 am
i went to the one in scarbrough maine freakin amazing!! all of them were there but some guy named boiaz or something like that showed up and did a show!! he was pretty good!! best concert ive been to. didnt pay for pit tickets but they threw chairs every where and everyone was in the pits
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