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The top 10 hip hop shows in Toronto for fall 2015

The top hip hop shows in Toronto this fall range from established veterans to buzzworthy newcomers. The lineup of rap shows coming through this city offers a little something for all tastes, and reasserts just how diverse this genre is.

These are my picks for the top hip hop shows in Toronto this fall.

Tech N9ne (October 2, The Phoenix)
Pushing, like, his 15th solo album, Strange Effects, the hyper-speed, independent-as-eff Strange Music chief brings his live expertise (and probably a couple friends) to the Phoenix.

Freddie Gibbs (October 14, The Hoxton)
Pinata, Gibbs' full-length collaboration with producer Madlib, was one of 2014's best releases. The bluesy, tell-it-like-it-is Indiana MC should have no trouble filling this modest venue.

The Underachievers (October 18, The Phoenix)
The psychedelic underground Brooklyn duo of Ak and Issa Gold headline the Forevermore Express North American Tour. Expect to see colours as the drop treats off their brand-new Evermore: The Art of Duality release.

Chance the Rapper (October 19, Sound Academy)
Chancellor does things his way. While the world awaited a proper solo LP after his Acid Rap mixtape ran 2013, the young Chicago artist instead recruited his band for Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment's excellent Surf, a free release that didn't even bear his name in the title. Fans figured it out anyway. The Toronto stop on his Family Matters Tour is already sold out.

Robb Bank$ (October 21, The Rockpile West)
The son of Shaggy--yes, "It Wasn't Me" Shaggy--has been spitting since Grade 6. Fans can catch him out in Etobicoke this fall. Free parking!

Lil Dicky (The Hoxton, October 22)
Philadelphia joke rapper Lil Dicky performs cuts off his debut LP, Professional Rapper, on The Looking for Love Tour. But don't expect album guests Snoop Dogg, Fetty Wap and Rich Homie Quan to pop by.

Dom Kennedy with Casey Veggies and Jay 305 (November 9, The Phoenix)
California's Dom Kennedy, who ripped The Hoxton last year, returns to a larger venue with rising underground star Casey Veggies on the undercard of the By Dom Kennedy Tour.

K-os (November 20, Danforth Music Hall)
Hometown hero hits Greektown with a solid new album, Can't Fly without Gravity, to pull from. Great sightlines in this old theatre, and K-os should blur genres something lovely.

Vince Staples (December 4, Tattoo)
The Long Beach spitter more than held his own in September warming up for Tyler, The Creator and A$AP Rocky at Echo. Now he gets a longer set in a more intimate venue. Don't miss the most interesting young MC on Def Jam Records.

Mac Miller w/ EarthGang (December 20, Sound Academy)
Mac Miller's latest album, GO:OD A.M., represents a more focused and accessible shift. The 23-year-old has been performing in Toronto for years, and his crowds just get bigger and bigger. The secret weapon here is Atlanta's underrated EarthGang, whose unbridled energy is not to be skipped. Show up on time.

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