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Just blazing a trail in Toronto

Submitted by on March 5, 2013 – 1:42 amNo Comment

I recently witnessed one of hip-hop’s legendary producers, Just Blaze, as he shared the stage with one of today’s top DJs, Baauer, at the Hoxton in Toronto.

Never having seen Just Blaze perform personally, I wasn’t sure what to expect and likewise for his stage partner.

Just Blaze, a.k.a. Justin Smith hails from Patterson, N.J., and has a portfolio that includes a laundry list of heavyweights from the hip-hop world, from Jay-Z to Eminem, Swizz Beatz, and The Diplomats.

His co-headliner, Harry Rodrigues, is a 23-year-old producer from Brooklyn, N.Y., who goes by the moniker Baauer, has blown up from collaborating on two chart-topping tracks, first “Higher,” then the inevitably viral hit “Harlem Shake,” both produced with Blaze.

This night was tight. Just Blaze took over the decks and commanded them just like a conductor does with his orchestra with a baton to create electric melodies. Blaze dropped crowd pleasing hit after hit after hit. At moments, the rowdy crowd stopped dancing to sing along with songs like Jay-Z’s “Public Serice Announcement,” and Dead Prez’s “Hip-Hop” when played and then when he played Kanye West’s “Touch the Sky.”By this point, Just Blaze had the crowd properly amped and ready for Baauer to take over and take them higher.

Upon taking control of the wheels of steel, Baauer dropped Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” before subtly going into his signature trap staples.

Listening to Baauer’s performance you get to see skillfully mashed up and intertwined genres from hip-hop, to pop trap down to old, and for the ladies, threw in a Justin Timberlake track or two, all without ever skipping a beat.The crowd kept grooving right up until the Hoxton turned the lights on and people chanted encore, not wanting the night to end. If there are any cynics out there about either Just Blaze’s or Baauer’s skills on the turntables, they only need to check one of their shows.

There’s lots coming for this dynamic duo, whike Just Blaze has an EP coming out on Fool’s Gold Records, Baauer is getting ready to release an EP set on LuckyMe Records.Story by Tee Onek photos by ftfphotography

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