Hip hop at Baba’s Lounge

Junk and Fortunato will each headline a show in August

Fortunato

Toronto hip hop artist Fortunato is bringing his Blue Collar Tour 2 to PEI this month. With special guest JONO and music by Metaphyzik, Fortunato will be live at Baba’s Lounge in Charlottetown on August 12 at 11 pm. Island artists K3voh, Lizleo, Braeden V, S.N.K, Fats, Spivey and K-FLOW will open, with music by PEI’s DJ Allycat. 

Born and raised in Toronto’s West End, Fortunato dropped his first album in 2008 which had several videos in high rotation on MuchMusic and Much Vibe. He is a two-time East Coast Music Award nominated rapper, known for his gritty hard-hitting raps and ferocious flow. He collaborated with Sean One on his EP Blue Collar, which hit number three on the National Hip Hop charts. His next album, 2 Bad Dudes featured DJ IV (Classified). 

The key to Fortunato’s creative process is preparation and his experience, vocabulary and versatility.  Onyx has been Fortunato’s number one influence not only through music but also around the business of music, touring and being a professional artist. Fortunato’s live performance encompasses all the elements of Hip Hop by using a DJ and B-boy. He has toured Europe with Onyx and collaborated with artists like Sean P, Smif N Wessun, Moka Only and Ghettosocks.

AMAC, a local music promoter and owner of PEI Underground Hip Hop, teamed up with Massimo Lepore, also known as Fortunato, to present this event. Advance tickets and meet & greet packages are available online at showpass.com/fortunato-the-blue-collar-tour-2-with-special-guest-jono-music-by-metaphyzik.

Junk

Charlottetown independent music promoter AMAC is hosting a hip hop show featuring Vancouver, BC artist Junk at Baba’s Lounge on August 25. 

Presented by Household Records, Marked Up ENT and PEI Underground Hip Hop, this show will have local support from DJ Selecta Chevron and opening acts S.N.K, Kilbride, Spivey, Kay’Em and Bingz.

  Junk is a freestyle specialist and former battle rapper who gained a following from the underground hip hop scene across Canada. He won MTV’s End of the Weak national freestyle competition in 2011, which secured him a spot in Paris, France to represent Canada, where he took third place in the international competition. That same year, Junk co-created the Vancouver rap duo Northwest Division with rapper Hungry. Together they released three albums and three mixtapes in five years.

In 2016, Junk signed to Snak the Ripper’s label, Stealth Bomb Records. His high-octane performance has been growing steadily. He has headlined solo tours, toured Canada and Europe with acts like Snak, Merkules and Onyx, opened for Tech N9ne, MGK, Yelawolf, Wu-Tang and more, and he has three albums and three EP’s under his belt.

Doors open at 10 pm. Show starts at 11 pm. There will be meet & greet packages (available online only) and a raffle for door prizes. Tickets are available from the opening acts, by texting 940-4369 or online at mynameisjunk.com/shows. This is a 19+ event.