By Luke Galati
From rappers performing in baby cribs to mic drops before walking off stage, the United Black Students at Ryerson’s second annual Utopia Music Fest on Friday, had it all.
The show featured up-and-coming artists from the Toronto area, including Ramriddlz, Safe, Drew Howard, John River, Sean Leon and Devontée.
The first act of the night was Remain Giant, who took the stage in their bright, signature stylish jackets. (Ryersonian Staff/Luke Galati)
Devontée, one of the shows headliners, performed songs from his mixtape, District Vibe. His calm, cool demeanour was well-received from the crowd.
(Luke Galati/Ryersonian Staff)
- Devontée’s jacket is seen, representing his brand, WOE, an acronym for Working on Excellence. (Luke Galati/Ryersonian Staff)
- Mississauga’s John River had one of the most memorable acts of the night with his passionate performance. Two guests joined him onstage. One of them was dressed in a Panda costume. (Luke Galati/Ryersonian Staff)
- Mississauga’s John River (Luke Galati/Ryersonian Staff)
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- It was hard to focus on the music when New Wave Order took the stage. Their energy was so high. and at one point, Ty Senoj rapped in a baby crib as his crew partied onstage behind him. (Luke Galati/Ryersonian Staff)
- Drew Howard seemed at ease in front of the crowd. His stage presence was undeniable as he performed his hit song, “You’re Not My Mans,” twice. (Luke Galati/Ryersonian Staff)
- Additionally, Howard performed an unreleased song, “Another One.” (Luke Galati/Ryersonian Staff)
- An affiliate of the OVO Sound record label, Safe, performed three songs from his recent album, Stay Down. Surprisingly, the crowd wasn’t into the performance. (Luke Galati/Ryersonian Staff)
- Despite telling the crowd that tomorrow is his birthday and trying to get them into his set, the crowd was disengaged. Safe walked off the stage frustrated before dropping his microphone. (Luke Galati/Ryersonian Staff)
Sean Leon followed with a very well-received performance. The crowd even asked for an encore. His music, which infused electric guitar with traditional hip-hop beats, made for a unique sound. With confetti and balloons on stage, his act was easily one of the best of the night. (Luke Galati/Ryersonian Staff)
- Missisauga’s Ramriddlz (also known as Sweeterman) was the final act of the night. The former Ryerson student definitely doesn’t lack charisma. He showed off his dance moves and sang his new songs, “Bod Mon," “Hey Mr. Ram Rod” and the song that gained him notoriety, “Sweeterman”. (Luke Galati/Ryersonian Staff)
- Love him or hate him, with his sound and care-free attitude, the polarizing Sweeterman closed the concert like only he could. (Luke Galati/Ryersonian Staff)