T-Pain with Lil Berete at the Coca-Cola Stage @ Calgary Stampede
Monday, July 8 at
1410 Olympic Way SE
With 60 hit songs under his belt and two Grammy trophies on his mantle, T-Pain has cemented himself as one of the most influential artists of all time. But even he needed a bit of time to himself to reload. After a successful run of #1 hits, albums, tours and a plethora of cameo appearances, T-Pain took some time off to enjoy the fruits of his labor and perfect his craft.
In 2018, T-Pain has returned and he is back and better than ever. He launched an “Everything Must Go” campaign in August to clear out his vault of unreleased music as a gift to his dedicated fans, he is currently the star of the hit television show on Fuse titled “T-Pain’s School of Business”, the dean of his very own university-Wiscansin University, and has an album slated to come out in early 2019. T-Pain is showing no signs of slowing down and has proven that he only gets better with time.
Last September, 17-year-old Toronto based rapper Lil Berete made his debut with a single titled “Turn Up.” The visual was a fitting introduction for his official arrival on the Toronto underground scene: stuffed into a hallway of the Regent Park housing projects that he calls home, and surrounded by his neighborhood crew STN, Lil Berete sported a hoodie with “State Of Mind” spread across his chest. Two months to the day, Lil Berete reappeared to drop his second single “Real” featuring fellow Toronto rapper Acerrr. Flanked by his STN crew, this time wearing a T-shirt with “Local Trap Star” laminated across his chest, Lil Berete declares in the hook of the single: “I’m Keeping It Real.” For a kid that seemingly appeared out of nowhere, Lil Berete’s singles immediately resonated and quickly became word of mouth street anthems across his city.
With his distinctive voice, raw talent, dynamic flow and a measured duality of confidence and vulnerability, it makes sense that Lil Berete cites Akon, T-Pain, and Young Thug as his sonic influences. Combining his own gritty Toronto-fused slang with the influence of his mother’s music and art from her homeland of Guinea, Berete quickly created his own unique lane in Toronto's burgeoning underground rap scene. With just two songs to his name, “Turn Up” and “Real,” Berete amassed hundreds of thousands of views in weeks, and word of his music began to spread cross continent.More Event Details
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