National Music Centre - Ricca Razor Sharp
Ricca Razor Sharp came on stage alone wearing a blazer and a fedora and I was skeptical that he would get swallowed up by the emptiness in the room, but I was pleasantly surprised when he hit play on his laptop and started rapping. His beats were simple enough that they didn't draw from his voice which came through crisp and clear -- he performed with a swagger of somebody who had been in the scene for a few years. For the crowd-favorite disco rap “Do you in the 80s” he was joined onstage by his friend Chantel. My favorite track was a rap about Calgary's 17th Ave, called “Avenue”.