Lining the edge of Toronto’s Sound Academy stage stands a mosh pit full of screaming Future fans. It is evident Future’s Honest Tour can’t come soon enough. To start off the night, singer and songwriter, Rico Love, plays an R&B set to entertain the crowd. He performs popular hits he wrote including Kelly Rowland’s “Motivation” and Usher’s “There Goes My Baby”. Although the crowd shows love for his enthusiastic stage presence, hip-hop fanatics are eager to see and hear Future. And suddenly amidst the craze, the highly anticipated 6’2” American rapper, with his blonde and black dreads and stylish shades, steps on stage and woos the crowd.

“I can tell right now, Toronto’s gotta be the loudest motherf*ckin’ crowd in Canada baby,” says Future.

Popular tracks performed by the rapper include “Itchin”, “Karate Chop” and his 2012 smash hit “Same Damn Time”. His tunes have fans bumping their heads up and down, while sipping on alcohol. But it is Future’s track “Turn on the Lights” that has an immediate reaction. Fans jump in the air, dancing and singing while instagramming pictures and videos of the star’s performance.

New tracks off his recent album are also well received. Songs like “Tapout” and “Move that Dope” have people rapping word for word along with Future.

Although the night is filled with excitement, Future graces the audience with his presence for just 50 minutes, which seems to leave many dedicated fans disappointed.

Words By. Kiah Welsh + Photos By. Fitzroy Facey

Kiah Welsh has been a Staff Writer at Urbanology since the summer of 2009. She enjoys covering a range of stories, but is specifically drawn to community-based stories. She loves interacting and learning about other people’s stories. Kiah received her undergraduate degree from York University in Cultural Anthropology and Communication Studies. She is currently enrolled in Humber’s post-graduate Journalism program.

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