Toronto rap, Toronto gear and Toronto support. When combined, nothing can top it.

Almost 800 Toronto hip-hop heads crowded into the MOD Club last Friday night for the Naturally Born Strangers concert and pop-up shop to hear recently released collaborative music from Toronto’s own Rich Kidd, Tona and Adam Bomb, while copping clothes from the new line of Legends League gear.

“It’s a concept for all of us, it’s a celebration for all of us. It’s been two years in the making, the album started to be recorded in 2011 and for us to do a pop-up shop on a different level than we’re used to, we’re always trying to push that.” – Bryan Espiritu

Bryan Espiritu, the founder and creative director of Legends League, says that the project has been in the works for some time and that Friday was a celebration of completion.

“I’m a really big fan of all the acts involved, Rich Kidd, Adam and Tona. I’ve been a fan of them forever,” he says, with a bottle of Jameson in hand, amidst the chaos of the pop-up shop.

“It’s a concept for all of us, it’s a celebration for all of us. It’s been two years in the making, the album started to be recorded in 2011 and for us to do a pop-up shop on a different level than we’re used to, we’re always trying to push that, for Legends League as a brand and for us as a city to prove that this type of thing is possible.”

Point proven.

The crowd surfing, water throwing, mask-wearing, real hip-hop event was a sneak peek at what’s to come if Toronto hip-hop heads continue to show love for the talent that thrives among them.

Words By. Samantha O’Connor + Photos By. Janelle Scott-Johnson