Metro Metro, the New Canadian Rap Festival

Written by Chantel Coffey
Photos by Taylor Regulski

Montreal’s newest festival, Metro Metro, is just two weeks away and is being billed “the biggest urban music festival in Canada”. The festival will feature over 45 local and international artists across two stages for two days at the Olympic Stadium.

For the first year of Metro Metro, the organizers have released a strong lineup, landing hip-hop artist Cardi B (for her first Montreal performance) as well as rapper, Future, as the main headliners. Other notables include Tyga, Waka Flocka Flame, Fatman Scoop, Ludacris, Sean Paul and many more.

“Featuring Hip-Hop, Rap, R&B, and Latin music, you’ll be able to attend performances by the world’s greatest artists, including two Montreal premieres,” reads the Olympic Stadium event’s page.

Aside from the stacked A-List line up, there’s multiple artists to keep an eye out for.

Rich The Kid

Rick a.k.a. Dimitri Roger is a 26 year-old New York native and has a reputation for being well-liked in the hip-hop community. He began recording under his current stage name with 2013’s Been About the Benjamins. A slew of releases followed, released in conjunction with his Rich Forever Music label and Quality Control Music. After signing to Interscope records in 2017, Rich The Kid has had a busy and successful past few years. His new album, The World Is Yours 2, dropped in March. It’s the sequel to his successful 2018 debut of the same name, which sold more than 600,000 units, spawning the singles “New Freezer” featuring Kendrick Lamar, “Dead Friends” and “Plug Walk.”

Saweetie

Since the viral release of “Icy Grl” in 2017, which continued to make waves in 2018, the 25 year-old California rapper has been dubbed an artist to watch. Describing herself somewhere between the prominent Bay Area rap sound and the sex appeal of the likes of Trina and Lil’ Kim, Saweetie makes her presence known. With festivals like Rolling Loud and Coachella under her belt this year, she’ll bring nothing but a show to the stage at MetroMetro.

The two-stage festival will be held over the weekend of May 18th and 19th, at the Esplanade Sunlife venue at the Olympic Stadium.

The two day festival tickets are still available and can be purchased for $190, CAD.

Visit www.metrometro.ca for more information.

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