Skepta has successfully made the transition from UK rap royalty to worldwide superstar and at this point, that can't really be stopped. Many have tried. The US border even attempted to simmer his ascendency when just last year he was denied a visa into the United States, forcing the Konnichiwa rapper to cancel an entire leg of his tour, right as he was about to drop his most recent and most anticipated album. But grime has always been a byproduct of resiliency and Skepta isn't new to this.

Konnichiwa still went on to win last year's Mercury Prize. And the Tottenham artist channelled that roadblock into the theme for his current sold out North American tour. The same one that touched down in Toronto on Wednesday night and turned the packed Rebel nightclub into a gritty London rave with the help of incredible graphics, a high-octane stage presence and a list of guests that included Lethal Bizzle, Shorty, Riff Raff and Smoke Dawg. The last time he had performed in the city was the evening his now certified gold project dropped. But a lot has changed in a year.

Toronto DJs Freeza Chin and Jayemkayem, who are both staples in Toronto's grime community, warmed up the show playing not only the regular trap cuts you would expect to hear at any rap show but also the best in grime and UK drill from Kano to AJ Tracey to Abra Cadabra. The packed crowd moshed so fervently, they managed to move the thick steel media pit barricades. And their patience had officially peaked as DJ Maximum took the stage while the lights went black. Just in time for Skeppy.

He skipped or rather skanked out of the side stage shadows to the tune of his album title-track in Canadian colours - bright red track pants and a white OVO Athletics tee to a screaming sea of Toronto fans. Hundreds were sardined and thrown around by the sheer power of the crowd. And unlike when Skepta last performed in Toronto, where he had premiered the album, fans now rapped every word - including his Lethal Bizzle collaboration 'I Win,' which quite literally just dropped.

Behind him, graphics of police sirens, graffiti and London street signs flashed their sentiments, turning Skepta's performance into a sweaty theatrical reinterpretation of the music that's transcended his UK borders. "You're nothing like me, I'm a fucking villain. Go against me, that's a tough decision," Skepta rapped on his More Life interlude, celebrating the connection between both London and Toronto's music cultures while declaring the statement that most should have been aware of all along. Skepta's global takeover is about much more than hype. And if this sold-out 14-stop Banned From America tour has proved one thing, it's that a legacy can be invincible.

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