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The BMO Music Fest is a one-night urban music extravaganza that squeezes a lot of entertainment into a limited space of time. Seven major hip-hop and R&B artists will be on hand, all of whom could fill a club or even an auditorium on their own. This year’s headliner is Shaggy, who remains the biggest crossover success in dancehall, a genre that was helped into the mainstream by his 1995 hit “Boombastic.” He still has a place in the hearts of R&B fans due to his raw power as a performer and a tendency to pop up as a guest on other people’s records.

Lil Jon, meanwhile, can still boast he’s the “king of crunk,” the slower, synth-driven hip-hop genre that is synonymous with the Dirty South, and which is only a little less dated than dancehall, even if it didn’t make a dent on the pop charts until Lil John’s 2003 hit “Get Low.” But he’s got nothing on Cuban-American MC Pitbull, who was absorbing the Miami bass sound in the mid-’90s when its stepchild crunk was still a distant dream of Lil Jon’s.

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