Decorated and accomplished and also a former Bramptonite, Director X, the man behind videos for Rihanna, Drake, Jay-Z, Justin Bieber and more, was inducted into Brampton’s Arts Walk of Fame. Check out the photos below.
Brandon Duke, who broke the Guinness World Record for world’s youngest DJ opened the evening with a DJ set, playing 90s throwback beats.
Emceeing the show was Canadian music staple Kardinal Offishall.
Brampton-based dance company Jade’s Hip Hop Academy put together one of the gems of the night, a massive tribute with various dances using choreography from some of the music videos X has directed including, Usher’s ‘Yeah’, ‘Pon De Replay’ by Rihanna, ‘Your Love’ by Nicki Minaj, and more.
Jade’s Hip Hop Academy also brought Canadian music greats Choclair — best known for his 90s hit ‘Let’s Ride’ — and Karl Wolf.
X took in the performances and tribute along with a packed theatre.
As part of the celebration, local artists Haviah Mighty and Fateh Doe, joined by singer Simar, also performed.
Kardinal Offishall also took to the stage to perform, getting the crowd, including Director X, up on their feet.
As part of the induction ceremony, Director X’s mom and Mayor Linda Jeffrey shared words before his award was presented to him. X also shared a few words with the audience, recounting his time growing up in Brampton, and thanking the people in his life.
The night ended with DJ Starting From Scratch spinning, while X mingled with family, friends and fans.