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Token: Between Somewhere Tour

02/13/19 | 8:00PM

The Bowery Ballroom

6 Delancey Street Map

$18 And Up


13-02-2019 12:00:00 13-02-2019 12:00:00 America/New_York Token: Between Somewhere Tour | 8:00PM "I was sitting in my first period precalculus class. I checked my phone and thought I was seeing things. The video had gotten 7,000 views the night before and was up to 100K by the morning. I almost fell out of my chair." Needless to say, precalc was a wrap for the day. The video for "No Sucka MCs" earned 17-year-old wunderkind Token his first real burn on the rap blogs. Littered with timely, toothy, subliminal lyrics like "Until the XXL cover will set it up / I'm a junior now, I'll f*** a freshman up," the track catapulted Token from provincial problem to national nuisance. Originally submitted to an online rap competition -- one of several Token ended up winning -- the song has amassed 1.6 million views on YouTube. It was this track that prompted another Massachusetts native who'd gotten his start rhyming, superstar Mark Wahlberg, to take to Twitter and proclaim Token his new favorite rapper. "No Sucka MCs" also prompted iconic hip-hop tastemaker Sway Calloway to invite Token to spit on his influential Sway in the Morning SiriusXM show. "I rehearsed day and night for Sway," Token reveals. "I wanted it flawless. And I actually prepared about 11 minutes of material, roughly 250 bars. Then, literally the day before, I got the news that I would have about half that time. I had to chop 11 minutes down to like 6, basically overnight. It was nerve-wracking." Sway's cohost Tracy G actually broke down in tears with his verse -- the video of which has garnered over a million views in a single 24-hour period, and totals more than 5 million views to date. The internet was set aflame by an apparent rap prodigy. A star was born. Token's trajectory is unorthodox bordering on inexplicable: "When I was young, doctors and analysts literally told me I can't put words together like normal people do," recounts the rapper, real name Ben Goldberg. "That my brain doesn't have the ability to process language and understand long words. Of course, this is so ironic because this is what I do -- how I choose to spend my time." Token was put into special ed classes and diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and a learning disability. These outward pivots belied Token's true nature: "I always felt very different from everyone, always felt disconnected," he admits. "I was such a thinker as far back as the first grade. http://www.cityguideny.com/eventinfo.cfm?id=349570 The Bowery Ballroom The Bowery Ballroom

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"I was sitting in my first period precalculus class. I checked my phone and thought I was seeing things. The video had gotten 7,000 views the night before and was up to 100K by the morning. I almost fell out of my chair." Needless to say, precalc was a wrap for the day. The video for "No Sucka MCs" earned 17-year-old wunderkind Token his first real burn on the rap blogs. Littered with timely, toothy, subliminal lyrics like "Until the XXL cover will set it up / I'm a junior now, I'll f*** a freshman up," the track catapulted Token from provincial problem to national nuisance. Originally submitted to an online rap competition -- one of several Token ended up winning -- the song has amassed 1.6 million views on YouTube. It was this track that prompted another Massachusetts native who'd gotten his start rhyming, superstar Mark Wahlberg, to take to Twitter and proclaim Token his new favorite rapper. "No Sucka MCs" also prompted iconic hip-hop tastemaker Sway Calloway to invite Token to spit on his influential Sway in the Morning SiriusXM show. "I rehearsed day and night for Sway," Token reveals. "I wanted it flawless. And I actually prepared about 11 minutes of material, roughly 250 bars. Then, literally the day before, I got the news that I would have about half that time. I had to chop 11 minutes down to like 6, basically overnight. It was nerve-wracking." Sway's cohost Tracy G actually broke down in tears with his verse -- the video of which has garnered over a million views in a single 24-hour period, and totals more than 5 million views to date. The internet was set aflame by an apparent rap prodigy. A star was born. Token's trajectory is unorthodox bordering on inexplicable: "When I was young, doctors and analysts literally told me I can't put words together like normal people do," recounts the rapper, real name Ben Goldberg. "That my brain doesn't have the ability to process language and understand long words. Of course, this is so ironic because this is what I do -- how I choose to spend my time." Token was put into special ed classes and diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and a learning disability. These outward pivots belied Token's true nature: "I always felt very different from everyone, always felt disconnected," he admits. "I was such a thinker as far back as the first grade.

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