When Drake strutted into the ACC arena on August 1, dressed all in black with an OVO shirt and a beard, he wasn't just the biggest star onstage or even the biggest rapper in hip hop. Drake can legitimately claim to be the biggest star in music and so he invited the only others operating at his level this year.
Fans of Drake's music will know he often raps about Houston too, and has a huge affinity for the city. He's reportedly recorded a lot of his music there. But this past weekend, his loyalties really seemed to blur a bit. Drake was rocking a Houston Astros MLB jersey at a game. Shouldn't he be doing that with the Toronto Blue Jays?
Last week, a young man yelled a racist slur at Kanye West's wife, calling her a "n*gger lover." As disrespectful as this incident was, it serves as a reality check for Kanye and his ilk. The man who made the N-word rhyme with "Gold Digger" for a hit song now laments having to "raise my daughter around ignorance and flat-out blatant racism." Cry me a river, Kanye! It is high time hip-hop honchos had their consciousness awakened. Jay-Z, Yeezy and many more have propagated this mess. The bitch they rap about -- her name is Karma.
Something big is coming this way. No, it's not another jackhammer building a condo on Queen's Quay, it's the 2013 Red Bull Thre3Style World DJ Championships. The greatest DJs on the planet are already arriving in Toronto to prove their worth, but Canada is no stranger to the DJ scene. Hip-hop has a warm home up north.
Richard "Crazy Legs" Colon is one of the original B-boys, doing it before people had a name for it. As a kid he was creating moves that are now part of the B-boy vernacular, and in his teens he was traveling the world preaching the gospel of hip-hop, performing in Hollywood movies, and immersing himself in the music and culture of a new art form.