Hip Hop Culture

Drake Is Cheating on Toronto With Houston

Giselle Phelps | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada Music
Giselle Phelps

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?

Cry Me a River, Kanye!

Rachel Décoste | Posted 03.21.2014 | Canada Music
Rachel Décoste

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.

Bringing Hip-Hop Back to Canada (Except It Never Really Left)

Skratch Bastid | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Music
Skratch Bastid

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.

Crazy Legs on Why Art Is Power

Che Kothari | Posted 06.30.2013 | Canada
Che Kothari

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.