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.
As someone who's been a working journalist and video content creator for more than a decade, I want to take my storytelling to the next level, particularly when it comes to telling the stories of black women. I want to be someone who helps change the narrative. The 20th anniversary of the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) seemed like the right place to cultivate creative inspiration.
Rihanna was once the world's preeminent pop star. And yes, I use past tense. Despite having her hit "Work" firmly ensconced at number one for the past two months, a stat that ties her with the Beatles as second only to Mariah Carey for most weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Rihanna has recently transcended pop stardom.
They were using their talents and resources to pursue their passions. We often celebrate young people (think Bill Gates for instance) for doing this in other businesses and personal pursuits, but it takes on a very different tone when young black men from stigmatized areas take an unconventional path and invest their energies into it.
Lamar blew audiences away with a politically-charged performance about race and police brutality.
Growing up in the hip-hop culture, I've battled with loving the music and hating some of the speech at the same time. Hip-hop heads who find themselves staring down the barrel of this conundrum, typically choose to embrace hip-hop while being extremely cognizant of its problematic nature. We're forced to view the music by its totality, and that's the mature way to not only view N.W.A. and Dr. Dre, but most human beings.
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"By caring about something, even as simple as breakdancing, then a young person will start to see the relevance of things like school, work and their future."
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There should be no mistake, it's more embarrassing for an adult to not know Kanye at this point in time than it is for a teen to not know McCartney. White dominance of cultural norms is the only reason click-bait articles decrying the masses of 50-somethings who don't know who Kanye West is aren't being published.
Han Han doesn't enjoy performing her new album. "These songs are physically and mentally exhausting," she says. The emotional intensity on her self-titled debut album is palpable even to those of us who don't understand all the lyrics.
Toronto's nickname might be getting an update courtesy of its most famous rap export, Drake. The former Forest Hill resident is calling his next album "Views From The 6," Billboard Magazine has...
Just as Drake's last album, "Nothing Was The Same," made it onto the Polaris Prize short list, the Toronto rap superstar announced his new album would be called 'Views From The 6.' In a Billboard excl...
Today, Geno Sims is best known for co-managing artists A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, and the rest of the A$AP Mob. Yet his story extends far beyond the one we know at this moment.
Juicy J @ YD Square "Ooh, titties," said Juicy J as a young, front-row audience member of his free Yonge-Dundas Square show pulled her shirt down revealing her bra and more than a little cleavage. Tha...
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?
It's undeniable that Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back" is a classic, but now it's classical, too. The Seattle Symphony, led by UK composer Gabriel Prokofiev, performed a selection of songs from the city...
50 Cent made his name as a badass rapper who survived being shot nine times and beefed with anyone and everyone he could. But that was then. Nowadays, he's more known for kibitzing with Meryl Streep w...
A couple of weeks after the Financial Times revealed Apple was interested in buying Dr. Dre's high-end headphones company Beats Electronics, the deal is finally official. This disproves speculation t...
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DJ E-Z Rock has died at age 46. Born Rodney Bryce, the old-school hip-hop DJ helped bring rap into the mainstream with his timeless 1988 classic "It Takes Two" with rapper Rob Base. The hit, and its...
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TORONTO - Ontario's governing Liberals must stop doling out taxpayer dollars to giant corporations and celebrities like Drake while cutting funding to community events, critics said Monday.Multimillio...
Although it might seem like he doesn't need the money to stage it, multi-millionaire rapper Drake's upcoming OVO Fest will receive a $300,000 grant from Ontario's Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Spor...
After interviewing Rick Ross, I remain convinced that the man born William Leonard Roberts II no longer exists. In his place is one of the most polarizing figures in hip-hop today: a self-made "big bo...
I recently had the good fortune of travelling to Australia to perform at the Woodford Folk Festival, near Brisbane. My flight left Vancouver on December 22, 2013 and arrived in Australia December 24, the day before Christmas.
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Drake may have mocked himself on "Saturday Night Live" as "the saddest boy in all of Canada," but right now he seems like the maddest -- and for the worst imaginable reason. In a series of tweets, som...
Drake may have landed 2013's seventh best-selling album in the U.S. with "Nothing Was The Same," and made plenty of critics' year-end lists, including ours, but that didn't help him come Grammy night....
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Last Saturday night, Drake cracked a joke about Toronto, "where the rappers are polite and the mayor smokes crack." Mere days later, that joke has even more resonance as Rob Ford suffered another sobr...
I can't turn anywhere without rap music blaring into my ears. Before hip hop got elected into popular taste to a level where it's now synonymous with pop-culture, there was an era that preceded this current one that might be doomed to obscurity. Here's hoping rap can finally realize, during its unwavering drive to be "fresh," it had long created music without an expiry date.
Drake had a lot of expectations going into his first hosting gig on 'Saturday Night Live,' and easily established himself as the show's next Justin Timberlake with an 'SNL' performance that began with...
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.
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Drake's visit to Jimmy Fallon's show to promote this Saturday's hosting stint on "SNL" included the Toronto rapper losing the most Canadian game of all time -- beer hockey, a combo of beer pong and ai...
Drake may now be best loved as a rap superstar, but those of us who still think of him as "Wheelchair Jimmy" remember that the MC formerly known as Aubrey Graham began as an actor on "Degrassi: The Ne...
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In a year that saw Toronto the Good's name get dragged through the mud, international headlines and comedy bits thanks to the exploits of Rob Ford, a pleasant if overly introspective young man named A...
2013 was Kanye's year. On top of releasing "Yeezus," one of the year's best and bravest albums, he dropped plans to eclipse Wal-Mart, declared war on disrespectful late night show hosts, and became a...