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The Arts Make A Surprising Ally In Raising Climate Awareness

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 11.25.2016 | Canada Living
Carl Duivenvoorden

When it comes to climate change, the math and science are clear -- but not to everyone. The arts can be powerful allies in helping us all understand the severity of the challenge and the urgency for action.

The Night Drake's Success Made OVO Fest Obsolete

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 08.02.2016 | Canada Living
Joshua Ostroff

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.

'Blowin' Up' Challenges Stereotypes About Hip Hop Culture

University of Toronto News | Posted 03.29.2016 | Canada
University of Toronto News

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.

The Canadian Invasion: CanCon Conquered The Music World In 2015

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 12.18.2015 | Canada
Joshua Ostroff

A long time ago, in a Canadian music industry far, far away, the federal government had to step in with CanCon quotas to save our singers and musicians from being buried by radio hits from our southern neighbours. Now I wouldn't be surprised if the U.S. built a Trump wall to keep our artists out.

I Ate At Fring's And Broke My Cardinal Rule Of New Restaurants

Tiffany Leigh | Posted 10.27.2016 | Canada Living
Tiffany Leigh

I should have known better. Generally, you need to offer some leeway for new kids on the block -- at least three months to work out kinks. But I didn't. Because at the time, I thought -- "Bumpy ride, be damned! Imma get me some Hotline Bling." Oh, how naively hopeful I was.

Bishop Nehru Shares the Most Important Lesson He Learned in School

Herbert Lui | Posted 08.05.2016 | Canada Living
Herbert Lui

Growing up in Rockland County, New York, Bishop Nehru stood out in high school. He dressed differently than most of his peers, and listened to different music. He had different priorities. Although at times being the odd man out could feel alienating, this experience turned out to be what author Malcolm Gladwell calls a desirable difficulty.

MC Jin on Philosophy, Optimism and Loss

Herbert Lui | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada
Herbert Lui

MC Jin is a natural conversationalist. He'll tap you on the shoulder to get a point across. He'll tell you stories about his son with an ear-to-ear gr...

Would the Media Freak Out if 50-Somethings Didn't Know Who Kanye Was?

Davide Mastracci | Posted 03.08.2015 | Canada Music
Davide Mastracci

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.

Filipina-Canadian Nurse Raps Her Immigrant Experience

Robert Bolton | Posted 11.03.2014 | Canada Music
Robert Bolton

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.

So Rappers Are Still Getting Shot at in Clubs, Huh?

Jason Najum | Posted 10.26.2014 | Canada Music
Jason Najum

Rap producer and real life cartoon thug kingpin Suge Knight was shot multiple times on Sunday during a Chris Brown-hosted VMA Awards party at a Los Angeles nightclub. Watching the footage of screaming party-goers scrambling for cover, my first thought should have been that I hope that no one was killed, but instead it was "Really? This is still a thing?"

Drake Is Cheating on Toronto With Houston

Giselle Phelps | Posted 08.16.2014 | 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?

In This World of Perishable Rap, 16 Songs That Will Never Expire

Danko Jones | Posted 03.22.2014 | Canada Music
Danko Jones

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.

The Best Hip-Hop Albums Of 2013

HuffPost Canada Music | Anupa Mistry | Posted 12.19.2013 | Canada Music

Either a Twitter feed has supplanted my brain or it was a beyond banner year for rap releases. There were flamboyant debuts (A$AP Ferg, "Traplord"...

With Great Macklemore Comes Great Responsibility

N/A Inc. | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada Music
N/A Inc.

At the AMAs, rapper Macklemore spent much of his precious acceptance speech time discussing the injustice behind the Trayvon Martin verdict. Here's a radical idea: if Macklemore is so disgusted by the Trayvon Martin ruling, he should be the one to lead Stevie Wonder's list of artists boycotting Florida until the Stand Your Ground Law is repealed.

WATCH: Worst Rap Songs By White Non-Rappers Who Try To Rap

HuffPost Canada Music | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 09.30.2013 | Canada Music

Pop music's most popular singers, Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber, have recently been climbing the charts by... rapping. Bieber, who unofficially int...

Meet Jay-Z's 16-Year-Old Canadian Beatsmith

HuffPost Canada Music | Vish Khanna | Posted 07.12.2013 | Canada Music

Among the big name collaborators on Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail" is a 16-year-old woman from Brampton, ON named Ebony Oshunrinde, who makes beats ...

Maestro Fresh Wes Talks Drake, Rob Ford Rap, 'Backbone' and 'Black Tuxedo'

The Huffington Post Canada | Ryan B. Patrick | Posted 10.05.2012 | Canada Music

Even before we get into the discussing Maestro Fresh Wes' new Black Tuxedo EP, or the almost unimaginable point that we're fast approaching the 25th a...

A History of Music in Under 500 Words

JD Halperin | Posted 11.21.2012 | Canada Music
JD Halperin

Before Bach, there was no music. This seriously hampered the soundtracks of movies. Then black slaves sang while being exploited in fields, paving the way for blues, jazz, and rock & roll. Now autotune could give a goat a honeyed voice in perfect pitch. Meanwhile computers liberated musicians from those old historical obstacles like money, instruments, and talent. The Internet allowed everyone everywhere to hear everything, and we haven't seen a distinct style of music since.

Public Enemy's Chuck D Says Hip-Hop A Public Service, 'Not A Hustle'

The Huffington Post Canada | Chris Dart | Posted 09.07.2012 | Canada Music

During Public Enemy's recent Toronto show, frontman Chuck D spoke out against the language of modern rap music, calling hip-hop "an art and a craft, n...

How Maestro Fresh Wes Jumpstarted My Love for Canadian Hip Hop

Joe PS Klymkiw | Posted 09.24.2012 | Canada Music
Joe PS Klymkiw

I first heard Maestro Fresh Wes' "Let Your Backbone Slide" on a cassette tape my best friend's brother made for us to breakdance to in 1989. I couldn't stop listening to it. I replayed the song on my Sony Walkman so many times I could stop the tape at the beginning of the song perfectly each rewind.