Hip Hop

Michie Mee

Get Into the UNITY Charity Festival This Weekend

It's UNITY Festival time! Coming from the old school way, it takes a community to raise a child. Having access to the coolest job on the planet -- a hip hop artist -- I've had the luxury of no-holds-barred musical expression and any other elements at my disposal I could throw in to express myself.
Rich Kidd

Why You Need to Be Part of the UNITY Charity Festival

Festivals like the UNITY Charity Festival are vital to Toronto's hip hop community. They don't really have these kind of events in New York City, Los Angeles or any other major urban centres, and if they do, they are certainly not free. It's charity over commerce this time, and that's making Canadian hip hop look great.

Melanie Fiona on Why Art Is Power

She recently headlined a show at the Phoenix where she blew the audience away with her inspired performance. Though some folks say it's hard to define her style, there's one thing that couldn't be clearer: she was born to sing and she is fulfilling her destiny.
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Crazy Legs on Why Art Is Power

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.

How Vanity Sizing Destroys a Woman's Body Image

One day in LA, my co-producer and I went into The Gap and a number of other stores. Instead of being my usual 6/8, I had somehow become a 2/4, numbers which I had never seen before on clothing tags. What was it that prompted designers to change their sizing codes in North America?

Why Women Hate Anne Hathaway: A Man's Perspective

From a guys perspective it makes no sense to compare Jennifer to Anne. Simply because one is a Jennifer, and the other one is an Anne. That's just the way it is. Can they both exist, walk the red carpet, win an Oscar and call it a gorgeous night? Not really.

Is the Harlem Shake Meme Cultural Appropriation?

The most recent online sensation created by dimwits with access to cameras is the Harlem Shake meme. However, the name of the meme has recently become a topic of discussion and controversy for some, particularly after a group of Harlemites responded to the new Harlem Shake meme in a video released last week. Arguably, the Harlem Shake meme is a form of cultural appropriation in that it is the popular use (and misuse) of a cultural artifact to black culture by a predominantly white crowd. Most importantly, this new Harlem Shake has already began to eradicate the original Harlem Shake from popular culture online.
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Kardinal Offishall On Why Art Is Power

Ask an artist like Kardinal Offishall to talk within the theme "Art is Power" and then sit back, 'cause you know he's going to tear it up. Kardi was one of three keynote speakers kicking off a celebration for the 20th anniversary of the Fresh Arts Program. Here's what Kardi threw down at the keynote address.
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A History of Music in Under 500 Words

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.

That Gangster Could Be the Next Bill Gates

In a speech recently delivered in Westminster, a UK MP, Chuka Umunna, shook conventional assessments of urban gangs by focusing on the "entrepreneurial zeal" that drives gang members and their illicit activities. In light of the recent Eaton Centre shootings, our Canadian politicians seem to have largely adopted the position that those involved in gangs are hopelessly and permanently corrupted.