Introduction to Canadian Hip Hop

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GuapoVida Canada Hip Hop

Hip Hop Ain’t Dead…

It Lives In The North

Canadian hip hop has a long history and connection to the underground movement of hip hop with many passionate artists in the various elements of hip hop (breaking, deejaying, emceeing, graffiti, beat making, beat boxing, fashion, etc).  Beginning in the 1980’s, having been influenced by the Bronx art form, Canadians started putting their own expressions of the culture of hip hop.  With the exception of 1989 to 1991, and the early 2000’s on, it remained a largely unknown style of the culture.  Nowadays, Canadian hip hop enjoys successful artists in various elements of hip hop.

The first credited hip hop song created was Singin’ Fools with the song “Bum Rap”.  It was released in 1982.  Toronto had early support with the station CKLN-FM with the launch of the show “The Fantastic Voyage” in 1983.  There wasn’t much success getting support on a large scale and was hence forth shafted and 86’d.  There was not a great infrastructure for it.

Deejaying did get support and with some elbow grease, some DJs got work playing in clubs around their cities, some competed, and some even grew a fan base and toured.  Some notable names are DJ A-trak and DJ Dopey.

Breaking (bboying, breakdance) grew in popularity with notable films like Breakin’ and Beat Street.  Breakdance crews from the US toured and since the 80’s to now, crews formed and participated in the art.  Canadian Floormasters are one of the first crews to do it and since flourished with independent crews performing, battling, and teaching.

Graffiti has always been big, and my own city of Vancouver BC is always scrawled with incredible graffiti art.  Good graffiti artists get hired to paint murals for customers, but they always go paint on their own.  There is an industry for it and one of the notable graffiti crews is Stompdown Killaz.

 

Canadian hip hop music artists continued to mainly gain underground and cult followings with little to no mainstream success.  Groups such as Maestro Fresh Wes, Dream Warriors, Main Source gained the most prominence however still remained underground acts.  Canadian hip hop thrived on an indie spirit.  From 1992 to 1998, it never hit the mainstream.  However, a chain of events took place that gave it recognition, and it was the Northern Touch collaboration of cross Canadian hip hop musicians and rappers in 1998.  The Rascalz, a Vancouver group, shunned the Juno Awards, which brought hip hop from Canada attention on a mainstream level.

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Having a propensity to creating quality hip hop music, ALLMUSIC noted Canada is hip hop’s best kept secret.  Since then, Canada has hit the mainstream internationally, with crossover hip pop artists like K’naan, Drake, The Weeknd and hip hop with a reggae influenced Kardinal Offishal.  Still with that mass appeal, any Canadian artists still thrive in the underground and indie status, gaining recognition worldwide.

1980’s to early 1990’s Notable artists

Maestro Fresh Wes

Michie Mee

Devon

Get Loose Crew

Main Source (K Cut & Sir Scratch)

MCJ & Cool G

Kish

Mid 1990’s Notable Artists

Rascalz

Ghetto Concept

Maestro

Saukrates

Citizen Kane

Redlife

Classified

K-os

Dubmatique

Muzion

Notable is that the french hip hop scene in Canada had better support than their English speaking counterpart artists, with artists like Dubmatique selling 300,000 copies of their album.

1998 Onward

Rascalz, Choclair, Thrust, Kardinal Offishal, Jellestone, Saukrates, Baby Blue Soundcrew, Drake, Classified, K-os, K’naan, Swollen Members, Sweatshop Union, Buck 65, Belly, Moka Only, Shad, Kyprios, Cadence Weapon, Snak The Ripper, Stompdown Killaz, KOTD, DJ A Trak

Most notable are Kardinal Offishal, Drake, K’naan being the artists with chart topping international mass appeal!

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Notable Beat Boxer

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French Hip Hop is also a scene of it’s own in Canada, followed by a very supportive Aboriginal hip hop scene, filled with many artists of that culture.

Hip Hop has had a positive influence on the First Nations of Canada, whom use it as a form of expression and empowerment.

Notable French Hip Hop Artists

Dubmatique

Muzion

Notable Aboriginal Hip Hop Artists

Winnipeg’s Most

Kinnie Starr

War Party

Ekkwol

Manik 1derful

OS12

Joey Stylez

A Tribe Called Red

Rez Official


 

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Dope 2015 Film #dopefilm #hiphop

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Dope is a film that came out in 2015, with a high focus on telling the story of regular people in the hood, with characters that you can relate to and seem familiar, utilizing a dramatic and comic approach to the story.  The film also has a high focus on hip hop music and culture, even utilizing a popularized slang of “Dope” which means it is very awesome and fantastic.  The film also centers around crime and drugs, school, community, and race.  My opinion is that it is a very well made movie and I thoroughly enjoyed the film.  Dope is literally a dope movie…

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The film centers on 3 main characters, which are Malcolm Adekanbi, Jib, & Diggy.  They are all obsessed with golden era hip hop and are high school students and live in the “Bottoms” part of Inglewood, California.  They’re considered geeks and are bullied by gang members at times.  Malcolm has a dream to attend Harvard, however his counselor, dismisses his endeavors.  His counselor, Mr. Bailey, refers him to AJ for college admissions.

At this point, the trio head home from school only to almost be jumped by dope dealers and as well as avoiding a Blood set.  Malcolm befriends Dom, a dope dealer, and they start chatting.  Through a turn of events, he also meets Nakia, through Dom.  Dom takes a shine to Malcolm and their love of hip hop and he gets invited to Dom’s birthday party at a club.  Malcolm goes there with his two best friends.  This is where the story gets interesting and Malcolm and his two best friends end up involved in various drama involving drugs and parties…

I will leave the rest out, so as to not completely ruin the film for you…

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Dope is a movie that is very good at telling a story, well planned out, and written well whereby the story and characters are likable and have a feeling of dejavu to even your own neighborhood and upbringing.  The stories and people are colorful, with fantastic delivery of comedy and crime drama rolled into one.  The music for the film is also dope, especially to people who like golden era hip hop more than modern mainstream music.  I highly recommend the film.

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The film was produced by Significant Productions, I am Other, & Revolt Films by the leads of Forest Whitaker and his partner Nina Yang.

It was written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa.

The music was done by Germaine Franco.

Cinematography by Rachel Morrison.

Edited by Lee Haugen.

It was released in January 24, 2015 to Sundance and then eventually picked up by Open Road Films and Sony for distribution.

It was released to the US on June 19, 2015.

Cast:

Soundtrack:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3850214/soundtrack

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attends a photocall for "Dope" during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2015 in Cannes, France.

attends a photocall for “Dope” during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2015 in Cannes, France.

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Blood Moon and Supermoon September 27 to 28 of 2015

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A perigee full moon, or supermoon, is seen during a total lunar eclipse on Sunday, September 27, 2015, in Washington, DC. The combination of a supermoon and total lunar eclipse last occurred in 1982 and will not happen again until 2033. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

A perigee full moon, or supermoon, is seen during a total lunar eclipse on Sunday, September 27, 2015, in Washington, DC. The combination of a supermoon and total lunar eclipse last occurred in 1982 and will not happen again until 2033. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

The video above explains a visual phenomenon from planet earth and our own moon.  The phenomenon is known as a blood moon (bloodmoon, lunar eclipse).  Causation is from the shadow of the earth passing onto the moon, making the moon a blood red colour.  The hue has had superstitious beliefs attached in the past, and as society progressed in education, science has explained the phenomenon.

A supermoon is also a phenomenon based on the earth’s moon orbit around our planet.  Based on the elliptical approach of the orbit, there are times where the full moon will be at a range closest to earth, making it appear very large.

On September 27, 2015 around 9pm EST, we had a supermoon lunar eclipse, a Super Blood Moon…

A blood moon and supermoon combined… for an awesome site!

The phenomenon of a blood moon and supermoon combined will not appear by current calculations, again, until 2033.

Here are some photos of the event, in case you missed seeing it…

A perigee full moon, or supermoon, is seen during a total lunar eclipse on Sunday, September 27, 2015, in Washington, DC. The combination of a supermoon and total lunar eclipse last occurred in 1982 and will not happen again until 2033. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

A perigee full moon, or supermoon, is seen during a total lunar eclipse on Sunday, September 27, 2015, in Washington, DC. The combination of a supermoon and total lunar eclipse last occurred in 1982 and will not happen again until 2033. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

A perigee full moon, or supermoon, is seen during a total lunar eclipse on Sunday, September 27, 2015, in Washington, DC. The combination of a supermoon and total lunar eclipse last occurred in 1982 and will not happen again until 2033. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

A perigee full moon, or supermoon, is seen during a total lunar eclipse on Sunday, September 27, 2015, in Washington, DC. The combination of a supermoon and total lunar eclipse last occurred in 1982 and will not happen again until 2033. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

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A perigee full moon, or supermoon, is seen during a total lunar eclipse behind the Colorado State Capitol Building on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, in Denver. The combination of a supermoon and total lunar eclipse last occurred in 1982 and will not happen again until 2033. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

A perigee full moon, or supermoon, is seen during a total lunar eclipse behind the Colorado State Capitol Building on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, in Denver. The combination of a supermoon and total lunar eclipse last occurred in 1982 and will not happen again until 2033. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

A perigee full moon, or supermoon, is seen as it rises above Central Park in New York City, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. The combination of a supermoon and total lunar eclipse last occurred in 1982 and will not happen again until 2033. Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky)

A perigee full moon, or supermoon, is seen as it rises above Central Park in New York City, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. The combination of a supermoon and total lunar eclipse last occurred in 1982 and will not happen again until 2033. Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky)

A perigee full moon, or supermoon, is seen as it rises above Central Park in New York City, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. The combination of a supermoon and total lunar eclipse last occurred in 1982 and will not happen again until 2033. Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky)

A perigee full moon, or supermoon, is seen as it rises above Central Park in New York City, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. The combination of a supermoon and total lunar eclipse last occurred in 1982 and will not happen again until 2033. Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky)

A perigee full moon, or supermoon, is seen next to the Empire State Building at the beginning of a total lunar eclipse, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 in New York City. The combination of a supermoon and total lunar eclipse last occurred in 1982 and will not happen again until 2033. Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky)

A perigee full moon, or supermoon, is seen next to the Empire State Building at the beginning of a total lunar eclipse, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 in New York City. The combination of a supermoon and total lunar eclipse last occurred in 1982 and will not happen again until 2033. Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky)

A perigee full moon, or supermoon, is seen during a total lunar eclipse on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 in New York City. The combination of a supermoon and total lunar eclipse last occurred in 1982 and will not happen again until 2033. Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky)

A perigee full moon, or supermoon, is seen during a total lunar eclipse on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 in New York City. The combination of a supermoon and total lunar eclipse last occurred in 1982 and will not happen again until 2033. Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky)

A perigee full moon, or supermoon, is seen during a total lunar eclipse on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 in New York City. The combination of a supermoon and total lunar eclipse last occurred in 1982 and will not happen again until 2033. Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky)

A perigee full moon, or supermoon, is seen during a total lunar eclipse on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 in New York City. The combination of a supermoon and total lunar eclipse last occurred in 1982 and will not happen again until 2033. Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky)

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A perigee full moon, or supermoon, is seen during a total lunar eclipse behind the Colorado State Capitol Building on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, in Denver. The combination of a supermoon and total lunar eclipse last occurred in 1982 and will not happen again until 2033. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

A perigee full moon, or supermoon, is seen during a total lunar eclipse behind the Colorado State Capitol Building on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, in Denver. The combination of a supermoon and total lunar eclipse last occurred in 1982 and will not happen again until 2033. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

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Mac Miller – GO:OD AM – Album Stream #rap #hiphop

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GO:OD AM is the third studio by Mac Miller and was released by Warner Brothers on September 18, 2015.  There are guest appearances by Chief Keef, Ab Soul, Lil B, Miguel, and Little Dragon.  A tour has been planned and will kick off in Mac’s hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA on September 20, 2015.

The album’s background started with Mac releasing his mixtape “Faces” and signing with Warner Brothers, after leaving Rostrum Records.  The distribution deal helped Mac’s label REMember Music jump off.  On July 30, 2015 he announced he was finishing up his album.  On August 5, 2015 he released a lead off single, 100 Grandkids with a music video.

On September 4, 2015 an app was released that functions as an alarm and played snippets of the album.  There was also a Breakfast Special Edition of the album released, which is the LP on CD and digital download, cereal, a cereal bowl, and a hidden gift.  Mac also hosted events called Homecoming Weekend leading up to the release to promote the album.  An album release show was planned and done, and the tour kicking off in Pittsburgh at the aforementioned date of September 20, 2015.

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Mac Miller – Good AM (Stylized as Mac Miller – GO:OD AM) can be streamed below free

1 – Doors (produced by Tyler The Creator)

2 – Brand Name (produced by ID Labs)

3 – Rush Hour feat Vinny Radio (produced by ID Labs)

4 – Two Matches feat Ab Soul (produced by Sounwave)

5 – 100 Grandkids (produced by Sha Money XL, Big Jerm)

6 – Time Flies feat Lil B (produced by Christian Rich)

7 – Weekend feat Miguel (produced by FKi, Jamil Digi)

8 – Clubhouse (produced by Rich Bricks of THC)

9 – In The Bag feat Juicy J, Domo Genesis, Schoolboy Q (produced by Sevn Thomas)

10 – Break The Law feat Juicy J (produced by Drew Byrd, Thundercat)

11 – Perfect Circle & God Speed feat Ab Soul, Vinny Radio (produced by Frank Dukes)

12 – When In Rome (produced by ID Labs, Sledgren)

13 – ROS (produced by DJ Dahl)

14 – Cut The Check feat Chief Keef (produced by Vinylz)

15 – Ascension feat Travis Scott (produced by ID Labs)

16 – Jump (produced by Sap, ID Labs)

17 – The Festival feat Little Dragon (produced by ID Labs)

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Mai Lee – Nobody 1993 (official music video) #rnb #hiphop #pop #newmusic #maileemusic

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Hailing from St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Mai Lee is a singer that is bringing back that soulful sound of R&B music with her excellent lyrics and crooning with flavor.  She has been doing it since she was 9, enrolling in a performing arts school.  With one listen you can tell her influence of MJB, Mariah Carey, and SWV.  Extremely talented, she garnered the attention of producer Bradd Young, a producer who has worked with Lil Wayne, Kelly Rowland, and Bone Thugs N Harmony.  They have become a dynamic duo, which has led to her gaining national recognition with tours across the US.  She is ready to bless you with all her capabilities and talents of soulful singing and intriguing lyrics and hooks.

Her current project is “Mai Lee – Nobody 1993” which has a fresh sound yet reminiscent of a headline of R&B music of the 90’s and early 2000’s.  For the song and video, Mai Lee – Nobody 1993, she entrenched help from David Russell, whom has worked with Lady Gaga, Seal, & Tyrese.  With his help, Mai Lee – Nobody 1993, will become ear candy and the video will get the views.

Mai Lee Nobody 1993 Scene

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