I worked as one of the producers of this limited series CBC Podcast. Breaking down seminal moments in Drake's career to explore the history and evolution of hip-hop, R&B, gender dynamics, and Black culture. This series is about the rapper the world sees as the face of the 6, but it's really about the Toronto hip-hop scene most people don't know about.
Dvsn are unbothered by life in the quarantine era. While other acts have carefully considered whether to drop albums in the current social distancing climate, the OVO Sound duo have forged ahead with releasing their third album amid what seems to be a low-key Toronto R&B season.
For Amaal, finding out her EP Black Dove was nominated for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year at the Junos was a vindication of following her passion. “It’s a lot of emotions, actually,” says the Toronto-based singer. “When it happened, the first thought was that I’m so excited for my family, my mum, and my dad. I can’t wait to share this news with them.” Amaal’s reasons for wanting to share the news with her parents took on an extra significance—because her father thought she was already nominat...
With a high-profile production career and a reputation as one of the main aural architects behind Drake, Boi-1da—who has also produced for the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, and Kanye West—is in the enviable position of having the luxury to pick the projects he chooses to work on. Recently, that has meant expanding his sonic footprint into the world of television.
A rare interview with the 70s legend, who's back in the spotlight with a documentary about her uncompromising and influential career.
Influential Toronto hip-hop producer Swiff LaRoc, also known as Born Swiff, passed away from cancer on July 31. He was 47 years old. As one-third of hip-hop production team Da Grassroots, Swiff (born Howard Nicholson in Kingston, Jamaica), emerged at a critical time in Toronto hip-hop history.
It’s been 20 years since one of Canada’s most important hip-hop songs was released.
Northern Touch – featuring Vancouver hip-hop vanguards the Rascalz, fellow Van City MC Checkmate as well as Toronto’s Choclair, Kardinal Offishall and Thrust – has recaptured attention recently in the wake of its landmark anniversary.
While he was known in his prime for his drumming on classic late-1960s and early '70s James Brown material such as "Cold Sweat" and the Sex Machine LP, Stubblefield's drumming found a new lease on life through sampling in the late '80s and early '90s.
The Get Down recently returned on Netflix as The Get Down Part II to complete the show's first season. Set in the gritty Bronx in the late 1970s, the show follows promising young MC Books and his circle of friends during disco's heyday and hip-hop's birth. Books's girlfriend Mylene (Herizen F. Guardiola) is a budding disco singer who performs "I'll Keep my Light in my Window" — a song recorded by a number of soul and R&B singers including Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye — on a Soul Train-esque show called Platinum Boogie.
There’s a scene in the second episode of Baz Luhrmann’s audacious Netflix hip-hop series The Get Down where graffiti writer, hustler and aspiring DJ Shaolin Fantastic (Shameik Moore) and gifted yet troubled wordsmith Zeke "Books" Figuero (Justice Smith) grapple extensively with the significance of a purple crayon given to them by hip-hop icon Grandmaster Flash (Mamoudou Athie) as they attempt to master the art of DJing.
I interviewed Washington, DC rapper GoldLink about his debut album And After That, We Didn't Talk and his "future bounce" brand of music.