The first of the four original elements of hip-hop, graff-writing (aka graffiti), is said to have originated in Washington Heights in the late 60’s/70’s. The significance of graffiti to hip-hop culture is tremendous; as it was the cornerstone of inner-city self-expressioncontinue reading
When we talk about rap music’s evolution and its influence on popular culture, we engage in endless debates over contrasting styles of rhyme, cadence, wordplay and symbolism. Often overshadowed by the beat and all the hype surrounding the music, are the lyrics at the heart of hip-hop’s pulse. Drop the beat and the baseline and
Any hip-hop fan from Toronto can tell you where they were when the rap single “Northern Touch” dropped in ‘98.
I was in the eighth grade when the single, featuring Vancouver artists Rascalz and Thrust and Toronto emcees Kardinall Offishall, Choclair, and Checkmate, started getting major play on MuchMusic (think Canada’s version of MTV). Rocking the