Sunday has an interesting (and FREE!) panel on the cultural impact of Mississauga. You may laugh but I stand by something I have repeated often over the past year or so: Partynextdoor's first mixtape album succeeded in making ‘Sauga’ sound like the coolest place on the planet (To wit!)
Anyway, my homegirl, Anupa and Toronto MC/producer/engineer, Keita Juma (update: now, Rich Kidd) are both involved as well as producer prodigy, Wondagurl in this Sunday panel so this is well worth your consideration from my perspective. Here are the details:
The Music Gallery presents: Mississauga Goddamn
Doors:5pm Concert: The Music Gallery, 197 John St. Free Event
Governments have poured money into cultural events in downtown Toronto to encourage multiculturalism: Harbourfront Centre is one notable example. However, Toronto’s western neighbour, Mississauga, is multicultural by accident: the city’s rapid growth has produced cultural collisions of immigrant diasporas that are unprecedented in Canada and the world. “Mississauga Goddamn” posits a non-Jane Jacobs-like urbanity. Moderated by journalist Anupa Mistry(Rolling Stone, Spin, NOW Magazine) and featuring Wondagurl (producer: Jay Z), MC/producerKeita Juma (now Rich Kidd), Caballo (Mad Decent, Latino Resiste), and Pavan Brar (Weird Canada).
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I’m not sure how I feel about this ad. I guess overall, the sentiment is good but what: no one wants to turn out for gun rights, to overturn Roe vs. Wade and to protect the sanctity of ‘traditional marriage’?? I keed, I keed…..
I seem to be somebody that a handful of people know or have heard of, yet at the same time I’m somebody that nobody has heard of. I’ve been at some pretty random shows and other places where people have actually known who I was. Or friends have told me stories where they were talking about my stuff to other people and the other person had actually listened to one of my random releases. This is funny to me because I kind of like the idea of being a ghost. My goal is to be a very influential ghost though, so we’ll see how that goes. So far I think I’m doing a pretty good job of existing in non-existence.
In my books, the homie, Emay is one of the most underrated rappers in Canada. Why his incredibly creative music and rhymes aren’t being talked about more in both hip-hop and alternative circles is completely beyond me but artists like him are part of the reason I even still keep doing this blog 11 years later….
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For the Lost Art of Hip Hop along with Skratch Bastid & Soul Motivators. This is gonna be epic.
If you profess to love hip-hop, you need to be at this. Alongside Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash created the blueprint for what we understand to be hip-hop music & DJing today. This is kind of essential! Click the post title for more event details (and if you can’t read that screenshot of the Metro article on Bam from yesterday, CLICK HERE.)
Peephole/Beach was loosely based on me going to Jamaica and “YRWEONTHISBEACH?” was supposed to be about getting lost on a beach in Jamaica. I didn’t get lost on a beach in Jamaica but it made me think about experiences feeling lost. It actually turned to be about being in cottage country and feeling like you stepped in a time machine because there aren’t any black people out there. Where does one go to find the Black people when you’re up north.
Toronto rapper, Keita Juma talks about the inspiration behind his track, “YRWEONTHISBEACH?” from the This One Goes To Eleven…Different Kitchen 11th anniversary (#DK11) album. Click the post title to read the full interview or CLICK HERE to listen to the entire #DK11 compilation album.
Featured this dude, local Toronto rapper, SepTOon the blog a long time ago. Caught his set at Manifesto last weekend. Told him how much I liked his remake of Wu-tang's “C.R.E.A.M.” and he graciously laced me with CD copy of his latest album, Almost Nevr.