Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Femdot is on a mission to out-rap everyone like it’s ’94

“My foundation is that I am trying to out-rap everyone like it’s ’94 or something; I can wrap over anything. I want to interest you, even if I am just talking about going to the store,” says Chicago native Femdot (née Femi) with a reflective smile on his face. As we sat in a busy

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

FME brings together bands and friends in Rouyn-Noranda

Over the years FME has established itself as a prominent music festival that very few know about. This ‘underground’ festival brings together industry folks from across North America and Europe, in addition, off course, to the Quebecua...

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

Jo Mersa Marley: Following the calling

text: Jade Newton | photography: Christopher Brown Though he bares the Marley surname and has been heavily influenced by his father, Jo Mersa does not walk in the shadows of his musical lineage – he walks beside it, guided by it...

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

In pictures: Reaction NYC brings 2017 to Chicago with a bang

by Manny Diaz Reaction NYC is a two-night warehouse-style party taking place over two days, celebrating the coming of the New Year with some heavy-heaters of the music industry. This year the festival features 36 artists across...

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Life in magnificent technicolor: Chance The Rapper’s special day

To describe what took place in Chicago on the weekend of September 23 for Chance The Rapper’s Magnificent Coloring Day is almost impossible. Everyone who likes music that you can vibe, turn up, and pray to was at US Cellular...

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Manifesto is on a mission to give voices to the hip hop community

Manifesto is an organization built by activists, artists, and creatives with the goal of bringing people together into a collective that not only hosts a major hip hop culture festival in Toronto but gets the city up...

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Reggae Sumfest: a world apart, a world away, just like home

Admittedly, like most people, when planning to travel for a music festival I’m likely to head out to Texas or some of the more eclectic corners of Europe but this year I’ve experienced something new. This year...

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

An identity of its own: Chicago’s evolving hip-hop culture (Part I)

Chicago is known for many things: the food, the skyline, the brutal winters and unforgettable summers; but at its core is the music, specifically the hip-hop music, which is the foundation of Chicago’s hip-hop culture. “Chicago hip-hop...

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

Red Bull Sound Select: Developing Toronto’s artists one showcase at a time

Toronto is a city stacked with all sorts of talent across a variety of disciplines but while there may be hundreds of actors there seems to be an infinite number of musicians trying to catch a break....

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

UNITY Charity: empowering youth through hip hop arts

When looking at cultural genres, hip hop, historically, has a bad reputation. But bad neighbourhoods, bad attitudes and misguided glory generated by bullet marks on certain celebrities is not what it’s really about. The culture itself emerged from bonding...

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