While Hip-Hop found it’s roots in New York, it didn’t take long for Canada to embrace the culture and it’s music. Hip-Hop has been a part of Canada’s (primarily Toronto’s) identity since the late ’80s. CBC stepped up in collaboration with Manifesto to celebrate more than 25 years of Hip-Hop by Canadian artists. While the whole summit is a month-long idea and a week-long festival, the concert that happened on Tuesday was a live history lesson inside the Glenn Gould studio at the CBC Building.
Talent spanning decades, styles and the entire country, took to the stage one by one and performed some of their most memorable songs. Legends like Michie Mee, Maestro, Ghetto Concept, Dream Warriors, Saukrates and more, spent time reminding people exactly who they are, or teaching those who didn’t know. Kardinal, as usual, got the entire crowd rocking with him before running down a list of those who paved the road for his success in music. Choclair reminded us exactly why we were all listening to Ice Cold when it came out in ’99. K’naan was even able to bless the stage for a song and some words before making his way back to LA to work on his new album. After going through solo and collaborative joints from Shad, Classified, Cadence Weapon, Reema Major, Red1, K-OS and more it was nearing the end of the showcase. Maestro, Shad and k-os all performed parts of “Let Your Backbone Slide” for the grand finale.
Before calling it a night, the host Buck 65 suggested to keep it really “hip-hop” by having a live cypher on stage. Before you knew it everyone joined in a massive freestyle session, reminiscent of the cyphers in the park from back in the day. There was a lot of LOVE on that stage, from artist to artist and from the fans in the crowd. Once the Canadian contingency was on stage, Skratch Bastid and DJ X threw on “Northern Touch” and the place went bananas!
This Friday, April 1st, the CBC (located at 250 Front St.) will opens it’s doors to the public, for FREE! The Hip-Hop Summit features live performances, panel discussions and a premiere video screening of the concert. It runs from 2-8pm, and 1 LOVE T.O. will be hosting another one of our famous T-shirt “Pop-Up” Shops from 2-6pm (get there early).
See you there!
Photos by Ruthie Titus.
Written by GrahamCEO.