Northern Touch

As a tribute to our Northern Neighbors (and my Motherland) post US Presidential Election, I thought it would be fitting to post some of my favorite Canadian Hip Hop that I myself grew up with.

Might as well learn some of the Canadian Hip Hop culture before you move North of the boarder!



Swollen Members featuring Nelly Furtado (2002)
Swollen Members From Vancouver, BC
Nelly From Victoria, BC



Maestro Fresh Wes – Let Your Backbone Slide (1989)
From Toronto, ON



Choclair – Rubbin’ (1999)
From Toronto, ON



Ghetto Concept ft. Snow, Red 1, Ironside, Maestro, Kardinal Offishall – Still Too Much (2002)
From Toronto, ON



Rascalz – Movie Star (2002)
From Vancouver, BC


Written by Emma J




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Kill At Will: The Final Chapter — Joell Ortiz, Token, Chris Rivers, Big Daddy Kane & Snow The Product

Everyone is going crazy over Big Daddy Kane’s verse on this “Kill At Will” track, saying its his best verse in a decade. Would you agree??

The song features Joell Ortiz, Token, Chris Rivers and Snow Tha Product. The five-minute video, animated by Matt Cassero, plays on 80’s style horror film characters. Joell plays Jason Vorhees, Chris Rivers is Freddy Kruger from Nightmare on Elm Street, Token is Michael Myers, Snow is Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Big Daddy is seen as an animated version of himself. Riding in the back seat, the crew takes Kane to “Def Tone Records.” See what happens when they arrive at the scene.

Check out the video below…

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New Classic: DJ Khaled – Nas Album Done ft. Nas

DJ Khaled and Nas debut a dope cinematic visual for “Nas Album Done.” The entire caribbean-set clip totals to almost nine minutes long and features dancehall legend Louie Rankin reprising parts of his famed Ox role from ‘Belly’. Khaled comes to Ox with a plan to uplift and unify the youth with the “keys.”

Sampling The Fugees, the video transitions to the song part of the clip. Nas spits his knowledge for the youth, drops a few “Major Keys.” Although Hype WIlliams is not the director on this one, Khaled and Eif Rivera do a great job of alluding the big budget videos from back in the day.

In the last clip DJ Khaled is seen dancing, surrounded by women wearing traditional costumes and headdresses for a mini dancehall breakdown. The biggest key dropped, and the #1 ting we should take away from this song, is Nas has a new album on the way, and according to the title of the track, its done.

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Drake Gets Response From Legendary Rap Group EPMD

“You Gots to Chill,” “Strictly Business” and “It’s My Thang” are just some of the classic songs that New York rap duo EPMD churned out throughout their 30-year career.

Their success certainly didn’t come without drama, however, because they’ve had a lot of infighting, not to mention multiple breakups, but now it seems that members Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith have a healthy relationship.

In an interview with HipHopDX, the Long Island natives touched on various topics, including modern-day hip-hop and how it’s changed from their day. In fact, EPMD gave their opinion on Drake’s “4 PM In Calabasas,” which samples their classic “You’re a Customer,” which borrows from Steve Miller Band’s “Fly Like an Eagle,” ZZ Top’s “Cheap Sunglasses” and Kool & The Gang’s “Jungle Boogie.”

“Wow,” Yo, P, you were right,” said Sermon after hearing Drizzy’s song. “I never heard this until now. That’s dope.” Afterward, Smith said Drake using parts of “You’re a Customer” speaks to the sheer timelessness of the song. “I think it’s the true essence of what ‘You’re a Customer’ means,” he theorized. “It transforms through so many different generations, and it’s self-explanatory.”

Some might say that Drizzy sampling the EMPD tune shows his appreciation of old-school hip-hop, not to mention his fondness for it. Plus, he seems to be well-schooled in the music that came before him. At least it seems that way based on an interview he gave about the differences between yesterday’s rap and today’s.

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30 Years Ago Today Run-DMC Released ‘Raising Hell’


Thirty years ago, Run-D.M.C. embodied hip-hop. Released on July 26, 1986, the Queens, New York, trio’s third album Raising Hell found the group at its creative and commercial peak, and expanding the language of hardcore in obvious and subtle ways. They were the biggest heroes on the block.

‘Walk This Way’ pioneered an enduring form of rap-rock that resonates to this day.
For one glorious season, Run-D.M.C. was the rap group your grandmother knew about. By 1988, after Yo! MTV Raps brought the true essence of hip-hop music to middle America. They became fedora-clad, gold chain-wearing faces in a rapidly growing crowd. In less than two years, the group was no longer just a genre, but they continued to loom over the scene as its first and perhaps greatest supergroup of all time. We will continue to celebrate one of the biggest albums of all time.




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