Hip-Hop

Striking Black-and-White Photos of Toronto’s Tight-Knit Hip-Hop Community

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Toronto-based photojournalist and cinematographer Ajani Charles has captured some of the biggest names in hip hop, including Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, and Drake. But the photographer feels an intimate connection to the local community in Ontario’s capital city, which is the subject of his ongoing black-and-white photo series. Project T Dot aims to shine a light on the dynamic Toronto subculture, raising awareness about the works of lesser known hip-hop figures, including members of the LGBT and aboriginal communities, women, youth from underserved neighborhoods, and recent immigrants.
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The Top 15 Hip-Hop Supergroups of All Time

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The idea of a supergroup is simple: a few popular artists get together, make some music, realize they like each other, and if they can combine their audiences, $$$. We see it happen all the time in rock ‘n’ roll, but the dynamic of a rock band can make it difficult for rock supergroups to succeed as anything other than a cash grab. But hip-hop is a different story.
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How to Steal A Mountain: Links You Need to See

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Artistic processes are manifold, and hierarchizing the way we create is futile: but artist Oscar Santillon literally did climb to the top to make a recent work of art: he took a piece of England’s highest mountain. Said accomplishment will provide an incredibly impressive line on a resume, but it’s also angered Cumbria Tourism, who wants him to return it. Regardless of the ultimate decision about what happens to this inch of mountaintop, not many other people can put “Mountain Thief” on their list of qualifications. The only artistic feat that may be more impressive is an entire book of poems about Kanye West. Which exists, and is available for purchase on Amazon. Do with that what you will.
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10 of the Weirdest Dance Fads

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Contra dancing hails from 17th-century English country dances and French dances. Couples partner up for the folk-style moves, though it can be performed in groups or lines of dancers facing each other. It’s a social dance that’s catching on with a whole new generation, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal.
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Drake’s ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’: When Contractual Obligation Albums Go Right

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Drake releases have long been treated as events, but since the December 2013 SoundCloud premiere of “Trophies,” we’ve experienced escalation. Further drops followed with little to no warning and impressive frequency, often showcasing a sound and flow noticeably tougher and less overtly commercial than 2013’s Nothing Was the Same or 2011’s Take Care. “Draft Day” had Drake on a boom-bap tip, while ballads like “Days in the East” and “Heat of the Moment” explored space in ways radio songs simply aren’t permitted to. “0 To 100” and the aforementioned “Trophies” packed in so much cocksureness and braggadocio that the beats barely had room to breathe. And while his civic pride for Toronto on these tracks felt a touch excessive, it became increasingly more difficult to judge Drake solely by the sensitive sad-boy standards and tropes his critics — professional and otherwise — had come to rely on. Released suddenly Thursday night, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late capitalizes on all of these …Read More