Breaking down seminal moments in Drake’s career to explore the broader history and evolution of hip-hop, R&B, gender dynamics, and Black culture. Hosted by Ty Harper.
Ep 1: Toronto was always a hip-hop city
Drake is the poster boy of Toronto, although the city’s hip-hop scene was thriving long before it became known to his fans as ‘The 6ix.’ But the Canadian music industry’s history with its homegrown hip-hop talent is long and fraught—this is a look at that relationship.
Plus, the fight for the first Black-owned radio station in Canada, which turns 20 this year.
Artists mentioned in this episode: Kardinal Offishall, Michie Mee, Maestro Fresh Wes, k-Os, Dream Warriors, K-4ce (the man who coined the term “T-Dot”), Theo 3 (who coined the term ‘Screwface Capital’) Saukrates, Mindbender, Choclair, Rochester, Eternia, Point Blank.