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Canadian hip hop developed much more slowly than Canada's rock music scene. Although Canada had hip hop artists right from the early days of the scene, the infrastructure simply wasn't there to get their music to the record-buying public. Even Toronto — Canada's largest city and Ontario's capital, which is one of its most multicultural — had difficulty getting an urban music station on the radio airwaves until 2000. As a result, if a Canadian hip-hop artist could get signed, it was very difficult for them to get exposure, even if their videos were played on MuchMusic. The history of music of Canada has mirrored the history and evolution of the country. ... The Maritime Provinces of Canada are culturally marked by the strong influence of Scottish and Irish settlers. ... Music is a part of the warp and weft of the fabric of Nova Scotias cultural life. ... Prince Edward Island is a Canadian province. ... New Brunswick is a Canadian province. ... 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History

Early 1990s: The rise of Canadian hip hop

Devon, Maestro Fresh Wes and Dream Warriors did manage, for a brief time in the late '80s and early '90s, to break into the mainstream. Maestro's first chart hit, "Let Your Backbone Slide", was the first Canadian rap single to break into the Top 40, and remains as of 2007 the best-selling Canadian rap single of all time. Other notable rap singles of this era include Maestro's "Drop the Needle", Devon's "Mr. Metro", Dream Warriors' "My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style" and "Wash Your Face in My Sink", and Kish's "I Rhyme the World in 80 Days". Devon Martin (born 1963 in England), who performed as Devon, was a Canadian rapper who gained notoriety for a controversial song about police racism, Mr. ... Maestro is the stage name of Wesley Williams, a Canadian hip-hop musician. ... The Dream Warriors are King Lou and Capital Q, a pair of Toronto-based alternative rappers. ... Let Your Backbone Slide was a 1990 single by Maestro Fresh Wes, from his album Symphony in Effect. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... 2007 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Kish (born Andrew Kishino in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a Japanese Canadian rapper who is considered as a one-hit wonder in 1991 with his song I Rhyme the World in 80 Days, which was accompanied by a music video that received airplay on Much Music. ...


In addition, DJs K-Cut and Sir Scratch of the Toronto/New York-based hip-hop group Main Source were Toronto natives. In 1991, Main Source released the undisputed hip-hop classic Breaking Atoms, which featured a young Nas before his rise in popularity. DJ or dj may stand for Disc jockey, dinner jacket The DeadJournal website, or Djibouti. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Main Source was an innovative, acclaimed Toronto and New York-based hip hop group comprised of Toronto natives Sir Scratch, K-Cut, and Queens native Large Professor. ... Breaking Atoms was the debut album of Main Source. ... For other uses, see Nas (disambiguation). ...


Rap also began to surface in Canadian mainstream pop in the early '90s. Rapper Frankie Fudge performed a rap break in Céline Dion's 1990 single "Unison" and appeared in her video. Female R&B duo Love and Sas performed rap in their 1991 single "I Don't Need Yo' Kiss". Céline Marie Claudette Dion, OC, OQ (born March 30, 1968) is a Canadian Grammy, Juno, and Oscar award-winning pop singer and occasional songwriter and actress. ... Unison is the title single from Céline Dions 1990 debut English album. ... Contemporary R&B is a music genre of American popular music, the current iteration of the genre that began in the 1940s as rhythm and blues music. ... Love and Sas was a Canadian r&b, funk, and rap influenced pop duo who scored several Top 40 hits on Canadian pop charts. ...


Mid-1990s: Fallow years

In 1991, Milestone Radio applied to the CRTC for an urban station in Toronto, which would have been the first such station in Canada, but that application was denied in favour of a country music station (something which Toronto already had on its radio dial). Milestone Radio Incorporated is a Canadian radio broadcasting company headquartered in Toronto, Ontario. ... country music, see Country music (disambiguation) Country music, the first half of Billboards country and western music category, is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. ...


The decision was controversial, and hurt the Canadian hip hop scene considerably. Hip hop and R&B fans in Toronto relied on Buffalo's WBLK, an American station with no Canadian content responsibilities. Other Canadian cities outside of Toronto often had no access to any urban format radio stations at all. Nickname: Location of Buffalo in New York State Coordinates: , Country State County Erie Government  - Mayor Byron Brown (D) Area  - City 52. ... 93. ... Canadian content (abbreviated cancon or can-con) refers to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission requirements that radio and television broadcasters (including cable/satellite specialty channels) must air a certain percentage of content that was at least partly written, produced, presented, or otherwise contributed to by persons from Canada. ... The term urban contemporary was coined by the late New York DJ Frankie Crocker in the mid 1970s. ...


As a result, only one Canadian rapper, Michie Mee, made an appearance on the national pop charts between 1991 and 1998 — and even she only managed it by partnering with the hard rock band Raggadeath. Snow, who had a hit in 1993 with "Informer", is sometimes mistakenly labelled a rapper, but in fact his style was more accurately described as dancehall (a style of reggae) than as hip-hop. As well, Tom Green's band Organized Rhyme had some success on MuchMusic with "Check the O.R.", but did not receive widespread radio airplay or reach the RPM charts. Michie Mee (born Michelle McCullock) is a Canadian rapper and actor of Jamaican descent. ... Raggadeath were a dancehall reggae band in the 1980s. ... Darrin OBrien (born October 30, 1969), is an award-winning Canadian reggae musician from Toronto, known by his stage name Snow. ... Dancehall is a type of Jamaican popular music which developed around the late 70s, with exponents such as Yellowman and Shabba Ranks. ... Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. ... For other persons named Tom Green, see Tom Green (disambiguation). ... Organized Rhyme was a short-lived Canadian hip-hop group based out of Ottawa renowned for its one commercial hit, Check The O.R., and because of the fame later achieved by one of its members, comedian Tom Green. ... MuchMusic (often referred to only as Much) is a Canadian English language cable television specialty channel owned by CTVglobemedia dedicated to music and music-related programs. ... RPM was a Canadian music industry publication that featured song and album charts for Canada. ...


It should be noted that many American hip hop artists were popular in Canada, and that Black Canadian musicians such as Infidels, Deborah Cox and The Philosopher Kings had notable successes in the R&B, pop and rock genres. But for Canadian hip-hoppers, by and large the door was closed. The United States was the nation of origin of hip hop, a cultural movement that began in the 1970s in New York City, among primarily African American and Hispanic audiences. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Infidels were a Canadian funk-rock band in the 1990s. ... Deborah Cox (born July 13, 1974 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian R&B/House singer. ... The Philosopher Kings are a Canadian R&B/soul band and were one of the most commercially successful Canadian pop groups of the late 1990s. ...


That began to change in 1996, when several pivotal events occurred in close succession: first, Urban Music Association of Canada was formed to build the domestic and international profile of Canadian urban music. The following year, Dubmatique broke through as the first Quebec rap band to top the francophone pop charts, and a controversy erupted in Toronto when Milestone was again passed over for an urban radio station. Instead, the CBC was awarded 99.1 to move its existing Radio One station, CBL, from the AM band — and, ominously, this was believed at the time to be the last available FM frequency in the city. Urban Music Association of Canada (UMAC) established in 1996, is a Canadian non-profit organization focused on showcasing and expanding Canadian urban music. ... Dubmatique were a francophone hip hop group from Montreal, Quebec. ... This article is about the Canadian province. ... Radio-Canada redirects here. ... CBC Radio One is the English language news and information radio network of the publicly-owned Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. ... CBLA is a Canadian radio station. ...


Late 1990s: "Northern Touch"

Most importantly, however, the Vancouver hip hop band Rascalz gathered an all-star crew of emerging Canadian rappers to record "Northern Touch", a galvanizing statement of purpose for Canadian hip-hoppers which was released as a single in 1998, beating the odds to become the first Canadian hip hop hit since 1991. Rascalz are a hip hop group from Vancouver, British Columbia, who played a crucial role in the artistic and commercial development of Canadian hip hop. ... Northern Touch is a Canadian hip hop song, which was recorded in 1997 by Rascalz in collaboration with Checkmate, Kardinal Offishall, Thrust and Choclair. ...


Later that year, Rascalz refused the Juno Award for Best Rap Recording, citing that the award was presented during the non-televised portion of the ceremony along with the technical awards. Stung by the allegation of racism, the Junos moved the Rap award to the main ceremony the following year. Also in 1998, Maestro Fresh Wes, now known simply as Maestro, broke his own hit jinx, with "Stick to Your Vision" becoming his first chart hit in seven years. The Juno Awards are awards of achievement presented to Canadian musical artists and bands. ... Manifestations Slavery Racial profiling Lynching Hate speech Hate crime Genocide (examples) Ethnocide Ethnic cleansing Pogrom Race war Religious persecution Gay bashing Blood libel Paternalism Police brutality Movements Policies Discriminatory Race / Religion / Sex segregation Apartheid Redlining Internment Anti-discriminatory Emancipation Civil rights Desegregation Integration Equal opportunity Counter-discriminatory Affirmative action Racial...


Hip-hop acts such as Choclair, Saukrates and Kardinal Offishall were also beginning to make waves in the press, as the Juno Award controversy and Maestro's comeback renewed attention on Canadian hip-hop. Choclair (born Kareem Blake in Scarborough, Ontario) is a Canadian rapper. ... Saukrates debut album. ... Kardinal Offishall (born Jason Harrow on May 21, 1976 in Scarborough, Ontario) is a Canadian hip-hop MC and producer of Jamaican descent. ...


In the same year, the CBC's Toronto station completed its move to FM. Because the FM frequency offered better broadcast coverage, the CBC found that it was able to surrender two repeater transmitters serving communities outside of the city — thus opening two new frequencies for license applications.


2000s: Canada's first urban music station

In response to the opening of two former CBC frequencies, the federal cabinet issued an order-in-council to the CRTC directing it to give precedence to applications that took into account Toronto's cultural and racial diversity, effectively guaranteeing that Milestone would get a license in the new round of hearings. In 2000, the CRTC awarded one of the frequencies to Milestone, on the company's third attempt. The other frequency was awarded to Aboriginal Voices for a station to serve First Nations communities. Regions Political culture Foreign relations Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      The Cabinet of Canada (French: Cabinet du Canada or Conseil des ministres) plays an important role in the Government of Canada in accordance with the Westminster System. ... An Order-in-Council is an executive order issued in Commonwealth Realms operating under the Westminster system. ... Aboriginal Voices is a Canadian radio network. ... First Nations is a Canadian term of ethnicity which refers to the aboriginal peoples located in what is now Canada, and their descendants who are neither Inuit nor Métis. ...


Also in 2000, the CBC created and aired Drop the Beat, a television series about hip hop music and culture which was billed as one of the first such series in the world. The show starred Merwin Mondesir and Mark Taylor as the hosts of a hip hop show on a campus radio station. Drop the Beat was a Canadian television series, which aired on the CBC in 2000. ... Merwin Mondesir (born in Toronto ca. ... Mark Taylor (born 7 March 1977 in Scarborough, Ontario) is a Canadian actor. ... Campus radio (also known as college radio, university radio or student radio) is a type of radio station that is run by the students of a college, university or other educational institution. ...


Finally, in 2001, CFXJ (Flow 93.5) debuted as Canada's first urban music station and is based out of Toronto. Urban stations quickly followed in several other Canadian cities, as well, and for the first time, Canadian hip-hop artists had a network of radio outlets for their music. CFXJ-FM is a Canadian radio station in Toronto, Ontario, which uses the on-air brand Flow 93. ...


Swollen Members, Nelly Furtado, k-os, Buck 65, Sixtoo, Jully Black, Jarvis Church, Shawn Desman, Sweatshop Union, Glenn Lewis, Dead Celebrity Status, Remy Shand, Toya Alexis, K'naan, Rich London and Cadence Weapon were among the rap and R&B acts to benefit from this new era in Canadian music. Swollen Members is a Canadian hip hop hip/hop group hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, consisting principally of the duo Mad Child and Prevail. ... Nelly Kim Furtado (born December 2, 1978) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer, and instrumentalist, who also holds Portuguese citizenship. ... k-os (born Kevin Brereton on February 20, 1972 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer of Trinidadian descent. ... Richard Terfry (b. ... Vaughn Robert Squire, aka Sixtoo (formerly CL S.C.A.R.R.) is a hip hop artist originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who now lives in Montreal, Quebec. ... Jully Black publicity photo, c. ... Gerald Eaton is a Canadian R&B singer. ... Shawn Desman Fernandez (born on 12 January 1982 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian pop/R&B singer of Portuguese descent, with a voice sounding similar to that of female R&B singer, Toni Braxton. ... Sweatshop Union is a Canadian hip hop collective. ... Glenn Lewis is an Black Canadian neo soul singer. ... Dead Celebrity Status is a Canadian hip-hop band. ... Remy Shand (born in 1978 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a Canadian R&B/soul singer, who released his debut album, The Way I Feel, on Motown Records in 2002. ... Toya Alexis is a Canadian R&B vocalist hailing from the Greater Toronto Area. ... Knaan (Keynaan, meaning traveler in Somali, born 1978)[1] is a Canadian] poet and hip-hop artist from the Hawiye clan in Somalia clan. ... Rich London (born Richard Davidson) is a rapper from Toronto, Ontario, currently signed to Soul Clap Records/Universal Music. ... Cadence Weapon a. ...


The national satellite radio network CBC Radio 3 has also included many Canadian hip hop artists in its playlist, including K'naan, Mood Ruff, Classified, Social Deviantz, Ghislain Poirier, Cadence Weapon, Buck 65, Dragon Fli Empire and OK Cobra. // A satellite radio or subscription radio (SR) is a digital radio signal that is broadcast by a communications satellite, which covers a much wider geographical range than terrestrial radio signals. ... CBC Radio 3 consists of four major parts all devoted to Canadian arts and music: a Sirius Satellite Radio station (channel 94), an 8. ... Knaan (Keynaan, meaning traveler in Somali, born 1978)[1] is a Canadian] poet and hip-hop artist from the Hawiye clan in Somalia clan. ... Mood Ruff is a rap group from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Social Deviantz are a Canadian rap trio based in Vancouver, British Columbia. ... Ghislain Poirier is a DJ/producer from Montreal working under the Chocolate Industries, Rebondir, Shockout, Intr_version and 12k record labels. ... Cadence Weapon a. ... Richard Terfry (b. ... Dragon Fli Empire (abbreviated DFE) is a hip hop duo from Calgary, Alberta, Canada consisting of Tarik Robinson a. ... OK Cobra is a Canadian hip hop duo, consisting of rapper Fritz tha Cat and producer Recordface. ...


Influences

Although American East Coast hip hop is obviously a major influence on Canadian artists in the genre, Canadian hip hop also incorporates a number of other influences not commonly seen in the mainstream of the American genre. East Coast hip hop is a style of hip hop music that originated in New York City during the early-1970s. ...


The black community in Canada is much more dominated by people of Caribbean heritage than is the African American community in the United States. As a result, Canadian hip hop is significantly influenced by the rhythms and styles of Caribbean music. English Canadian hip hop tends to be influenced by Jamaican and Bahamian styles, while francophone hip hop from Quebec is commonly influenced by Haitian music. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... West Indies redirects here. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... The music of the Caribbean is a diverse grouping of musical genres. ... The music of Haiti is influenced most greatly by French colonial ties and African immigration (through slavery), as well as by its neighbor, the Dominican Republic (see music of the Dominican Republic). ...


The genre-hopping "Tom Waits with a beatbox" style of Buck 65, who integrates country, rock, folk and blues influences into his music, has also become a major influence on Canadian hip hop in the 2000s. His influence is especially strong on hip hop artists from the Maritime provinces, such as Classified and Jesse Dangerously, but can also be seen in artists such as Ridley Bent. Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. ... Richard Terfry (b. ... country music, see Country music (disambiguation) Country music, the first half of Billboards country and western music category, is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... Folk song redirects here. ... Blues music redirects here. ... Jesse Dangerously Jesse Dangerously is an alternative hip hop artist from Halifax, Nova Scotia. ... Ridley Bent is a Canadian indie rock singer-songwriter. ...


Electronic music is also a significant influence, notably seen in artists such as Cadence Weapon and Ghislain Poirier. Cadence Weapon a. ... Ghislain Poirier is a DJ/producer from Montreal working under the Chocolate Industries, Rebondir, Shockout, Intr_version and 12k record labels. ...


See also

The United States was the nation of origin of hip hop, a cultural movement that began in the 1970s in New York City, among primarily African American and Hispanic audiences. ... Mexican rap refers to a hip hop movement started in Mexico in the early 1990s. ... Alphanumeric List 1-9 1200 Techniques 2 Live Crew Fresh Kid Ice Luke Skyywalker Mr. ...

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Canadian hip hop - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (961 words)
Although Canada had hip hop artists right from the early days of the scene, the infrastructure simply wasn't there to get their music to the record-buying public.
It should be noted that many American hip hop artists were popular in Canada, and that Black Canadian musicians such as Infidels, Deborah Cox and The Philosopher Kings had notable successes in the pop and rock genres.
Most importantly, however, the Vancouver hip hop band Rascalz gathered an all-star crew of emerging Canadian rappers to record "Northern Touch", a galvanizing statement of purpose for Canadian hip-hoppers which was released as a single in 1998, beating the odds to become the first Canadian hip hop hit since 1991.
French hip hop - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (885 words)
This article is about hip hop music from the country of France, and does not cover the hip hop scenes in other French speaking countries like Senegalese, Belgian and Canadian hip hop.
Within France, the two cities with the largest hip hop scene are Marseille and Paris (the majority of French rappers come from the suburbs of Paris.).
Hip hop first appeared in France in 1979, just as the genre was achieving some success in the United States.
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