T-Dot Part 1: Bubblin’ [Article]
Toronto, ON – Were bubbling… the whole city is bubbling and anyone that is near here can feel it. Canada, but Toronto more specifically, is bubbling, and as the old saying goes, it’s only a matter of rhyme. As a staunch music lover I’ve always had strong ties to big musical movements.
I used to think what San Francisco must have felt like in the late 60’s. I would wonder what influence the flashy, celebrity-filled, drug-riddled Studio 54 in New York City had on the music in the 70’s. When the 80’s came, were British groups like the Sex Pistols and The Clash so disgusted with the music that was coming out that they had to be so abrasive to get their message across? Seattle in the 90’s? Four eras that will forever define their listeners lives.
Now in the days of plastic-pop and, if you can believe this, real ‘Thug-Love’ songs (“Where Would I be Without You?” – probably 6 girls deep in a hot tub) dominating our airspace, what is going to define our era? T-Dot Massive stand-up, our time is now. The same thing that forced the musical change in the last four decades I outlined is the same feeling that is pushing us now, a movement that I like to call ‘Going-Against-The-Grainism’.
It’s time for the world to know what hip-hop is like from the streets of Toronto and all the cities in between. Canada has proper worldwide representation in every musical genre, cept one. Now don’t get it twisted, I’m not a playa-hater, and this does not all fall on the shoulders of the artists. Truth be told, on an international level, their paving the way for the young cats to do their thing (So when you see Choclair, say what up Chiz-Knock). This is way deeper than that.
Believe it or not, heads all around the world check for Canadian music. Think I’m bluffin’, check some of the multi-platinum Canadians this year alone – Nickleback (4X), Sum 41 (3X), Avril Lavigne (probably by press time) or even the Spiderman soundtrack that had Canadian artists on both lead singles. Those still not impressed there’s a couple others that have sold 10’s of millions like Alanis Morrisette, Celine Dion, or Shania Twain… act like y’all don’t know. The true North STRONG and free… trust me.
I have lived in Toronto all my life; my heart is buried in streets that y’all walk everyday. Now is the time to show the rest of the world how serious the game is out here. hip-hop is very territorial, rivaled only by country music (take my word for it), so if you in the game, rep your set. Rep for the dudes up here freezin’ from late-September to early-April. Rep for all surrounding areas Sauga, Brampton, Jane & Finch, Neptune, Vaughn, Scarborough… rep your click. Hey ‘hip-hop heads’, you wanna know the deal, pick up the independent stuff that seems to be flooding the streets these days, hold down these Emcee’s holdin’ it down for you. I’ma do my part, over the next few weeks on these very pages I am going to rep what I believe to be the strongest cats bubbling in the city right now. If you agree or disagree, HOLLA.
Shabs Sidebar: In my humble opinion there is only one explanation for the movement taking place in our city, the addition of Flow 93.5 to our airwaves. Never before did we have a popular, widespan radio station that was playing our music, thank you Milestone Radio Inc.
Written by Chris Shaban for HipHopCanada