With love from Amsterdam: Transit responds to a “hater” from FFWD Magazine [News]
Calgary, AB – Although Transit is enjoying the Amsterdam scenery during his European tour, he hasn’t forgotten his homegrown Canadian roots—namely the critics over at FFWD Magazine who wrote a less-than-stellar review about his 2012 track, “Calgary.” Now that he has successfully brought his hip-hop to Europe, Transit makes his rebuttal. He claims that writer Mark Teo “ripped apart Canadian music” by labeling the particular track as, “one of the most cringe-worthy songs,” in a Nov. 22, 2012 article titled, “We need more put up and more shut up.” While the article did, in fact, criticize Transit, it also took stabs at Kardinal Offishall, Classified, The Rascalz and countless other MCs. But it wasn’t the music that Teo was opposed to. It was the idea of writing “city songs”– songs that attempt to embody the spirit of a particular city— that grinded Teo’s gears. He wrote that trying to capture the essence of a city within a song is “undeserved posturing.” Regardless, the critical review didn’t sit well with Transit. Though his rebuttal timing is slightly delayed – more than four months, to be exact— he responds to Teo in an articulate YouTube video
The video shows Transit waiting for noshes at a restaurant in Amsterdam, sporting an Amsterdam-embossed snapback. “I know it’s hard when you’re in Canada, working a desk job,” he says. He proceeds to pull out a postcard with a scenic shot of Amsterdam on it. “Mark… I wish you were here.”
That’s right. Transit just duked up two passive-aggressive middle fingers and flipped them in Teo’s direction—in the form of a scenic European postcard. He’s on a European tour, and the Europeans love him. “No one really tells us what’s wrong with us out here because they seem to love us,” says Transit. So when Transit returns from his escapades in Greece, France, Holland, and beyond, there is a simple solution that could solve resentment for both parties—a rap off. When Transit returns to Calgary, he should challenge Teo to a freestyle battle. And, of course, the topic would be Calgary.
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Written by Sarah Sussman for HipHopCanada