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OVO-KOTD Blackout 5 captured in 23 shots by Ajani Charles [Photos]

Toronto, ON – By now you’re probably well aware that OVO-KOTD’s highly anticipated Blackout 5 event was a huge success; propelling the battle scene even further onto the mainstream’s radar.

While it was a no-brainer on Drake’s part for hip-hop heads, his decision to skip out on this year’s Grammy Awards to co-host Blackout 5 has been completely baffling to some clueless media types. Likely because he was nominated 3 times, bringing his total to an impressive 22 since 2010. But Drizzy is a HUGE battle fan and we’re guessing he had no problems missing out on witnessing Kanye’s latest theatrics, or not attending an event where, as XXL put it, it was “quiet on the hip-hop front.” By all accounts, Blackout 5 was where it was at this past weekend, and the show was EPIC!

Now, if you’re kicking yourself for not attending, you still have till Feb. 28 to order the PPV (pay-per-view) through the KOTDTV.com website. You won’t be disappointed!

HipHopCanada’s own Ajani Charles was one of three members of our team on hand for exclusive coverage of the event’s secret match-ups and craziness. Check out his full collection of photos after the jump link below.

OVO-KOTD Blackout 5 captured in 23 shots by Ajani Charles [Photos] - HipHopCanada.com

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OVO-KOTD Blackout 5 captured in 23 shots by Ajani Charles [Photos] - HipHopCanada.com

OVO-KOTD Blackout 5 captured in 23 shots by Ajani Charles [Photos] - HipHopCanada.com

OVO-KOTD Blackout 5 captured in 23 shots by Ajani Charles [Photos] - HipHopCanada.com

OVO-KOTD Blackout 5 captured in 23 shots by Ajani Charles [Photos] - HipHopCanada.com

OVO-KOTD Blackout 5 captured in 23 shots by Ajani Charles [Photos] - HipHopCanada.com

OVO-KOTD Blackout 5 captured in 23 shots by Ajani Charles [Photos] - HipHopCanada.com

OVO-KOTD Blackout 5 captured in 23 shots by Ajani Charles [Photos] - HipHopCanada.com

OVO-KOTD Blackout 5 captured in 23 shots by Ajani Charles [Photos] - HipHopCanada.com

OVO-KOTD Blackout 5 captured in 23 shots by Ajani Charles [Photos] - HipHopCanada.com

OVO-KOTD Blackout 5 captured in 23 shots by Ajani Charles [Photos] - HipHopCanada.com

OVO-KOTD Blackout 5 captured in 23 shots by Ajani Charles [Photos] - HipHopCanada.com

OVO-KOTD Blackout 5 captured in 23 shots by Ajani Charles [Photos] - HipHopCanada.com

OVO-KOTD Blackout 5 captured in 23 shots by Ajani Charles [Photos] - HipHopCanada.com

OVO-KOTD Blackout 5 captured in 23 shots by Ajani Charles [Photos] - HipHopCanada.com

OVO-KOTD Blackout 5 captured in 23 shots by Ajani Charles [Photos] - HipHopCanada.com

OVO-KOTD Blackout 5 captured in 23 shots by Ajani Charles [Photos] - HipHopCanada.com

OVO-KOTD Blackout 5 captured in 23 shots by Ajani Charles [Photos] - HipHopCanada.com

OVO-KOTD Blackout 5 captured in 23 shots by Ajani Charles [Photos] - HipHopCanada.com

OVO-KOTD Blackout 5 captured in 23 shots by Ajani Charles [Photos] - HipHopCanada.com

OVO-KOTD Blackout 5 captured in 23 shots by Ajani Charles [Photos] - HipHopCanada.com

OVO-KOTD Blackout 5 captured in 23 shots by Ajani Charles [Photos] - HipHopCanada.com

OVO-KOTD Blackout 5 captured in 23 shots by Ajani Charles [Photos] - HipHopCanada.com

Photography by Ajani Charles for HipHopCanada
Written by HipHopCanada Staff


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Ajani Charles is a professional photojournalist, advertising photographer and cinematographer based in Toronto -- the Canadian city famed for its cultural diversity and the creative dynamism of its artistic community. A graduate of the nationally acclaimed Claude Watson Arts Program, Ajani also apprenticed at the Toronto School of Art, the Art Gallery of Ontario and at 235 Films. Though his images bear the distinctive stamp of his unique regard and sensibility, his work evidences an eclectic panoply of influences which includes Markus Klinko and Indrani, Jill Greenberg, Yousuf Karsh, Ansel Adams, Alexander Rodchenko, Richard Avedon, Nabil Elderkin, André Kertesz, David LaChapelle, Steven Spielberg, Hype Williams, Zack Snyder, Martin Scorsese, Helmut Newton, Annie Leibovitz and Jamel Shabazz. Ajani is also the founder and executive director of The Young Visionaries – a Toronto-based photography and cinematography program, providing education to youth from the city’s priority neighborhoods. In addition, Ajani has gained considerable notoriety in the Greater Toronto Area through his first photographic documentary, “Project T Dot” -- a visual chronicle of the city's Hip-Hop culture and community in its entirety through a wide-ranging collection of intimate and dramatic black and white photographs. In production since 2007, “Project T Dot” is currently scheduled for an early 2015 publication date.

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