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Asian Rappers Are Slowly But Surely Becoming The New Face Of Hip Hop

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Hate Or Love It But….Asian Rappers Are Revolutionizing Rythm & Poetry Sonically And Visually 

Last week I had one those barbershop talks with my friend and contributor Miro Laflaga about Hip Hop and he pointed out something I never thought would come out of this: Asian rappers are slowly but surely running the genre!

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Does it sound so far-fetchedMarshall Matters had a pass for now but the average Hip Hop fan couldn’t see this one coming. As a twitterverse-certified-5-stars-troll-expert once said:

The Internet ALWAYS Wins.

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For the quote-unquote Hip Hop head that might feel like throwing a 1994 Illmatic cd case to my face, let’s take a trip down memory lane. Admit it or not, other rappers and even Wu Tang Clan had a thousand references to Asian culture.

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I mean, do you think the ”36 Chambers Of Shaolin” was the name of a street in Staten Island? Was ”Thoia Thoing” was just R Kelly confessing some sexual crimes while he had hot sauce in his mouth?

Asian culture flirted with Hip Hop culture for a while but yet we still treat it as a side chick. Trap, Mumble Rap, Sentimental-Rap, Whatever-Kendrick-Lamar-Is-Doing-Rap, there are different waves in Hip Hop and Asian rappers are carving their own.

Don’t believe me? Let’s do a deep dive and get to the bottom of this phenomenon before it becomes ”The Thing”. We will introduce you to some current artists currently killing it and see how their sound and overall movement brings a new sauce to rap.

The Face Of A Movement

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88 rising is more than a label, it’s a sub-culture in itself. Sean Miyashiro was able to tap into two things that became inseparable in the last 5 years: the internet culture and music.

With acts like Rich Brian (formerly known as Rich Chigga), The Higher Brothers, Joji and many more, he found a formula.

This formula consists of bridging the gap between East and West by implementing Asian culture references to Hip Hop.  This is not your Netflix documentary going through the ABCs of what Asian rappers stand for.

It’s viral hits on top of viral hits. Funny, clever, catchy and visually stimulating to the point where even the Rakim fan in a rocking chair has to have an opinion about it.

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Talking about shock value, I’ve found this hilarious video where our favorite rappers did a reaction video to ”Dat $tick” which was the first hit from Rich Brian.

If you’re not convinced yet, even Ghostface Killah felt like he should get his Tony Starks on the remix. Honorable mention to 88 rising for also creating the ”Harlem Shake” frenzy and for the months you hated your parents for doing it too.

The Good, The Dope And The Funny Visuals

Some Asian rappers could’ve played it safe and stick to the usual format for videos and music. We know the stereotype a little too well by now. A huge 20 stories project housing building, 30 scary looking dudes, a couple guns aiming at the cameraman and here you go.

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For this new wave of artists, they bring you their culture in a creativememe-worthy way while making your head bop crazy. Asian food, Asian hairstyles, Asian words here and there, Animes and references that make you want to know more. I mean you have to be a troll God to call your song ”Made In China” and drop the exact visuals of what we could think this song is about:

A Cultural Exchange

Do you want to know why we all get upset when Kim Kardashian rocks whatever-name-can-replace-the-term-cornrows? Because it doesn’t feel real or legit but yet she gets all the praise. With Asian rappers how easy would it be to point the finger and see them as culture vultures (bet Jeremy Lin and his dreads can tell you about it).

When you really think about it, Asian people stand in the second place of the podium in the ”They Robbed My Culture” Olympics. The same way we were all intrigued by what Kamehameha may mean and who was behind it, there are a lot of Asian kids on the other side of the planet that would eventually make us feel their mandarin version of ”Hate It Or Love It”.

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Some Artists To Know 

 Anders

Toronto,Ca

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Anders is that melody-driven rapper to vibe with on the road or get turnt to. His Soundcloud of full of solid tracks, dope concepts, and an incredible fan base.

Killy

Toronto,Ca

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Killy might be the next big thing coming out of Toronto. An incredible ear for beats and he knows how to stay in his pocket through every track.

Even Montreal Has Its Own Wave Of Asian Rappers 

Lil Lonely

Montreal,Ca

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Lil Lonely is an upcoming rapper from Montreal you need to check out. He’s that niche rapper that connects with his audience on a deeper level. Sonically different, and his Instagram feed is like an art gallery in itself!

CashWavey Boiz

Montreal,Ca

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CashWavey Boiz are Montreal’s very own Asian rappers duo. Underground still but they give us a glimpse of a potential takeover pretty soon. I’ve seen them perform live on stage and I had to tip my hat off to what they bring to the game and how they represent for the Asian community.

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Lobster Season Has Arrived And The Homard Gaspésien Is Still The Best You Can Find On The Planet

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The Homard Gaspésien Is What Your Plate Been Missing

2 weeks ago our good people at L’association Des Pêcheurs De Gaspésie sent us the email we’ve been waiting for all year long: The Homard Gaspésien Is Back!

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Not only that but for this season, we were blessed not only with 1 but 2 dozens of lobsters from the region. I know what you’re thinking right now? Why would one person do with all those lobsters?

I will answer this question in a bit but while I have your attention, let me tell you all that I’ve learned about the Homard Gaspésien.

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First, this is probably one of the few lobsters in the world that you can trace where it was fished at.

Indeed, they add a little tag to their claw that traces the lobsters from Gaspésie to your home so by then you know the authenticity of lobsters at all time.

Gaspésie is also one of the main resource provider in Canada when it comes to lobsters and all kind of seafood. (and yes my taste buds do appreciate the fishermen that went out and got them).

Back to the business. Once I got the email, I felt the need to do something special this year. I wanted something challenging and something where I could share my love for those lobsters.

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Then I thought about my good people at Never Was Average and how they usually go about things. They bring people together in a meaningful way.

That’s when ”Meeting Of The Minds” came to me. I like to conversate with my fellow creatives, exchange ideas and compliment them on their artistry.

With the help of Never Was Average we were able to thank those same creatives for their contributions with a special dinner over lobsters and bubbles. Sophia Traiteurs Cathering came through with her magic touch and prepared us a seafood bowl in cajun style.

Since we like to give our audience a glimpse into our creative process, we made it a point to document this entire experience. Those moments that were shared and lived got captured and frozen in time by our collaborator Carl Apollo.

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This experience reminded me of two things: We should always take the time to build and celebrate each other more and of course doing it over lobsters is a plus.

As the lobster season is closing on us. Treat yourself and grab your loved ones for an experience you won’t regret.

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Renzel Dashington Creates The Line Between Social Commentary & Comedy And We Love It!

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Renzel Dashington’s Rise In The Comedy World Is A True Testament Of How Thunder Can Strike Twice

Renzel Dashington to me is a case study in itself when you really think about it. Most men get to be recognized for one specific claim to fame if ever. If you’re lucky enough, you go on to transition in something else in your field and for the most part that’s it.

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Renzel did the unheard, unseen, unbelievable and unorthodox all at the same time. First of all, he started off as a manager for arguably the most iconic and successful black singer this city has ever seen: Corneille.

I know some naysayers might hit me with ”Ouais mais Seul Au Monde was a long a time ago?!”. Technically yes but just like Michael Jordan. Some guys have accomplished things that have never been replicated since and therefore you have to respect it.

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That’s where it gets interesting if you ask me. Usually the typical story arch for the manager is this: he gets his or her client to the promise land, they get rich and then usually the artist severs ties due to ”creative differences” or simply for trying something new.

After 20 years of career, a major twist came In Renzel Dashington‘s story. The manager became yet again a sort of manager since he was more behind the scenes when he first founded Bad Boys Du Rire. It was a movement, it told the comedy scene in Quebec that black and brown people had something to say too.

In The process, Bad Boys Du Rire went on to sell over 20 000 tickets, 200 shows and 10 000 minutes were spent on stage by artists that the market initially rejected. I respect people who are able to spot those gaps and make the most out it.

Then a global pandemic hits and something made the artist in him come out of its shell once and for all!

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Maybe that’s why in the midst of George Flloyd’s death and the BLM movement, Renzel’s offering was different and needed. On one hand he would let you know what’s going on in society and on the other he would crack jokes about racism, racists, Covid measures and all those different things that were still sensitive and too serious at the time.

It was a relief from your day to day. You knew he would talk about it, make fun of it and you would have a good time. Renzel Dashington was transparent, honest, held no punches and even sparked some interesting debates or rivalry like whatever he got going on with Richard Martineau and Sophie Durocher these days.

Nonetheless it was only right that the comedian give us an official outlet to experiment live his new format that he introduced us to. His one man show ”Yo Les Bailles Sont F*cked Up” is exactly that.

Renzel being Renzel joking on stage about things, topics and people Renzel and the rest of world actually care about. Following the good response he had in Europe with 27 shows back to back shows in 14 days from his material, it was only right that we get some hometown love.

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Taking place May 26th at Ausgang Plaza, the one man show is a must if you’re truly a fan of stand up comedy that tackles the real, the crazy, the good, the bad and of course the fucked up.

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Patrice Bernier Is Playing Soccer With Your Favorite Celebs For A Good Cause This Weekend

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Patrice Bernier Et Ses Ami.e.s” Is Where Sports & Entertainment Collide To Change The World!

Patrice Bernier is a lot of things in life: a soccer legend, an entrepreneur, a TV personality, a dad and now over the years we have to look at him as a philanthropist. ”Patrice Bernier Et Ses Ami.e.s” became the outlet of this facet of the renowned athlete.

Sports historically bring people together. You join a team, build a bond through winning or losing and most of all it’s all about making sure every team member brings something to the game.

Organized in partnership with event planner extraordinaire Alex Kénol and Geak. The celebration is meant for everybody to enjoy and pay it forward.

With that in mind, Patrice is bringing together people from different parts of the world.

Different fields, different backgrounds, ideologies and all for two common goals : having a good time and changing the world while doing so.

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Personalities and celebrities like Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, Maika Desnoyers, Sébastien Benoit, Andy Mailly-Pressoir, Kevin Raphaël, Hassoun Camara et Anne-Lovely Etienne.

Also your local favorites such as Ludivine Reding, Étienne Boulay, Adamo, Jean-Thomas Jobin, Preach, Maxim Lapierre, Stevens (OD) &  Tai Tl.

Open to the public. On April 24th, it’s your chance to play soccer for a good cause as the proceeds are going to Fondation Patrice Bernier.

Get your tickets here and come enjoy a day of fun, laughter and see if your ”stop and go” is still on point! 

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