8 reasons to come back

Our hip hop column returns, just in time for a shit-ton of live rap & wicked parties this week, from the free outdoor action at OUMF to record launches by Eman x VLooper & Jai Nitai Lotus.

The Best (hip hop) of MTL

Congrats, shoutouts and handshakes to the 514 rappers, producers, club DJs and electronic acts who came out on top in Cult MTL’s first-ever hyper-local readers poll. PLUS what’s up at Francofolies, the MURAL Festival, the Main’s street sale & more.

Saturday, April 13

* La Braderie de Mode Québécoise continues
* CJLO fundraiser wraps w/ a show and prize draw at Turbo Haüs
* The Besnard Lakes at Cabaret du Mile End
* Nomadic Massive and Dead Obies at Club Soda
* Boogat, High Klassified & co. at the PHI Centre

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Do you like it when I say Rick Ross sucks?

Rape-condoning lyrics, lying and shitty rapping = the perfect package. PLUS what do you want from a hip hop column, besides event pointers? AND speaking of which, there are four shows, two DJ nights and one elephant in the Bell Centre that you need to see this week.

Real rap words

Recommending the very best hip hop books, about the business, the music and the legends, from Def Jam to Paul’s Boutique to Public Enemy + five shows you need to see this week

Stupid in yo’ area

I think I do a pretty good job at staying diplomatic in my coverage of the local hip hop scene, but I’ve been met with the backlash of being “too nice” to local artists, and of not wanting to offend them.
That’s hilarious because I don’t care who fuckin’ likes me as long as they’re not fake about it, and I have no reason to. It’s a small city, and most of us in it are pretty chill people. It’s diplomacy that allows me to manoeuvre through Montreal’s streets credibly and with mutual respect.
True, though, that it’s not okay to just give a pass to anyone trying to get over. But if I’ve been quietly concerned about fragility, it’s had less to do with some of the egos and hubris out here, and more to do with the nagging sensation that our scene feels like it could just as adequately be reported by the Doomsday Clock.

Saturday, Aug. 18

* Parc & Ste-Catherine E. street fairs
* Non-stop Pride events
* Martine Côté’s Jusqu’au bout des doigts
* A.K. (The Making of RAN) at Cinéma du Parc
* Pop Montreal/Scion Sessions Pier Party
* NDG Arts Week free concert
* Director Rafaël Ouelett presents Camion
* Moda Sotto le Stelle runway show

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