Celebrating Hip-Hop

I love hip-hop music and culture and will continue to champion and celebrate it with book reviews, podcasts, articles, upcoming events, and more.

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24 Hour Celebration of Hip-Hop (Saturday)

August 11 has long been considered hip-hop’s birthday. Now, it is officially recognized as a national day of celebration. Every year, to mark the occasion, Radio Western dedicates an entire day to hip-hop with a special we call Word Up….

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The Return of Rap City (On Our Screens)

Rap City was such an important part of music television back in the day. It was great to see a block of television devoted to rap music. We were able to discover new tunes, and see some of our favourite…

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RIP Black Rob + Jeff Chang Interview (WIB Rap Radio)

Two tribute shows in two weeks. Damn, this is crazy! Rest in Peace, Black Rob. Your music spoke to a lot of people and you will truly be missed. I thought he was making a bit of a comeback. He…

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Rest in Peace DMX + Son of Tony Interview

The hip-hop community is mourning the loss of DMX this week. He had a unique voice and was able to channel his pain through the music. It spoke to a lot of people. We pay him tribute tonight with the…

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Jay-Z Gets the Scholarly Treatment

JAY-Z: Made in America by Michael Eric Dyson I haven’t followed Jay-Z his whole career. I bought his first two albums on CD but then lost interest as he seemed to move in a more commercial direction. But I came…

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Citizen Kane’s Rap Documentary (Before Rap Docs were Cool)

J-Spade of Citizen Kane posted this on Facebook a few weeks ago. “I’m saying this for y’all to hear…LOUD AND CLEAR! Stop trying to write me out of Canadian Hip Hop History! You know who you are. I see all…

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DJ Slam Guest Mix and Animal Farm Interview

This week on Word is Bond Rap Radio we have a guest mixset from DJ Slam. If you like what you hear from him, check out 6 Degrees Radio on CIUT 89.5FM in Toronto Mondays at 10pm ET. We then travel…

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DJ Killa Jewel & Women in Hip-Hop 1989

We are continuing our celebration of International Women’s Day on Word is Bond Rap Radio by shining a spotlight on hip-hop’s better half. This is Part 3 of our 11th annual Women in Hip-Hop Spectacular. We kick things off with…

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Word is Bond’s All Black Everything Special

Welcome to a special edition of Word is Bond Rap Radio. This episode kicked off the annual All Black Everything event on 94.9 fm Radio Western that featured 25 hours of programming to celebrate Black History Month. King Cruff came through…

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