Northern Exposure…

Me and my lady took a long weekend to visit Montreal. The railfare was pretty damn cheap and you can’t beat the view on the train as you ride alongside the Hudson River due north. I kind of forgot about my cares as I peeped tiny upstate New York towns with farms and horses and the what not. The bucolic scenery had me in a daze until we arrived at the Canadian border. I was questioned by several customs officers about my business in Canada. I thought this was a joke on some “We already have enough Black people” type shit. Truth was that these niggas were holding a passenger manifest and on that printout it displayed my arrest record.

Damn. I thought these dudes were gonna send me back to NYC, but they figured that since my last conviction was in 1993 that I wouldn’t be too much of a problem. Shit done changed since September 11th, 2001. Everything done changed. The way we travel abroad, up to the music we listen to on our iPods. I was on some Native Tongues shit while walking around Montreal. Its a backpacker city so I figured that I’d let some backpacker music be my soundtrack.

Montreal is an interesting city. It’s a lot more like America than its counterpart Toronto. Montreal is a lot dirtier than Toronto. You could eat off the ground in Toronto, not so much in Montreal. It felt like a college town, except niggas spoke French, and there weren’t any niggers. There was a handful of mulattos, but I didn’t see any real Black folks. You know, the kind that have DNA from two Black parents. The biggest rapper in Montreal was one of these halfBlack dudes (is anyone keeping score because lightskint is in the lead?). His rapper name is Cadence Weapon. I fucks with dude because he is on some Kid Cudi rhyme style. Like KanYe West and most pop rap acts nowadays you need to listen to sonn with shades on and a disco ball over your head. Still and all, this nigga rhymes better than Lil’ Wang every day of the week.

Cadence Weapon @ MySpace

Sometimes I fucks with rap dudes that don’t live in America. I got into this Nigerian cat from Brixton, England several years ago. Dude’s name is Ty Chijoke (score one for brownskin brothers). His album ‘Upwards’ featured live instruments played by Africans that used to tour with Fela Kuti. I know what your thinking. “But Sunday, don’t you HATE Africans for selling your great-great-grandparents to the white?” Yes, I do hate the Africans, but I love African music. Go figure. Fela Kuti is a fucking giant, and if you don’t know who he is you are definitely part of the problem with the world today. So as I was saying, I fucks with this cat Ty. This dude spits some real shit. Peep the track with him and Bahamadia on it.

Ty @ MySpace

I know I always speak of bringing a change to how we listen to rap and then becoming the change we want to bear witness to. There are artists that can give us that good food for our earlobes without preaching to us. Fuck with this cat Ty. He gets deep with his shit and the fact that he comes from Africa which is the most hardbody island next to England says a lot to me.

  • Pierzy

    That’s whats up… Diversification is the most lacking element of (most) American music today.

  • http://www.plasticsquirtguns.blogspot.com thoreauly77

    ty is nice and i will check for cadence weapon. you think england is more hardbody than ireland?

  • http://hiphoponmymind.blogspot.com DJ Daddy Mack

    I SEE YOU WANT UP BY MY WAY. DAMN U TAKE NO BREAKS FROM HIP HOP. DATS WHATS UP.

    “I was questioned by several customs officers about my business in Canada. I thought this was a joke on some “We already have enough Black people” type shit.”

    LMAO. DATS HOW WE DO. B4 9/11 U COULD CROSS THE BORDER WITHOUT A PASSPORT.

    GOD DAMN DAT MUSIC IS WEIRD AS FUCK

  • Neven

    Nice Shout out to Candace Weapon he is from Edmonton…. and won the buckey award from CBC Radio for best flow on record……………… Another hot Canadian is Classified he is the best Producer/Rapper out of the East Coast Halifax

    /We Keep it Hot when it’s Cold

  • CHUN

    The only thing worse than rappers bragging about their convictions is old ass bloggers doing it.

  • Jerry Atrics

    Tell us about the 3-some with Tara!

  • northtown

    Yo Cadence Weapon and Classified are ok but they ain’t exactly a good cross reference to canadian hip hip. Toronto aint that clean homie, you go downtown you will get the rich white folks, go over to finch or anywhere in the borough and its real grimy fam not a good situation to come up in. We got mad artists coming out of the t.o. like ken masters, kardinal offishal, jhevon paris, etc and if u wanna check mtl then listen to some malacious. If you think it’s hard to get into canada try to get into the states with a drug conviction I thought they was goin up my asshole.

  • northtown

    Yo Cadence Weapon and Classified are ok but they ain’t exactly a good cross reference to canadian hip hip. Toronto aint that clean homie, you go downtown you will get the rich white folks, go over to finch or anywhere in the borough and its real grimy fam not a good situation to come up in. We got mad artists coming out of the t.o. like ken masters, kardinal offishal, jhevon paris, etc and if u wanna check mtl then listen to some malacious. If you think it’s hard to get into canada try to get into the states with a drug conviction I thought they were sendin a search party up my asshole. Real talk canada bout to blow on the hip-hop scene. Cadance Weapon? You sleepin on us homie!

  • northtown

    and house music is weak. seriously this cadence weapon shit has got me heated a little.

  • http://haterplayer.blogspot.com/ fakerthanfake

    bring back tara henley!

    tara >>>>>> bxs

  • EReal

    How you talk about Canada and not mention Swollen Members or Battle Axe Records in general???????

    PSHAW~!

    Tara never did a post on them either. That bitch. lol, j/p Tara.

  • CHICAGO PaPii

    My kid sister can rhyme circles around Lil Wanker(lmao!), yeah Euro/Rap/Reggae/B-Boy dudes be the shizz nit, but, only in certain quanities. Alas Billy Dark-Skinned %100 Negrolos stay taking major L’s from Mulatto,Creole,Dominican,Rican and any other mixed-half breed Ninjas be killin the game as far cuffin pretty women and everything else, don’t believe me? Look at Wesley “Blacker Than Tar” Snipes and look at TI, Snipes ONLY didn;t pay taxes and shit while Tip’s psychotic asrse was trying to purchase more sub-machine gun assault arsenal rifles and shit than a 3rd World country in Africa. That’s LightSkinned ninjas 3 to DarkSkinned ninjas 1. O.N.E.

  • Deez Nutz

    Nobody want to hear that bullshyt…Canada sucks ballz (in my cartman voice)…on another note, Silly Sundae says his last conviction was 1993? So is your pic from ’93…you look about 38 in the pic so that would be 15 years ago which would make you an old as f*ck blogger…no wonder you traveling around looking for garbage azz artist (please save us Andre 3k)…lol at that canadian british tea and crumpets bullshyt

  • http://www.xxlmag.com jackpot

    Yo Dallas! Did you get a chance to hear one of them French rappers?

  • RW

    If Billy Sunday couldn’t find any Haitians in Montreal, he’s either blind or spent his entire trip staring straight down at the sidewalk.

    Is Tara Henley even still alive?