A Toronto Hip-Hop Professor Made a Playlist of Canadian Protest Songs

A Toronto Hip-Hop Professor Made a Playlist of Canadian Protest Songs

Complex - Music·2020-06-07 04:17

"So don’t dance or prance, move your head to the rhythm/As we scan this land that we live in is plagued with racism," Maestro Fresh-Wes rapped on his song "Nothin' At All," which came out 29 years ago. The land he was referring to? Canada.

Even as protests against racial injustice and police brutality continue to rage on across North America this weekend, there are still some who like to claim that systemic racism somehow doesn't exist north of the border. We don't have to tell you how wrong that statement is—just ask Maestro, or the many other Canadian hip-hop artists who've been speaking out about these issues in their music over the last three decades.

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