In the below video (already at close to 10,000 views), Sexy Dragon strips down to his socks and undies and busts a move in various, very public places (such as Fairview Mall, Eaton Centre, TTC, Pacific Mall, ROM, U of T, and Younge & Dundas) -- much to the blushing reactions/glares/cheers/jeers of passersby and to the chagrin of security officers who sometimes feel compelled to rain on the parade.
In the Toronto rap scene, we've been treated to odes about Scarborough, the downtown core, even the TTC. But what about north of Bloor? Now, the hiphop heads in the Bathurst and Steeles neighbourhood have an ode to call their own.
Intrigued, if not feeling a little melancholy, I caught up with Justin to ask him more about the video, his inspiration for it and what took so long to share it with the world.
While Toronto has been amused and abused in all types of music and media, it seems that its hip hop culture is particularly proud of their domain. Or perhaps this can better be understood as a sort of hip hop convention whereby rappers mythologize their stomping grounds in order to boost their own image? In case you haven't already seen the first video I mentioned, the song is a remix of a hit song by Young Jeezy featuring Kanye West entitled, "I Put On (For My City)."
Well, not really. But War Child Canada sure knows how to get my attention. The Toronto-based charity continues to be ahead of the curve when it comes to using the web, local artists and other unconventional tactics to raise awareness about the plight of child soldiers in Darfur, The Congo and Sierra Leone.