Another Hip Hop Homage to TORO-ONTO
Last week we posted a video that hilariously celebrates our much beloved, and always contentious, TTC. Now this week, I stumbled upon another hip hop video showing love to our very own city - "Toronto" by Ron D featuring Blake Carrington.
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)."
Either way, the sound of Ron D's "Toronto" and the style of the video perfectly reflect the "golden era" of hip hop from the early 90's that Ron D undoubtedly grew up with. I could be wrong, but the drum beat in this song sounds like it was sampled from Naughty by Nature's 1991 mega-anthem, "O.P.P." Things I enjoy from the video: the sample of the subway chime, the references to all of Toronto's past and present hip hop greats, and the "1 Love Toronto" T-shirts. See if you can catch them all...