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Another Hip Hop Homage to TORO-ONTO

Posted by Jake Kovnat / December 15, 2008

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...



John Henry / December 15, 2008 at 11:19 pm
You should check out another local rappers song about our city: Its called 4th Biggest City, by Famous.
John Henry / December 15, 2008 at 11:20 pm
You should check out another local rappers song about our city: Its called 4th Biggest City, by Famous.
Chris Orbz / December 15, 2008 at 11:29 pm
There's a lot of rap about Toronto, although since it's rap it tends to be about specific small parts of the city rather than the whole place like this.

I love Sling Dadz' "I'm From Jane", the original of which is a detailed education in Jane strip geography, and the new remix of which includes rappers from all over North and South Jane. has a lot of such, uhm, ToronCon.
juggernut / December 16, 2008 at 12:59 am
the video in the post is good, john henry's video is on it...thanks for the link
protogenes / December 16, 2008 at 08:42 am
Please continue posting these *rap* videos. The peels of uncontrollable laughter they cause are most entertaining.
ramanan / December 16, 2008 at 09:22 am
That Famous song was great.

Protogenes, don't stop drinking the haterade.
Sasha / December 16, 2008 at 12:44 pm
Where can I get one of these 1 Love t-shirts?
Robyn / December 16, 2008 at 01:45 pm
More evidence of how downtown-centric this blog is --there is a huge hiphop scene out in the suburbs doing some amazing things, and there's a lot of Toronto love out here too. Come check it out!
noni / December 16, 2008 at 04:04 pm
I love it!

If only this kind of enthusiasm for representing wasn't so uncool in other circles.
Justin / December 17, 2008 at 09:33 pm
For Sasha:
Put 1Love TO in the subject line.
There are many colours avaiable!
Chris Orbz / January 15, 2009 at 12:32 pm
The explicit and clean versions of this track just went up on iTunes, here's the store redirect link:;id=301990052&s=143455
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