Expand your knowledge and learn about Hip Hop’s rich history and global cultural currency with these informal talks with food and friends.


Welcome to  the Hart House Hip Hop 101 Café.  Whether you’re a sneakerhead or a novice, an emerging fan or an old school expert, we’ve got a  Hip Hop  conversation for you!

Hip Hop 101 Café is a space created for students to come together  and explore  how  Hip Hop infuses  all parts of our  everyday culture. Peer-and community-led conversations in this space will leave you with a deeper appreciation of  a shared community and  a greater understanding  of how  Hip Hop  culture continues to influence our world.

Everyone is welcome. Bring a friend and drop-by.  Refreshments will be served.

Special Guest Facilitators

Hip Hop Education Program at Hart House

Hip Hop Education at Hart House will support our values of representation, collaboration and social justice to explore and provide platforms for key principles of hip hop and its importance in our everyday culture on all three campuses. Recognizing hip hop as a powerful global influencer, Hart House seeks to create unique opportunities for students and community to engage hip hop education and artistic expression.

For this session

Big Daddy Kane's track Ain't No Half-Steppin' signs off with the line, “As-Salamu Alaykum". Kayne West's Sunday Service performances blur the line between performance and worship. Tupac Shakur was described as a deist; preaching a Ghetto Gospel while at times contradicting and embracing theological values.

These are just three examples, but time and again we see Hip-Hop expressing itself through themes of faith and spirituality. In Hip-Hop, the Word on the street can be as powerful as the sermon from the Mosque or the Church; Prophets and Apostles revealing themselves on the page and over the microphone.

Yet these theological expressions aren't easily categorized. It continues to be a complex, nuanced, and hard to define relationship. Verses referencing faith and God cozy next to bars that also exalt hustlers and crime. Sin and redemption are sometimes present in equal measures.

For this sure to be heavenly Hip-Hop 101 Café, join us as we unpack and investigate these unique expressions of faith and spirituality throughout Hip-Hop culture. Peace! (be upon you).


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Event Metadata

Event Ended

  • Date: Thu, Mar 12, 2020
  • Time & Duration: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (EST) (1h 30m)
  • Cost:
    • General Admission


  • Venue:
    Hart House
    7 Hart House Cir,
    Toronto, ON M5S 3H3
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  • Room: Map Room (1039)
  • Note: Topics and guests are subject to change.