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.
2019 INDIGENOUS EDUCATION WEEK takes place October 28th – November 1st Check out more events here
Socialize, get down, and let your soul lead the way.Afrika Bambaataa
For this session
This Hip Hop 101 Café is presented to you by Hart House and the UTM Indigenous Centre
Just as hip hop has always served as an artistic platform for self-expression, truth-telling and community celebration, so too does this tradition continue through the lives of Indigenous artists.
Aboriginal, Métis and Inuit artists have used hip hop culture to challenge settler colonialism, white supremacy, and heteropatriarchy. They have used hip hop culture to protest pipelines, call out institutional violence, and mourn the loss of missing and murdered indigenous women, girls and two-spirited individuals. And through hip hop these artists form creative spaces that aim to heal, rejuvenate and celebrate themselves and their communities.
Rappers, producers, b-girls, b-boys, and graffiti artists from all across the four corners of Turtle Island and beyond have been living the hip hop life and sharing their experiences through their art. Join us as we explore their work, their lives, and their future in this can’t-miss Hip Hop Café session.
It’s all about beats, rhymes, and Indigenous life!
Special Guest Facilitator
Hip Hop Artist
A pioneer on the Indigenous hip hop scene, Saskatchewan MC Jeremiah Manitopyes, aka Drezus, turned heads with breakout hits like "Warpath" and "Red Winter." His critical accomplishments in the field of music include awards for Best Music Video, Best Producer/Engineer, Best Rap/Hip Hop Album, and Indigenous Entertainer of the Year.
Today, he’s using his music to spread a message of positivity and empowerment. Most recently, he teamed up with Taboo from the Black-Eyed Peas (among others) on "Stand Up/Stand N Rock" (#NoDAPL), which won the MTV Video Music Award for "Best Fight Against the System."
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.