We Still Here Hip Hop North of the 49th Parallel Edited by Charity Marsh and Mark V. Campbell


We Still Here Hip Hop North of the 49th Parallel Edited by Charity Marsh and Mark V. Campbell

We Still Here
Hip Hop North of the 49th Parallel
Edited by Charity Marsh and Mark V. Campbell

From the foreword by Murray Forman: "Like in Maestro Fresh Wes's 'Nothin' at All,' the book's tone is equal parts critical engagement and a love letter to a nation that, for all of its imperfections, remains worthy of such care and attention. Marsh and Campbell plainly value the voices of folks in the field, and throughout this book the anecdotes and testimonies of artists and hip-hop activists come through loud and clear. Creative practices - the art and innovation of Canadian hip hop - are described in considerable detail as are the lineages and social streams through which creativity flows. In this sense, the diasporic reverberations discussed throughout are palpable and the tome itself serves as an amplifier of Canadian issues as they are felt and experienced in the nation's hip-hop scenes, coast to coast and north to south. We Still Here maps the edges of hip-hop culture and makes sense of the rich and diverse ways people create and engage with hip-hop music within Canadian borders.

Contributors to the collection explore the power of institutions, mainstream hegemonies, and the processes of historical formation in the evolution of hip-hop culture. Throughout, the volume foregrounds the generative issues of gender, identity, and power, in particular in relation to the Black diaspora and Indigenous cultures. The contributions of artists in the scene are front and centre in this collection, exposing the distinct inner mechanics of Canadian hip hop from a variety of perspectives.

By amplifying rarely heard voices within hip-hop culture, We Still Here argues for its power to disrupt national formations and highlights the people and communities who make hip hop happen.

Charity Marsh, director of the Interactive Media and Performance Labs, is associate professor in Interdisciplinary Studies and Creative Technologies in the Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance at the University of Regina.

Mark V. Campbell, DJ and curator, is assistant professor in the Department of Arts, Culture, and Media at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

328 Pages, 6 x 9 | 5 photos, 4 tables | 9780228003502, $37.95

Virtual Lecture: Three Conversations on Racism & Anti-Racism in Music
Conversation 1: Mark V. Campbell and Charity Marsh
Co-editors of We Still Here: Hip Hop North of the 49thParallel

Friday November 27, 2020
10:00 am to 11:30 am EST
Hosted by Carleton Music

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