I Rap, Therefore I Am

02/23/2024 Colin McGregor 0

Book Review of Philosophie du Hip-Hop by Jérémie McEwen By Colin McGregor It is 1996. A young teenager of 16 is sitting comfortably in his parents’ living room on the edge of Parc Lafontaine. He’s listening to a documentary on the gangster rap group NWA, […] See more

Graffiti and Tuberculosis

09/18/2023 Colin McGregor 0

By Colin McGregor A hundred years ago, the only treatment for tuberculosis was fresh air. Near La Tuque, in the Mauricie region, think of a pristine lake, unpolluted, glistening at altitude. This is Lac Édouard. Accessible by rail in 1809, the notables of the day […] See more

Monk.E’s Trip to Africa

09/15/2023 Colin McGregor 0

The Café Graffiti’s own Monk.E travels the world withartists and graffers, painting murals, making connections, and spreading the word of hip-hop around the globe – even during the pandemic. Indeed, Monk.E voyaged abroad 11 times during the COVID crisis! Here, then, are some photos of […] See more

Ella & Pitr: Giants Among Us

03/07/2023 Colin McGregor 0

The roof of Café Graffiti’s new building, as seen from the air By Colin McGregor “Sleeping giants on a large surface that bring humans back to their small state of things.” This is how artists Ella & Pitr describe their colossal works. Ella & Pitr […] See more

Birth of a Culture: Hip-Hop

03/21/2022 The Social Eyes 0

By Maxime Beauregard-Martin The hip-hop movement was born in the Bronx, a New York borough deserted by the middle class in the 1970s. Extremely poor neighborhoods developed, populated principally by Afro-Americans, Puerto Ricans and people from the Caribbean. Inspired by the Jamaican tradition of open […] See more

Young Rappers Make Their Mark

03/20/2022 The Social Eyes 0

Bling-Bling for the Bourgeoisie By Maxime Beauregard Martin Don’t look for Calamine to sing the praises of money and material gain in her rap lyrics. This young woman of 29 is refreshing all the usual mainstream rap themes with her feminist, anti-capitalist take on things. […] See more

A Provincial Rap Competition for Monk.e

03/01/2021 The Social Eyes 0

Professional graffiti artist Monk.e is among the competitors for the La fin des faibles competition. This contest, to find Québec’s best rapper, starts Monday, March 1st, 2021. This “Olympics of Rap,” patterned after the long-running international competition the End Of the Weak MC Challenge ® will be […] See more