Old School Tuesdays:: Ghetto Concept

With CBC Radio currently in the midst of a month-long celebration of Canadian hip hop (with an all-star showcase taking place on April 2nd in Toronto), I was looking for a Canadian act to feature in this week’s OSM. So Toronto’s Ghetto Concept fits the bill from that perspective, but they’re also a timely choice for another reason.

 

Last month we were sent info about Make Some Noise, a 1994 documentary about the Toronto hip hop scene made by Andrew Munger. I’ll be honest, I’d never heard of this doc until the moment we got the email, but it’s a pretty amazing time capsule of hip hop in Toronto at a time when there wasn’t a whole lot of mainstream attention to spread around for Canadian hip hop beyond Maestro, Dream Warriors, Kish(!) and the few others that had managed to get on MuchMusic in the late 80′s and early 90′s. But it’s refreshing to see the passion everyone in the doc has for hip hop, and even though money & attention has come to T.O. hip hop to an extent, you can recognize that same passion today in Toronto and across the country in the tons & tons of folks that are still making hip hop for little to no compensation.

 

Beyond those high-minded ideals, there’s also a scene showing a live freestyle session on DJ X’s radio show where the legendary Thrust is followed on the mic by Mos Def, for some reason. They also talk to a couple up & coming groups throughout the film, like Nu Black Nation, MVP, and of course Ghetto Concept. So this is the second GC tie-in, and I’m glad to feature Kwajo Cinqo & Dolo (T.O. MC Infinite was also a member of the group for a while) on the hill. The jazzy E-Z On The Motion was the jam back in the day, and one of the few Canadian hip hop videos I can remember getting airplay on MuchMusic in the mid 90′s - when what their was of a label-based Canadian hip hop scene had dried up. And they did it with a dedication to that real underground, true-school sound, so kudos to Ghetto Concept, the Grass Roots production crew, and anyone else that helped them out.

 

So then, some Ghetto Concept music for you from three of their 12″ releases. We’ll lead off with their first 12″, the early 90′s classic East Coast sound of Certified. Next is the excellent E-Z On The Motion, and then the somber Much Love which came out in the aftermath of the death of then GC member Infinite’s brother. Enjoy the songs, and make sure you check out the awesome Make Some Noise when you have an hour to spare.

 

Make Some Noise (1994)

 

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MP3:: Ghetto Concept - Certified

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MP3:: Ghetto Concept - E-Z On The Motion

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MP3:: Ghetto Concept - Much Love

VIDEO:: Ghetto Concept - E-Z On Tha Motion

VIDEO:: Ghetto Concept - Much Love

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Tags: Ghetto Concept, Make Some Noise, Thrust

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