Krip-Hop Nation

KripHop-3Krip-Hop made their presence known in Toronto on the evening of April 12 at Ryerson University’s Oakham House. The event was brought to the city by Tangled Art and Disability.

You can check out our article about Krip-Hop Nation here.

Founder Leroy F. Moore started the evening off with a trio of songs speaking out about the discrimination against disabled hip-hop musicians. In one memorable piece, naturally called ‘Krip-Hop’ off the group’s first mixtape, he raps and describes Krip-Hop as “music therapy, healing our disabled brothers and sisters from insulting rap, holding the hip-hop industry captive. . . let’s get some disability education.” He later proclaims in another poem, “Stop discriminating and start learning!” – a line that reverberated throughout the hall, encapsulating in five words what Krip-Hop is all about. In another piece, Moore spoke while Kaya from Kounterclockwise strummed along on an electric guitar. The founder growled and groaned giving off some dirty attitude while he ripped on Drake and other mainstream rappers.

KripHop-2Following him up was Rob Da Noize Temple who stuck to the inspirational theme of the night with a hip-hop track called ‘Pushing Limits,’ proclaiming that they they are “here to stay” and they will keep striving. To close off the set he performed a more laid-back R&B anthem that expressed overcoming struggles, and doing and being anything we want. The song defines Temple, a musician who continues to do what he loves for a living despite the inequality he experienced as someone with Erb’s palsy. The crowd certainly felt the anthem as they waved along with Temple as he played the groovy track on keyboard.

KripHop-1The last act, Kounterclockwise, brought the event to a whole new level. The punk-hop duo consisting of Kaya Rogue and Deacon Burns performed five songs  including ‘Moonwalk’, which has a more upbeat dance tempo. The song had the audience on the floor, with some volunteer members wearing masks of characters that appeared in Forever-Land, an animated film by Kounterclockwise. Burns also rocked the silver glove, a key item in Forever-Land, paying homage of course to Michael Jackson. Things were slowed down with the hypnotic and psychedelic ‘Hide and Seek’ before transitioning to their final song of the set, ‘Dec. 20, 2012,’ a chaotic and noisy track showing off more of the punk side of the duo. In the chorus Burns raps “ready to unload,” his delivery like firing ammunition, before ending with Kaya scratching on her guitar and Deacon banging away on the turn table.

Krip-Hop will next be spreading the word at the DADA Festival in November in the U.K.

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