Canadian hip-hop artists like Tory Lanez need support, not tokenism

Complaining about the lack of Canadian industry support for hip-hop is a tradition almost as old as the art form itself. However with the history of Canadian hip-hop now divided into the BD and AD eras — Before and After Drake — the protest is getting louder.

Why our country can't afford to wait for the industry to catch up

Canadian rapper Tory Lanez surfs the crowd at the East Village Block Party during Calgary's Sled Island festival. (Michael Tan)

Corrections

  • A previously published version of this article stated that the award for the Rap Recording of the Year category at the Juno Awards was only presented once on the telecast. In fact it appeared on the telecast in 2002, 2005 and 2010. The CBC regrets the error.
    Jan 15, 2016 5:05 PM ET

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