Twitter Reacts to 1990 CBC News Report On Hip-Hop In Toronto

The old news clip was unearthed by Old Toronto Series.

via @oldtoseries on Twitter

A Twitter account that shares old videos from Toronto posted part of a CBC News report that focused on hip-hop's emergence in Canada.

The piece was aired in 1990 and highlighted venues that played hip-hop exclusively to entice people to come and dance.

It also showed that certain rappers would try to inspire others with insightful political lyrics.

A 1990 CBC piece on Rap music in Toronto.

— Old Toronto Series (@oldTOseries) July 24, 2023
Twitter: @oldTOseries

"Rap is conscious, it's gearing itself towards educating people, to go positive, not negative," said DJ Ron Nelson at the time. "To stay away from crime, to stay away from drugs, to stay away from anything violent and anything criminal and going in a more positive direction. Being who you are capable of being in life."

The initial reactions to the video were warm with many people celebrating how artists pioneered the genre in Canada.

Several people shouted Nelson out for his work within the genre.

Man s/o to Canadian hip hop Pioneer Ron Nelson, he deserves all the flowers 🙏🏼🔥💐

Here’s the full 6+ minute piece:

— Evezzy-E (@EvezzyE) July 25, 2023
Twitter: @EvezzyE

ron nelson a legend

— osman a. (@ozahmed_) July 26, 2023
Twitter: @ozahmed_

Someone else said you could recreate the night shown in the video today.

You can recreate this video frame for frame at any Afters on a Saturday night on College or Ossington

— Shirt Brother (@BigBIackHawk) July 25, 2023
Twitter: @BigBIackHawk

Another person was happy to see the diversity in Toronto during a time where it wasn't as prevalent as it is today.

oh🥹y his is so cool it’s rare i see videos of black ppl in toronto back then

— shanspagne mami (@ShansAshley) July 26, 2023
Twitter: @ShansAshley

Ron Nelson is a hip-hop icon in Toronto having taught a course at York University for 12 years. He also dropped his first rap album 40 Years Too Late in February.

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