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About Karim Grant

Karim Grant is a former professional football player who has spent time in both the NFL and CFL. His love for hip-hop spans nearly three decades of beats, rhymes and fashion. His love for sports is equally expansive, as he’s made money playing one sport and has made enemies playing countless others. If he’s not on the field or the hard court coaching inner-city youth, he’s either reading or listening to your favourite artist’s favourite artist while exercising his competitive demons at your local gym. Grant has never been one to mince words on either subject of hip-hop or sports – or anything for that matter – and he’s not about to start anytime soon.
Latest Posts | By Karim Grant
Sticks and Stones
7 months ago

Sticks and Stones

Recently, I’ve tried to wrap my brain around words. Words that incite violence, words that evoke fear, and words that hurt. Late last month, the infamous Donald J. Trump put words of hate and distrust into an executive order that potentially would change the face of world travel. Meanwhile, in the sports arena words were being exchanged between another infamous talker and a current superstar — Charles Barkley and LeBron James. This exchange struck a chord with me. Read More

Kaepernick Kills Convention
12 months ago

Kaepernick Kills Convention

As summer comes to a simmer and fall slowly creeps its way into our existence, both seasons battle for control of the climate. In Toronto, fall is struggling mightily as …
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Our Brother’s Keeper
1 year ago

Our Brother’s Keeper

“It’s coming, ladies and gentlemen / This time around the revolution will not be televised.” — Jay Electronica

Mr. Electronica was wrong.

As the month of June marks the end …
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Raptors Toy with Emotions, Tackle Critics
1 year ago

Raptors Toy with Emotions, Tackle Critics

The dust has finally settled on the Toronto Raptors 2015/16 season. With everything said and done within this tumultuous campaign, the Raps remained relevant well into May. It’s the month usually relegated to pre-draft preparations, murmurs of firing the head coach and potential off-season free agent acquisitions. This spring, however, proved to be one of excitement and intrigue in the 6ix. Read More

Eastern Commerce Laid to Rest as The Best
1 year ago

Eastern Commerce Laid to Rest as The Best

By definition, the word gentrification describes the process of renewing and rebuilding by infusing the affluent, or middle-class, into a deteriorating urban area, thereby displacing its own residents. Such is the case of Toronto’s Regent Park, where, since 2005 residents have been slowly ushered out of their dwellings to make way for the “New Toronto” order, like Tory Lanez would say. Read More

The Untitled Power of LeBron
1 year ago

The Untitled Power of LeBron

Kendrick Lamar is what we in the sporting world call a generational talent. A talent so unique, that it only manifests itself but a mere few times a generation. His …
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Fear of an Urban Planet
2 years ago

Fear of an Urban Planet

The sweltering and unrelenting heat of the beautiful twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago juxtaposed itself as the backdrop of my Super Bowl weekend. The soundtrack: hard-driving, fast-paced Afro-Indo influenced soca music – the driving force of carnival season. Unlike hip-hop, soca is one genre seemingly oblivious to one of the most important sports weekends in North America. Read More

4 Things About 2015
2 years ago

4 Things About 2015

There are only a few rappers that motivate me. The list is fairly short. That’s not to say that rappers not mentioned aren’t in heavy rotation on my playlist. There’s more to it.

Nas, Jadakiss, Tupac, Jay Z and B.I.G. have an uncanny way of elevating my mind state, while removing me from the social confines that life’s daily nuances and mellow-dramatic subplots may provide.

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Soul Brothers
2 years ago

Soul Brothers

As the son of a first generation Trinidadian Canadian, born in the concrete suburbia of Toronto, I was raised in an era where the NHL’s hapless Toronto Maple Leafs struggled to maintain competitive relevance and where the Edmonton Oilers wielded insurmountable dominance. Read More

Shouts from the Digital Soap Box
2 years ago

Shouts from the Digital Soap Box

One of the most recognizable baselines in hip-hop history is Special Ed’s (pictured in column artwork) wildly famous, head-nodding late ’80s anthem “I Got It Made”. When he told us he was our “Idol, the highest title, numero uno,” we took his word for it, and allowed him to make that claim. Read More