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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
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

Dog Days, Blue Jays and Better Days …
2 years ago

Dog Days, Blue Jays and Better Days …

Men lie. Women lie. Numbers don’t.

That’s what Hov told us on “Reminder”.

Some things in life, we can easily depend on. Our dependence on the expected is a natural …
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Three Things This Summer
2 years ago

Three Things This Summer

First things first, my apologies to my readers – I know you have been yearning for the latest release of your favourite column. After being thrust into the abyss affectionately known to me as my summer, I’ve finally been able to sit back, reflect and collect my thoughts on a number of events that have transpired in the sports and entertainment industry. Read More

The CFL’s Newest Hustler
3 years ago

The CFL’s Newest Hustler

It’s great to be pleasantly surprised.

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to cover the launch of the new CFL season. For those less inclined, and not aware of one of the oldest professional football league in North America, that acronym refers to the Canadian Football League.  Read More

5 Things About the 2015 NBA Playoffs
3 years ago

5 Things About the 2015 NBA Playoffs

Thank God for the Internet. It gives the average Joe a platform from which they can throw some words together in somewhat of a structured format to belittle, berate and bemuse the average professional athlete. Having been a former pro athlete myself, I tend to write from a different lens. But, through my lens I’m able to see the greatness and the beauty that is NBA basketball. Read More

Change Gonna Come
3 years ago

Change Gonna Come

Having been thrust full-throttle into this year’s first round of the NBA playoffs, it has become apparent that the youth movement has manifested itself in full-blossomed effect. The names of yesteryear are still under-whelmingly active and present, however a new breed of hungry superstars has hastily threatened to stake their claim as contenders to the proverbial throne.  Read More

Aubrey’s Ascension
3 years ago

Aubrey’s Ascension

It’s almost sacrilegious, with half a dozen “The Grant Slant” column submissions written to my credit for Urbanology, I have managed to, for the most part, spend little to no time discussing Canada’s most successful hip-hop export. I’m talking about none other than Aubrey Graham, affectionately known as Drake. It’s not that there has been a lack of relevant subject matter to discuss surrounding Drake, however given the recent successes of the Toronto Raptors; I would be remised not to give some attention to the anointed Raptors’ brand ambassador. Read More

Married to the game
3 years ago

Married to the game

Reasonable Doubt is easily archived as one of the best debut albums of all time. Don’t believe me? Ask someone with enough sense to know right from wrong, or better yet someone who can stake a claim to have actually copped the original copy on vinyl or audiocassette. Unfortunately, you can’t ask me, because that joint was listed as an import at HMV, priced at $22.99; far too expensive for my deep pockets and disproportionately short arms back then. At that time, I’d have much rather spent that money on videogames like NBA Jam, NBA Live and Techmo Bowl. Read More

Hashtag Hopelessness
3 years ago

Hashtag Hopelessness

“Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.” – Haile Selassie

Everyone with a laptop, or cell phone with Internet access has become an expert about almost everything imaginable in this world. We live in an age where life is explained in 140 characters or less. So, if you’ve decided to continue reading despite this being longer than 140 characters, I commend you; better than that, I salute you. Read More

Cooler than the other side of the pillow
3 years ago

Cooler than the other side of the pillow

I credit the incredible nasty Nas for helping me get through my early teenage sojourn into manhood. He spoke my language. He spat with vivid re-creation of his upbringing, surroundings …
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