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The Grant Slant

Art is a reflection of life. Life is manifested through art and sport. Rappers have always wanted to be athletes and athletes have historically had a penchant for wanting to be in the rap game. Hip-hop’s relationship with sport is a cross-polination of an inevitable marriage born in the streets and is demonstrated on stages, in arenas and stadiums. I represent this marriage on a daily basis as it embodies the essence of a good chunk of my experience as an urban youth drawn to the hip-hop culture while pursuing a pipe dream of being a professional athlete. Welcome to The Grant Slant. (An Urbanology Exclusive Column By Karim Grant)

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Sticks and Stones

By  •  4 months ago

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

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Kaepernick Kills Convention

By  •  9 months ago

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

By  •  11 months ago

“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

By  •  1 year ago

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

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Eastern Commerce Laid to Rest as The Best

By  •  1 year ago

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

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The Untitled Power of LeBron

By  •  1 year ago

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

By  •  1 year ago

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

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4 Things About 2015

By  •  1 year ago

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

By  •  2 years ago

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

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Shouts from the Digital Soap Box

By  •  2 years ago

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

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Dog Days, Blue Jays and Better Days …

By  •  2 years ago

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

By  •  2 years ago

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

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The CFL’s Newest Hustler

By  •  2 years ago

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

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5 Things About the 2015 NBA Playoffs

By  •  2 years ago

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

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Change Gonna Come

By  •  2 years ago

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