Dust off the old tape deck
Scion Canada brings together Big K.R.I.T., Two-9 and Flex The Antihero to celebrate cassette tapes’ undeniable role in hip-hop culture
It is not every day hip-hop concerts bring a rush of nostalgia. The presence of the old school cassette tape is one of the best parts of the Scion Sessions Mixtape Series, which works with rising artists to create exclusive new audio and video projects. In its third instalment, Scion Sessions, dubbed the music vehicle of Scion Canada, worked with Toronto’s Flex The Antihero to create an eight-track project complete with exclusive new tracks like “Lights” and an unreleased remix of Terrell Morris’ “Shallow Hat”. The coinciding event featured performances from Big K.R.I.T., Two-9 and, of course, Flex.
“To me [the mixtape cassette] still represents something, I still remember seeing it as a kid.” – Flex The Antihero
“To me [the mixtape cassette] still represents something, I still remember seeing it as a kid,” says Flex TheAntihero. “… It’s cool, it’s like a throwback. It’s a novelty, but it’s still got heart.”
At the end of the night everyone left with a cassette tape in hand. As for what they are going to play it on, that’s another question.
Words By. Rebecca Akrasi-Sarpong + Photos By. Christina Inniss