We Still Here maps the edges of hip-hop culture and makes sense of the rich and diverse ways people create and engage with hip-hop music within Canadian borders. Contributors to the collection explore the power of institutions, mainstream hegemonies, and the processes of historical formation in the evolution of hip-hop culture. Throughout, the volume foregrounds the generative issues of gender, identity, and power, in particular in relation to the Black diaspora and Indigenous cultures. The contributions of artists in the scene are front and centre in this collection, exposing the distinct inner mechanics of Canadian hip hop from a variety of perspectives. By amplifying rarely heard voices within hip-hop culture, We Still Here argues for its power to disrupt national formations and highlights the people and communities who make hip hop happen.
About the authors
Charity Marsh, director of the Interactive Media and Performance Labs, is associate professor in Interdisciplinary Studies and Creative Technologies in the Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance at the University of Regina.
Dr. Mark V. Campbell is the founding director of Northside Hip Hop Archive and Adjunct Professor in the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University.
"As the editors and essay contributors of We Still Here: Hip Hop North of the 49th Parallel well understand, identity in terms of hip hop in Canada has everything to do with the diaspora of cultures across the nation's provinces and cities … Indigenous voices, immigrant stories, linguistic diversity, gender, and generational divides are at the forefront of this exploration of hip hop's evolution as a medium both of expression and entertainment in Canada since the mid-1980s, a period in hip hop history dominated largely by what was happening in New York and LA. If you're the type of hip hop fan who views knowledge as the fifth element, this book is absolutely for you." Montreal Review of Books
"We Still Here goes deep into the different identities, communities, and practices that create Canadian hip hop. It offers comprehensive analyses of indigenous hop hop in urban and non-urban dimensions, the rich contexts constituted by the black community in Nova Scotia, queer hip hop, and early suburban hip hop in Toronto. A significant strength of the collection is the number of female voices represented. The sense is conveyed of a national hip hop culture in which women are absolutely essential." Will Straw, McGill University