Roy Woods just dropped the super hot video for his track, "Gwan Big Up Urself." Produced by Krs. & FrancisGotHeat, Ii's a patois-laden rhyme and verse piece, complimented by syncopated tempo, reggae rhythms and island synths. A clear comment on Toronto's Caribbean Diaspora, Brampton native Woods takes to landmarks both cultural and sub cultural for the piece. For one, how can you miss the island mural from Ali's Roti shop in Parkdale? Those wooden tables and booths are unmistakable - let's not forget the menu banner from 1984. Ali's Roti is a west end staple, and I'm sure this was one of Ali's greater moments, aside from being named one of the city's best Caribbean restaurants.
You know when you go to a Jamaican restaurant and are in the mood for ackee and saltfish at 6 pm (sorry, Ritz on Yonge!)? Or maybe you're craving a slab of escovitch fish, with food and festival on the side. Yeah, well, chances are it's not simmering. When two dudes walk in, select off the menu, but it's not in the shop, Kardinal Offishall makes a cameo as the manager, responding, "We Nuh Have Dat."
Food aside, girls roam between neon-coloured racks of clothes at Queen Street's vintage superstore, Black Market (another one of our faves!) where everything is $10. Speaking of the Diaspora, that's where I picked up my Phase II Pan Groove shirt, only a week after returning from Trinidad.
Mesh marinas, parking lot dance-offs and pep rallies, oh my! It's a vibrant video to match this aural blend of 1st gen praise to sampling roots, while pushing contemporary.