Published Jul 01, 2012Is there a Canadian hip-hop identity? That's the question explored by Joe Klymkiw's documentary Hip Hop Eh. The answer depends on who you ask, so he gathers various luminaries: pioneers like Maestro Fresh Wes, Michie Mee and the Dream Warriors appear alongside Cadence Weapon (pictured), McEnroe, Red 1 of the Rascalz and Prevail from Swollen Members.
Hip Hop Eh doesn't dwell on its opening query for long, exploring issues ranging from touring, record sales and the effects of downloading and lack of radio support, interspersed with profiles of various artists from around the country. The doc feels occasionally disjointed, as it unenviably attempts to go in-depth on these issues in less than 90 minutes. Additionally it would have been interesting to hear from more women instead of the over-represented presence of comedian Tom Green. Still, Hip Hop Eh is an important snapshot highlighting some of the major issues affecting artists plying their hip-hop trade in Canada.