Benny Blacc of The Smugglaz exclusive interview from 2018 about the expanding Toronto hip hop scene and his place in the history of the 6ix. The original Toronto street rapper announced on We Love Hip Hop Network his new podcast entitled “Voice Of Reason” and how he plans to contribute to this current landscape of urban media in the city of Drake.
Blacc talks about the differences of the hip hop world in Toronto from the 90s and 00s to 2018. Benny Blacc who made a name for himself with Toronto rap group The Smugglaz finally speaks his thoughts on the wave of new rappers in the city such as Up Top Movementz rapper Robin Banks, BFR Records rapper Pressa, and Roney who just came home from a prison sentence. Watch the exclusive Toronto Rappers & Hip Hop Series exclusive interview below.
The Smugglaz had burst onto the hip hop scene in the late 90’s and early 00’s for Toronto with their classic “Street Rappers” which created a controversy at the time due to its hardcore lyrics. The would follow up with other street anthems such as “45th Dumpin” that had a special appearance by the legendary Michie Mee as seen in this reaction video.
The song and music video hit the airwaves on MuchMusic and soon later would be the topic on Canadian television program on CBC entitled “The National” which ended up being the first ever documentary in prime time television in Canadian history. The two founding members of the Smugglaz are Benny Blacc and Sticky Green. They are also known for creating the anthem of their hood called “Jane & Finchin” which was apart of the movie “How She Move” on the film’s official soundtrack.