GREATEST OF ALL-TIME A.K.A. G.O.A.T. EPISODE 3 WITH FIRST CANADIAN ARTIST IN SERIES!
Episode 3 of Greatest Of All-Time series takes a look at the iconic Toronto rapper, Michie Mee. She was the first signed artist from Canada to an American label in the genre of hip hop. The episode includes never before seen footage by WorldWide Entertainment TV in Toronto via Michie Mee’s “Birthday Bash” with icons such as Roxanne Shante, DJ Lord Finesse, and Maestro Fresh Wes.
Earlier this week, Brooklyn responded to underground female rapper Paris from Toronto, concerning her rant about Toronto hip hop blogs and podcasts not supporting the women as much as the men. Brooklyn would go on to name drop some of the top females in Toronto in a show of solidarity of women. As social media reacted to Brooklyn’s commentary on Paris and women representation, one has to consider the artist who started it all for the ladies in the 6ix.
MICHIE MEE AND KRS ONE CONNECTION
In the mid 1980’s, hip hop was still finding its way into mainstream North America. By 1985, the hip hop culture of New York with the likes of KRS One of Boogie Down Production was eyeing the Toronto scene. It would be Michie Mee being the catalyst of getting KRS One into the city to perform for his fans. During a show at the iconic “Concert Hall” in Toronto, the rap pioneer would introduce the crowd to its very own. She would take the opportunity and leave her mark and as they say, the rest is history.
Michie Mee would also thrill crowds across the border. She knew she had to make a mark in the birthplace of hip hop and traveled to New York to attend events at the Latin Quarter. She was only thirteen at the time.
“I got some fake ID, went to Latin Quarters to learn about hip-hop. That was the big place for everybody who wanted to know about hip-hop. There was KRS-One there. There was Scott La Rock, that’s who I really met and I was trying to prove to him that we were from Canada and there was some hip-hop in Canada. It’s like, ‘Shut up, there’s no hip-hop in Canada. You don’t rap in Canada. And you’re a female, you really gonna?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah!’ and I started spitting in front of Latin Quarters. He was like, ‘Ayo Kris!’ and he called people over and that’s how I met BDP at Latin Quarters. That was when my career really took off.” says Michie Mee.
MICHIE MEE & ROXANNE SHANTE CONNECTION
Ironically, another teenage girl would end up being a chief architect in the rap world as Michie Mee’s United States counterpart. Roxanne Shante would rival the best of the best despite being younger than her male fellow rappers. Decades later Roxanne Shante would keep networking with Michie Mee and made a trip to Toronto for her birthday bash in 2015. WWETV 6ix was on site to capture the historic event.
Around the time period, it was rumored the Shante was about to make moves with a biopic. That rumor would become reality when “Roxanne Roxanne” made its debut on Netflix. Michie Mee commented on the Netflix film and also showed appreciated for Shante attending her event in 2015.
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BEFORE MAESTRO FRESH WES WAS MICHIE MEE
During the historic birthday bash event in 2015, Maestro Fresh Wes admitted to the live audience that the rapper who paved the way for him was Michie Mee. The Canadian rap icon would find success with the single “Let Your Backbone Slide.” The song was released as part of his 1989 platinum-selling album Symphony in Effect.
In the 1980’s era of hip hop, it was the norm to have dancers as apart of your presentation. Maestro would have two talented dancers in DRK and Frankie. Both men would go on to be a producer and rapper after their stint with Maestro. During Episode 3, we hear an exclusive also from DRK about Michie Mee.
Is Michie Mee the greatest of all-time out of Canada? Today’s fans know of Drake‘s dominance on the charts over the last decade. Something unheard of or seen as a fantasy when Michie Mee and Maestro started out. It wasn’t just a fantasy for a Canadian hip hop artist, but also for Americans like KRS One and Roxanne Shante.
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