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MOTION is a columnist on CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers, reviewing everything from the Anthology of Rap to Carolyn Cooper’s Global Reggae. With an eye and ear to literary mash ups, she now compares Jay Z’s Decoded and Rap N Roll: Pop Culture Darkly Stated by Dalton Higgins. Read an excerpt below, and listen to her latest interview on CBC.
“Toronto’s own Dalton Higgins is a journalist and longtime music writer as well as a pop culture theorist and a cultural curator. I’d call him a “freelance forecaster” too, because he really has always looked at what’s the next step, what’s the future. It’s Toronto, and the space of Toronto really plays in every page of this book. He talks about writing on the TTC, about being a black father who is raising a daughter who’s growing up taking the digital age for granted and him now being this bridge between these two worlds, the analogue and the digital. I’d call it a literary remix of style, and that’s how it connects to Jay Z’s book. It’s part essay collection, part memoir, part creative nonfiction and even kind of a Toronto travelogue.”
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