January 31, 2009

Lady P, Toronto's first female emcee

Before records were cut, college radio shows, or monster jams there were soundcrews. Like the soundsystems of Jamaica's pre- and early reggae years, these soundproviders fed hunger party goers. Killowatt soundcrew was on of Toronto's westend sounds in the early 1980s. Unlike other soundcrews of their day Killowat had a female Dj in the crew (DJ M & M) and a hypewoman by the name of Lady P. Remembered by most as the first lady to step to the mic, Lady P paved the way for people like Michie Mee, Fly K, Tara Chase and others. In 2007, the Stylus DJ Awards awarded this pioneering sound crew with a lifetime achievement award. Long before troop suits and shell toes, Lady P definitely paved the way for all aspiring emcees in Toronto. Check her and Fuller G dressed to the Ts. Done know.

What is a Tdot Pioneer?

The first time I used the term Tdot Pioneers, a well-respected member of the Toronto hip hop community laughed. She wasn't being malcious, I think she just had never heard the term before. This is because no one really talks about all the djs, emcees, producers, dancers and writers that were steady on the scene since the Fantastic Voyage began playing hip hop in 1982.
Therefore, this site is dedicated to reppin' Toronto Hip hop history, Canada's first hip hop community. The logo I use for this site is from the Solitair record in the picture. In the mid 1990s Kneedeep records was grindin' out some of the best hip hop this city has ever produced, bring us the likes of Choclair (www.choclair.net), Marvel (http://www.myspace.com/marvelmc), Kardinal (www.kardinaloffishall.com/)and many of other circle members. Like all pioneers, these cats built upon the foundation left by K4rce, Rumble and Strong, Michie Mee, Ivan Berry and many others.