Toronto’s hip-hop artists are disrupting assumptions about gender norms, sexuality, womanhood and race. They are doing so by revealing who they are as cis-women, trans, queer and mothers that are part of a collective movement towards having more voices heard. Hiphop artists and producers such as Drake have been launching what was once a largely an underground Toronto hip-hop scene— into international recognition. What is lesser known and what this portrait series captures is the rising contingent of female and LGBTQ artists, producers and DJs who continue to make waves in Toronto while working in an industry largely dominated by men. They are rapping, singing and producing beats across the city that call-out bad behavior and speak loudly as they step on stage about their struggles.

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