Thursday, October 17, 2013

Toronto's Cultural Moment

In the fall of 2013, two of the most popular strands of youth culture - hip hop and basketball - neatly knitted themselves together in Toronto, Canada.  This huge city perched on the north shore of Lake Ontario is having a rare moment of global influence.  Its source are two dominantly-talented young Torontonians:  (1) Aubrey "Drake" Graham, the current king of the music charts, and (2) Andrew Christian Wiggins, the Kansas Jayhawk consensus top freshman men's basketball player in the NCAA.  Drake bestrides hip hop with his new album "Nothing Was The Same,"  while Wiggins inspires best-since-LeBron and NBA-#1-draft-pick accolades.  Bask in your glorious moment, Toronto.