Nowadays, it seems like everyone wants be “internet-famous.” An entire generation follows their favorite online personalities and can seemingly fully access them at any time. We see all the clothes that companies give “internet sensations,” the significant amount of followers they have, and we are conditioned to want those things as well. However, in any pop-culture, there are always deeper roots and communities that grow below the surface. I believe that no other genre of music has utilized these online platforms better than Hip Hop. At the forefront of Hip Hop is Rap music; but even rap is diverse. That’s why I’m not very surprised to say that I have “rap homies” all over the world. On that note, representing Nova Scotia, Canada, is another homie of mine and fellow female Hip Hop Artist - Jordan "Mackie".
To be honest, when someone mentions Canada, we might automatically think of Justin Bieber, Degrassi, and Drake. But Mackie mentions that the Canadian Hip Hop scene continues to grow. In fact, she was a 2015 Team Backpack Live Cypher Draft Finalist. “I got a lot of local buzz from my entry and there were a number of other Canadian artists representing at Mission Underground this year,” said Mackie. She also stated that “Canada’s underground artists are all generally supportive of each other and are eager to work together to perpetuate Hip Hop culture.”
Mackie has been doing music for nearly her whole life. At age 9, she started playing the drums and tried singing for a little while. Although singing didn’t really fall through, Mackie found her passion in writing lyrics, which developed into rhyming and rapping. “The music I appreciate the most would have to be music with emotion. Music that makes you think, wakes you up, and invokes feeling. Music with a message,” said Mackie. (Take a listen to “What’s Wrong With This World?” on Mackie’s SoundCloud, and you’ll see how she puts substance in her music.)
Mackie has done gigs at various venues in Nova Scotia, and most recently performed at the “Exposure” event at Hugo’s Bar and Grill this passed weekend. The event represented Funk, Rock, and Hip Hop artists/bands. Mackie has also opened for other artists including Frank Castle, Oddiliogist, & DJ Spank (who were on tour from Newfoundland recently). She spent the rest of her summer performing at a few LGBT pride week shows and other non-profit fundraising shows. Although her following is just getting her started, Mackie’s potential to grow is exponential. You can check out Mackie and her music and a number of social media platforms and music-sharing sites.
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