Halal Gang – Mo-G // R.I.P. Smoke Dawg

The name Mohamed Bahdon hardly resonates within every household. To boost familiarity with the Canadian artist, Mo-G, watch the brief interview below. Mo-G does not lack personality or confidence. He shows praise and recognition to #Drake out of appreciation for the ways he has put #Toronto on the map. Certainly, #Drake’s influence and impact on the city of #Toronto can’t be overlooked. The path #Drake has taken to the top has been arduous, without a doubt. That route has always included many strategic shortcuts, though.

Drake’s Rise To Stardom

#Drake acknowledges the different nuances of Toronto, its landscapes, and the various people who identify within different regions of the city.

#Drake incorporates aspects of Jamaican/Somalian culture into his widely received body of music. He infuses words and phrases such as, “wagwan” or “walahi” into his vocabulary to showcase his versatility. #Toronto provides a convenient proximity that allows access to Somalian culture.

Hawa Mire, a scholar who studies Somali diaspora claims that some Toronto artists’ efforts to popularize traditional terms are, “a riff off of the orality and metaphoric ways of being and speaking.”

As for #Drake specifically, Mire states, “#Drake’s cultural capital right now is coming from Somali kids, and he doesn’t adequately compensate them for it.” This brings the topic of authenticity to the forefront of discussion.

OVO’s Stronghold on #Toronto

As a #Toronto artist, Mo-G amongst others are subject to the “culture vulture.” #Drake strategically selects different pieces of culture and music and presents his ‘spin’ to the public.

For example, #Drake ran with, “The 6” as a way to reference the city of #Toronto. Jimmy Prime was the one who invented this term as a reflection of #Toronto’s six distinct municipalities.

Artists like RamRiddlz and D.R.A.M. had their songs, “Sweeterman” and “Cha Cha” picked apart and remade as an original song by #Drake. #Drake’s keen eye for selecting components of what’s hot to formulate his own “sound” has granted him great success and widespread popularity. With that, #Drake’s contribution to hip-hop cannot be undervalued. Yes, he may consult ghostwriters for collaboration, but he has molded himself into a talented artist whose name must be mentioned in a “Top 5” conversation.

Who Is Mo-G?

Most people would not know of Mo-G if it weren’t for #Drake. “Then I hit em with the hotline, Mo-G with the dance moves” is a line that #Drake uses in his song “Summer Sixteen” which he aptly named his current tour after. Mo-G’s dance moves and flashy signature style are catalysts for his public appeal.

Certainly, you have heard #Drake’s song “Jumpman” off of the mixtape ‘What A Time To Be Alive’ with Future. “I hit that Ginobili with my left hand up!” This reference was initially coined by Mo-G in his song, ‘Still’ ft. smoke dawg. It’s one thing to piece together attributes discovered from other artists’ songs and release it as original content. It’s another thing to collaborate with an artist and then refuse to appropriately compensate them for their participation and involvement.

Mo-G Speaks From the Heart

Nothing was the same once Mo-G exposed #Drake and the #OVO camp on Instagram. This video surfaced toward the end of March and in early April, Bahdon found himself in a hospital bed. The artist quickly transitioned from finding #Drake’s presence to be “surreal” into an artist seeking individual success and recognition for his musical ability.

Mo-G has garnered a fair amount of buzz after releasing his song, ‘Wiggins.’ The video appeared on YouTube a day after assault struck from sources of #OVO muscle. Mo-G appeared healthy and in his normal state as the audience became aware of the fact that the video had been recorded at an earlier time.

At the end, Mo-G engulfs his #OVO apparel in flames. If Mo-G continues to display relevant timing with his releases, success is bound to find this tenacious #Toronto rapper.

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