As Canadians continue to push the idea that “Hip Hop isn’t dead...It lives in the North” most people expect to discover talent in some of the big cities like Toronto, Vancouver and even the east coast town of St. John’s. But when talking about pounding beats and lyrical rhymes, very few would think of Oshawa, Ontario. It may seem an unlikely place to find Canada’s next hip-hop star, but when you look at the cultural make-up of the city of Oshawa itself, it bears a striking resemblance to an American city that has birthed a handful of top emcees. Detroit, Michigan. Both Oshawa & Detroit are the headquarters for General Motors in their respective countries, both have high crime rates and both have spawned some pretty decent white boys that can rhyme. Detroit, Michigan has Eminem and Oshawa, Ontario has Peter Jackson.
Twenty-four year old rapper, Peter Jackson, now based in the Durham region, was born and raised in Ajax, Ontario, a small suburb just outside of Toronto. Jackson initially became attracted to the rap industry in his teens. What started as a childhood hobby of freestyling in friends’ basements soon became an obsession. While Jackson would have to struggle to gain respect for his talent in a town that was better known for its punk bands, such as Sum41 he soon began to make a name for himself. This once “less than ambitious” high school student was now dedicating his time to studying the dictionary in order to expand his vocabulary. It wasn’t long before this basement hobby developed into a full-fledged passion and career.