Rap artists are rarely in the good books of the older gen, usually irking those longer in years with lyrics about hoes drugs. Montreal's Dead Obies, a 6-person rap group from South Shore, is pissing off the middle-aged for a different reason, however, as they've come under fire for using French and English in their songs. God forbid.
Two separate Quebec columnists (from Le Devoir and JdeM, respectively) spoke against Dead Obies for utilizing the linguistic blend of franglais, likening the use of English lyrics as a "political battle" and a metaphoric "fvck you" to Quebec's French culture.
Members of Dead Obies do not agree. Jean-Francois Ruel (Yes Mccan in the group) called the two columnists out in the National Post, saying their conception of Quebec identity, and the never-ending feud between English and French, is old-school (in a bad way) and irrelevant to modern society.
Ruel points out that all of the members of Dead Obies are from Montreal, and speak both English and French, and any claim that they are not supportive of Quebec is ridiculous. The rapper also comments how speaking both languages is a blessing, not a curse, allowing him to comfortably speak to anyone in Montreal, Quebec, and all of Canada.
English is arguably the most-often used language for rap music, so it shouldn't seem strange (or evil) that certain phrases and slang slip into rap songs spoken in another tongue. At the end of the day, its about the music, and not a super old language debate, right?
Decide for yourself and give Montréal $ud,the group's debut album, a listen. Maybe you'll side with the negative stance and agree the inclusion of English isn't needed...or just not care at all. Hopefully it's the latter.
Montreal's iconic Greenspot restaurant is selling hot dogs for $0.74 this weekend, September 18 and 19, to celebrate its 74th anniversary.
On Facebook, the Saint-Henri institution says it's converting its small parking lot on avenue Greene into a picnic area for the event.
And the wiener fun doesn't stop there. Greenspot is having a contest on its Instagram page where followers have the chance to win 74 hot dogs — a prize they can redeem at their discretion.
The restaurant invites followers to share the Instagram post and tag three friends to enter the contest.
Daily two-for-one deals have also been part of the 74th-anniversary celebrations.
Dating back to 1947, Greenspot serves American and Quebec diner classics (including a long list of hearty poutines) amid retro decor (including individual table jukeboxes — they don't work but they're super charming!).
Get the details on the 74th-anniversary hot dog deal below.
Greenspot Diner 74¢ Hot Dogs
When: September 18 and 19, 2021
Where: Greenspot restaurant, 3041, rue Notre-Dame O, Montreal, QC