CiTR Documentaries Episode June 3, 2016

CiTR's UBC 100 Doc Series - DJ Sound Wars: Hip Hop Battles in the 90’s

9:00am - 9:48am

This documentary tells a story about the early days of hip hop in Vancouver. One of the biggest hip hop events in Canadian history took place on September 7th and 8th, 1990 at UBC. Around 900 people came to the ballroom in UBC’s Student Union Building to watch rappers, dancers, street artists and DJs, duke it out at DJ Sound War.

Rohit Joseph spoke with organizers and participants of the very first DJ Sound War, who shared their stories of this historic event. From the CiTR alumnus who organized the whole event, to the only woman to compete in the rap battle portion of the competition and win first place, the stories of the people behind DJ Sound War provide a glimpse into the beginning of the hip hop movement in Vancouver and the crucial role that CiTR played.