Seeing Drake’s name nominated in the same category as you at a Canadian music awards show has to be the same as seeing Adele competing against you anywhere else. But Toronto’s Jazz Cartier went up against the 6 God at the Juno Awards and came away with their award for the best rap album of the year.
Beating out Drake, Tory Lanez, and Belly, Hotel Paranoia took home the award and Jazz delivered a passionate speech and Instagram post reiterating points made in the speech.
Jazz Cartier recognized his peers — past and present — and made a point of calling out Canadian radio, as well as the Junos, for diminishing rap’s significant cultural contributions. He shared the details in an Instagram post after the event, writing, “This means a lot to me but like I said this evening the Canadian radio is gonna have to stop bullshitting and start playing our own on our radio so these kids don’t feel the need to leave to the states in order to make it or get heard. And also @thejunoawards while you guys enjoy all the hip hop in the world at your after parties, next year you gotta have this category filmed on television.”
The big winners during the televised part of the ceremony were The Tragically Hip— who were honored with Group of the Year — and Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker which won Album of the Year.