Underground hip hop has been around Vancouver since the early 90s and has launched a handful of artists. Better known of these are groups the Rascalz, Swollen Members and Sweatshop Union, all of whom have achieved significant recognition across Canada.
Those who seek out the Vancouver scene will discover many events to check out in the city including regular freestyle jams and workshops, local performances and monthly Hip Hop Karaoke. At UBC, hip hop culture has been absent and is now seeing a surge with students producing their own tracks and getting together to jam.
One of the city's best groups, Class Act is true Van-City hip hop. Intricate, original, insightful and witty rhymes will have you never want to miss a line. Class Act brings live freestyle jams that are hard to match and they are awesome to catch in concert.