Olde English has been known to destroy lives. It also apparently precipitated the decline of Angel Queen, but mostly because children were drinking (and definitely destroying) 40s on their dance-floor. On the bright side, malt liquor seems to have indirectly inspired Saidah Bowen, the source of Toronto based Ain’t No Love’s catchy and often nostalgic hooks. Ain’t No Love does pop-rap pretty well: With a backwards glance towards the edgy and simplistic origins of the genre, the group’s sparkling, dynamic production makes not dancing a little embarrassing.
Bowen, mostly unscathed by a liberal pepper-spraying on the part of Toronto’s finest, went from freestyling in a park to opening for Run The Jewels and Juicy J at the NXNE this summer. If she’s not going to thank Mr. English directly, she can probably thank the shameless adolescents of Toronto’s rap underbelly. Also, a set of bouncers who—even though they looked pretty bad ass during the interview process—turned out to be avid basket-weavers in their spare time. They just didn’t want to let anyone down, you know?
Check Bowen’s favourite Angel Queen—and Toronto—memories in the video above.