Up-and-coming local rapper Kresnt (pronounced “Crescent”, as in crescent moon) is back with a new album, Rumi, a quick follow-up to his May 2019 album Rumi‘s Reflection.
Rumi’s Reflection ended up in the No. 2 spot on both the iTunes’ Top Hip-Hop Albums In Canada chart and Top 10 Albums In Turkey.
The young Afghan-Canadian is aiming for a repeat of that success, and more, with Rumi.
This new album features a song that perhaps only British Columbians will fully understand. It’s called “Coquitlam Crunch” and it acts as a “This Is Where I’m From” kind of track, and also a homage to his beloved hometown.
Rap is all about lyricism, and aside from rhyme schemes and wordplay, a big part of that is allusions and references, which Kresnt makes use of in this track.
With that being said, let’s break-down this song by taking a look at some of the places he references.
5 Landmarks Kresnt References In “Coquitlam Crunch”
The Coquitlam Crunch
We have to start off with the place the track is named after, right? Residents of Coquitlam will immediately recognize the not-so-glamourous, but charming, trail in the Eagle Ridge area.
Powerlines run overhead the trail like clotheslines over a garden, but it still has some nice views.
Charles Best Secondary School
“I could have stopped back in Charles Best days / They weren’t my best days”
If you know somebody from the Coquitlam Centre area, there’s a pretty decent chance that they went to Charles Best Secondary School.
Properly named, Charles Best Secondary, named after a Canadian physician who helped discover insulin, the school was named, in 2015, as the third-best secondary school in British Columbia.
Zhou’s Chinese Restaurant
“Like damn we got mouths to feed / Every lunch we done hit up Zhou’s to eat”
About a 15-minute walk from Charles Best Secondary, Zhou’s is a popular after-school spot for students of the school, with all the mainstays of Chinese restaurants, such as BBQ Pork and Chop Suey.
“Never selfish / Whole fam man we stay on Austin”
Not to be confused with Austin, Texas; Austin Ave. is a road practically all Coquitlam residents will know. It’s a direct line-drive from Mundy Park to Lougheed Centre, making it one of the longest straight-roads in Coquitlam.
Blue Mountain Park
“I was scheming at Blue Mountain blunt in my hand / Kane and I that’s when we had the master plan”
A side-road away from Austin Avenue, Blue Mountain Park is one of Coquitlam’s very earliest parks, and continues to be a popular community space. It sports three tennis courts, a baseball diamond, a playground, and also a spray park.
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