Did you know that CiTR briefly published a hip-hop magazine? In addition to publishing Discorder, CiTR released Elements from May 1995 to December 1996. The magazine was edited by Vancouver DJs Jay Swing and Flipout.

Although CiTR only published eight issues of Elements, the editors featured interviews with well-known artists such as The Pharcyde (issue 4), Busta Rhymes (issue 5), De La Soul (issue 6), OutKast (issue 7), and Ghostface Killah (issue 8). Each issue also included interviews with DJs (“Vinyl Konflict”), album reviews (“re:views”), and mix tapes.

Elements, Issue 2, July 1995, page 11


Intended as a bi-monthly magazine, publication was often late, which the editors commented on candidly in issue 6: “One year has passed since we started Elements and we still can’t get this piece out on time. Don’t really care no more.”

Although we can’t post the text on the blog, their disclaimer on page 3 of issue 7 (under “elementary?”)  is also worth a read. If you’re interested in Elements’ publication history, you can read more about the magazine in this 2011 article by Jennesia Pedri on the CiTR website, which includes recent reflections from the editors of Elements.

We digitized Elements magazine alongside Discorder back in 2014, and the eight issues reside in the Discorder collection. You can view them here in Open Collections, or click any of the covers below to open the issue.

Elements, Issue 1, May 1995

Elements, Issue 2, July 1995

Elements, Issue 3, Sept/Oct 1995

Elements, Issue 4, Nov/Dec 1995

Elements, Issue 5, March 1996

Elements, Issue 6, May/June 1996

Elements, Issue 7, July/Aug 1996

Elements, Issue 8, Winter 1996

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