“It Starts With The DJ” Conference Footage (Stylus Weekend)

rez | Video | Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

This is a lil’ late but I actually haven’t seen a lot of footage from Stylus Weekend other than this (and it just came out). Anyways…Stylus Weekend was amazing once again. Big shouts to SFA for putting this lil’ clip together from the conference we hosted. Oh, and big shouts to Toronto’s Suge Knight LOL!!!

Nardwuar interviews Pharrell (Classic!)

Ty Harper | Interviews | Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Yes, I know this is ‘old’ (it’s almost a year to the day it was first posted on youtube) but it’s a great interview that  not everyone’s seen. Pharrell’s reaction to the records Nardwuar pulls out is priceless! Makes me believe he’d probably enjoy being on OTA Talk.

Moni in the Middle of…Honey Jam

Moni Love | Moni in the Middle | Tuesday, July 21st, 2009


There is nothing sweeter than the gut wrenching, soul shaking sound of Toronto’s female artists. In fact the only thing that IS sweeter is seeing them, hearing them and feeling them all on one night, at this years Honey Jam taking place Sunday, August 16th at the Mod Club. (more…)

Jay-Z (Billboard Magazine Interview)

Ty Harper | Interviews | Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Jay-Z - Billboard July 2009

“I hear it all the time — ‘Yo, he should let the young guys, the new generation of guys come in.’ But you don’t become the front-runner in music because someone lets you. You have to claim your shoes,”

Peep the full interview HERE.

Paper Boy – Peter Jackson ft. Royce Da 5’9″

Bizz | Video | Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Shouts to Peter Jackson, Royce Da 5’9″ and director Chris Stacey. I’ve witnessed PJ do almost everything he claims in this song and personally co-sign his intense hustler mentality. We’ve connected on several ventures from promoting concerts for Joe Budden to Wu Tang to my Hip Hop Ain’t Dead It Lives In The North T-shirts to the coming Busta Rhymes Tour which we’ll both be on (he’ll be rapping, I’ll be selling merchandise).

Also Behind The Scenes – Paper Boy Video 1 Behind The Scenes – Paper Boy Video 2 Behind The Scenes – Paper Boy Video 3

Get “Paper Boy” Here

Grey Goose Rising Icons: Melanie Fiona

rez | News | Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

This looks like it’ll be a great look for Ms. Fiona!!! The Bridge is in stores in Canada now (U.S. in August)!!!

Grey Goose Entertainment honors the spirit of creative excellence by recognizing 8 influential young artists through a national concert tour and an original television series. Tune into Rising Icons on BET Networks starting July 27th at 10:30pm EST to learn how these artists embody the essence of what it takes to be “Best in Class” in music and entertainment today.


Bishop Brigante – The Gambling Stories (EP. III) w/ Royce Da 5’9

rez | Video | Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Previously: Episode II with Joell Ortiz | Episode I with Crooked I

The Fine Print – Drake’s Talent Behind The Talent

Bizz | The Fine Print | Monday, July 20th, 2009


By Jonathon “Bizz” Brown

…But then he met Wayne. And then he met Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua, of the management group Hip Hop Since 1978. And a big decision about who to surround himself with came for Drake….


Drake X Jonathan Mannion (Fader Photo Shoot)

Ty Harper | News | Monday, July 20th, 2009

Drake - Fader Shoot 1

Drake - Fader Shoot 2

Shots of Drizzy being photographed by the highly respected Jonathan Mannion (Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt, DMX’s Flesh Of My Flesh, Aaliyah’s Aaliyah) for an upcoming issue of Fader.

RR mused that this might be Drake’s first mag cover. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Pics courtesy of  Octobersveryown

Contra Mag Interview with Melanie Fiona

rez | Interviews | Monday, July 20th, 2009

Contra Mag had the privilege of hanging out with Melanie Fiona while she was in her home town of Toronto for a few days before heading out to Europe for the launch of her album (in stores in Canada NOW!!!). The afternoon began at Rolly’s Garage, taking in some art, where she talks about her relationship with ?uestLove, her new album – The Bridge, and Toronto. Then it was off to Greg’s Ice Cream on Bloor Street for some delicious cold treats and over to Coal for some custom designs courtesy of Brazen Hussy.

Shouts to my man Trung for the clip!

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