NEW VIDEO: George Reefah – Time

rez | Video | Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Reefah continues his online push for his new mixtape “Clear & Present Danger”. Download the tape here.

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VIDEO: Hip Hop Ain’t Dead It Lives In The North Mixtape (TRAILER)

rez | Video | Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Caught this on HHC. Shouts to Bizz. Check him out here.

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NEW MUSIC: D-Sisive “West Coast” (produced by Muneshine)

Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Dsisive 3

Seen on TRF!

Download HERE!

Off D-Sisive’s upcoming mixtape “Jonestown” which drops November 18th.

Song produced by Muneshine.

VIDEO: OTA Talk w/ Trey Anthony, Darren Anthony & Kimahli Powell (Secrets of a Black Boy)

rez | OTA Live | Friday, October 23rd, 2009

This was the Thursday before the last weekend of the show (October 1st, 2009). Hopefully they’ll get another run of the play! Check out www.secretsofablackboy.com for more info on the play and for updates etc…!

To watch this interview in its entirety visit www.muchmusic.com/otalive!

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NEW MUSIC: Jully Black “Running”

Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Jully Black 5

Download HERE!

Nice inspiring joint from Jully Black called “Runnin”.

I can see this song fitting perfectly into an ad campaign for world peace or something uplifting.

(Jully get your placement people on it, lol!)

Follow Jully’s road to releasing her third album Black Book at www.jullyblack.com

Album drops November 24th 2009.

Video: Grand Groove TV Interviews Peter Rosenberg!

Ty Harper | Interviews,Video | Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Seen on TRF!

From GrandGrooveTV:

“We had the privilege to catch up with Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg while he was in town for Rock the Bells. We touched on subjects such as HOT 97, Meeting Maxwell, Jim Jones, Juan Epstein and … Big Jacks’ passport!? A very funny and dope interview, don’t sleep y’all.”

NEWS: Tika Simone from MTV recording an album with Larry Gates (Trackmasters)

rez | News | Friday, October 23rd, 2009

I had no idea Ms. Simone was an artist! Check out her Twitter page for all the updates in her new venture!

“I’m recording an album in Ohio with my dream producer Larry Gates. It’s been 7 years in the making and I’m extremely excited to finally bring u some new music. Larry is the most talented & humble human being I have EVER encountered and I’m happy to also call him a friend. Formerly part of the “Trackmasters,” he’s worked with artists like Jay-Z & Mariah Carey…and finally taking a chance on me….” – Tika Simone

If you don’t know who Larry “Precision” Gates is he’s produced the following tracks (plus many more) as part of the Trackmasters family (along side originators Poke & Tone):

R. Kelly feat. Jay-Z – “Fiesta” & “Fiesta Remix”
Mya – “Best of Me Part 2″
Jay-Z – “Jigga That N*gga”
Cam’ron – “What Means the World To You (rmx)”

http://www.larrygates.net

NEW VIDEO: Belly feat. Snoop Dogg “Hot Girl” (directed by RT!)

Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Directed by RT!

The official video for Belly’s latest single “Hot Girl” feat. Snoop Dogg! Vote for it on The MCC.

Belly’s new mixtape “Back For The First Time” with Dj Smallz dropping October 27th.

Big shouts to director RT on this being his 100th music video (333 alumni, lol!)

FREESTYLE: Grinch “Fly Guy”!

Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Grinch

Seen on HHC!

Download HERE!

New joint from Scarborough’s The Grinch! (whatup cuz!)

Grimey flow with lyrics that would make Akinyele proud :-)

OPINION: In Defense Of Drake Pt. III (By Chris Shaban)

rez | Editorial | Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Ok, here’s the deal. Chris Shaban has put together this dope piece on Drake. The thing is, to experience it in its full glory you need to read it HERE (true FootNotes style). Reading it here is cool too but we can’t seem to get the coding right on our page to allow the FootNotes (pop-ups) to work. Alas, here is Pt. III of In Defense Of Drake by Chris Shaban. FootNotes are after the jump and correlate to the roman numerals:

Part III

Out of the gate, I’d like to thank you again for coming back to Cityonmyback to continue reading this blog [i].  As you’ll notice again, I have cut and pasted the FootNotes right after the citation in an effort to encourage people on this site to read the blurbs.  I think that even Ty and Digi would agree though, if you want to take it in nice and smooth and in a way that is VERY EASY to read, click here (it takes you to FarBeyond.ca).  I want to take a brief moment to clear up some potential misconceptions that have arisen since Part I if you don’t mind [ii].  Not really a big deal, just more of a reminder about the nature of this article.  It is more than fair to say that this weblog has been quite one-sided since it began [iii], however, it’s important to remember the point of why this article was written.  Yes, as I have consistently mentioned, I’m speaking to corporate partners and Post-Secondary programmers in an effort to help us all understand this genre a little better.  However, over the past two weeks [iv] it seems that I have adorned another cap that I never really intended to wear.  You see, if you’re not feeling Drake, then this piece is meant to try and provide you with enough solid and potentially new information to sway your opinion.  To help in relating, it would be most safe to compare this writing to how a criminal lawyer would defend the position of his client in front of a judge and jury [v]. I’ve tried to steer clear of many obvious references that folks would think necessary to speak about when writing such a long piece on one topic [vi].  But the fact remains, I have to keep it real [vii], so until Part IV, never was heard a discouraging word.  Back to the lecture at hand…

Whether you’re reading this through HHC.com, Cityonmyback.com, blog.farbeyond.ca or any of the other great sites that are running this, it is truly a treat to be able to communicate with you [viii].  I promised to make Part III strictly about the lyrics because, for better or for worse, that is truly what ‘authentic’ fans of Hip-Hop music appreciate the most [ix].  While to most people that generate income from the music business, a rapper whose overall best quality is being lyrically ferocious, usually provides them nothing more than entertainment; but to real Hip-Hop fans it separates the men from the boys.  Metaphors, similes, double entendres, wit, all tied together and delivered in the cleverest[x] punchlines; now that’s a REAL rapper.  Well, to be completely honest, and I’m truly sorry if this is the first you’re hearing of this, that stuff usually doesn’t mean anything if the beat, melody, momentum, and more, are not on point in the song [xi].  Although the whole cipher may scream and yell, the fact is, if the song is only lyric deep, then it usually doesn’t register where it counts [xii].  However, the jury I am speaking to today holds lyrics in the highest regard, as do I, so that is why it is our next topic.  You see, although I say that lyrics[xiii] aren’t very often the most important part of a song, the best Hip-Hop artists can balance the fine line between writing hit records and speaking strictly to the heads and the dreads [xiv].  Is Drake soon to be one of those types (already changed) of rappers?  I think you know my answer on that, On Wit Da Show[xv]

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