Woooooow! It’s been a MINUTE since Tanika‘s released some new music and still she remains one of the mainstays of Toronto’s live R&B scene. That’s simply a testament to her beautiful voice and spirit. Really happy to see a new push coming from her and looks like there’s a full album in the works as well……FINALLY!!!
“Soul Run”, the first single and title track from Tanika Charles’ full length album arriving in early 2016.
Written by Tanika Charles & Robert Bolton Produced by Matt “Emdee” Reid & 2nd Son Additional production by Slakah the Beatchild Additional vocals by Zaki Ibrahim Mixing by Michael “ear2ear” Warren Photography by Taha Muharuma Make-up/Styling by Jennifer Balance
Kardi chops it up with Mark & Jem (always pure jokes) in advance of the release of Kardi Gras Vol. 1 which is officially out tonight at Midnight. Bom bom!
Canadian Hip-Hop pioneer Kardinal Offishall stopped by the morning show to talk with his good friends Mark & Jem about his new album “Kardi Gras: Vol 1”.
And of course, it wouldn’t be a Kardi visit without talking to Jem about her “Zebra features”….
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The youngin’ Alessia Cara drops a new one off her debut album “Know It All” which is slowly unraveling itself on iTunes. Thought it was an EP at first but now am realizing that it’s a full-length album but only 6 of the songs are available for purchase right now. Totally get that considering today’s climate. Full album looks like it’ll be available in November!
Wow man. In honour of Kardi‘s upcoming release (this Friday!), Del F. Cowie and Exclaim Magazine pay him some WELL DESERVED respect and outline his whole career in a beautifully laid out years-by-years breakdown. Definitely a must-read! I even learned a couple things.
Before it was the 6ix, Toronto was the T-dot. While he didn’t make up the term, no one contributed more to its popularity than Kardinal Offishall. Yet Kardinal’s achievements go well beyond influencing a lexicon. As a hip-hop artist who has developed his own inimitable and versatile style, seamlessly meshing dancehall influences, lyrical dexterity and party-starting energy, Kardinal Offishall is a Toronto hip-hop pioneer. By forging a career as a well-respected MC when Toronto’s hip-hop scene wasn’t in the spotlight, his determination broke down barriers. Having established himself with a relentless work ethic, whether applied to his recording output or his undeniably entertaining live shows, Kardinal has gained the respect of some of the world’s most influential artists and producers. As he readies his latest album Kardi Gras: The Clash for late October, balancing the responsibilities of working as an A&R at Universal Music indicates Kardi still wants to add some more words and chapters to his story. 1976 to 1992 Kardinal Offishall is born Jason Harrow on May 12, 1976 in Scarborough. He lives in the Flemingdon Park area of Toronto as a youth and becomes very interested in his father’s music collection. Harrow’s mother works as a teacher and he occasionally is in a class where she is the teacher. She discovers he has an interest in rapping and she encourages him to write his first rhymes. Newly christened MC J-Ski records a demo at a Mr. Greenjeans restaurant in Toronto’s Eaton Centre. He enters an anti-drug rhyme he had written in a Scadding Court community centre contest and wins. One of the prizes is to meet Maestro Fresh Wes, the pioneering Canadian hip-hop artist fresh off the success of his debut album Symphony in Effect. Maestro tells the young high school student to stay in school. J-Ski is interviewed on CBC’s The Journal by Barbara Frum about the anti-drug message in his rhymes. Soon the young MC transforms into Gumby D, and is a regular performer at malls, with two friends, known as Young Black Panthers, winning money from contests. These include Harrow performing for Nelson Mandela on his first foreign trip after being released from a South African prison. 1993 to 1996 Out of Stephen Lewis’ commissioned report, following a 1992 racially motivated protest in Toronto referred to as the Yonge Street rebellion, a youth jobs program called J.O.Y. (Jobs for Ontario Youth) is created. Harrow enrols in the program’s first year in an arts-oriented section of the program called Fresh Elements, where youth are given income assistance to pursue their creative paths. The next year, the program is retitled Fresh Arts, and features many more students. Among those involved in the program are artists who will come to be known as Saukrates, Jully Black and video director Little X (now Director X). While in the Fresh Arts program, Harrow (now rapping as Kool Aid) forms the Figurez of Speech (F.O.S.) hip-hop crew with other program participants. The program provides mentorship and an opportunity to intern at radio stations, among other opportunities, and leads Harrow to seriously consider a recording career. Meanwhile, under his DJ name J-Rock Ultra, Harrow sells mixtapes in school. When his Fresh Arts friend Saukrates decides to record his first single, Kool Aid is in the studio and earns a co-production credit on the recording, “Still Caught Up.” The song becomes a key track in Toronto’s mid-’90s hip-hop resurgence, garnering significant play on local university radio and is nominated for Best Rap Recording at the 1996 Junos. By this time, Harrow has changed his rap moniker to Kardinal Offishall after learning about Cardinal Richelieu, the 17th century adviser to Louis XIV. One morning during school, he hears a song and some lyrics in his head. He writes the track, called “Naughty Dread,” and heads to the studio that evening. Featuring a fairly prominent Bob Marley sample of “Natty Dread,” the song is featured on the landmark all-Canadian rap compilation Rap Essentials Vol. 1. Kardinal also releases a twelve-inch for “Naughty Dread” featuring a song called “On Wid Da Show” on the flip side. It’s on Kneedeep Records, run byChoclair‘s producer and manager Day. Soon Choclair’s crew Paranormal and Figurez of Speech converge into one larger crew known as The Circle.
Actually, you know what…this deserves its own post.
After grinding it out for a few years now with covers, viral videos, singles and features, Haley Smalls drops a solid full-length release called “This Is Me”. It’s a few months old now but we always like to say better late than never! Been a fan of this girl since her and Lokz (Yuri Koller) did a SICK cover version of “Butterflies” back in the day (that I think was never released unfortunately).
But yea. Take in the full-length which features Kardinal Offishall and more. There’s definitely some gems on there and is a strong offering overall (didn’t expect anything less). Oh, and it was completely produced by the homie Megaman – who I still rate for producing one of the illest beats out of the city ever. Congrats Haley!
Haley Smalls is a singer/songwriter/engineer and in other words, a young force to be reckoned with. Her classically trained voice, distinctive mainstream sound, and noticeable R&B influence make Haley one of the most intriguing up and coming young artists out of Toronto. Earlier this year, Grammy award- winning and multi–platinum selling artist Beyonce Knowles shared one of Haley’s Youtube videos on her Facebook page, stating that she “loved it”. Since then the video has reached over one million views and is still growing. When the Startaz was formed in January of 2014, a group of different creative minds and talents came together. Born as a result of that, was Haley Smalls’ highly anticipated project called “This Is Me”, a 16-track Mixtape that finally illustrates this Toronto songstress’ unique sound. The project was produced entirely by Megaman, who has also produced for well known artists such as Lil Wayne, Drake, Birdman, Tyga, Bow Wow, Kid Ink, French Montana, Ace Hood, Yo Gotti, & more.
Get to know a singer / songwriter that’s been doing it for a minute now! I stay checkin’ for her movements even though I’ve apparently totally missed the release of her mixtape / album “This Is Me” – which you can check out on her SoundCloud page or purchase on your friendly neighbourhood digital retailers.
“This Is Me” Is Now Available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon & Spotify
Also Available For Free On DatPiff.com & Soundcloud!