INTERVIEW: Clifton Reddick on new book Toronto Sound Vol. 1 (w/ The Comeup Show)

Ty Harper | Audio,Community,Music | Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Important convo with Battle of The Beatmaker founder Clifton Reddick about his new book “Toronto Sound Vol. 1”

This week, we interviewed Clifton Reddick, founder of Battle of the Beat Makers, to talk about his new book Toronto Sound Vol. 1. Clifton used his experience from creating BBM, a global competition for producers that have birthed superstars like Grammy Award Winner Boi-1da, WondaGurl, and T-Minus. Spanning over the course of 30 years, Clifton (also known as KLFTN) compiled his experiences in a book for all producers to read in order to better understand the evolution of Hip-Hop in Toronto.

In our talk, Clifton gave us a short history lesson on the evolution of Toronto’s Hip-Hop Scene. He told us about the rise of Drake and Boi-1da and many other great Toronto producers that came out of BBM, how BBM got started, and why it’s important for there to be a platform for producers. Below is an excerpt from our talk, play the podcast to hear more.

REST IN PEACE: King Reign

Ty Harper | Audio,Community,Music | Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

King Reign

King Reign!

The first time I heard about you, you were working with Mr. Murr and I came to check you at an event your cousin Wan put together. From that performance alone I knew you were no joke! The next time we connected was when you dropped “Lookin For Love” with Darp Malone (geez!). By that time I was doing O.T.A. Live! on Flow and so I reached out…. you came through, and we put together a nice short piece about the inspiration for that song. You did a guest Cell Therapy feature on the show and told Toronto about the connections between Trinidad’s extempo traditions and freestyle rap.

Then I found out your uncle was MR. MANSWELL?!!

Mr. Manswell was one of many Black-Caribbean men that kept a lot of us Scarborough boys out of trouble through soccer. And I realized then, that your family’s roots run deep in our community (still learning just how deep!).

So your intelligence, demeanor… your energy on the mic….. it all made sense.
All this just to say.. you mattered to me.

My sincerest condolences go out to your family and loved ones.

I’ll do my best to make sure you are remembered… and your children know that their father was respected and admired by many.

Rest in peace, and power, with my love, and the love of your communities.

Ty Harper

EVENT: R.I.S.E. Edutainment presents John River x Esie Mensah x pHoenix Pagliaaci x Adria Kain + more!

Ty Harper | Community,Concerts,Events,Music,News,Video | Saturday, December 12th, 2015

A couple years ago when I was at MTV News I got word of an open mic initiative in Malvern getting a lot of attention. It was called R.I.S.E. and run entirely by young kids from the area. One of those kids was Randell Adjei and I would end up producing a profile on him and how he started the initiative with his friends and peers. This Monday will be R.I.S.E’s last event of the year. If you haven’t been to a R.I.S.E. event yet, this would be a good opportunity to check it out. Guest performers include John River, Esie Mensah, pHoenix Pagliacci, Adria Kain, Brooke Jean, Tuggstar, Wolf J, YHW, C-Flava, Te Holder and Zakisha Brown.

Shouts to Randell and the whole R.I.S.E team. What they’re doing over there is great. I wish I had something like this to look forward to when I was coming up in Malvern.

It all goes down Monday December 14th at 1081 Progress Ave. Show starts at 7:30pm

EVENT: The HEARD presents “SAWUBONA” (Black Canadian Photographer Exhibit) – This Sunday @ 842 College St.

Ty Harper | Artwork,Community,Events,Music | Saturday, August 15th, 2015

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Shouts to Jalani for keeping me in the loop on this, looks like it’ll be a dope event!

 

The HEARD is a live concert & art gallery that takes place on the Third Sunday of every month, featuring Canada’s most talented poets, singers, emcees, visual artists & entertainers.

This month we chose to honour the legacy and work of the talented black Canadian photographers in this city we call home.

Exhibit Curated by:
SoTeeOh & Jalani Morgan

Featured Headliners:
Matthew Progress
Adria Kain
Waleed Abdulhamid

Performances by:
La Rose
Patrick Walters
+ Exciting surprises

House Band: Charleston Relay
Music by: DJ Afroditee & DJ Soulchild

We’ve found the sweet-spot, in between classy event curation and creative art performance and we’re excited to establish “The Heard” as a place Toronto can be proud of, and can rely on to produce magical and memorable moments.

What to expect:

A thought-provoking, entertaining, passion-filled night of performance, photography and soulfulness.
Food that makes you want to go back to school.
Vibes that will have you dancing in your sleep, fam.

Dress Code:
Come as you are, feel you, you’re beautiful.

Admission:
$15.00 advance tickets
$20.00 at the door
http://www.spokenheard.ca/theheard

More Info:
http://www.spokenheard.ca/
events@spokenheard.ca
Phone: 416.451.8680

Press/Media:
director@spokenheard.ca

EDITORIAL: NOISEY presents “An Insider’s Look In: Examining the real value of Toronto’s rap scene” (written by Ian Kamau)

Ty Harper | Community,Editorial,Music,News | Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

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Great critical piece about the undervaluing of our local hip-hop scene and the role that has played in its economic/industry shortcomings, written by Ian Kamau and currently up on Vice/Noisey.

WE NEED MORE OF THIS TYPE OF ANALYSIS FROM OUR MEDIA!

A few weeks ago I read an article that addressed a statement made by Drake in a short promotional documentary which features the Toronto rapper. In the commercial Drake confidently encourages emerging artists to “do it from where you’re at!” This statement grabbed my attention, partly because I think it’s an important one, and partly because I am an rapper born and raised in Toronto. Although the statement has some merit to it, it isn’t totally true. Yes, the Internet has changed the music industry completely by providing an opportunity for international exposure where at one point there was nothing. Artists like Shi Wisdom, Jazz Cartier and Daniel Caesar (currently some of my favorites from Toronto) have all used the Internet to build their audience locally and internationally. However, Drake’s statement is oversimplified and doesn’t take into account the labyrinth of gatekeepers, relationships, and power dynamics in the music industry as a whole, and the lack of accessible music infrastructure in Canada specifically.

Read the full piece @ http://noisey.vice.com/en_ca/blog/an-insiders-look-in-examining-the-real-value-of-torontos-rap-scene

Previously: NEW MUSIC: IAN KAMAU “HEADING HOME” (THE GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW REMIX EP)

RALLY: Black Lives Matter Toronto – Day of Action: Justice for Andrew Loku & Jermaine Carby! Today @ 5pm @ Eglinton Gilbert Parkette

Ty Harper | Community,Events,News | Monday, July 27th, 2015

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The highly questionable and tragic killings of Andrew Loku and Jermaine Carby by Toronto police are just two of the more recent incidents that inform the city’s Black communities’ turbulent relationship with the TPS. The Toronto chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement are holding a rally today to bring awareness to the need for more accountability, transparency, diligence and action from our law enforcement agencies and political institutions.

From Black Lives Matter Toronto:

Members of the Black community and their allies will hold a public protest at the Eglinton-Gilbert Parkette demanding justice for community members who have been victims of police brutality. The rally was called by Black Lives Matter-Toronto, who are specifically calling for justice for Jermaine Carby and Andrew Loku, both of whom are Black men who were slain by police in the Greater Toronto Area.

What: Rally demanding justice for Andrew Loku and Jermaine Carby

Where: Eglinton Avenue and Gilbert Street Parkette- 504 Gilbert Ave

When: Monday, July 27th 2015

Time: 5:00 p.m.

Black Lives Matter-Toronto have delivered these demands to the Mayor of Toronto and Chief Police Saunders:

  1. The immediate release of the name(s) of the officers that killed Andrew Loku & Jermaine Carby.
  2. Charges to be laid against the officers who killed Mr. Loku and Mr. Carby.
  3. A confirmation that the police officers who killed Mr. Loku and Mr. Carby are off the streets.
  4. The immediate and public release of any video footage from the apartment complex where Andrew Loku was murdered.
  5. A date, no longer than four weeks, confirming when the SIU will conclude an initial investigation.
  6. Monetary compensation for the families of Andrew Loku and Jermaine Carby.

 

Black Lives Matter-Toronto is the Toronto chapter of #BlackLivesMatter, an international organization and movement fighting anti-Black racism all over the world.

For further information: For inquiries, contact Sandy Hudson at blacklivesmatterTO@gmail.com or 416-722-8842.

EVENT: The Gift Of Music 2014 feat. JRDN, August Rigo, Leila Dey, King Reign, Kim Davis + more (Dec. 9th @ The Hard Rock Cafe)

Ty Harper | Community,Concerts,Events,Music | Monday, December 8th, 2014

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Nice lineup for Gift Of Music 2014. JRDN, Leila Dey, August Rigo, The Flan, King Reign Falana + Kim Davis, who’ll also be co-hosting with Kid Kut, with music provided by Jester. The event/initiative is also celebrating its 5 year anniversary.

Full details @ giftofmusicto.com/

 

NEW VIDEO: Urbanology Magazine presents “Speak Out On Violence” (Directed by Fitzroy Facey)

Ty Harper | Community,Events,Music,Video | Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Directed by Fitzroy Facey.

Urbanology Magazine releases promo visuals supporting “The Reason”, a multimedia production “uniting six young voices to tell one narrative as they Speak Out On Violence”. It takes place today, November 27th at 7pm @ The Paintbox Bistro: 555 Dundas St E. Admission’s free.

Full visual credits after the jump!

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NEW VIDEO: Chart Attack presents: “Making A Scene – Two Visions of Music In Toronto

Ty Harper | Community,Documentary,Music,Video | Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

The folks over at Chart Attack deliver a great little perspective piece on Toronto aka T-dot aka Taurana aka The Mega aka Tha 6, featuring KJ, DJ Bambii and Devon Little.

Toronto is a city with passionate, creative people pushing their art to exciting new places. But is that always enough? For Making A Scene, Chart Attack’s new short documentary, we spoke with representatives of two musical communities making waves, and got into what it means to truly have the city on your back.

The success of Drake has brought the 6’s hip-hop scene an unprecedented level international recognition. Emerging MC Keita Juma and Devon Little, photographer behind the portrait series Toronto Rap (displaying at tonight’s Long Winter event), talk to us about the newfound sense of pride and vigour the city’s hip-hop community has found. But as DJ Bambii tells us, younger movements and nightlife, like her group of indie electro producers and DJs, are being met with resistance. Making A Scene is the beginnings of a conversation on creating true diversity, embracing culture without cues from other countries, and giving new communities a chance to build.

EVENT: MANIFESTO Festival “Live At The Square” w/ Ryan Leslie, Slakah The Beatchild, Tanika Charles + more!

Ty Harper | Community,Events,Music | Thursday, September 18th, 2014

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Manifesto celebrates it’s 8th year as one of the city’s most prominent hip-hop-centered festivals.

Very nice line-up for the Saturday event but there’s sooo much more going down between then and now.

Get caught up at http://mnfsto.com/festival/

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