INTERVIEW: Mae Oriel w/

rez | Interviews | Tuesday, February 10th, 2015


Mae Oriel chops it up with about her influences, her mixtape and more. Peep the tape below. Still bumpin’ the Ginuwine cover!

Mae Oriel is a Toronto vocalist and songwriter that has a strong passion for 90’s styled R&B. It’s hard not to like her when her music is super catchy and feels like a nostalgiac trip through the golden years of R&B. Even when she’s riding a beats that have hardcore Hip Hop percussions she still finds a way to sweeten them up with powerful melodies that easily remind you of Mary J Blige’s earlier stuff.

Mae recently released her ‘Playback EP’, which possesses a collection of original music and remixed classics. In my opinion it’s a solid debut that she should be proud of and I’m really looking forward to what she comes next with.

Check out the fun conversation that I recently had with her. You can also vote for her song, ‘Toyin’ – RIGHT HERE on this week’s Zambah Charts!

If you could describe your sound in one sentence, what would it be?

Hmm. Electrifyingly refreshing with a dash of cognac.

Just by listening to your mixtape it’s clear to see that you’re a student of the greats that came before you. Who are some of the artists that inspire the direction of your sound?

Oh boy. That’s a long list. But I would definitely say Mary J. Blige, SWV, Total, TLC, and En Vogue. Vocally, my biggest influences growing up were Anita Baker, Chaka Khan and Sarah Vaughan.”



NEW VIDEO: Melanie Durrant (Interview w/ SOCAN)

Ty Harper | Music | Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

SOCAN chops it up with the Juno-nominated Melanie Durrant.

NEW VIDEO: Rashid St. James “Hallelujah” (Teaser)

Ty Harper | Music,Video | Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Rashid teases visuals for his latest.

NEW MUSIC: Kendrick Lamar – The Blacker the Berry (Prod. Boi-1da)

rez | Music | Monday, February 9th, 2015

Boi-1da blesses K-Dot with some heat and Kendrick returns the favour.

Kendrick Lamar
“The Blacker The Berry”
Produced by Boi-1da
Additional Production by Terrace Martin
• MixedByAli


NEW VIDEO: D.O feat. Maestro Fresh Wes “Never Gets Old”

Ty Harper | Music,Video | Monday, February 9th, 2015

D.O.’s connect with Maestro off his “Down Home” release gets the visual treatment.

NEW MUSIC: Cheyenne Nicole x BriskInThehouse – Unfold (Prod. BriskInTheHouse)

rez | Music | Sunday, February 8th, 2015

Unfolding Picture

Another dope one from BriskInTheHouse. This time in collaboration with Cheyenne Nicole as part of the group GOODxJESUS. EP’s due out next month.

Artist: Cheyenne Nicole & Briskinthehouse
Song: Uphold
Prod.By: Briskinthehouse
Location: Toronto
Twitter: @_cheyennenicole
Twitter: @Briskinthehouse

NEW VIDEO: Shi Wisdom feat. Nevon “Young Gunner” (Directed by Mark Valino)

Ty Harper | Audio,Music,Video | Saturday, February 7th, 2015

Directed by Mark Valino.

Shi Wisdom releases visuals for arguably her most powerful recording to date, and one of the most poignant records to come out of the Mega in a long time.

Goosebumps eeeevery time.


Shouts to Nevon on the hook.

“Until the Lion has a historian, the hunter will always be the hero.” <———– THIIIIIIIIS!

– Afrikan Proverb

Production House . MAD RUK .

Funded in part by . MUCHFACT .

Previously: NEW MUSIC: Shi Wisdom – LoveSpeak feat. KJ (Kutcorners & Big Jacks Remix)

NEW MUSIC: ShaqIsDope “Rhyme Like This” (Prod. Pitt Tha Kid)

Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Friday, February 6th, 2015

Shaq back at it over a riddim by Pitt Tha Kid.

NEW MUSIC: Shing Shing Regime “Slap” (Prod. Supa83)

Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Friday, February 6th, 2015

More newness from the Almighty Shing Shing, produced by Supa83.

NEW VIDEO: Saukrates feat. SonReal #FYEO (Prod. Rich Kidd)

Ty Harper | Music | Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Latest visuals off Bigg Soxx’s “Amani” project, available via iTunes @

Shouts to SonReal on the hook!

Produced by Rich Kidd.

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