EDITORIAL: Jully Black – What I Would Change About R&B and Soul Music in Canada (HuffPost)

rez | Editorial | Sunday, July 7th, 2013

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Jully contributes to The Huffington Post’s “What I’d Change About Canada” editorial series. If Kardi’s “Mr. International” then Jully is definitely “Ms. Media Mogul”. She can rock the stage, the studio, the radio (as artist or personality), TV (as artist or personality, lol) and now print media. Jeez.

What I Would Change About R&B and Soul Music in Canada.

When I was asked to contribute to the Huffington Post, I got fired up! I was ready to speak on every unfair thing that I experienced as a Black, Female, Canadian-born R&B Soul Singer and Songwriter. As I started typing I could feel my blood pressure rising so I stopped, took some deep breaths, and asked God what I should write about and to please give me the right words that will reach and impact even one person In a positive way. Believe me, I was prepared to call it like it is about the Canadian music industry. But then I realized that in spite of it all, I have been so blessed to make music for a living for the past 18 years. Now, are there things I would change or reform about the Canadian music industry? Oh, you best believe it! But in order to affect change permanently, you have to be the change you want to see. So with that in mind, here is what I would change about the Canadian music industry.

If I was handed a magic wand, I would erase all of the unsaid fear that a lot of the executives at radio stations, record companies, corporate brands, television and print media outlets have in promoting and celebrating our domestic R&B soul singers. I would urge them to passionately and freely support the artists of this genre in ways that are equal to the artists of other genres. This support will not only allow them to attain enough success to stay in Canada, live great lives, and support themselves full time, but it will provide a way to pay it forward.

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

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NEW MUSIC: Elcee – ’89 (Prod. TREATS)

rez | Music | Sunday, July 7th, 2013

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New joint from Elcee. Cool-out Sunday vibe.

WWW.ELCEETHEARTIST.COM

Something fresh from Elcee. With production from TREATS formally known as “skywalkrog”. Remember to download Elcee’s “LEOISM” if you haven’t already via www.elceetheartist.bandcamp.com

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Elcee is working on his new project titled “Nature’s Coarse“. The concept behind the title is playing on the phrase “Nature’s Course” but using the word Coarse, which identifies with the realities of life being rough, but nonetheless inevitable, hence Nature.
 
For those unknowing of who Elcee is, he is a Recording Artist based out of Toronto, working with the Virginia Beach based collective JetPacks. At 23 years young with close to a decade of musical experience, Elcee is focused on being the next big thing out of Toronto, and as a household name Nationwide.

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VIDEO: Maestro Fresh-Wes – 25 Year Anniversary Party Recap

rez | Video | Sunday, July 7th, 2013

A nice little look at what you may of missed at Maestro‘s 25 Year Anniversary party last week. Wow man. 25 Years. Crazy! Congrats to the Godfather.

Maestro Fresh Wes 25 years in the music industry party.

A special thanks to Carolyn Roberts for putting this video together so we all can see what a great night it was for Maestro and Canadian Hip Hop. 

Also a big thanks to P.I.N.K. publicity for putting on this great event!
www.pinkpublicity.com

Video produced by:
NIA Center for the Arts
www.niacenter.org

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NEW MUSIC: Chris Stylez – This Pimpin’

rez | Music | Saturday, July 6th, 2013

 

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Another taste from Chris StylezSuperstar EP.

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NEW MUSIC: Covert Ops (Marvel & Arcee) – No Comma (Prod. Butch)

rez | Music | Saturday, July 6th, 2013

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Marvel and Arcee connect to form Covert Ops. Niiiiiiiiiiiiiice surprise. I remember Arcee talking about wanting to put this together. Dope to see it fully come to fruition. Consider this the taste. Peep the Bandcamp for the full album!

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VIDEO: WondaGurl Feature w/ The CBC

rez | Video | Friday, July 5th, 2013

And another one!

Meet WondaGurl, a Canadian teen featured on Jay-Z’s new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail.

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INTERVIEW: WondaGurl w/ The Globe & Mail

rez | Interviews | Friday, July 5th, 2013

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And another well-deserved feature on WondaGurl and her placement on the Jay-Z album. Now if only we could get our national media to start caring about our talent BEFORE they get the big co-sign. Imagine what a world that would be…

Brampton high schooler contributes to new Jay-Z album.

As a 9-year-old, Ebony Oshunrinde used to watch YouTube videos in her Mississauga bedroom of her favourite hip hop artists – Timbaland and Jay-Z – working in their studios.

This week, one of those heroes – Jay-Z – became a collaborator, after a beat produced by the now-16-year-old Ebony was included in the rapper’s new record.

“I listened to it last night in the studio, and I honestly felt like crying,” Ebony said in an interview. “It was a big moment in my life.”

And though the track, titled “Crown,” is earning Ebony attention from music industry heavy-hitters, Jay-Z and his high-flying rapper lifestyle is still worlds away from the teenager’s life in Brampton, where she now lives and has just finished grade 11.

Raised by her travel-agent mother, Ebony taught herself as a 9-year-old how to produce music by watching instructional videos off of YouTube.

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

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NEW VIDEO: Promise – Smile Today (Directed by Wavel Edwards)

rez | Video | Friday, July 5th, 2013

Nice joint from that dude Promise. Don’t know why it’s been in the vaults for so long. I can only see material like this helping the push. Shouts to Wavel tho!!!

Directed/Edited by Wavel Edwards
Graphics/Art Direction by RMe

Produced by Lord Quest

What better way to celebrate my INDEPENDANCE (as a Canadian indie artist lol) than to leak my veRy first indie video shot that has been unreleased for MANY years for many reasons but I promised some fans i’d let em peep it so here it is.

*This was actually my very 1st video ever shot raw&uncut still makes me smile :)
‘Against The Odds feat. Jhené Aiko’ my 1st video released
‘Outside’ my 1st video appearance in Daniel Libby’s conceptual treatment

www.ipromisemusic.com

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Promise: NEW MUSIC: PROMISE “SHINE” (FREESTYLE)

FEATURE: Backroad Radio Canada Day Special + Cypher (Rich Kidd, Raz Fresco, THEO3 & More)

rez | Music | Friday, July 5th, 2013

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Shouts to the homies over at Backroad Radio who did a special 3-hr edition of their show on Canada Day which featured 100% Canadian hip-hop. If that wasn’t enough, like half the city showed up for a freestyle cypher. Can’t seem to embed the stream but just click below to download that bad boy. DOPE!

Last year we began an annual Canada Day tradition for our city which we like to call the Backroad Cipher. We invited some of Toronto’s finest MC’s to come through and rip it live on air with us as we rocked for 3 hours celebrating our city and its talent.

The 2nd Annual Backroad Cipher took place this year on Monday July 1st and was even bigger this time around. In the house spitting with us we had: Rich Kidd, Raz Fresco, 6th Letter, Smash Brovaz, Dan-e-o, Nish Raawks, Marvel, Phoenix Pagliacci, Theo 3, Frankie Payne, 9th Uno, OSIYM, Brandon Chey, A Harmony, Kzaraw, Bosquiat Clique, Via Linez, Lyve, ELMNT, Church Chizzle, Jae Ari, Jimmy B and more. All the original beats were provided by Lancecape and Frank Dukes.

Big up to every single person who came through to participate or just show love. The vibe was nuts. We do this for ya’ll Toronto so peep the show and spread the word.

***DOWNLOAD***

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VIDEO: Darren Anthony – Secrets of a Black Boy (Promo)

rez | Video | Friday, July 5th, 2013

If you missed the stage presentation of Secrets of a Black Boy a couple years back don’t fret. This is a perfect time to catch up on the movement as there’s TWO shows coming up at the end of July (27th). I’m sure there’s plans for lots more but that’s it for now so don’t sleep. Get all the info at the website below:

http://www.secretsofablackboy.com/

Secrets of a Black Boy ( Promo) A play from Toronto playwright Darren Anthony. This brutally honest piece gives voice to five black men from Toronto whose in-your-face stories are set against the backdrop of the displacement of families in Regent Park. Secrets of a Black Boy promises to provide poignant insights into black, male culture. No subject is taboo from interracial dating, commitment phobia, gun violence, sexuality and abuse. Prominent stereotypes men of color face will be critically examined and explored and will subsequently give audiences a fresh, new and authentic experience! Some secrets are darker than others.

Secrets of a Black Boy (promo video).
Written by Darren Anthony from Toronto, Canada.

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