NEW VIDEO: SonReal – Everything I Am (Dub)

rez | Video | Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

1. One of my favorite Kanye joints. 2. This is the kind of introspectiveness that made me like SonReal in the first place.

Get this song on Soundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/sonreal/everyt…

SonReal provides a fresh and honest approach to Kanye’s classic, ‘Everything I Am’.

Follow SonReal on Twitter. http://www.twitter.com/therealsonreal
Follow SonReal on Facebook.http://www.facebook.com/therealsonreal

Shot by Lee Watkins

Special thanks to all the people involved. You know who you are.
- SonReal

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INTERVIEW: The Weeknd w/ Complex (Cover Story)

rez | Interviews | Monday, July 15th, 2013

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The Weeknd gives his first-ever interview to Complex (cover story no less – dope!). Thought maybe they’d touch on Jeremy Rose and his Vice interview (which I totally forgot to post when it came out so here’s the link) but guess not. Kiss Land on tha way…

The Weeknd has always let his music do the talking—dark, debauched mixtapes that changed the sound of modern R&B and profoundly influenced Drake’s sophomore album, Take Care. Now, As Abel Tesfaye prepares his debut album, Kiss Land, he’s speaking out for the first time. Listen up.

The Weeknd wants to be a star. Perhaps he’s given you another impression—because he’s never done an interview (until now) and he rarely poses for photos. But the 23-year-old singer, songwriter, and producer, born Abel Tesfaye in Scarborough, Ontario, doesn’t plan to languish in obscurity. Nor will he be one of those indie artists who wields tremendous influence but whose names are only known by “purists.” Fuck that.

The Weeknd’s plans are just as big, or bigger than, those of his peers and idols. But in order to accomplish them he must first master the art of stardom. Part of which means opening up to the media. The other parts—great music and live shows—he’s already got a handle on. His smoky, 3 a.m.-after-party-in-my-hotel-room debut, House of Balloons (released March 21, 2011), had fans and critics hailing him as one of R&B’s new torchbearers. The music caught the attention of another Canadian star by the name of Drake, who shared some of The Weeknd’s songs on his blog, invited him to perform on the first two OVO Fests, and enlisted the second-generation Ethiopian to work on his Grammy-winning sophomore album, Take Care.

The Weeknd closed out 2011 with two more stellar offerings via free download—Thursday and Echoes of Silence. He collected these, along with Balloons, as a three-disc album titled Trilogy after signing a joint venture deal with Universal Republic (not through OVO) in September 2012. Even though all three albums were available for free, Trilogy managed to move more than 300,000 copies.

The next test for The Weeknd will be his major label debut, Kiss Land. If the other three albums described life for a young man on the cusp of success, Kiss Land represents the thrill—and the horror—of tasting and savoring stardom.

Tesfaye knows the world is waiting to see if he can deliver a project anywhere near as good as his first ones. That’s why he’s been taking his time with the recording, honing in on the strengths and weaknesses of his past work. In his L.A. studio session there are no girls with their noses on his keyboard, no pills or weed scattered about—just The Weeknd in full go-mode, sipping Cabernet, perfecting drums and vocals. The next night, at the hotel restaurant where he and his XO crew are staying, he’s a little less at ease, but ready to speak his piece.

Why haven’t you done an interview until now?
I felt like I had nothing to say. I still feel I have nothing to say. I’m the most boring person to talk to.

So why now? Is your label pushing you to do press for the album?
No, labels always push. I mean, Trilogy was a rerelease, but they still said, “Maybe you should do some interviews.” Honestly, I want to do interviews now because it’s one thing that I haven’t mastered. Even Prince did interviews. Michael did interviews. And I can tell in the interviews they’re uncomfortable. Why are they doing this? Because they feel like they have to do it to be a complete artist. I felt like this was my time. And maybe I wouldn’t have done it if I thought you were an asshole. I probably would have been like, “Fuck this guy.”

Is the air of mystery intentional?
Yes and no. In the beginning, I was very insecure. I hated how I looked in pictures. I just fucking hated this shit, like, crop me out of this picture right now. I was very camera shy. People like hot girls, so I put my music to hot girls and it just became a trend. The whole “enigmatic artist” thing, I just ran with it. No one could find pictures of me. It reminded me of some villain shit. But you can’t escape the Internet. There are super fans, and I was really testing their patience. At the end of the day you can’t deny the music. That was my whole thing: I’m going to let the music speak for itself. I’ll show them that this is what I do. But I’m very good at letting shit slide. If I wasn’t…

READ FULL INTERVIEW HERE

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NEW MUSIC: Solitair Presents “City Love” feat. Adria Kain & Dwayne Morgan

rez | Music | Monday, July 15th, 2013

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Newcomer Adria Kain (peep her mixtape here) and OG word molester Dwayne Morgan hop on Solitair‘s TheCityTO project. Track’s called “City Love”. Shouts to The Mega.

Check out Adria Kain’s feature on TheCityTO album brought to you by Toronto’s own Solitair. The song also features one of Toronto’s well known and extremely talented poet Dwayne Morgan. Enjoy, Love, Share.

Kain.

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NEW MUSIC: Grand Analog feat. Saukrates “Rap Sheet (This Day On)” (Prod. Grand Analog)

Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Monday, July 15th, 2013

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New Grand Analog with Big Soxx + two other cuts off their upcoming “Modern Thunder” album.

Grand Analog is a raw collective of seasoned record collectors, musicians and self-described beat junkies. Creator and lead vocalist, Odario Williams, describes the Grand Analog sound as “a beautiful mess of Rap’n’Roll, Dub & Soul”. Band members include bassist Warren Bray, keyboardist Alister Johnson, drummer TJ Garcia and DJ Ofield Williams. Grand Analog’s latest offering, Modern Thunder, was produced collectively with each band member bringing unique flavour and raw talent to the soundscape. Modern Thunder keeps GA’s amalgamated genre traditions alive by fine-tuning what is now the Grand Analog sound. Modern Thunder is Hip-Hop’s new folklore; skillfully and subtly blending anything from Afro-Beat to Rock (and even a little sunshine itself) into the mix.

WATCH Take it Slow (Spaces and Places)

LINKS

Previously: VIDEO: Grand Analog (Interview w/ The Come Up Show)

Previously: NEW MUSIC: Catalist feat. Zaki Ibrahim “Call Answer” (Prod. Catalist)

NEW MUSIC: Shi Wisdom – skittles x arizona: FOR TRAYVON

rez | Music | Monday, July 15th, 2013

Shi builds on this to make this. RIP Trayvon.

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NEW VIDEO: On Point w/ Drew Ebanks: “Canada Basketball Jr. Academy”

Ty Harper | Sports,Video | Monday, July 15th, 2013

http://www.onpointbasketball.com

An inside look into the development of Canada Basketball’s Junior Academy athletes.
The pilot program consists of 40 top youth players born between 1999 and 2000.

Produced by Drew Ebanks & Jay Irving
Filmed, Edited, and Directed by Jay Irving
Hosted by Drew Ebanks
Graphic Designer Mark Sylvain
Music by BLAAOW!
Additional music track by Shallay Bhatia

Additional archival footage by Drew Ebanks

****For best results use the Change Quality icon to watch at 720P HD.****

@DrewEbanks
@JIFilms

Previously: NEW VIDEO: ON POINT “On Location 2013″ (14th Annual Top Gun 4 Life Tournament)

Previously: NEW VIDEO: On Point w/ Drew Ebanks: “The Next Wave” Canada Basketball reaching new heights

NEW MUSIC: Kzaraw “Music From The Sole” (EP)

Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Monday, July 15th, 2013

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Class of ’93 emcee Kzaraw releases her “Music From The Sole” EP, with production from Junia-T, Nyiam, Futurewave, and her partner in crime Astro Mega.

Previously: VIDEO: Backroad Radio Canada Day Cypher feat. KZARAW, pHoenix Pagliacci & A. Harmony

Previously: NEW VIDEO: KZARAW – Level Up feat. Nyiam (Directed by Kid Majin Films)

INTERVIEW: D-Sisive w/ HuffingtonPost.ca

rez | Interviews | Sunday, July 14th, 2013

D-Huff

Poppa D chops it up with Huffy.

When MuchMusic compiled its Top 200 videos of 2012 list, sitting rather unobtrusively at number 77 was gloom-rapper D-Sisive’s “Don’t Turn The Lights Out” feat. Neverending White Lights.

Seventy-seventh isn’t exactly viral sensation territory, but it was a clear victory for the man born Derek Christoff. See, a white-rapping thirtysomething “middle class fat kid in glasses” — his words — doesn’t usually get these kind of mainstream breaks. Even one whose resume includes Juno and Polaris Prize nominations, endorsements from the likes of Tom Waits and stages shared with some of the biggest names in rap throughout the years.

For his part, D-Sisive is only now beginning to understand how come the RT-directed video, which features a comely young couple on the run in a dangerous, vaguely “No Country For Old Men”-style adventure, could score some modified success.

“I don’t know,” D-Sisive tells HuffPost Canada Music when asked why that particular song, a throw-in bonus track for the deluxe edition of his 2011 album “Run With The Creeps” became a hit. “To be honest, it’s a mystery to me and it’s something I’m trying figure out and the more I investigate the more confused I become. Maybe it’s because it’s the one time I’m just not walking in a cemetery. Because television likes to embrace things that aren’t in cemeteries.

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

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NEW MUSIC: Jimmy Johnson – Loud As F*ck (Prod. Raz Fresco)

rez | Music | Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Jimmy Johnson Loud

Introduction to new artist Jimmy Johnson with a little help from ΒΛΚΞΓ$CLUB general Raz Fresco.

Jimmy Johnson releases his second single to touch the music world entitled “Loud As Fuck” produced by Raz Fresco. This single takes the listener on a ride that feels like being in a car going 400 miles per hour, with the radio turned all the way up and the windows rolled all the way down. Delivering lightning fast lyrics along with a catchy hook, Jimmy looks to captivate his audience once more with a brand new sound of his own. This is the latest offering off of “In God We Trust”, Jimmy Johnson’s debut project set to release later this summer.

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EVENT: Big Ticket 1-Year Anniversary feat. Rich Kidd, Rochester & More (Friday, July 12th)

rez | Events | Friday, July 12th, 2013

BT JULY 12

Flyer says it all. Some real hip-hop sh*t’s going down tonight! Lol. Shouts to the Big Ticket fam and congrats on the 1-year anniversary!

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