NEW VIDEO: Melanie Fiona “Liberation Tour – Atlanta” (BTS)

Ty Harper | Music,Video | Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Melanie expresses her dislike of bees and then proceeds to go under the buzz of Tattoos By Randy in her latest Liberation Tour behind-the-scenes clip.

Shot and edited by Rand Rosenberg.

“The MF Life” is available now on iTunes: http://bit.ly/RwhnTs

www.melaniefionaworld.com

Previously: NEW VIDEO: Melanie Fiona feat. B.O.B. “Change The Record” (Directed by Jerome ‘Rome’ Kruin)

Previously: VIDEO: Melanie Fiona “Liberation Tour – Boston” (BTS)

Previously: VIDEO: Melanie Fiona (Interview w/ The New York Post)

Previously: VIDEO: Melanie Fiona Live @ The 2012 BET Awards

Previously: NEW VIDEO: MELANIE FIONA FEAT. J. COLE “THIS TIME” (DIRECTED BY COLIN TILLEY)

EVENT: D.O. – Stay Driven Book Release Party (Monday, Nov. 19th)

rez | Events | Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Whether you’re a fan of my dude D.O. or not you need to understand that he’s one of the few cats out here that are straight indy who are actually able to live off music. What I mean is, he doesn’t have a 9-5. He doesn’t hustle anything on the side. He just works the Canadian grant system like no other, does shows and…writes books, lol. Here’s all the info (more under the hood):

Stay Driven Book Launch
http://www.staydrivenbook.com
Monday November 19th
No One Writes To The Colonel
460 College St. (College / Bathurst)
6pm – 9pm

BOOK SYNOPSIS
As an internationally renowned rapper that was raised in a small town, Duane “D.O.” Gibson has defied the odds. In “Stay Driven” he shares life lessons that helped him overcome the challenges of bullying and used goal setting and perseverance to achieve success.

CANADIAN RAPPER D.O. TO RELEASE YOUTH EMPOWERMENT BOOK STAY DRIVEN ON NOVEMBER 19, 2012

STAY DRIVEN TOUR TO HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF BULLYING AWARENESS AND PREVENTION.

Toronto, ON – Canadian rapper and Guinness World Record holder for the longest freestyle rap, Duane Gibson aka D.O. (Defy the Odds), is set to release his first self-published book, Stay Driven, on Monday, November 19, 2012. From 6:00pm – 9:00pm that evening, a release party will be held at No One Writes the Colonel (460 College St. Toronto), where copies of the book may be purchased.

D.O. will also be doing an instore appearance at Chapters in Scarborough, ON on Saturday, November 10th from 1pm to 4pm where we will be signing and selling autographed copies of the book.

D.O’s inspiration for writing this book began with his participation in the Toronto District School Board’s Read to Succeed program where he has performed for several years, encouraging students to read. Stay Driven shares personal anecdotes from his childhood, life lessons that helped him overcome challenges of bullying, and how he followed his dreams and persevered to achieve success. D.O. will be touring various schools across Ontario, speaking with students about anti-bullying and youth empowerment. Stay Driven will be available on iBooks and through www.staydrivenbook.com (pricing information below).

“I have always loved reading and understand its importance in child development. I want to encourage youth to make reading a habit,” says Gibson. “I think my school appearances have been so well received because I tell personal stories about growing up in communities where I was the only child of colour. I’ve had to confront bullies, deal with racism and overcome being shy by believing in myself.”

Born in Watrous, Saskatchewan, Gibson moved to Ontario with his family at the age of two and graduated from York University with an Honours Degree in English, earning himself a spot on the Dean’s List with an A+ thesis entitled Rap as a Continuum of African-American Linguistic Practices. In 2001, along with his budding rap career, Gibson worked as a part-time English teacher/tutor. A colleague asked him to speak to her class about how he was able to become a rapper and graduate from university. Months later, Gibson was fielding requests to speak and perform at dozens of schools, thus the inception of his popular school touring program, Stay Driven.

In the spring of 2012 D.O. released his third independent solo album, Heavy in the Game, which featured 19 songs recorded in Toronto, in Taiwan with producer Brooke “Diz Dallas” Daye and in Nova Scotia with Canadian rapper/producer Classified. D.O. is also half of the duo Art of Fresh, whose music has been featured in ad campaigns for Volkswagen, Orville Redenbacher Popcorn, and Chevrolet. D.O.’s latest single “Can’t Tell Me” feat SonReal, Famous and Chris Jackson (prod by Jahronomo Inc) hit #3 on the US College Charts in July.

Links:

Web:
http://www.staydrivenbook.com

Facebook :
http://www.facebook.com/doakadefytheodds

Twitter:@IamDO

Pricing:
Stay Driven MSRP: $12.00
Stay Driven with soundtrack MSRP: $15.00

Previous: NEW VIDEO: D.O. aka Defy The Odds – Ah Yea

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INTERVIEW: John River w/ TheComeUpShow.com

rez | Interviews | Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Get to know the youngin’ John River. Knowing that OTA Live helped influence a dude like this really makes all the work we put in to that show worth it. Salute homie. The Calm is coming soon…

It’s not often you find young rappers that are wise beyond their years, but 18 year-old John River fits the description precisely. Having soaked up knowledge from the likes of JD Era and ANTHM, the Mississauga up-and-comer is well-learned, well-grounded, and has a clear vision for himself. Aside from being a student of hip-hop and possessing raw talent as an emcee, John River possesses a distinct sense of responsibility within his community – not only did he tackle the issue of gun violence in Toronto with “I Don’t Want To Be”, but he originally left behind a potential future in soccer in Europe, realizing that there were people back home that he could help out by kick-starting his rap career. Now, John River looks to make his mixtape debut with The Calm, a project he acknowledges will change his life “for better or for worse.” The Come Up Show caught up with John River to talk about The Calm, as well as paying dues and what he learned from JD Era and ANTHM, among other things. Read the full interview below.

M-Bomb: Welcome to The Come Up Show, it’s really good to have you!

John River: Thank you, thank you.

M-Bomb: Before we get to talking about your upcoming project, The Calm, I’d like to get some background information. How did you first get into hip-hop?

John River: I kind of always grew up around it. Growing up, I used to listen to OTA Live! with my brother. They played late on Flow [93.5FM], Ty Harper with Rez Digital. Michael Jackson was playing in my house 24/7… and then I don’t really know, Flow 93.5 I guess was really instrumental, just because it was really what we listened to 24/7, [along with watching] 106 & Park. It was a cultural thing, you know what I mean? I used to beatbox, too, but that was when I was like eight [laughs].

M-Bomb: When did you start rapping?

John River: I used to do public speaking. I was in French Immersion, so I did French public speaking, and English public speaking. I wasn’t really a good student… [laughs], I was a bad student, but I think beatboxing, mixed with the public speaking, came into one. I remember I always used to rap – freestyle, of course, always freestyling. But I was like eight, nine years old. There’s actually a video of me rapping when I was eight, like, “for all my n****s dying in the streets,” it’s hilarious. As time went on, it kind of just developed. I went to Clarkson Secondary School, when freestyling really started coming to the forefront, and I remember I was out one time and some guy had just gotten out of jail. And everybody was rapping, and I was like “yo, I rap! Blah, blah,” but I was in grade nine, and I was like four feet tall. And that’s when I really started to get my shine, rapping-wise, freestyling-wise. Everything was freestyling. I got into a studio for the first time [just] last summer. But we used to have freestyle Fridays at our school; we’d have like two hundred kids come out, and we’d freestyle for money. Proud to say [I went] undefeated [laughs]. But yeah, it was hella dope. It’s just part of the culture, you know?

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

Previous: VIDEO: JOHN RIVER – THE CALM (PREVIEW)

Previous: NEW VIDEO: JOHN RIVER – EVERYTHING I AM

Previous: NEW VIDEO: JOHN RIVER – EVERY EVENING (DIRECTED BY TRAYNE ADJEI & EGAN DAVIDSON)

Previous: NEW VIDEO: JOHN RIVER – I DON’T WANT TO BE (DIRECTED BY TRAYNE)

NEW MUSIC: ELMNT “Body Movin” (Dub)

Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Friday, November 16th, 2012

The “Stara-Nova” mixtape will be released on December 5th, as ELMNT prepares his return from an extensive leave to Europe he decides to drop another loosie. Turning to J.Dilla’s “Body Movin” for inspiration, he unleashes some bars initially intended for a project that never materialized.

“I originally did this for my brother Fresco P’s project, PanDilla’s Box, which never got the illumination it deserved due to his incarceration, but I felt it was necessary to release a record I felt intimidated by, J Dilla’ll do that to you. Much power to all of my listeners.”

Previously: NEW MUSIC: ELMNT – All Figured Out feat. Lyve (Prod. Lyve)

NEW MUSIC: Keys N Krates “NOWIMGUNNACHANGE”

Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Friday, November 16th, 2012

Latest composition from the Keys N Krates crew.

FACEBOOK
http://www.facebook.com/keysnkrates

TWITTER
http://www.twitter.com/keysnkrates

YOUTUBE
http://www.youtube.com/keysnkratestv

Previously: VIDEO: Keys N Krates “Promises” (Studio Rehearsal)

NEW MUSIC: Smash Brovaz “Casserine” (Prod. Junia-T & Crooklin)

Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Junia and Crook combine for another new Smash Brovaz cut off their upcoming “Think It’s A Game” LP – out December 13th.

Artwork by Heinz.

Previously: NEW MUSIC: Smash Brovaz “Be Free” (Prod. Junia-T)

Previously: NEW MUSIC: Junia-T feat. Slakah The Beatchild “You & I” (DJ Pack) (Prod. Slakah The Beat Child)

Previously: NEW MUSIC: Crooklin (of Smash Brovaz) feat. Rich Kidd “Daydreamer’s Theme” (DJ Pack) (Prod. Like of Pac Div)

Previously: Crooklin feat. Rich Kidd – Daydreamer’s Theme (DJ Pack)

VIDEO: John River – The Calm (Preview)

rez | Video | Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Here’s another under-20 cat you need to be paying attention to. Definitely looking forward to taking in his upcoming project. There is hope!!!

Toronto, ON (November 14, 2012) – Rising 17-Year-old Canadian Rapper/Producer, John River, has the industry buzzing with excitement for his newest mixtape “The Calm.” The soulful artist with delivery mixed with witty wordplay and lyricism beyond his years has gained support of fans and has impressed critics from all over and has now released the official trailer video for “The Calm.”

Currently finished his first mixtape, John River has responded to the demand of fans for more with the release of his official preview for his mixtape. “The Calm Preview” was directed by Trayne Films and John River. The video was shot in Mississauga and various other locations in Toronto with cameo appearances by family and friends as well as local notable artists, athletes and personalities from the GTA.

The Calm mixtape is slated for release on November 20, 2012 via www.datpiff.com and www.johnrivermusic.com. The Calm mixtape boosts production from John River, The Showboiz, Francis Got Heat and many more. Bad Boy recording artist Los, Chicago rising star Kembe X and recording artist ANTHM are the notable features on The Calm.

If you haven’t heard about 17-year-old Canadian Rapper/Producer John River, you are about to know now. A soulful artist with delivery mixed with witty wordplay and lyricism beyond his years.

Previous: NEW VIDEO: JOHN RIVER – EVERYTHING I AM

Previous: NEW VIDEO: JOHN RIVER – EVERY EVENING (DIRECTED BY TRAYNE ADJEI & EGAN DAVIDSON)

Previous: NEW VIDEO: JOHN RIVER – I DON’T WANT TO BE (DIRECTED BY TRAYNE)

NEW MUSIC: Muneshine “Bed Bugs” (Prod. Moka Only)

Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Newness from emcee/producer Muneshine.

“Bed Bugs” is now available for pre-order.

Produced by  Moka Only.

Previously: NEW VIDEO: Muneshine – Lower Level (Directed by Ken Galloway)

Previously: NEW MUSIC: D-Sisive “When We Die We Die Together” (Prod. Muneshine)

NEW VIDEO: Peter Jackson – O.M.G. (On My Grind) feat. Sheek Louch (Directed by G-Dot)

rez | Video | Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Peter Jackson feat Sheek Louch – O.M.G. ( On My Grind ) – Official Video – #FreshStartLP

Download PJ’s Brand new Album Fresh Start 1 click -http://peterjackson.bandcamp.com/album/fresh-start
NOW ! Or On Itunes across North American Nov 13th.

Produced By: Nick Zervos 
Directed By: Gdot & Edited By Ryan Ellis 

@PeterJackson905
@RealSheekLouch

Previous: NEW MUSIC: PETER JACKSON – HELP FEAT. JOE BUDDEN & EMERSON BROOKS (PROD. EMERSON BROOKS)

Previous: NEW VIDEO: PETER JACKSON – IN THE AIR TONIGHT (DIRECTED BY G-DOT)

COMMUNITY: Youth Challenge Fund Documentary Screening (Thursday, November 15th)

rez | Community | Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Shouts to everyone that’s out in the community actually making a difference in peoples’ lives. The Youth Challenge Fund has done some great work in the past 6 years so go find out more about the movement tomorrow afternoon. Here’s all the info or click here for more.

What kind of impact has the Youth Challenge Fund been able to make over the past 6 years within the city of Toronto? What are the tangible indicators of its success?

Join us on November 15th, 2012 – @ the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts – 1-5pm and see for yourself.

What happens when a handful of young people respond to a challenge, and in so doing mobilize and transform their city?

This 27-minute documentary answers that very question by capturing the work of the Youth Challenge Fund.

YCF is a collaborative pilot project with the Government of Ontario, United Way Toronto and community that was created to explore, develop and incubate new approaches to funding and facilitating youth development – one that puts young people in the driver’s seat.

Narrator Alica Hall escorts the viewer to several of Toronto’s “priority neighbourhoods”, targeted for investment, where we learn about the innovative work being done by youth and their adult and institutional allies, in a sampling of YCF-funded initiatives. The storyline is punctuated with personal stories from youth leaders, community allies and institutional partners, all of whom have played vital roles in this shared journey to achieve systemic transformation. Hall describes her personal story – from youth initiative leader to YCF Intern to United Way Communications Officer – as “part of the YCF legacy.”

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