INTERVIEW: Jai Nitai Lotus w/ Different Kitchen

Ty Harper | Interviews,Music | Monday, September 1st, 2014

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Nice.

As long time readers know, I’m a big fan of Montreal rapper, Jai Nitai Lotus and his Something You Feel album from last year was certainly that! Enough for me to lend my endorsement to it for nomination consideration for Canada’s Polaris Music Prize last year. That didn’t happen but I stayed cool with Jai and when it cam time to start putting the THIS ONE GOES TO ELEVEN… album together, he was one of the first artists to commit a track to the project. Not only that, it also allowed us to have a full length video attached to the album too.

Jai is not only a talented artist & producer, he is a spiritual & thoughtful person and that essence is infused in the music he makes. It was again an honor to have him be part of the #DK11 project and a pleasure to get to chat with him and get some insights into his music and the world view that informs it. Check it out here:

DK: I think I discovered your Something You Feel album totally by accident while randomly surfing the mostly-Toronto focused cityonmyback site one day. Despite wanting to support as much good domestic hip hop as I can I find it hard to find out about much outside of Toronto where I live. What challenges have you found getting your music out as a Montreal-based rapper?

Jai: Everything is so saturated. It’s hard to get your music heard period. So I really feel like it’s about time, place and circumstance… and being different, by being yourself. Who you know can really play a huge part of it too. We tend to know more people and outlets within our own cities, so I feel my reach is sometimes hindered by not knowing the right people elsewhere. That being said, Toronto has actually showed me some love and I appreciate it.

DK: What’s your thoughts on the controversy around fellow MTL rappers, Dead Obies being attacked for rapping in French and English?

Jai: It’s silly.

DK: OK. Most outsiders probably share your sentiment that it’s silly to attack the Dead Obies on that basis but obviously the issue is quite serious for some in Quebec. I’m wondering if you have any additional thoughts on the matter? Is this, from a language pov, a source of concern for Francophones who’ve made it an issue analogous to how the rise of Macklemore or Iggy Azalea is for those who see their success as diminishing the role of Black culture or artists in hip-hop?

Read the full interview @ http://different-kitchen.com/2014/08/news-dk11-project-interview-with-jai-nitai-lotus/

Previously: NEW ALBUM: Different Kitchen presents “This One Goes To Eleven….”

NEW MUSIC: Progress “Night Rhetoric” (EP) (Preview)

Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Sunday, August 31st, 2014

You don’t need to comb through much of this city’s 30+ hip-hop legacy to conclude the Mega’s got a lot of exceptional talent. Case in point: Progress, and his crucial contributions to the Freedom Writer’s collective, along with his own sparse but impressive releases. Dude’s an artist to check for, not just on a local rap-music-culture level, but on a community/engaging-with-the-problematics-he-spits-about level.

Anyways take in this preview of his upcoming EP, out real soon.

Previously: NEW VIDEO: Progress “Rock Sh*t” (Directed by Big Sproxx) + DJ Pack

NEW VIDEO: Redway “Years Ahead: The Documentary” (Directed by Dukey Dukez)

Ty Harper | Music,Video | Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Directed by Dukey Dukez.

Get to know Redway’s story and what lead up to the release of his “Years Ahead” collabo project with WondaGurl.

Pick it up @ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/yea…

 

NEW MUSIC: D-Sisive – Jonah Hill (Prod. Cam Bluff)

rez | Music | Saturday, August 30th, 2014

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“Slow reveal. Jonah Hill.”

LOL.

So glad this guy came back to the game. DJs are gonna hate that extra beat before the hook though. Shouts to the ending though, ha!

From the mixtape: The Great Mr. Nobody [available September 16|2014]

Music Hijacked from: Hilltop Hoods ft. Maverick Sabre’s Won’t Let You Down [www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6G2fzPTwOA ]

Artwork: Justin ‘Chokeules’ Lepine [@chokeules ]
Producer: Cam Bluff
Mixed: Rob ‘Muneshine’ Bakker
Recorded by Tim ‘Timbuktu’ Wallace @ FUN, Toronto, Canada.

YouTube[subscribe]: www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmuexclqlFs

Huge thanks to Hilltop Hoods for permission to use their masterpiece!

Previous: NEW MUSIC: D-SISIVE “ALAN” (PROD. ARKEOLOGISTS)

NEW VIDEO: JD Era – Dope (Directed by Tommi Murshed-Parish)

rez | Video | Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Era drops his latest which was filmed while on tour across the pond.

JD Era performs his latest release “Dope” in London on his promo tour to the UK. Download the track here for free https://soundcloud.com/jd-era/01-dope…

For more music by JD Era follow him on @Jdera.

Artist: JD Era
Producer: Showboiz
Label: Black Market Music Group
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jdera http://www.twitter.com/teamjdera
Management: http://www.twitter.com/majorbizz

Video by Daylight House Studios (Kix Mag and MP Stills) http://www.twitter.com/kixmaguk http://www.twitter.com/kixmagus

Producer: Trevor Small
Director: Tommi Murshed-Parish
Editor: Ruari Muir

http://www.kixmagazine.org.uk

Look out for JD Era on our compilation This Is Kix Mix Vol 2 out December 2014. Download This Is Kix Mix Vol 1 herehttps://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/thi…

Previous: NEW VIDEO: JD ERA “JEEPS” (DIRECTED BY WESTNYLEFX)

NEW MUSIC: Terrell Morris – Never Gon’ Change feat. Deniro Farrar (prod BiirdxLahghost)

rez | Music | Friday, August 29th, 2014

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Had the pleasure of bumping into this dude the other day. Been checkin’ for him since he was known as T.City but it was “Just Another Ni**a” that really caught my interest. Here’s the latest with produce courtesy of BiirdxLahghost.

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Never Gon Change feat Deniro Farrar (prod BiirdxLahghost)

Mixed by DillanPonders

Twitter:
@YourFaveCity
@DeniroFarrar
@BiirdxLahghost

Previous: NEW VIDEO: TERRELL MORRIS – SHALLOW HAL (DIRECTED BY RICHENZO FAISON)

Previous: NEW VIDEO: TERRELL MORRIS – JUST ANOTHER N*GGA (DIRECTED BY TRISTAN FOR PRIME MEDIA)

NEW VIDEO: Andrew Wiggins x Tre Mission “Stay True To Your Roots” (BioSteel Sports Commercial)

Ty Harper | Music,Sports,Video | Friday, August 29th, 2014

Andrew Wiggins and Tre Mission connect with BioSteel Sports for their “Drink The Pink” campaign.

Previously:

NEW VIDEO: Jazz Cartier – Set Fire (Directed by Aaron A)

rez | Video | Friday, August 29th, 2014

Wanted to get this up last week but the site was down. New Jazz Cartier for that a**. And yes, if you roam Queen Street West you will actually see him in the streets.

Jazz Cartier – Set Fire (Prod. Lantz)

Directed by: Aaron A
www.jazzcartier.com

Download – https://soundcloud.com/jazzcartier/se…

Twitter – @jazzcartier
Instagram – @jacuzzilafleur

Previous: NEW VIDEO: JAZZ CARTIER – ATARAXIA (DIRECTED BY ROSS LAI & ASHTON LEWIS)

EVENT: Sunday Night Live feat. JRDN, Leila Dey & A-Game (Sunday, August 31st)

rez | Events | Friday, August 29th, 2014

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The homie Andre Blenman has you covered for Sunday night. Can’t believe it’s frikkin’ September next week. More info under the hood.

Sunday August 31st, 2014

Inside Revival – 783 College St., Toronto, ON

Sunday Night Live::Live Music & Laughs

ft. JRDN, A-Game & Leila Dey

Hosted by Comedian Big Norm

“Juno Award Winning R&B Superstar JRDN set to play Sunday Night Live on Sunday August 31st inside Revival this Labour Day Long Weekend.”

JRDN

Emerging Canadian R&B/Hip Hop Star JRDN grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Toronto, Ontario. JRDN is one of Canada’s brightest stars and has proved to be one of the most gifted and genuinely soulful talents on Canada’s R&B/Hip Hop Scene and is drawing attention of high profile producers and artists alike.

On his first album in 2010, he talked about family, friends and his life. The breakthrough and official debut album IAMJRDN broke barriers with the direction of Toronto’s Kuya Productions who have worked with Nelly, Ginuwine and Akon. The first single “U Can Have It All” brought him to mainstream success by reaching number #20 on the Canadian Hot 100 and the music video reached number #5 on the Much Music Countdown followed by “Like Magic”, which reached number #24 on the Canadian Hot 100, its music video topping #1 on the Much Music Countdown, and being certified Gold by Music Canada. The success of these two singles landed JRDN an opportunity to perform “U Can Have It All” at the 2011 JUNO Awards and in 2012 “Like Magic” received the 2012 SOCAN Urban Music Award.

IAMJRDN also garnered him widespread critical acclaim, nominations for the CMRA Fan Choice Award, New Artist of the Year and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year at the 2012 JUNO Awards, the opportunity to tour with acclaimed artists Classified, Danny Fernandez, Alyssa Reid, Maestro and Karl Wolf and open for international stars including Ne-yo, Rihanna, Snoop Dogg and Nas.

JRDN’s new self titled EP JRDN (Kuya Productions/Fontana North) was released in early 2014. The lead single “Can’t Choose”, a seamless blend of R&B and Reggae featuring Canadian Hip Hop Icon Kardinal Offishall that finds JRDN singing candidly about just where he draws the line between love and lust has earned him the 2014 JUNO Award for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year. Other notable tracks off the self-titled EP include “Love Aint Enough” and “Live My Dream”.

A-GAME, Hip Hop Duo from Toronto, Ontario made up of identical twins, who go by the stage name “Nova and Chase”. A-Game’s signature sound is filled with vibrance and paired with thought provoking narrative that connects to the voice of the common man. This is contrasted with undertones of aspirations and achievement that echoes their vision and destination. The duo mix their styles and tempos to instigate a novel breed of sound.

A-Game has plenty of hits like singles “Go Head Shawty” and “Airplanes” which were both produced by T-Minus. Their singles “Watchu Sayin'” and “Oh My” reached number #1 on Flow 93.5’s Mega City Countdown. They have worked with various producers The project has one feature from Rich Kidd (“It’s Nothing”) and various producers including WondaGurl, Matthew Burnett, Superville, Chef, Bass Line and many more. More notable tracks from the Duo include ” Cool Boyz” ft. Maino, “Real S**t”, “Money Made Me Do It” ft. Luu Breeze and newest releases “Boarding Pass”, “It’s Nothing ft. Rich Kidd and “Sidelines”.

LEILA DEY, Singer/Songwriter from Toronto, Ontario has been hard at work since teaming up with Sandbox Studios to develop and produce her upcoming projects with the single “Place for You” garnering very positive reactions. Over the last couple of years her textured vocals have lent themselves to collaborate with artists like Joel Ortiz, Vybz Kartel, Luu Breeze, and Rayzak to name a few. Not to mention performing with K’naan at Illuminato Festival, being a part of Manifesto’s first all female cypher to recently opening for Melanie Fiona, Divine Brown & Teedra Moses.

Ticket Outlets:

Downtown: Play De Record – 357A Yonge St., 416.586.0380

Downtown: Soundscapes – 572 College St., 416.537.1620

Scarborough: 2 Lined Music Hut – 31 Tapscott Rd., 416.264.3999

Buy Tickets Online: www.ticketgateway.com

General Admission: $15 Early Bird | $20 Advance

Tickets on Sale Now:

Tel: 647.222.7178//2AE695AE
Email: andreblenman@gmail.com
Twitter: @andreblenman
Instagram: andreblenman

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NEW VIDEO: Tre Mission “Boy In The Corner” (Directed by Andy Hines)

Ty Harper | Music,Video | Friday, August 29th, 2014

Directed by Andy Hines.

Off Tre’s “Stigmata” full length, out now!

Homage to Dizzee’s debut full length noted.

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/stigmata/id878204233

Previously: NEW ALBUM: Tre Mission “Stigmata”

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