My sis L’oqenz never ceases to amaze, teach and transform.  Okayplayer has just featured a project she produced (under her production alias NON aka niteowlnaps), based on the Downtown81 Soundtrack starring Jean-Michel Basquiat.

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The Basquiat inspired artwork attached is a 3.5 x 3.5ft painting created by a young, talented and brilliant artist named, Felipe Velasquez.  Peep the audio below and follow her on Twitter at @NiteOwlNaps :

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It’s been a long time since I got to put it down in the club with one of my fav DJs (and all-around good people), DJ Channel Nine. On Saturday April 25th at The Parkdale Drink, he and DJ Tabs are making room for me in the DJ booth, and I for one can’t wait! This one is definitely for the grown and sexy. The club is consistently rammed with people wanting to have a good time, so with Spring officially in the air, it just may be the weekend to take the party to the streets. Come through!

Get Down Saturday Nights

DJ MelBoogie and DJ Channel Nine
Saturday April 25th

The Parkdale Drink
1292 Queen Street West
TORONTO

Some New audio edibles from the duo of Junia-T and Lord Quest, known as ‘Chef’s Plate’. Junia-T has been on my list of fav Toronto MCs for a minute, and Lord Quest is just plain dope, so the two of them together is a recipe for goodness. Peep the official blurb down below, but make sure you take time to check out their Souncloud page, download and enjoy… 

TORONTO – After a long hiatus, Chef’s Plate is finally back with another remix, “Poured Up”. Mix and mastered in Quest’s kitchen, the track fuses Rihanna’s “Pour It Up” with adlibs from Kendrick’s Swimming Pools. Stream/download the track above.

“It’s impossible to listen to this and not want to get up and dance. The energy is too infectious!!!” said LordQuest. 

About Chef’s Plate

Toronto-based producers LordQuest and Junia-T have teamed up on the decks to form Chef’s Plate, an experimental project that has the hip-hop artists venturing into the realm of future bass. Jonathon “Junia-T” Lindo is an artist, producer and emcee from Mississauga, Ontario. Last winter he debuted his project Eye See You on OkayPlayer, which was also heavily tipped by DJBooth.comThe Source, and 2DopeBoyz to name a few. LordQuest is a Toronto-based artist and producer. In 2013 he released his first solo project as an emcee titled Still Shopping. The following year he gained recognition through his production placements on Talib Kweli’s Gravitas and ScHoolboy Q’s Oxymoron. Currently he’s in the studio working on his EP.

Follow up on Twitter @JuniaT @LordQuestMusic

Shouts out to Philly on this one!!

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Yesterday, legendary Wu-Tang MC Ghostface Killah held an intimate Media Meet & Greet to officially introduce “Canada Takes The Mic”, a nationwide search for the ultimate artist.

The winner will get signed to Ghost’s “Supreme Records and receive $100k in prizes towards their career, plus the big co-sign from Ghostface.

Check out my pics below, followed by the audio from GFK’s interview with Mark & Jem from G98.7FM and the official press release:

Thank you Mel Boogie for the invite!

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Young Ashley dropped this during Black History Month, but lyrics and Knowledge of Self should be celebrated every day of the year.  I’m looking forward to doing some more work with Ashley in the very near future. Keep your ears open and your eyes wide…. Peep the official blurb on the video below:

A young Toronto female MC uses a musical platform to spread knowledge about her culture, identity & roots. In this video she captures many African influential icons who paved the way in History. While staying true to artistry, Ashley Jenelle is known for her raw delivery yet thought-provoking truth in her rhymes.

Toronto’s Frankie Payne is back with a new video and a new EP, entitled Children of the Speaker. Revolutionary, thought-provoking, lyrical and always on point, the EP is definitely worth checking out, which features previously unreleased work. Need more good news? Word is that Freedom Writers are back in the lab.

Click on the image below to access the EP on Frankie Payne’s Bandcamp page:

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ENJOY!!

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If you’re looking for an up and coming R&B artist to watch from Toronto, keep your eyes on Nyce Brown.  After releasing the remix to SZA’s “Babylon” a few months ago, Brown has captured the attention of those craving a soulful sound. With a 6-track EP that combines smooth vocals with sultry baselines, featuring production from Kyle Justice, Devid Neale and AndreOnBeat, Brown is getting ready to make his mark in Toronto and beyond.  With songs like the sensual “Screamin'” and “Lay It Down” to the romantic “Need Your Love” and “Prince of Hearts,” Nyce Brown paints a picture etched in love and the essence of true R&B. These aren’t necessarily songs for the club, but can definitely be added to the mix for that one-on-one after party.

Take a listen and follow him on Twitter @NyceBMusic

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/nyce-brown/sets/prince-of-hearts 

Purchase Full EP: https://itun.es/ca/Eb1O5

ADRIA

Shouts out to my girl ADRIA KAIN. Whether she’s on stage with a full band keeping people totally captivated (did you catch her set opening for RAPSODY earlier this year?!), or behind the boards and mic making the magic happen, I’m always loving what she releases.  Get familiar!

Follow her on Twitter @AdriaKainMusic

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We all know that the MAIN event goes down on Sunday March 15th in Hamilton, but they can’t possibly have EVERY single nominee on stage, so the 2015 JUNOfest Nominee Showcase is an opportunity for fans to get a glimpse of their fav nominees before the winners walk away with the hardware.  Steel Town will be going in hard for JUNO Week!

Presented by CBCmusic.ca and sponsored by Steam Whistle Brewing, nominees from the Contemporary Christian/Gospel, Rap, and R&B/Soul Categories will be doing a pre-JUNO special performance at Sarcoa (57 Discovery Drive, Hamilton, ON), on Friday March 13th. Hamilton’s DJ Verse One and myself will be providing the vibe for the night, so I’m definitely looking forward to this one!


Featured performers will include Contemporary Christian/Gospel Nominee Manafest, R&B/Soul Recording Nominees Ben Stevenson, JRDN and Melanie Durrant, and from the Rap Category, Adam Bomb and Tona of Naturally Born Strangers, Saukrates, and Tre Mission. This event takes place at the luxurious waterfront venue, SARCOA (57 Discovery Drive, Hamilton), and is the perfect event leading up to the stellar JUNO Awards show on Sunday March 15th, 2015.

JUNOfest Nominee Showcase
SARCOA
57 Discovery Drive, Hamilton, ON
Friday March 13th
Doors Open at 10pm, Show Time at 10:30pm

With Performances by 2015 JUNO Nominees:

Adam Bomb and Tona (of Naturally Born Strangers)
Ben Stevenson
JRDN
Manafest
Melanie Durrant
Tre Mission
Saukrates

Music Provided by DJs MelBoogie & Verse One

$15 at the Door OR $30 wristband – on sale now through Ticketmaster or in-person at Dr. Disc (20 Wilson St, Hamilton)

Online Ticket Purchasing:
http://www.ticketfly.com/event/798655-junofest-2015-hamilton/

JUNOfest wristbands: http://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/10004E51B5EA52D7

JUNOfest wristbands offer priority access to all JUNOfest venues over two nights (subject to capacity). Wristbands are available at Ticketmaster and Dr. Disc (20 Wilson St., Hamilton). Wristbands are $30 each (+ taxes & service charges). All “sold-out” JUNOfest shows still give priority access to wristband holders, as venue capacity allows.

More JUNOfest details: http://junoawards.ca/events/juno-week-events/junofest

I’m admittedly on the late bus with this one, but still love the song so I wanted to post it. John River is part of Toronto’s Generation Next as far as MC’s go, and he clearly LOVES what he does. He’s definitely hungry, and one to watch. The video was released last month and is getting steady support.  Peep the video:

Also for the DJs – here’s the DJ Pack for the song. Special salute to ANDRE 905 for sharing the links. Sharing is caring…

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ENJOY!