I love the fact that Toronto is bubbling with so much activity on the new music front.  There is SO MUCH good music coming out, I just gotta share — it’s unfortunate that commercial radio can’t won’t give it more love.  I had the chance to interview Louwop (a.k.a. The Dirty General) recently – and dude is the essence of calm.  The last time we spoke was around the time of Revolution, but following the success of One2Check/Get Up featuring Shad and Zaki Ibrahim, Louwop’s current release, Stay Building, is hitting the spot. 

“We wake up each day with the will to make our dreams come true. Along the way we encounter opposing energies that challenge our foundation. Do not fold under pressure remain focused as for the dream does not get any closer! Stay Building!!!!” Louwop.


Featuring Juno Winner Divine Brown, Stay Building is a song that you will have on repeat. Feel free to play, download, and share.

 

Louwop ft Divine Brown- Stay Building

MP3: http://www.zshare.net/audio/75446502bc9c6fbe/

(320) MP3 DJ Pack:

http://www.louwop.com/music/staybuildingmp3djpack.zip

Wav DJ Pack:

http://www.louwop.com/music/staybuildingwavdjpack.zip

Stay Building ft. Divine Brown

Guru

 

So it’s been just over a week since Guru’s untimely passing, and to be honest I was a little surprised at how hard I took the news.  

I had the awesome opportunity of meeting Guru and DJ Premier a few times over the years – in fact, Guru was one of my first big press conferences.  It was around the time the first Jazzmatazz dropped and I remember being nervous as all hell about getting the chance to speak with an artist that I had so much respect for.  By then, both Guru and Preemo were living legends, and joints like Just to Get a Rep, Take It Personal, B.Y.S and more were guaranteed to shut down any party with true headz. From the minute he walked in the room, he just exuded coolness – no ego or arrogance. 

Regardless of how much influence Guru had on hip hop in North America, and around the globe, he was always mad cool and always respectful.  I got the chance to speak with him a few other times – the last time being in 2007 when he started working with Solar. 

Despite the controversy surrounding his passing, and the now infamous “deathbed letter”, based on the few brief moments I got to speak with him, I can’t believe that Guru, who was peaceful and loving in life, would want to leave the earth with all that hate and negativity in his heart.  We’ll probably never know the truth behind that whole story, but what we can do is celebrate the legacy he left behind. 

I did a little dedication to Guru on this past Monday’s edition of Droppin’ Dimez Radio, but it can’t hold a candle to the one DJ Premier did on his show last week.  Hearing Primo’s description of seeing Guru in the hospital shortly before he died is nothing short of heart-wrenching.  The first few tracks were curious choices — message to Solar, perhaps?? You be the judge…. Big ups to the folks behind www.DJPremierBlog.com for keeping fans up-to-date with all things Gangstarr.  

Check out Primo’s ‘salute’ to Guru here: DJ Premier Salutes Guru 

Tracklist: 

  1. Gang Starr – Betrayal (Feat. Scarface)
  2. Gang Starr – Intro (The First Step)
  3. Gang Starr – Execution Of A Chump (No More Mr. Nice Guy Pt. 2)
  4. Gang Starr – Name Tag (Premier & The Guru)
  5. Gang Starr – Speak Ya Clout (Feat. Jeru the Damaja & Lil Dap)
  6. Gang Starr – Peace Of Mine
  7. Gang Starr – Eulogy
  8. Gang Starr – Royalty (Feat. K-Ci & JoJo)
  9. Gang Starr – Daily Operation (Intro)
  10. Gang Starr – In This Life… (Feat. Snoop Dogg & Uncle Reo)
  11. Gang Starr – Above The Clouds (Feat. Inspectah Deck)
  12. Gang Starr – The Planet
  13. Gang Starr – Daily Operation (Intro)
  14. Gang Starr – Next Time
  15. Gang Starr – 93 Interlude (Unreleased Moment Of Truth Interlude)
  16. Gang Starr – The Militia II (Feat. Rakim & WC)
  17. Gang Starr – Intro (HQ, Goo, Panch)
  18. Heavy D. – A Buncha Niggas (Feat. The Notorious B.I.G., Busta Rhymes, Guru, Rob-O & Third Eye)
  19. M.O.P. – Salute Part II (Feat. Guru)
  20. D&D Allstars – Hot Shit (Feat. Big Daddy Kane, Sadat X, Guru & Greg Nice)
  21. Gang Starr – PLAYTAWIN
  22. Gang Starr – Soliloquy Of Chaos
  23. Group Home – The Legacy (Feat. Guru)
  24. Gang Starr – Conspiracy
  25. Gang Starr – Stay Tuned
  26. Gang Starr – Zonin’

Let’s continue to celebrate his legacy….. 

PEACE!

Hello World!

April 22, 2010

I didn’t bother changing the title of this one – that pretty much encompasses my state of mind right now….

Sooo… after humming and hawing over this for months (literally!!) I finally decided to jump into writing head first.  Mainly because I get so many emails from up and coming artists – many from Toronto – who are working so hard to get the word out about their music, and I want to help beyond just giving some airtime during my radio show.  A few years ago I was the Toronto correspondent for Honey Magazine, but as I started playing out more and more, and getting involved with the community at large, that was one of the things I was forced to cut off my ‘To-Do’ List – simply because I didn’t have the time.  And of course I missed it once it was out of my life completely (Joni Mitchell never lie!)…

On a high note, Canadian music right now is booming – and I couldn’t be more proud.  It’s more than just Drake, Kardi and Bieber-Fever – it’s the up and comers (MCs, singers and producers) who are truly getting me excited about music again, and making me feel real patriotic in the process.  As you get to know me better, you’ll realize how much of a music fanatic I truly am – not just a hip hop head, but MUSIC.  Being connected to so many other DJs on a global level also means that I’m constantly being asked who else is on the come-up from Canada.  So hopefully I’ll be bringing some of those goodies, along with my general two-cents on certain things here and there, to the few folks who are nice enough read my scribbles. Which will hopefully be more than just my mom 🙂

Anyway – thanks for reading & enjoy!

PS: Yes – I know that the pic in the header looks nothing like me… I’m just setting up shop!!