It’s no secret that I LOVE me some Famous!! Just check the DD Radio playlists for verification, I’m a fan of good music, period. Dude is simultaneously the hardest working and one of  the most loved/hated-on MCs in the city. Charisma and swagger for days, the overconfidence can be admittedly overwhelming, but he’s proof that a memorable personality + talent & hard work go a LONG ass way – as far away as Cannes for Midem.  He’s also been pretty consistent in delivering chunes that are radio-friendly and can easily fit in the mix with anything state-side without sounding American – make sense?? If it’s a slow day at the office and you need some comic relief and/or some distraction, check out his YouTube Channel (no links, just google it!!).  Anyway, to stay top of mind, he consistently drops dubs in addition to his own original tracks — peep the new dub  dedicated to the DJs….

Famous – All I Do Is Spin
MP3: http://www.zshare.net/audio/7661635888efe042/

 

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The number of female MCs in the game who can actuallly spit AND get respect are few and far between.  While everyone seems to be up that Minaj tip (yes, I can’t front – she does have some songs that I most definitely bump to), my girl Eternia has been holdin’ it down for a l-o-n-g time.  I remember seeing some of her earlier performances at various Honey Jams over the years, and I’m really proud of how she’s grown as an artist.  That swagger and confidence she has now was in its infancy back then 🙂

Anyway, she’s been blasting out video updates on her road to getting signed, taking viewers along for the journey; and has gotten the co-sign from some of the most respected artists and producers in the game including Ras Kass, Pharoah Monch, and get this – DJ Premier!! Only the true headz will already know what a sick MC this chick is since the blogworld have been up on her for a minute, and I’m ecstatic that she’s Canadian.  Probably one of the sweetest things I’ve seen for a while is the documentary on her going on a European tour with the likes of Bahamadia, Invincible, and Dr. Roxanne Shante – brrrapps!!!  Check out the new single and peep all the details on one of her online pages: Youtube.com/Eternia777  and Myspace.com/Eternia 

 

“AT LAST” ft. Termanology & Reef The Lost Cauze (AUDIO)

AUDIO leaked for the Music Video & Title Track of Eternia & Moss’s album “AT LAST”, w/ cuts by Canadian Award-Winning DJ Law:

Clean: http://usershare.net/29dipc7gpk2d

Dirty: http://usershare.net/6y7v4fuuzm6x

Eternia & MoSS “AT LAST” the Full-length : June 29th, 2010 on FAT BEATS RECORDS.

“AT LAST” LImited Edition Vinyl EP: June 8, 2010 on FAT BEATS RECORDS.

RESPECT !!!!

(Big ups DJ Law!!)

Call me a selfish DJ but I was hoping to get my hands on this in time to do an exclusive world premier on Monday night’s show, but I’d be just as happy to start rinsing it as of next week. Courtesy of Spek Won (What YOU know about Hip Life??), the original Don Dadda from Ghana (yes, I said it!!) – he lays it down again with the Tone Mason produced track 2nd Chances — everyone deserves at least one, right??  AND if you missed out on his mixtape you MUST check out and download the Preemo Donna – hit him up at spekwonmusic@gmail.com

Full Song http://usershare.net/xpifa8f0fosh
Instrumental http://usershare.net/pg3m5shn737c
Accapella http://usershare.net/43fqzucpv1ji

Peace!!

Toronto. Where Amazing Music Happens – real talks!!

Now, of course I know my opinion is heavily biased since I’m working on this project, but I just wanna say THANK YOU for all the support on this single.  The track is getting heavy rotation on both college and commercial radio and Theo3 (a.k.a. the Mayor of The Screwface Capitol)  is waaay overdue.  Widely respected and internationally known, Theo3 recently got back from being a hand-picked performer in DJ Eclipse’s annual Halftime Show event.  On this track he and Tona go toe-to-toe and verse-for-verse. Mz. Andreena Mill was the “picture perfect” choice for the hook (BTW – she’s definitely the next to blow on the R&B front. Her track “You and Tomorrow” ft. Saukrates was my fav tracks from 2009, and her current single Real Love, is just as sick!!).  As if that weren’t enough, the track is produced by Boi-1da, T-dot’s producer of the moment, who has the midas touch – yes that Boi-1da who’s behind the monster hits from Drake, Eminem and others. 

The single is now available for purchase on iTunes or by checking out his website at www.Theology3.com — Peep the video link below:

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omfulG0b0k4

Peace!

One of my favourite MCs (in or outside of Toronto), I’ve been hailing him up since I first heard him drop a verse on the Soul Clap mixtape in ’04. That seems like forever-ago, but I knew since then he’d be  part of the next wave of up and coming MCs.  Philosophical, rewind-enducing wordplay is just part of what makes JD Era so fabulous. Needless to say he’s been a repeated guest on Droppin’ Dimez and continuously resonates with all-around goodness.

If this is the first you’re hearing from him:

A. WAKE UP and crawl out from under your rock
B. Check the back catalog for some illa ish to play and enjoy.

His track Rock N Roll ft. Drake is still on heavy repeat for me, even though it dropped months ago. I’ve been told I’m one of the few DJs who have the balls to drop that at primetime in the club! LOL! 

Check out the newness here:

JD ERA-PAY DAY (PROD. SNAZ) DJ PACK-http://www.sendspace.com/file/x6ljj6

Peace!

From the lovely folks at Fusicology (what’s good, Simon??) – I just had to re-post for all the RE fans. We rinsed a few of the tracks on teh show last night, but you NEED to check out the full album to get a feel for how the duo has grown…

After 10-years since their classic contribution Train of Thought sealed their fates in hip-hop lore, Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek are releasing their follow-up venture Revolutions Per Minute May 18 on Blacksmith/Warner Bros. Records. With their first collaboration praised for its uplifting messages and nostalgic soundscape, Kweli’s command of the mic and Hi-Tek’s versatile production skills have made this album one of the most anticipated hip-hop albums of 2010.

Exclusively produced by Hi-Tek, features on the album include appearances by Estelle, Bilal, Bun B, Mos Def, Jay Electronica, J. Cole, Res and Chester French. The album covers an array of topics that discuss the shortcomings of America (“Strangers”), society’s obsession with fame (“Got Work”), an honest discussion of drug use (“Lift’in Off”), the pining for a lover returning home (“Midnight Hour”), a music history lesson (“In the Red”), and even a track about Nigeria’s corruption-riddled oil business (“Black Gold”).

Be sure to pick up Reflection Eternal’s highly anticipated, critically acclaimed LP “Revolutions Per Minute”, in stores today!

Arabesque — Understand
 
MP3:  http://www.sendspace.com/file/8g5zh3  (DJ Pack – Clean/Instru.)
 
  ARABESQUE “Understand” Video
>> Click here to watch <<
:: director tj derry ::

After a brief hiatus which included some globe-trotting, T-dot MC Arabesque is back with his new single, Understand.  Telling the stories of 4 landed immigrants and their struggle to assimilate into America, the story is instantly relatable.  Keep your ears open for his 3rd full length album release, Nuclear Ambition, dropping June 1st, 2010.   

 
Website: http://www.besque.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arabesquemusic
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/besque
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/ArabesqueTV
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/besque

 

 

Phemphat Productions is an organization I’ve been involved with since it launched in 1995.  Whether you’re an up and coming artist, or you want to get some real behind-the-scenes experience of running a live show, I’d definitely recommend auditioning or volunteering for Honey Jam. Widely respected ladies from across the country, including the likes of Jully Black, Motion, Eternia, Tara Chase, Nelly Furtado, Kellylee Evans and many, many more all performed on the HJ stage early in their career. 
 
For more info peep the press release and hit up Ebonnie and her team at honeyjaminfo@gmail.com
 
HONEY JAM CELEBRATES 15 YEARS
          NATIONAL TALENT SEARCH FOR FEMALE ARTISTS NOW OPEN       
 
For Immediate Release
May 12, 2010
Toronto –  Honey Jam, produced by PhemPhat Entertainment Group, is the longest running all-female talent showcase in Canada and the search is on for this year’s line up of undiscovered talent! 

While the live auditions are in Toronto, THIS IS A NATIONAL SEARCH.  Artists unable to make the audition on Sunday June 13 at The Mod Club @ 722 College Street, can email a link to one of their live performances, even if it’s in their basement!  All of the details are on www.honeyjam.com
 
Please note, there is no charge to audition, but audition spectators will be charged $5 at the door.
 
Judges include vocal coach Elaine Overholt who worked with actors in the Oscar award-winning film Chicago. The panel will also include reps from A&R departments, radio, music media, artist funding bodies, producers, managers and artists.
 

Honey Jam, which celebrates their 15th anniversary this year, continuously delivers one of the summer’s hottest shows featuring electrifying live performances.  Whether hip hop, R&B, rock, pop, jazz, soul, country, classical, dancehall – talented female vocalists representing all musical genres can take part.
 
Artists chosen to perform at this year’s showcase, which will take place on Sunday, August 15 will be announced at the media launch in July.   They will have the opportunity to attend a free artist workshop sponsored by PhemPhat and the Harris Institute for the Arts to give them some insight into the industry in keeping with PhemPhat’s mandate to educate and mentor, as well as give exposure to up and coming female artists. 
 
 

To help fund the show and workshop, a fundraising raffle will be held over the summer.  Tickets are $20 and prizes include a 1 week hotel stay at Amaryllis Beach Resort in Barbados. 

For info on the history of the Honey Jam and more details about the auditions and showcase, please check out the following websites:
 

  

 

Facebook:  HONEY JAM 

 
Sponsors include Slaight Communications Inc., Nelstar Entertainment, TD Bank, Yamaha Canada Music, MuchMusic, VerveGirl Magazine, the New FLOW 93.5, Exlaim.ca, Universal Music Canada, The Canadian Independent Recording Artists Association, Ontario Arts Council, the SOCAN Foundation, FACTOR, Taylor Mitsopulos Klein Oballa, Canadian Musician and World Vision.

Sharing more of that CanCon love!!
Check out the goods from up and coming Toronto artist, Chase Millyunz – DJs help yourself 😉 — as if you needed an invitation… Enjoy! 
 
Chase Millyunz-Chase Milly (DJ PACK): http://www.sendspace.com/file/gbr02v
Chase Millyunz-Chase Milly
 
(Dirty): http://limelinx.com/files/3a20626df80df35e85bad8b959c5bca0
 

CHASE MILLYUNZ — The Bio
With great expectations rapper Chase Millyunz is investing all the time, dedication, and talent he has into the rap game.  Some may say this Toronto born emcee is going for broke but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Yes, he is laying it all on the line and yes, he is throwing all his chips down on this one thing but he’s calculated his risks and will stop at nothing less than yielding the greatest profits and rewards. 

Growing up Chase first listened to tunes by the great Michael Jackson, but at the onset of his pre-teens hip-hop caught his attention and he began listening to the likes of Biggie, Mase, Tupac, Busta Rhymes and DMX just to name a few.  With such rich influences it’s no wonder that at the age of 14 he penned his first rap and made his initial deposit into his musical career.  Some may first be enticed by the bold approach, lyrical wordplay or the confident flow but the truth is that he possesses each of these great assets. His incredible ability to combine his skills and display them all at once is of great value and is sure to serve him well. 

 When the time is right eventually a full length project will follow.   Although Chase Millyunz is a new name to some, many in his locale are already well acquainted with him.    With his eye on the whole globe as his market he is constantly moving forward and expanding his reach.  It’s just a short matter of time before the rest of the world will know his name and understand his worth. 

CONTACT INFO:
W. www.myspace.com/chasemillyunz
T. @chasemillyunz
E. chasemillyunz@gmail.com

Many thanks to James @ DunnDeal PR for this one — ANY fan of classic, real ish hip hop gems from the 90s will most definitely remember and respect the Heiroglyph crew.  Read below about their next venture – which features ALL members… whoa!!!
 
The Valley Of Kings web trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHsp9iQkl6U
Behind the making of The Valley Of Kings: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psWt-dNKFYk&feature=related
 
  
Hieroglyphics, the Oakland-based crew whose ubiquitous three-eyed logo and slew of Golden Era classics have a permanent place in every hip-hop fan’s heart, has teamed up with art collective WAIL (When Art Imitates Life) to create The Valley Of Kings, a series of 200 fine art portraits conceptualized by and featuring all Hiero members which will be made available to the public on May 28, 2010. Details on the piece will be released in the coming week, but it is said to use ancient Egyptian iconography as its stylistic base and features the entire nine-man crew. Valley will also be one of the first art pieces in history to utilize Chromadepth visual technology, and each piece in the series will come packaged with a pair of 3D glasses to allow owners to experience its full range. Each piece will also be signed by various members. “The piece is dope,” Souls Of Mischief’s Tajai says. “I love art. I love music. Music is art. And when they come together in a situation like this where they create something that’s considered high art, immortalizing a group like Hiero in that manner, it’s a good thing for music, and a good thing for history.”

For almost twenty years, Hieroglyphics has been one of hip-hop’s most beloved entities. The one-two punch of Del Tha Funkee Homosapien’s 1992 debut album I Wish My Brother George Was Here (Elektra) and Souls Of Mischief’s ’93 Til Infinity (Jive) introduced listeners to a new kind of West Coast rapper. In an era where gangsta rap was standard issue, Del, Casual, Opio, Tajai, A-Plus, Phesto, Domino and Pep Love offered music from ordinary people with extraordinary skills. Casual’s debut Fear Itself (Jive) and Del’s sophomore album No Need For Alarm, both released in 1994, were Hiero’s last major-label albums save for Souls of Mischief’s 1995 offering No Man’s Land before the crew made the decision to go fully independent, releasing their own albums and coordinating their own tours. 15 years later, that three-eyed logo is a global brand, and Hieroglyphics is one of the undisputed forefathers of the sound, the hustle, and the ideology of underground hip-hop. Their most recent release was last year’s Montezuma’s Revenge.

Valley Of Kings is the next release from When Art Imitates Life (WAIL), the brainchild of Sway of MTV, Tech of the World Famous Wake Up Show, and Los Angeles creativity house Scene Four. Previous releases from WAIL include collaboration pieces with RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan as well as Shavo of System Of A Down. Interested parties are encouraged to visit www.whenartimitateslife.com to sign up for exclusive information on The Valley Of Kings as it develops, as well as a chance to preview and reserve a piece in the highly limited collection before May 28.