A new and exciting monthly showcase with Musiklee Inzane providing the vibe for the night.  Featuring artists with loads of talent to spare, Dwayne and the FYI team have the uncanny ability of being able to pick those performers we’ll be talking about a year down the road.  Contact ddixon@linkagemovement.com for details on how to audition or just check out the newly launched website at www.FYIShowcase.com – read below for all the details! 

TORONTO – July 2010 – The monthly FYI Showcase at Harlem Restaurant has just launched a website to keep artists, supporters, and Toronto’s urban music community motivated to follow their instincts. The new site—www.FYIShowcase.com—will feature news, reviews, information, and opportunities for urban artists in the city who are dedicated to contributing to Toronto’s growing urban music infrastructure. 

The FYI Showcase launched in February at Harlem (67 Richmond Street East). FYI regularly features the best of Canada’s emerging urban artists with live instrumental accompaniment by the 4-piece Movement Band; the next show, scheduled for Thursday, July 29th, will now include the following new segments:

Early Jugglin’ – artists who miss the opportunity to audition for the main show warm up the stage before the opening and feature performances

 3 Words – lyricist Sep takes 3 random words from the FYI Showcase audience, and works them into an original freestyle.

FYI is open to urban artists, vocalists, and rappers, who have auditioned for Dwayne Dixon, Vice President of The Urban Music Association of Canada (UMAC), and the FYI team including DJ Musiklee Inzane from The New Flow 93.5fm, Linkage Movement Inc. Vice President Candice Dixon, and Kya Publishing founder, Stacey Marie Robinson. 

“The new FYI website will be the link that Toronto’s urban music community needs to share their talent with each other, and with music lovers across Canada and internationally,” said Linkage Movement Inc. Program Facilitator, Kirt Milligan. “The website is interactive, and will feature artist information, information about the showcase, and resources for artists to improve their performance, enhance their careers, and assist in building a strong urban music community in the city.”

Linkage Movement Inc. is excited to launch www.FYIShowcase.com and anticipates that it will be a beneficial tool and networking agent for urban musicians.

 “There is so much extraordinary talent in this city; we want to ensure that the artists have an opportunity, a receptive audience, and a great venue to shine in,” said Dwayne Dixon. “Harlem Restaurant is at the cutting-edge of Toronto’s urban culture, and provides the perfect ambience for well-rooted urban musicians. These artists deserve the opportunity to share their talents with their peers, and promote their strengths in the international urban community. FYI is dedicated to supporting these artists and the music industry with this regular event, and now also with www.FYIShowcase.com

I always feel a huge amount of pride whenever someone from my city represents on a big scale, but when they’re from Scarborough, well, they may as well be a relative – that’s just how amped I get!! In the case of Choclair – he’s a bit of both.

Running down the accolades, he’s a multi-Juno Award winner, a 5-time MMVA  winner and his debut album, Ice Cold, went gold in Canada in 30 days – a huge feat in a country where hockey and rock & roll (even country music) reign supreme from coast to coast.  Though I always thought the album was dope, it was the EP, What It Takes, that made me a fan for life, and as far as I’m concerned, solidified his spot in Canadian hip hop history.   With tracks like What It Takes (featuring then relatively unknown songstress, Jully Black),  Just A Second (with the illustrious Tara Chase), along with a number of remixes of each, no one can argue that the EP is full of classic material, indicative of  T-Dot hip hop in the late 90s. 

Fast forward to 2010, and Chox is prepping for his new album.  Peep the new track from his upcoming LP, MADE (Move Mountains)…. listen and enjoy!!

DOWNLOAD ALL VERSIONS:
http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=978c7e845405a8e832b1b647387446e14831061abf0b5509cbd41a59b1e70bbef03ef42c12b25b39aca2a655181a6fcc

 Peace!!

The Drake Hotel and The Manifesto Festival Present:
Wes “Maestro” Williams Encourages Readers to “Stick To Your Vision”
Iconic Canadian Rapper/Actor Releases Motivational Book for Readers of All Ages

Having experienced the highs and lows that come with being a performer, Wes “Maestro” Williams, “The Godfather of Canadian Hip Hop,” has passed many hurdles in his life. Knowing that others out there face the same challenges, Wes, along with co-writer Tamara Hendricks-Williams, present Stick Your Vision. Sharing the same title as one of his hit singles, Wes provides practical and empowering strategies to help readers define their vision, determine how they’re going to achieve it, and what to do once it’s been achieved.

The Official Toronto Book Release Celebration!

DATE: August 12, 2010
TIME: Media Launch @ 8pm, Doors open to public @ 9pm
MUSIC: DJ MelBoogie & Starting From Scratch
VENUE: The Drake Underground

PRICE:  FREE!
Facebook event listing:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=137612239606910
Hope to see you there – this will be another one for the books!!
Peace

Shouts out to DJ Fa$e for this one.

All I had to see was the collabo with JD Era to give it a listen – and it was worth it!! The CanZ is a brother duo out of ATL now signed to Toronto-based Black Market Music Group Inc., the same label as JD Era.  The new mixtape, hosted by Mick Boogie, is clearly influenced by one Mr. West — can’t you tell by the cover??  Anyway the lead single “World Famous” feat. Era and a very high-pitched Danay Mariney on the chorus (maybe I just haven’t enough coffee yet), had enough juice to get me to want to hear more.  Peep the official word from the label and take a listen to the link at the bottom:

THE CANZ UPCOMING RELEASE OF “LIFE AFTER GRADUATION”

The CanZ are preparing to release their new mixtape “Life After Graduation” on August 4th 2010. Hosted by Mick Boogie and Terry Urban, this project is Black Market Music Group approved and presented to you by www.djbooth.net.   Do your ears a favor and make sure check it out!

Hailing from ATL this dynamic duo of brothers, have hooked up with several others in the industry to bring you the follow-up to “The Slow Rise” mixtape that they released less than a year ago. In addition to being hosted by 2 of the industry’s best, “Life After Graduation” features some newcomers and other talented acts such as JD Era, Jarren Benton, Embassy Music Board, Aleon Craft and more! On this conceptual project The CanZ, along with their guests, are rhyming over classic instrumentation and putting their own rhymes on top of 10 hit tracks from both Biggie and Kanye West. 

 Coming out of Atlanta, but far from just local, these jet setters have rocked stages from Accra to Amsterdam and London to Los Angeles. The energy and dynamic stage presence they bring to the game has made the CanZ a fan favorite at shows, and they bring the party with them where ever they go. They can rock with Ricky Ross, get the crowd going for T.I. and Gucci Mane or spit lyrics before Talib Kweli.

The two brothers, Prominent and The Foster Child, were born in Ghana and as young men growing up they knew music was their future. While it isn’t always an easy journey, the slow rise to the top will prove to be the lasting one for the determined pair. The quicker you go up, the quicker you come down but The CanZ are built for the long haul.

For more info check out www.itsaslowrise.com and click the link to take a listen:
http://www.mediafire.com/?pzwrdccz74b6z7a 

PEACE!!

I’ve ALWAYS liked Mayhem’s overall aura – so glad to get this from e1 earlier today….

Mayhem Morearty is back with the smash summer radio single “Thug U” featuring CP/ Kuya artist JRDN (aka Jordan Croucher) . Backed with the street banger ¨Don`t Play” featuring Obie. This is the first single of Mayhem`s forthcoming project “The Anarkist’s Cookbook” on Mosaic Music / E1 Entertainment. “Thug U” is produced by Soze & Arthur McArthur (Drake, Lil Wayne, Dre Dre etc.). “Don’t Play” is produced by Pro Logic (Saigon, Joe Budden, Obie Trice etc.) “The Anarkists Cookbook” Will be Mayhem aka Anarky’s first solo project since 2007’s Out Here. It features 16 original tracks mixed by Ty the Boogeyman Harper of Flow 93.5s OTA Live and 2 time Stylus award winner Lissa Monet and is hosted by Toronto comedy sensation Trixx. Features & Producers include: Drake, Belly, JRDN, Magnum 357, TNT, J.B., Rich Kidd, Soze, Arthur McArtthur, Soundsmith, Northern Profit (Big Pops), Product & Whitton, Dirtwork , C4 & more . The “Don`t Play” video directed by T.J. Derry will debut in the coming week and The “Thug U” video is coming soon!!

DOWNLOAD LINKS:
Mayhem Morearty- Thug U
includes radio, 8 bar intro , inst. & acca

http://www.sendspace.com/file/noec52

Waves http://www.sendspace.com/file/ot4tiq

Mayhem Morearty ft. Obie

 “Don’t Play” 

 MP3s

http://www.sendspace.com/file/09xvms 

I’m loving everything I hear from this cat —   WolF J McFarlane. So feeling this re-fix dub of Drake’s Thank Me Now featuring the vocals Shi Wisdom. Suddenly, I do want to take off my shoes and get comfortable, and once again the artwork doesn’t disappoint. Come with the full album already!!! I’m just sayin’ 😉

 Check the link below…

Thank Me Now DUB
Cookin Soul x Don Cannon RMX

BANDCAMP LINK:
http://wolfj.bandcamp.com/track/no-thanks

Just the mere mention of Canadian hip hop group ‘BrassMunk’ evokes nothing but memories of good music – simple & plain.  Add the fact that I went to highschool those guys made me feel even more proud when they were touring and performing, gaining fans all over the place. So needless to say, I felt a little sad when May One Nine left to do his thing solo. However, the guys have since grown up (both musically and in life, period), and the group has pretty much broken up, with each member off doing their own thing.

One of the founding members of Big Brass, he’s changed monikers – now known as Jus Randy – and he’s back with a new single. Check out  Enter the Room produced by Gameboy (who’s worked with Tona & Saukrates).  It’s gonna be a long hot summer, so keep your ears tuned for more from this artist.

Enjoy!

LISTEN VIA YOUTUBE:
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8lhccav6zA
 
DOWNLOAD HERE:
 
CLEAN
http://usershare.net/d2b6wag4vy59
 
DIRTY
http://usershare.net/n3w0x6c38in1

Peace & Enjoy!

Shouts out to Fran for this one!  I was gonna wait and post the the results after Friday’s Battle, but the trailer is so dope I just had to put something up right away!  Round 2 contestants include:

1. 2oolman
2. Relic
3. Memorecks
4. DJ Cypha
5. Elaquent aka EQ
6. B.I.A.S.
7. Bix
8. Peter Project

The first one was insane and was extremely entertaining — Fresh Kils reigns supreme as the winner of Round 1. Even one of the esteemed judges, Rich Kidd said it exceeded his expectations during an interview on this week’s edition of DD Radio. Don’t miss out! Hosted by Junia-T, I’ll be on the 1s and 2s that night.  Judges include Tone Mason and Rich Kidd.  Check out the trailer and go to the website for some info on the challenge and contestants – www.soundbattleroyale.com

http://www.youtube.com/user/SoundBattleRoyale#p/u/0/1YNG1L56zEY

Peace! 

I gotta admit it – I REALLY like the vibe of  Toronto’s twin rap duo A-Game.  ‘Go Head Shawty’ was a certified banger last summer and could easily go toe-to-toe with anything being released state side. The video was mad cute too!  This time around, A-Game is flying high with ‘Airplanes’ –> a big chune which even comes with a dance! LOL!  The song has been out for months, but they just recently dropped the video and are determined to go in with heavy artillery.  Produced by T-Minus (same producer for their first single and the master behind Ludacris’ mega hit ‘How Low’), the track has been blazing up charts and getting plenty of airtime.  The team is currently in the studio working on their PilotModeMuzik EP which is due fall of this year which sees production from Boi 1da, Bass Line, T-Minus, Megaman, & Tone Mason.  We’ve had them as guests on the show a few years back, and they’ve definitely stepped their game up and developed so much as artists since then.  Stay tuned because I have a strong feeling that we’ll get them in the booth at DD Radio before the end of the summer. In the meantime, check out the video and listen to the song!

Airplanes (Directed by Aaron A) Download Link:
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=AMUZ60CQ
 
Airplanes (Directed by Aaron A) Youtube Link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TGoZuWxEjo

Peace!

 

Truth be told most DJs can get upwards of 100 new singles in their email every week, possibly even daily. But every now and then we get a little surprise in their inbox from a complete stranger, and fortunately for me this was one of them.  The original version of Louder by Toronto’s own (by way of ‘Sauga) J Shiltz did indeed catch me by surprise, and it was a good one. Produced by Kev Brown, the track had that laid back nonchalance often associated with Kev’s signature production style, and J Shiltz also went in on the mic –> I was hooked from the first listen, which for me is pretty rare.  On the Lancecape remix, Shiltz goes in heavier to match the griminess of beat, and it’s a match made in aural heaven!! Bring in Notlam and Grimace Love (Go Scarborough!!!) and there’s no way this one can lose on either side of the city.  I’m amped to get J Shiltz on the show, sooner rather than later, so stay tuned for details on that!! Real heads already know that it’s MegaCity hip hop at its finest… do you??  Listen and find out: http://www.zshare.net/audio/78113670c1ca9b72/ 

For more info on J Shiltz, check out his Myspace Page at www.myspace.com/jshiltz

Peace and Enjoy!!