The only way you could NOT have heard of Rich Kidd is if you’ve been literally hiding under a rock for the last few years.  Having already worked with the likes of Saukrates, K-os, Drake, Mindbender,  Smash Brovaz, Colin Munroe and more, he’s been bubbling under the surface for a while, but over the past few months he’s exploded and has truly become a monster.  He seems to have the Midas Touch and I’m sure is currently being hounded by MCs and vocalists from all corners of the country and beyond.  Everything he puts out is pure fire – if you made it out to the release party for On Some Rich Kidd Sh*t Vol 4, then you already know!!  This collabo is no different –> so when I heard Rich was going to tackle and re-do one of the most classic tracks in Toronto hip hop history (no exaggeration), Boiling Point by Concrete Mob produced by Scam, I wasn’t skeptical at all because I know he has that fire to make it work and take it to another level. And after taking a listen, I wasn’t disappointed either!  Peep the link to take a listen – it’s just a teaser, the full DJ Pack to follow soon, I’m sure — and check back story below for Scam’s perspective on this project….  

Rich Kidd – Boiling Point 2010 (TEASER) http://www.zshare.net/audio/79001898b37c9155/

FROM SCAM
(GHETTO CONCEPT, MAESTRO, CONCRETE MOB, ALKATRAZ):

I remember working with Rich at my spot, it was the second or third time we had hooked up. 

Rich just had just recorded Ridin’ Solo so we were chilling and vibing, I started going through beats.

I got through a few and Boiling Point came on…Rich simply said “keep it on this for a bit”…I obliged…turned up the volume, left the studio to go upstairs to tend to the slow simmering spaghetti sauce….  Came back downstairs after about 10 minutes with more ice for the McGillicuddy’s and he was ready to record…. Rich ran through his verse a few times and nailed it on the third or fourth take.
I was floored…It was on!!!
I knew from that moment on that Rich Kidd is the truth.
I produced Boiling Point back in 94 and trust me I’ve heard a lot of verses from many MC’s being spit over the Boiling Point instrumental over the years.
The original by Concrete Mob is a Canadian classic, but when I heard Rich go in on Boiling Point that day…he made it official in my mind…Rich is the cornerstone of the Toronto hip hop movement that has so many eyes on it right now.  He spits like no one I’ve heard
His beats are some of the best coming of this beautiful city of ours.
And if you were at the recent Rich Kidd show last week…you really know what’s up!!
It’s simple
Just listen & pay attention…
I always say that the music will speak for itself
This is just a teaser…more where this came from.
SCAM

I’ve always been a huge fan of Ms. Badu, from her first Toronto appearance at the Bamboo (yes, I’m going waaaaay back) to her stripping off her clothes in the middle of  Dealey Plaza in Dallas to film her video –  she ain’t never scared. So I have nothing but respect for someone who is a fully committed artist, a parent, and doesn’t apologize for showing love for rappers (Andre 3000, the D.O.C. and Jay Electronica respectively fathered her children). Yup, she’s that chick. What she does can not be squeezed or shoved into any one category because her range is that deep.  And personal life aside, her body of work speaks for itself — she’s a phenomenal writer, vocalist and performer.

That’s why I’m excited about her upcoming concert in Toronto – August 11th. I can’t wait to see how she’s grown as a performer and I know for a fact that I won’t be disappointed.  Tickets are still available – peep the info below!!

THE UNION, INK & THE NEW FLOW 93.5 PROUDLY PRESENTS
ERYKAH BADU
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Kool Haus
Doors 8 pm – Show 9 pm – All Ages
Ticket link:  http://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/100044E9FD47C6D6?brand=union

Big shouts out to my girl Tasha Rozez for gracing the cover of this week’s NOW Magazine!!!  The entertainment weekly is widely distributed, and they couldn’t have picked a better cover girl for the Caribana 2010 edition of the magazine – bom bom!!  In the piece she discusses the growth of dancehall throughout the world – and she would know! Everytime I talk to her she’s either leaving or returning from some global gig.  The well-written article is by Jason Richards – check it out here: http://www.nowtoronto.com/music/story.cfm?content=176087  The issue hit newstands last week, so if you still happen to come across a hard copy, grab that!!  And if you haven’t seen her play yet, remember to check her out (alongside me!!) at Honey Jam 2010 – August 15th at The Mod Club.

GO ROZEZ!!  😉

Toronto – One of the most anticipated summer events, the Honey Jam artist showcase, takes place at the Mod Club Theatre (722 College Street) on Sunday August 15, 2010.   Hosted by MuchMusic’s Sarah Taylor, the 2010 edition promises to deliver one of the best showcases in the history of the event – a night of exciting live entertainment with a diverse group of artists as they also celebrates their 15th anniversary.

Ebonnie Rowe, Honey Jam Founder, Producer and President of PhemPhat Entertainment Group, says “It has been a wondrous, inspired and insane whirlwind of activity with many challenges and sacrifices along the way, but all worth it,” she says. ”We have made footprints in the music industry – with stiletto heels!”

Giving women a positive space to shine in the music industry – in front of and behind the scenes – is exactly why Rowe founded Honey Jam in the first place.  Helping women in music soar to success is what keeps Rowe motivated despite the recent economic crisis that made it even more challenging to secure sponsorship.
Never known to let any obstacle hold back their initiatives, to supplement limited sponsorship funding, Rowe produced fundraising buttons with the quote “Honey Jam Honey, Playgirl but No Bunny!” along with organizing a raffle.
To mark the show’s milestone, in honour of their 15th anniversary and as a tribute to their most well known alumni Nelly Furtado, Honey Jam artists have recorded I’m Like a Bird.  It will be available for sale on itunes later this month with proceeds being split between funding for Honey Jam and the YWCA Toronto programs for women and girls.  Studio time was generously donated by the Harris Institute for the Arts.
The showcase is revered for presenting a wide variety of genres of music and this year will be no different, with artists representing Country, Hip Hop, House, Gospel, Pop, R&B and rock. Please see www.honeyjam.com  and click on “Artists” for the lineup.  DJs for the night include MelBoogie and Tasha Rozez.
 
Over $10,000 in artist prizes are up for grabs, including the FLOW production prize of a track produced by Agile and the Honey Jam Hookup Prize Pack which includes sound equipment from Yamaha, consultation with a Universal Music A&R Rep, a photo shoot with Michael Alberstat, legal consultation with Taylor Mitsopolous Klein Oballa, a hair makeover by Hair2Inc., Elaine Overholt’s Big Voice DVD, and a fitness package from Think Fitness.
Sponsors for this year’s show 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, OMDC, Canadian Musician, Northern Response and World Vision.
Advance tickets at $20 are available at Play De Record, 357 Yonge Street, $25 at the door.  Proceeds from the showcase will support YWCA Toronto’s programs for women and girls – www.ywcatoronto.org

 

Media Enquiries contact:
honeyjaminfo@gmail.com
Website: www.honeyjam.com 

So it’s only been a short while since we last heard from Rochester (I think I’m one of the few who still call him Juice – lol!)… I know I’m also one of the few who weren’t 100% on board the monster club track ‘One Night’ ft. Daniel Daley (I’m a hip hop head to the bone — I can admit it), so I was extra amped when I heard the heavy-hitting production and flow from Rochester that I know and love on his new single, Turn Me On.  Produced by Burd&Keyz (R.I.P. Keyz), this one is definitely a banger for the clubs or radio so I can’t wait to add this one to the DD Radio playlist!! 

Peep it and Enjoy!!!

http://www.sendspace.com/file/ilpae1