One of the realest dudes out there, JB has been holdin’ it down in Toronto for a long while. It’s been a minute since I’ve seen him, but I know that just means he’s hard at work!! Check out the video for his new track Take Over – HERE or see below for the DJ Packs – ENJOY!!

Toronto’s voice for the streets, JB, is back with a hard hitting new video single! JB has been hard at work this year releasing tons of new music in preparation for his debut full length album release “My Environment” which is scheduled to drop later this year world wide through JB’s label GCP Recording Corp. (Fontana / Universal). After releasing his second mixtape of the year “Monster Music” and dropping a string of viral videos, JB is here with his aggressive new single “Take Over” (prod. by DZL Beats). The video was shot and directed by JB, who has been directing and shooting music videos for a number of independent artists across Canada. “Take Over” will be available world wide on itunes in July.

Downloads:
JB – Take Over (Prod. DZL Beats) *DJ Pack WAV*: http://www.sendspace.com/file/wk7q2r

JB – Take Over (Prod. DZL Beats) *DJ Pack MP3 *: http://www.sendspace.com/file/2mrdkm

JB – Take Over *Official Video* (Dir. by JB): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFsU8xtWeS4

Online:
www.twitter.com/JBZWorld
www.youtube.com/JBZWorld

Mondays are usually seen as the most depressing day of the week, so you can only imagine how excited I got when I got this this subject line in my email: New Choclair “Focused” Produced by Solitair‏!! It’s not even noon yet, and this one made my day –> One of Scarborough’s finest, Chox is back at it with this new track, and with Solitair on the beat, you already know that it’s certified heat. 

For those of you who don’t already know, Choclair is arguably one of Canada’s legends, having a hand in shaping Canadian hip hop in the ’90s.  His debut album, Ice Cold, went gold in Canada in 35 days (memories of EPMD, anyone??), and DJs will tell you that ‘What It Takes’ will still bun down any hip hop party across the country.  Shouts out to Chox for the Throw this Ball reference in this track!!  Take a peek at the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCjSUYNVkRs

Take a listen….

Focused – Radio   http://www.sendspace.com/file/rurfjn
Focused – Instrumental  http://www.sendspace.com/file/431wxa
Focused – Full  http://www.sendspace.com/file/2hyajo

 

The wait has finally come to an end! TONA,  back and better than ever, returns with his latest offering, “WE DO”.  Produced by Rich Kidd, “We do”, delivers a dynamic flow, backed by hard hitting drums, and a melodic Jazmine Sullivan sample. 

Tona collaborates with director, David F. Mewa (The NE), to bring the the song to life with a dramatic past/present/future storyline.   As Tona gears up to release his next project, SILVERSPING CRESCENT (ahhhh, memories of Scarborough…), he captivates the audience in what he likes to refers to as, “only the warm up…a light jog around the track.”

 To Watch the Video TONA “WE DO’ :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9dM7Sx2P5c 

To Watch the Video TONA RADIO EDIT “WE DO’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETKXV5f1Ofs

 

  To Download TONA “WE DO” (Prod by Rich Kidd):

  Check out the new website — W W W . B I G T O N A . C O M
Follow Tona @isatona

  

Over the past few years I’ve seen more and more producer battles take to the stage, and I had the opportunity to have a front row seat to Battle of the Beatmakers last year as one of the house DJs for the night.  The judges are at the top of their game (ie. Boi-1da), and up and comers have the chance to be critiqued by the best.   I was especially thrilled that the champion for 2011 was a female, (shouts out to Neenah Beats), and there were at least 2-3 other female challengers in the competition last year.

Definitely worth checking out if you want to get the inside scoop on who will be running the production game in Canada over the next few years. If you feel you’ve got what it takes to compete, registration is open now – see below for the details…

Neenah, the 2011 BBM Champ, alongside 2010 Winner, Big Pops

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Canada’s Official Producer Competition opens!

Toronto, ON –  The 7th Annual Battle of the Beat Makers (BBM) competition has now opened the floodgates for Canadian producers of all ages, who will compete for the crown of “National Champion”. As Canada’s pre-eminent producer event, producers can look forward to an expansion of the traditional one-day event. This year’s monumental event will feature a whole weekend filled with information sharing, workshops, conferences, panels, networking engagements, product demonstrations, beat critiques, contests, film screenings, after parties and of course, the Main Event, “Battle Of The Beat Makers”.

As the only producer related event in Canada responsible for launching the careers of multi-platinum selling and Grammy-award winning producers, BBM is pleased to offer this unique opportunity to another batch of up-and-coming Canadian producers.

“The vision has always been to serve as a launching pad for Canadian producers to catapult their careers on the global stage. Although Boi-1Da and T-Minus are obviously the most successful producers to emerge from BBM, many more are sure to follow their footsteps,” says Clifton Reddick, BBM Founder.

Registration Opens: June 24, 2011 | Closes: August 15, 2011

Producers can register online at http://www.Battleofthebeatmakers.com or they have the option to register in-person at various retail outlets listed on our website.

The prize pack will consist of cash and prizes valued at over $10,000.

In an attempt to prep the industry and fans for this competition, Sound Supremacy Entertainment, in association with Urbanology Magazine, will be compiling the third edition of the Battle of the Beat Makers: Beat Sampler, to showcase the caliber of producers who enter these events. This CD will be available for download from the website: http://www.battleofthebeatmakers.com.

Battle of the Beat Makers (BBM) is Canada’s Official Producer Competition, which focuses on showcasing the talents of the hottest up-and-coming Canadian producers. BBM is the first outlet for Canadian producers to showcase their talents in a live setting.

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For more information contact:
George Edwin | Media Relations | Sound Supremacy Entertainment
Email: media@soundsupremacy.com | URL: http://www.soundsupremacy.com

It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from Shaun Boothe, but he’s made it worth the wait.  It was the ethreal sounding ‘Let Me Go’ which took over the airwaves last year (I always envisioned someone smoking flying in the clouds when I heard that song), but he’s back with a nice joint to make you feel good. Teaming up with Kim Davis, I have a feeling that Do It For You is quickly becoming my new theme song. Peep it:

Download DJ Pack: 
http://www.sendspace.com/file/gql5dh

Mr. Boothe is also very well known for his “Unauthorized Biography” series. The latest in the series is dedicated to the one and only Oprah Winfrey. Not hip hop enough for ya? Shaun Boothe hits the nail on the head with this dedication – number 7 in the series.  He mentioned via Twitter that he’s working on one for Tupac (who would’ve turned 40 years old today! RIP).

Shaun Boothe – Unauthorized Biography of Oprah Winfrey
http://vimeo.com/25061723

Don’t forget to follow Shaun Boothe – @ShaunBoothe

Peace!

My man Theo3 never disappoints… another production from the Fat Thursday camp on this PSA. Check it out – whoooosh!
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 16th, 2011
(Toronto, Ontario)
A lot of temporary gains can lead to long term problems. So before you go trashing your past allies, remember you’ll have to answer to those same people when your mirage fades. Do you on the humble.  Don’t be a bosh. Thanks.
This public service announcement has been brought to you by Emcee Theo3.

THEO3 – NEVER LIKE A BOSH  

MP3 Download:
http://hulkshare.com/fne8uwbheklf

Youtube Link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yf9BMRZCms

Performed by THEO3

Produced by BIG TWEEZE aka PHAT TONY

Art Design by Gusto from Genius Labs

If you live in Toronto and love Black music you’ve no doubt heard the rumblings about FLOW 93.5FM ‘cleaning house’ and getting rid of some of the amazing DJs and programming they had. And of course, if you have your ear to the ground, and especially love hip hop, you’ve taken note that the historic CKLN 88.1FM, which launched the careers of countless MCs and DJs, is now off the airwaves, restricted to online airplay only (sniffle, sniffle).  Needless to say, if you’re like me, you’re pretty much starved to hear some music that represents YOU on the airwaves, correct?

It looks like CARN 98.7FM, which went through a testing phase that was highly celebrated earlier in the year, is now official! Check out the press release from CARN’s website below and to keep up to date with new info. The station is on schedule for a Fall 2011 launch – can’t wait!!

For a radio addict like me (yes, I STILL listen to radio and try to check out every DJs mixshow as much as possible!!), this is GREAT news. At a time when Black music is being taken for granted, and more importantly the outlets for stellar Canadian talent is being whittled down, CARN pledging to service the Black community is indeed music to my ears, and a welcome addition to the number of ways new artists can get their music out to the masses. 

Maybe, they’ll be open to having an all female show on the airwaves (hint hint!!)…. here’s hoping!!!

INTERCITY BROADCASTING NETWORK INC.
Press Release
 
Radio Station Will Give a Voice to Toronto’s Black & Caribbean Community
 
TORONTO (June 10, 2011) – Yesterday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) issued a commercial radio license to Toronto-based company, Intercity Broadcasting Network Inc (IBN), to broadcast programming on the 98.7 FM frequency.

IBN is the owner of Radio 98.7 FM (also referred to as CARN 98.7), which will target the Greater Toronto Area’s vibrant Black and Caribbean population with an eclectic mix of music, news, talk, and cultural programming. The station will also reach a broader audience within the 25-54 demographic of Torontonians who enjoy Black music of all varieties.

“This is a great day for the Toronto radio market,” said Fitzroy Gordon, Founder and President of IBN. “Toronto’s newest commercial FM radio station will change the landscape of radio in the city and will add quality, substance and fun to the listening ears. Radio 98.7 FM will not only deliver great music and entertainment, but will be a station for both youth and adults to share valuable information and dialogue.”

Radio 98.7 will now begin the task of a working towards launching with a full programming schedule sometime this fall. In the meantime, the station will attempt to be on-air broadcasting a music-only rotation prior to the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival (formerly called Caribana) in order to give music lovers and advertisers the opportunity to connect with each other during the celebratory festival season.

The station will unveil its call letters, its new name, and its branding in the coming weeks. Radio 98.7 will also immediately begin to develop its programming, which will encompass a music format (including R&B/Soul, Hip Hop, Gospel, Reggae, Soca, and other World Beat genres) and a robust news & talk format that caters to the tastes of the Black and Caribbean population in the GTA.

“As of Monday morning, we will hit the ground running,” said Gordon. “Our first order of business will be to secure administrative and studio facilities, hire advertising, promotions and management staff and begin building our website. We know that the community has been waiting for this type of station for a very long time, and we can’t wait to deliver to them the sweet sounds of R&B, Reggae, Soca, Gospel, and World Beat, as well as talk shows that will give them a voice to express their opinions on issues in their diverse local communities.”

By way of background, Gordon and his team first applied to the CRTC in 2002, and again in 2005, for a radio license to serve the Black and Caribbean populations of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). In 2006, the CRTC granted a partial license to Gordon subject to him finding a technically viable frequency. The frequency chosen after much technical and engineering testing was 98.7 FM, which was second adjacent to CBC Radio 99.1 FM.

The CBC, however, attempted to block IBN’s efforts to use the 98.7 frequency, citing technical concerns. They refused to cooperate with IBN’s technical testing procedures that were intended to arrive at a feasible solution for both parties. Undaunted by this obstacle, Gordon and his team lobbied the Federal Government. In July 2009, then Minister of Industry, the Honourable Tony Clement, granted permission for broadcast testing of the frequency.

In addition to meeting the rigorous technical requirements of Industry Canada, IBN successfully demonstrated to the CRTC that it best reflects diversity of new voices in the community, that it would not have a significant negative impact on existing stations, and that it meets the needs of the largest underserved community in the GTA.

“Without a doubt, Prime Minister Stephen Harper along with Ministers Jason Kenney, Tony Clement and others, with the support of key staff members at Industry Canada and the CRTC, have all contributed significantly to the Black population getting its own radio voice in the city of Toronto.” said Gordon. “Battling the powerful CBC was extremely challenging, but our determination on behalf of the Black and Caribbean community would not be denied, and I am proud to celebrate this achievement as a victory for the underdog.”

Gordon also added that he is proud to be a part of history by becoming only the second African-Canadian to own a commercial radio licence. Gordon is particularly proud to become the first to launch a radio station specifically dedicated to the Black and Caribbean population in Canada. For more information on IBN and CARN 98.7, please visit http://www.carn987.com <http://www.carn987.com&gt; .

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Contact:
Fitzroy Gordon, President, Intercity Broadcasting Network Inc.
416-350-3000 x. 0 orcarnradio@gmail.com


Many thanks to my girl Zoi who put me on to Sha Stimuli a while ago.  Sha has single-handedly reassured my faith in the lyricism of hip hop – something which, if you only tend to only listen to mainstream radio, you’d think is pretty much dead.  Since then, I’ve been wow’d by some of the thought-provoking wordplay that Sha comes up with. 

We’ve been doing a World Premier of some of the album cuts on DD Radio, over the past few weeks leading up to the release and got to give the listeners and exclusive sneak peek on what’s on the album. One of our faves? Wake and Go! Yeah, yeah it’s ‘one for the ladies’, but it’s a dope track, period.

Take a listen for yourself – http://www.djbooth.net/index/mixtapes/entry/sha-stimuli-break-up

The Proposal – Tracklisting

1.Alone feat. LelaBizz prod by Mannequin
2.HELP (How Can I?) feat. N.I.K prod by Clams Casino
3.So High feat. Apryl Williams prod by J. Cardim
4.All About Us feat. N.I.K prod by Nubbz
5.Superstar prod by Radio Maschine
6.Feel Good feat. Nephu prod by The Letter C productions
7.Look At Us prod by Charli Brown
8.The Happening prod by Arsenix
9.Hard prod by Louis Price
10.No Clothes On prod by Black Metaphor
11.DWI prod by Charli Brown
12.Something Bout You prod by Clams Casino
13.Slowing Down? prod by Charli Brown
14.How Does It Feel? (Untitled) feat. D’Angelo
15.Forever feat. N.I.K prod by Dre Knight

Bonus Track: 
Wake Up & Go

Side Note: One of the first tracks that made me into a Sha Stimuli fan is this collabo he did with Prince EA, which reached out to the more hardcore side of me. In a word? MAAAAAAAAAAD — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-KiGZYlBTg

This is the sh*t hip hop is made of.

Shouts out to my homie SKI (a.k.a. FatSKI) for delivering some audio kush first thing in the morning. With Phat Tony (of the Fat Thursday production team) on the beat, you can’t go wrong!! The track is dope, pure and simple – had me nodding my head like an idiot at my desk at the office- (note: thank goodness for earphones!!), but the horns had me going nuts!!

Definitely peep the video too – Phat Tony walking in the subway hoisting a speaker on his shoulder is a sight to behold. Confronted with that vision in real life, I don’t know if I’d run or tweet a pic first – just kidding homie!!! lol

Had to post this right away for the connoisseurs who appreciate GOOD music.

DOWNLOAD: http://www.mediafire.com/?ixd6o1qjwxt5q88

VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9N1bTFFkbXc&feature=player_embedded

ENJOY!!!

I first discovered Shi Wisdom at a Toronto talent showcase called Intimate & Interactive last year (shouts out to Tika Simone!!).  I was one of the DJs for the night, had just finished my set and just as I was ready to bounce out to my next booking, when Ms. Wisdom took over the mic and I literally could not leave  – trust me, that rarely happens!  I was stunned and stayed for her entire set (making me late for my next gig, but it was WELL worth it!!!). Been a fan ever since, waiting anxiously to hear more.  She definitely does not disappoint with LoveSpeak, produced by Burd & Keyz.

This track is off the upcoming (and much anticipated) Burd & Keyz album, Keyz of Life. Another treat I’m definitely looking forward to hearing!! Peep the links below for the track – you won’t be disappointed!

 DOWNLOAD:

 http://keyzoflife.bandcamp.com/track/shi-wisdom-lovespeak-feat-kj

DJ Pack (MP3): http://www.sendspace.com/file/q74wxo

DJ Pack (WAV): http://www.sendspace.com/file/sz5qq6

 

Peace!