Peace DD Radio Fam!!!

It’s been a looooong time since you heard from us and quite honestly, even writing this is proving to be a little more difficult than we’d anticipated.  As you’ve probably heard by now, CKLN 88.1FM is officially off the airwaves, and although the station is standing strong by delivering podcasts, JJ Rock and myself have decided that it’s time to move on.  The station itself has parted ways with Ryerson University, so we no longer have an on-campus studio to broadcast from.   We’re still amped to keep DD Radio alive, but it will be via monthly podcasts on the soon to be launched, – a website by women who love hip hop to be shared with the masses – launch date is October 15th. The website will include interviews, reviews, events and exclusive podcasts of DD Radio, along with our charts – we can’t wait!!

Shouts out to all the programmers and staff at CKLN who’ve been trying to make the best of this situation.  Remember – PLEASE support college radio!! No station is immune, and removing stations like this means there are fewer outlets for some of our favorite and emerging artists to be heard.  Really – when was the last time you heard artists like Dilla, Freedom Writers, Eternia, Elzhi, Nottz, Jean Grae, King Jus, Sha Stimuli, Rapsody, on commercial radio??  Support the amazing programming and DJs that college radio is home to!!

In the meantime, we promise to do what we do best – providing a platform for some of hip hop’s dopest artists, breaking new music, and delivering some HEAT on every level – starting with some of the events list below which we’re participating or supporting. While JJ Rock has been killin’ it in the clubs over the past few weeks alone (peep the flyers below), the Dimez represented at the urbanNOIZE Festival in Rexdale, where DJ MelBoogie got to handle the turntables for the amazing Freedom Writers crew.  Mel got honored as a Pioneer at the first ever WombManifesto and was a panelist alongside dream hampton, True Daley, iLuvLola and more at Manifesto’s Feminism and Hip Hop discussion last week. Special thanks to Fred E. Fame and Hip Hop Canada for selecting Mel to be on the cover of the Hip Hop Collector Cards, Legends of the Fame. If you didn’t get to scoop a pack of this limited edition for yourself during the 5th Annual Manifesto events, check out to get your hands on a deck!!

Thanks for supporting DD Radio for the past 15+ years, and for showing love by voting for DD Radio as the 2011 Stylus College Radio Show of the Year!Because of your support we got to deliver countless exclusive live-to-air and in-studio interviews with some of our favorite artists, directors, producers, trendsetters and legends, including Pete Rock, CL Smooth, Greg Nice, Yo-Yo, Lil’ Mo, Remy Ma, Rick Ross, Common, Yung Joc, Michie Mee, Rich Kidd, Heather B., Rumble, Sheek Louch, Little Brother, Camp Lo, Tony Yayo, Keith Murray, Lalah Hathaway, Skillz, Foreign Exchange, Clinton Sparks, Kid Sister, Masta Ace, Jeru the Damaja, Saukrates, Ava DuVernay, Buckshot, Guru (R.I.P) and sooooo many more.  We got to premier new songs and emerging artists from our city and beyond. We also got to share the turntables with some of the dopest DJs in the country.

We appreciate YOU and thank you for supporting us and the show for well over a decade. We’ll definitely keep you posted on all the good stuff we’re working on, and continue to hold it down for the ladies who love hip hop – no doubt!

Peace, Love and THANK YOU!!

R.I.P. to Sylvia Robinson – 
One of the foremothers of hip hop, her trailblazing movements helped shape the business of hip hop today.

Big ups to Ghettosocks on this one!! I finally got to meet Socks this past Juno season, when he performed at UMAC’s UrbFRESH nominee showcase.  His energy is phenomenal, and if there’s one thing that’s undeniable, it’s that this dude loves hip hop – and it’s infectious!  I was in the front row throwing my hands in the air like a fool – his live show was THAT dope.  If you ever get a chance to see him perform live, show some love and tell him Boogie sent you….

In the meantime, peep his new video for Stolen Kicks. Fun and silly, outside of the song itself, the dopest part of the video is the WTF look the old lady gives him while he’s working his magic – take a peek for yourself and see below for more deets on Ghettosocks .


JUNO Award nominated Hip Hop artist, Ghettosocks, unleashes a third video from his critically acclaimed album, Treat of the Day, with the single Stolen Kicks featuring PH (aka Pumpkinhead).  

Shot in Toronto while Socks was attending NXNE earlier this year, the video was produced by Lithium Studios (who also produced the fan favorite video for the More or Les and Fresh Kils joint, “Pop-N-Chips featuring Ghettosocks and Timbuktu”) and was directed by Darrell Faria. Stolen Kicks was produced with the assistance of a MuchFact Video grant award, and will soon be in rotation on MuchMusic and MuchVibe (please request it!).
Along with co-star, Brooklyn New York rapper PH (aka Pumpkinhead), the video features cameos by homegrown rap stars Muneshine, D-Sisive, DJ Frame, More or Les, Apt, and Bix who also produced this track.
Ghettosocks is a JUNO nominated, and ECMA Winning, Hip Hop Producer and MC. Strongly influenced by early ’90s Golden Era Hip Hop, Socks delivers a tasty serving of Hip Hop goodness that will satisfy the most demanding of rap gourmands.
Pumpkinhead, hailing from Brooklyn N.Y., is known as a battle Champion Holding 2 Braggin Rites Championships under his belt and End of the weak challenge champion. PH has toured the world to places such as Japan, Australia, Sweden, Amsterdam and over 40 states. He has opened up for the likes of rock group the Goo Goo Dolls, Bootcamp Click, Kanye West, Ghostface, Big Daddy Kane, The Lost Boys, Tony Touch, Jedi Mind Tricks and has headlined his own shows all over the U.S.
For more info check out

Shouts out to Moka Only! I had the chance to interview him earlier this year, and he’s quickly becoming one of my fav MCs!  His overall flow and style are just dope, and the way he puts his stamp on a beat is second to none.  Peep the new video below for Rock On– a single off his album, Airport 5, released a few months ago >>
While you’re at it, check out this collabo he did with none other than Doodlebug (yup, THAT Doodlebug from Digable Planets). The single, Do What You Do, also features Don Will, and gave just the motivation I need to get me to the end of the work day.  Take a listen >> 

To all my skateboarding veterans, new skoolers, and enthusiast,  Mr. Moka Only comes correct for all the people in the streets with this in your face, active and fresh new video “ROCK ON”.

Written and Produced by Moka Only

Video Directed and Shot by mcenroe aka Rod Bailey
Assisted by Ian Beer 

Moka Only (aka Daniel Denton) spent his early days developing his graffiti skills in Victoria, BC, before trading in his paint cans for a mic. Having found his true calling, he rhymed non-stop at house parties and anywhere he could find ears. After a brief stint in San Diego, Moka rooted down in Vancouver, where he established himself as the Canadian hip-hop icon he is today.
Known by a bevy of aliases (Ron Contour, Flow Torch, Durable Mammal) Moka boasts a resume of collaborations even longer, including J Dilla, Aceyalone, OH NO, MF Doom, Buck 65, K-Os, and Sixtoo. He spent some time in the group Len, with other notable group projects including Swollen Members, Souls of Mischief and Living Legends. Historically a lyricist, Moka has also developed a signature production style proven infectious and highly sought-after, ultimately making him a wildly innovative and successful solo artist.

Rock On by Moka Only from Airport 5 on Wandring Worx Entertainment –  Moka Only (Homepage)  – Myspace!/mokaonly1 FaceBook -Twitter

I’m VERY excited and proud to show some love to our extended DDRadio fam – The Real Frequency! A labor of love for the past few years, the Freqs have been working hard to put together a project that gives listeners a glimpse into the world-class, sheer awesomeness that Canada has to offer. Missed my little review from a few weeks ago? Peep it HERE

Some of the artists featured on the CD will be in the spot performing their tracks LIVE.  See details for the party below, and even better yet – purchase a copy of the compilation on iTunes to keep you amped until Thursday!!

…All live @ Wrongbar Sept 8th! THE NEW NORTH Album Release Party Come celebrate this Hip Hop Classic. It’s going to be a monumental night. See you there! Thursday, September 8 2011 WrongBar (1279 Queen St W)

Music by: DJ P-Plus + Special Guest Performances Hosted by: Arcee

Dresscode: Hip Hop 19+ $10 with FREE CD before 11 pm


Emcees: Shad, JD Era, Kardinal Offishall, Tona, Rich Kidd, Shaun Boothe, King Reign, Richie Sosa, D-Sisive, Theology 3, Mathematik, Promise, IRS, Adam Bomb, Wio-K, Mayhem Morearty, Luu Breeze, Frankie Payne, Famous, Grimace Love, Progress, Via Linez, & Sep.

Producers: Boi-1da, Tone Mason, Marco Polo, Frank Dukes, Rich Kidd, Lyve, MoSS, Soundsmith, T.R.A.C.K.S., Big Sproxx & C4.

Vocalists: Ayah, Lokz, Andreena Mill, T.R.A.C.K.S., & Kim Davis.

DJs: DJ Dopey, DJ Grouch, & DJ Riccachet.

Mixed/Mastered by Pro Logic.

Album Artwork by Heinz.

Flyer Artwork by Payne Designs

I’m really excited to be a part of this project with Toronto artist, Jus Randy.  Formerly known as May 19, you may have first heard of him as part of BrassMunk, but since breaking off on his own, he’s worked on some pretty cool projects in preparation of this! His mixtape Infobahn, drops next month, but the videos teasers give you just enough of a taste to let you know what he has in store. The full singles This is War b/w Gud Mawning officially drop next week, so get ready!!! Peep the video links below for the appetizer….

VIDEO LINK: This Is War:

VIDEO LINK:  Gud Mawning:

(TORONTO) — Almost 7 years since Jus Randy’s departure and separation from the Juno nominated underground Hip Hop sensation group BrassMunk, he’s been busy writing, and has been steadily building in the lab to keep his creative juices flowing.  Now back and stronger than ever, Jus Randy is ready to hit the world with a double dose of heat.  Check out these two video teasers, giving you a sneak peek into what to expect from Jus Randy!

On This Is War, Jus Randy goes in hard and lets listeners know that he’s back, with no plans to take any shorts. Directed by Toronto’s own Jedi, the visuals perfectly match the words, bringing the lyrics to life.  Gud Mawning introduces the viewer to the world inside Jus Randy’s head – spiritual, lyrical, inspirational.  See below for the video teasers for both new singles.  Both tracks will be released with full DJ Packs on September 13th!

Artist:  Jus Randy 

  VIDEO LINK ~  This Is War:

VIDEO LINK ~  Gud Mawning:     

Artist Info/Show Bookings:

Twitter:  @jusrandy

This dope event is one of the few that has a real pulse on who’s on the come up and manages to always put together a stellar show for the community, by the community!! Yours truly will be on turntables, performing with Freedom Writers, so don’t miss it!! Other performers include Scratch from The Roots, the Souls of Steel band, and more.  In the lead up to the festival, youth from the area will create a large graffiti mural titled “R.I.P: Six Degrees of Separation” to pay homage to the lives lost to violence and to drive home the message that all Torontonians are affected when a young person is killed. The mural will display the names of Rexdale residents that have died from violence, and community members will be invited to add names to it at the festival.

There’s also some BBQ to help celebrate the last few days of summer.  See the full details listed below:


Sixth Annual urbanNOISE Festival Make Noise Against Violence!

Featuring headliner Reema Major and special guests Souls of Steel Orchestra, Scratch & Freedom Writers

Kick-off Workshop Day: Friday, September 9, 2011 5pm-8pm; Main Event: Saturday, September 10, 2011 from 3pm-8pm
Albion Library Parking Lot, 1515 Albion Road (across the street from the mall).
Check out for updates and info

Rising hip-hop star Reema Major will headline the sixth annual urbanNOISE festival – a free, all-ages urban arts festival organized by young people in the Rexdale/Jamestown communities to inspire youth to stand up to violence. The festival features a rich lineup of talent including Toronto steel pan masters Souls of Steel Orchestra, artists from Rexdale as well as a special guest performance by renowned, Grammy-winning beatboxer Scratch, from The Roots. urbanNOISE takes place Saturday, September 10 from 3pm – 8pm on the grounds of the Albion Library in the heart of Rexdale/Jamestown in North Etobicoke and is hosted by J-Wyze (ex-Flow 93.5 FM host) and Brittney “Twix” Dixon. This two-day event kicks off the day before (Friday, September 9) with a series of free urban arts workshops for youth in the area, inside the Albion Library from 5pm – 8pm.

A joint production of Expect Theatre (who recently created the highly acclaimed AWAKE for the Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival honouring those lost to gun violence) and Arts Etobicoke, urbanNOISE provides free arts-based workshops as well as part-time employment and mentorship through its Ambassador Program to youth in North Etobicoke while fighting the popular perception of Rexdale as a gang war zone. This year, the artistic element of urbanNOISE is being organized by a group of youth from the area mentored by community arts educator Dalton Higgins.

Watch for rap artists LP Da Original, Flip Watson, The Freedom Writers (Big Sproxx, Theology 3, Tona, Adam Bomb, Progress, Frankie Payne, Mathematik); urban dance troupes Broken Silence and J La Soul; local dancehall reggae talents Chizzy Bashment featuring A.B.S. and Holiday Bros; Punjab folk musicians and dancers Toronto Bhangra All-Stars and Cuban poet Telmary.

Reema Major is one of Canada’s fastest rising rap talents. Her early claims to fame include being invited to participate in the 2010 BET Hip Hop Awards cipher and being signed to a joint venture with Universal Music Canada and Interscope Records (USA) in 2010. She recently released her third mixtape, I Am Legend.

Souls of Steel Orchestra is a leading 20-piece steel pan performance group in Toronto under the leadership and tutelage of Andre Rouse. Their performances are fused with traditional instruments (trumpet and piano, for example) and vocalists for a truly original musical experience. Their scores are diverse and range from jazz to contemporary to classical and to dance.   Considered one of the best vocal percussionists in the world, U.S.-based Scratch is a member of legendary, Grammy-winning hip hop group The Roots. His newest album features a variety of acclaimed rap musicians, including Kanye West and Talib Kweli.

urbanNOISE, an initiative of Expect Theatre and Arts Etobicoke, is funded by: The Ontario Trillium Foundation, Canadian Heritage, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, the City of Toronto and Geoffrey H. Wood Foundation. urbanNOISE Community Partners include: Albion District Library, Rexdale Pro Tech Youth Media Centre, St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club, Albion Neighborhood Services – Boys and Girls Club, Elmbank Community Centre, Father Henry Carr Catholic High School CHS, North Albion CI, North Kipling Community Centre, Rexdale Community Health Centre, Rexdale Youth Resource Centre, The Boys and Girl’s Club of Weston – Mount Dennis, Thistletown CI, Toronto Police Services, 23 Division, West Humber CI, Breaking the Cycle, Monsignor Percy Johnson Catholic High School and Your Road to Success.


One of THE most promising MCs in the city right now, JD Era has been steadily building towards this point in his career.  Mad talented and lyrically fierce, you can only shake your head after listening to his flow because he makes it look so damn easy! A few months ago he made serious waves by getting signed to Raekwon‘s imprint label ICEH2O.  His track CHANGE from The Real Frequency’s compilation, The New North was officially released earlier this week and before you can even recover , Era hit you with another one!!

The newest release is Pay Day 2, an updated version of a track on Era’s last project, but is well worth taking in. Calling on some 70’s style pimp ish on the production, Snaz goes in hard on the beat while Era works his lyrical magic.  The joint features some inside-the-biz quotables from B.I.G and Pac before the legendary Raekwon grabs the mic and demolishes  it.  It’s tracks like this that get me even more amped for Era’s upcoming album, No Hand Outs.

Download and Enjoy NOW >>

For more info on JD Era and the upcoming album, check out or follow him @JDEra