Peace y’all!

I don’t post all the events that I do, but this one is pretty special.  I interviewed Boi-1da years ago (pre-Drake madness) on DD Radio, as a returning judge of Urbanology Mag‘s monster Beat Battle competition. He was pretty quiet, but with a great personality and mad humble.  When I bumped into him a few years later (post-Grammy wins under his belt plus all the attention that comes with it), I was REALLY happy to see that he was pretty much the same guy – still humble and sweet!

That’s why I’m pretty amped to be dropping a guest DJ set at this event this coming weekend.  Come party with me and DJ Romeo (Don’t Forget The Name!), as we celebrate the birthday of Boi-1da and ALL Libras! The birthday boy will not only be hosting the party, but the word is that he’ll also be dropping a guest set on the decks – now, THIS I gotta see!!

And so should you! Join us on Saturday October 18th, as we celebrate the birthday of Boi-1da and all Libras at SARCOA (57 Discovery Road, Hamilton).  Bottle service is recommended.




I’m pretty excited to hear more and more from Toronto’s J Shiltz (shouts out to ‘Sauga!). I’ve heard him grow as an artist over the past few years and I’m really impressed and amped to hear what he’s going to deliver this summer – especially via his upcoming album, Still Standing, being released on May 9th and will be available for free download via  He’s going to be on the DD Radio airwaves sometime over the next few weeks, so I’ll be sure to get the full scoop on all the work that went into building that album – I’ll keep you posted!

In the meantime, check out this new video from J Shiltz – From The Soul featuring Junia-T (of Smash Brovaz), and produced by Relic. Directed by Evan Ciniello:

Youtube Link:
DJ Pack WAV:

DJ Pack MP3:

Follow J Shiltz on Twitter @JShiltz

Hearing there’s new music from Toronto hip hop pioneer Kish is enough to get any fan excited. But add the Wild Cowboy, Sadat X to the mix, and it sounds even better!  We’re amped that we got to do a World Premier of this track on this week’s DD Radio. Missed it? You can check it out for yourself below!

On the new single “Clutch Pop” Kish and X team up and go verse for verse on the mic.  Best news of all: this is a teaser for Kish’s upcoming full-length album! In the meantime, take it in and enjoy!

Need the DJ Pack? Here you go:


We had Perfeck Strangers (a.k.a. Dan-e-o and Promise) in the DD Radio booth a few weeks ago, to build on their first joint album, Series Premiere. Both artists are seasoned and fantastic interviewees. They came with a full camera crew and somehow the DD team made it into the video — thanks for the love fellas!!

If you haven’t already, peep the video and most definitely check out the album –

And oh yeah – missed the interview on DD Radio? Take a listen right here:

Why beat around the bush? I’m totally LOVING this track.

Spek Won delivered one of the sickest mixtapes I’d heard with Preemo Donna a while ago (a mixtape with Primo beats, how could you go wrong?), and Hip Life was a single that I regularly merked on radio, so it was nice to see this track pop up.  On Reality Bites, he partners with the ever so soulful Sunshine Anderson, the creator of one of the hottest female anthems ever (Heard It All Before)

If 2011 taught me anything, it’s just like the song says:  that life CAN be a bitch, and yup, I wish I could drink and smoke my problems away too. But tracks like this definitely make it better.



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.

After not having Canadian representation at the DMC World DJ Championships for a few years, it’s taken a dedicated team of organizers to revive the brand in Canada.  Some of the most talented DJs in Canada have competed in the DMC Championships (including DJ Grouch), and it’s definitely where legendary turntablists are born.  In the age where everyone wants to call themselves a DJ after purchasing a few songs off iTunes, it’s events like this which continue to preserve the culture. The legendary Turnstylez Crew (Grouch, D-Scratch & Lil Jaz) will be doing a special dedication performance to Jam Master JayDroppin’ Dimez Radio is proud to be a media sponsor for this event! 

Want to compete or just witness history in the making? Save the dates below and support your city:
Thursday August 18th 2011
DMC Kelowna British Columbia Regional Heat
Venue: Sapphire Nightclub
Address: 238 Leon Ave. Kelowna, British Columbia
Presented by: Sapphire Nightclub, Footwerk, JayWho Productions &
Saturday August 20th 2011
DMC Calgary Alberta Regional Heat
Venue: The Republik
Address: 219 17 Ave. SW, Calgary, Alberta
Presented by: Supreme Hustle
Thursday August 25th 2011
DMC Hamilton Ontario Regional Heat
Venue: This Ain’t Hollywood
Address: 345 James Street North Hamilton, Ontario
Presented by: DMC Canada
Saturday September 10th 2011
DMC Canada National Finals
Venue: Academia Banquet Hall (Upper Floor)
Address: 242 James Street N. Hamilton, Ontario
Presented by: DMC CanadaContact for info on the Canadian Heats and Finals

DMC History:

DMC launched the DMC WORLD DJ CHAMPIONSHIPS in 1985 when a young Londoner called Roger Johnson took the first title in London’s fantastic Hippodrome where DMC staged a DJ Convention.

It took America’s DJ Cheese in 1986 to bring the best out of the turntables by scratching his way to DMC’s first ever World Title. An unhappy runner-up, Holland’s Orlando Voorn grabbed the mic from the events MC and founder Tony Prince and bellowed the immortal word’s “What is this, a Mixing Competition or a Scratching Competition?”

By the following year, turntable tricks started to establish themselves with the emergence of props, body tricks and a variety of scratching techniques, DJs scratched with bicycles and even kitchen sinks, Chad Jackson used a billiard cue and an American football to help him become the 1987 Champion. And the venue that had never before featured a DJ let alone heard hip-hop riffs, the Royal Albert Hall rang to the mighty sound of scratching, yet to be called turntablism.

A year later at the same venue, 5000 fans witnessed the birth of an American DJ god when Cash Money flew in from Philly to show everyone the way forward. They call him old school these days but back then he was very much new school. No one had seen anything like him. There were many influential DJs in the history of the DMC’s but none more so than Cash.

During these days, EVERYONE wanted to join the DJs at a DMC Final, Run DMC, Public Enemy, Janet Jackson and James Brown honoured us with their presence.

The DMC World Finals will be held on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th October at London’s prestigious Indig02, 02 Arena.

I know I post a lot of stuff from my city, but Vancity has always had its own unique scene that’s definitely worthy of recognition. I got the chance to interview Moka Only a few months ago and he confirmed what I already know – he’s not only a dope MC, with a passion for music and  but he’s a pretty dope person too, and that’s definitely reflected in what he creates for the masses 🙂

Peep the new track from Moka Only below – ENJOY!!

MOKA ONLY is back at it again with the second video from his album Airport. Following up the video’s Grab Grab Grab”, Live Vision brings you Skronk”.
Addicted to rhyming, Moka Only has steadily added to his hip-hop resume since his days of performing at house parties in Victoria, BC. Now a Vancouver mainstay, Moka has an impressive body of work to flaunt after countless collaborations with the likes of J Dilla, Aceyalone, MF Doom and more. Notable group projects include Swollen Members, Souls of Mischief and Living Legends.
Not only a passionate lyricist, Moka has also gained notoriety as a talented producer, and will offer his innovative production and talent through the Wandering Worx label. 
Check out the video –
Also feel free to download Moka Only’s press kit for more information:
Download Link:
Below is a list of Moka Only’s other links that you can check out for new content:
Twitter: – !/MOKA_ONLY

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!!!

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 <; .

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Fitzroy Gordon, President, Intercity Broadcasting Network Inc.
416-350-3000 x. 0

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 –

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 —