Toronto, ON (October 10, 2014) – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced that the JUNO Awards is now accepting submissions in the category of Rap Recording of the Year. The 2015 festivities will be hosted in Hamilton, Ontario, with JUNO Week running from March 9th to March 15th.  The 44th Annual JUNO Awards will be broadcast on CTV from Hamilton’s FirstOntario Centre, on Sunday March 15th, 2015.

In an effort to streamline the screening process, and make it even easier for artists across Canada to submit for consideration, CARAS will only be accepting online submissions.  For the first time, artists will be able to upload their music via the online submission process.

The Rap Advisory Committee includes Co-Chairs, Jay Devonish (eOne Entertainment), and Kyle Kraft (Battle Axe/ Krafty Entertainment).  Rounding out the rest of the Committee is David “Click” Cox (CLK Creative Works), Alan Greyeyes (Manitoba Music), Darryl Rodway (Urbnet), Dice B (CINQ 102.3FM), Don Smooth (K103FM), Greg Baptiste (Bell Media), Jay Swing (Donnelly Group/NationOfMillions.ca), Jesse Plunkett (HipHopCanada.com), Jody Laraya (Independent Promotions), Marlon Wilson, (Music for Mavericks/Politic Live), Melissa “DJ MelBoogie” Langley (DJ/Publicist), and RS Smooth (DJ/Radio Host).

Collectively, the Rap Advisory Committee continues to make strides in developing outreach to rap artists across the country, both English and Francophone, to increase the number of submissions in this category. As a result of these concentrated efforts, the number of submissions received by CARAS in the category of Rap Recording of the Year has been steadily rising since the category was established in 1990.  By partnering with radio shows, online magazines and DJs across the country, the committee hopes to continue to raise awareness throughout the community about the submissions and judging process, specifically for rap artists.

The JUNO Awards have been proven to be an excellent networking vehicle, not only for artists who win, but also for nominees and/or participants in various JUNO Awards events.

2014 Rap nominee, SonReal, had this to say about his JUNO nomination: “Being nominated for a JUNO Award has had a great impact on my career. People value and appreciate the credential of being nominated for an award of that level. It is an amazing award show to experience and I think anyone who is serious about their craft should give it a shot and apply.”  2013 nominee, JD Era, echoes that sentiment by stating: “Being JUNO nominated was amazing. It allowed me to be recognized nationally for my work and has opened doors for me in places I couldn’t imagine.”

Other previous nominees include Classified, Choclair, Concise, D-Sisive, DL Incognito, Drake, Dubmatique, Eternia, k-os, Kardinal Offishall, Rich Kidd, Sans Pression, Shad, and Swollen Members.

Submissions can be made online at http://junosubmissions.ca .  Nominees will be announced on January 27th, 2015 at the JUNO Nominee press conference.

Early Bird Submission Deadline Date is 5:00 p.m. EST on October 24th, 2014.

The Final Submission Deadline is 5:00 p.m. EST on November 13th, 2014.

Submission Fees and Deadlines:

CARAS offers an early bird submission fee to those who submit between October 1, 2014 and October 24, 2014.  CARAS Academy Delegates can save up to 40% of submission fees. If you are eligible to submit, you are eligible for an account.  Please visit https://carasonline.ca/academy-delegate/  for more information.

The submission fee can be paid online with a credit card or by sending a cheque.

October 1 to 24, 2014 (Early Bird Deadline)

$40 for CARAS Academy Delegates
$65 for non-Academy Delegates

October 25 to November 13, 2014 (Final Deadline)

$75 for CARAS Academy Delegates
$95 for non-Academy Delegates

How it works:

330 Judges – Each year, judges are recruited for each of the 33 adjudicated categories to judge the material that is submitted. These individuals are responsible for listening to each of the submissions and voting for the best product in the genre. The judges change each year and are spread out in different facets of the music industry and different regions throughout Canada.
50 Nominating & Voting Committee Members – The Nominating & Voting Committee is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the JUNO Awards. It is their responsibility to monitor any changes within the industry as it relates to the awards. The committee brings any necessary changes to the attention of the Board of Directors.
190+ Music Advisory Committee Members – Each category has an associated advisory committee that is responsible for ensuring that each of the submissions in their specific genre meets the required qualifications for the JUNO Awards.


Melissa Langley
MelBoogie Media

For more information on CARAS and the JUNO Awards, contact:
Adrienne Kakoullis
Holmes Creative Communications
(416) 628-5610


Still Standing Album Artwork

A new album from ‘Sauga’s finest, J Shiltz! Every track is pretty dope so it’s pretty hard to choose a favourite after just one listen, so I guess I’ll have to just run it again, and again, and again!  Still Standing features production by Lancescape, Rich Kidd, Junia-T, Kev Brown, Relic and more. Vocal collaborations feature Ray Robinson, pHoenix Pagliacci, Rapper Big Pooh and more.

I’m really looking forward to interviewing J Shiltz on DD Radio next Tuesday –  make sure you lock it in!!

Here’s the official word from the man himself:

J Shiltz releases his second album titled “Still Standing”.  The fifteen track deep album features top notch production from Rich KiddKev BrownRelicTwizzmaticLancecapeJunia-TCharismaM Mac, and Heights as well as collaborations withRapper Big PoohA.G of D.I.T.CRay RobinsonpHoenix PagliacciJunia-TRich KiddTwizzmaticJon MoxinDJ Docta, and Relic.  “Still Standing” is available for free download via http://jshiltz.bandcamp.com



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New music from Solitair ALWAYS makes my day! Team him up with the likes of Lotus and Rich Kidd? It’s a wrap. Shouts out to May Marquardt on the hook. Big up Toronto – you have a new anthem.

Take a listen and enjoy!!

Topping my list of young MCs from Toronto, I can honestly say it’s been a minute since I’ve seen anyone put it down like Blake Carrington. Ever since I first heard FRESH(er Than the Rest) off a Rich Kidd mixtape a few years ago, I’ve been a fan.  After his freestyle during one of the City On My Back/Stylus Cyphers last month, I know for a fact I’m not alone.  He takes the term “Cool Dad” to a next level – click on the image above and see what I mean.  Seeing Blake Carrington perform live is truly an experience.

He just released the single “Legendary” (produced by Ric Notes) off the soon-to-be-released album “Failure” – can’t wait to hear everything he has on deck. With his style and skill, Failure is definitely not an option. Check out the PR blurb from the label below, take in the chune, and FOLLOW him >> @carringtonworld

Oui Self Made is proud to release “Legendary” – the lead single off Blake Carrington’s upcoming FAILURE Project. Produced by Ric Notes, “Legendary” evokes the raw emotions and hunger for success that mark Blake Carrington’s rebirth and evolution as an artist. 

In this compelling and motivational track, Blake speaks as an advocate for those who have faced failure and overcome it to pursue their dreams. Shouting out influential hip hop legends Biggie, Tupac, and the Wu-Tang Clan, Blake makes it clear that he refuses to give up, and that his time to shine is now.


The FAILURE Project represents Blake’s commitment to making his dreams a reality, even when confronted with failure.  Blake is an innovative and dedicated artist who has put a huge amount of work into his musical career, despite being faced with adversity. He is “failing forward” towards his success, representing anyone who has ever overcome failure to pursue their goals.


“Legendary” ends with a quote from Muhammad Ali that reflects Blake’s journey of over 10 years in music: I’m experienced now, professional. Jaws been broke, been lost, knocked down a couple times. Blake Carrington has been through the wire and risen above failure. Oui Self Made is making history and ready to show the world exactly what legends are made of.  


Look out for the stunning visual accompaniment to “Legendary” dropping July 1st, as well as chapter two of the “Failing Forward” series entitled “D.O.P.E”, which will be released soon.


Beautifully produced, with lyrics to match.
I HEART Rich Kidd!!!

After an incredible beginning to 2012  – filled with confirmations of productions placements including Jay Electronica’s debut album on Roc Nation (stay tuned!) – Rich Kidd is back reminding us that he’s just as talented on the track as well as composing it.

His new track, Back in the Day features Degazity with producer Show N Prove on the beat.  The video is coming soon, but if you want to grab the clean & dirty versions in the meantime >>>  CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD “BACK IN THE DAY”

Or just take a listen here & enjoy:

For more info on Rich Kidd, check out the website http://www.richkiddbeats.com

Thank GOD it’s Friday, and there’s nothing better than being able to share some audio goodies. Check out some new TWIST ft. Sean Prominent with Rich Kidd on the production, called Stay Up. Exactly the words I needed to hear on a day like today:

Speaking of Sean Prominent, I also got this tidbit today: NewBreed MC ft. Jill Peacock with Sean Prominent on the beat. Take it in:


Sooooo…. between the awesome-ness that was Watch the Throne (more album cuts woulda been nice, but the show was dope nonetheless), and the phenomenal being that is known as PRINCE just two days later (I don’t care if he’s over 50 – his face is still like butter. He could get it…just sayin’), I FINALLY got the chance to go through my email and saw some of the goodies I missed in between all the madness of last week.


One was from J Shiltz, who I met for the first time last year.  Teaming up with SonReal (VanCity) and Rich Kidd (Mr. Midas) on the beats, Shiltz brings you “Ridin’ Out”.  I already have a love for SonReal based off “Already There” with Soxx and Rich Kidd (the breakdown near the end where he rides the beat change is hip hop bliss), so when I saw that Shiltz teamed up with both of them, I was already sold.

With a bass that can easily blow out the speakers in my ride, a heavy head-nod synth and a hook that stays with you long after the song is done, I hope DJs can give this one the love it deserves on the airwaves…. Check it out for yourself:

Follow this artist >> @JShiltz

Tona dropped this joint just in time for the ultimate party weekend in Toronto (a.k.a. Caribana!).  I listened to it at work and it immediately made me wish I was up in the clubs. I’m literally counting down the minutes until 5PM!  Featuring DJ Dames Nellas on the mic as the hype man is just another nice touch to an already dope track.  I’m ready to go innnnnn!!!!  Enjoy the track (and party safe this weekend!!)….Oh yeah – Look out for that SILVERSPRING CRESCENT LP in the Fall.


New heat from TONA!! Peep the video – I had no idea there were so many different types of Hennesy!! Thanks for the edu-macation, Tona!!  Also, I hear through the grapevine that Freedom Writers have some very exciting stuff on the horizon, so I can’t wait!

Fresh off of his “WE DO” release a few weeks ago, Tona decided to hit you with some more promotional material. In this video, Tona takes you into what a typical studio session looks like when he builds a track from scratch. We all know what happens when you mix liquor together; it becomes more lethal. Well, this is what happens when you mix some HENNESSY + SMOKE + RICH KIDD PRODUCTION + SOME HARD RHYMES courtesy of  TONA together.

Watch TONA ‘Hennessy Thoughts’ Video (Filmed and edited by Matt Beecraft) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1foST7_J6pY

Download TONA – Hennessy Thoughts – Prod. by Rich Kidd
http: //www.sendspace.com/file/x7o9kt

J Shiltz really impressed me last year with the Kev Brown produced track, Louder. We fully RINSED that track on DD Radio throughout last summer, so I’m glad to see him ready to hit ’em with another one for the summer, which promises to make even more of an impact. Partnering with Rich Kidd on the beat, Shiltz goes in hard once again – peep the track.

J Shiltz is the artist behind the Stylus Award winning single “Louder” backed by underground super producer Kev Brown and featuring verses from Grimace Love of Monolith and Notlam. J Shiltz is the same artist that brought the boom bap with “It’s On” produced by Toronto’s own Junia-T and featuring verses from Spek-Won and Rishaard. Right on the heels of that release came “Gimme That Flow” Shiltz’s first solo offering with accompanied Much Vibe featured music video. The 23 year old Sauga City native is now prepping for the release his first feature length album, scheduled to drop this coming fall… The first single from this upcoming project is sure to turn heads. Mixed and mastered by Lamounde Moore for Notlam Productions, “For The Cash” is that raw no holds barred hip-hop that the city has been waiting for. Shiltz goes in alongside veteran spitter Rishaard of the Monolith crew and Frank Nitt, the Detroit native widely known for comprising one half of the rap duo Frank n Dank. Over blazing production from Rich Kidd, the three lyricists deliver their sentiments on the driving force of the modern world; cash. It should be no surprise that the lines between the raw and the conscious are truly blurred on this thought provoking hip-hop banger. Stay on the lookout for the next single from J Shiltz titled “Gimme That Flow Pt. 2” produced by Lancecape featuring Nish Raawks, Junia-T, and Wio-K.

Follow the kid on twitter @JShiltz Artwork by Kid Slim

Here is the download link for the DJ PACK: http://www.sendspace.com/file/jhcbfk

Here is the youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6uEa3BhOoc