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 – http://www.urbnet.com/perfeckstrangers

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

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It’s been a while since I last did a post.

Everyone was hit differently by the death of Adam Yauch a.k.a. MCA. For me, The Beastie Boys came out when I was in the 5th grade, and by that time I’d had a pretty good education when it came to hip hop, thanks in large part to my older brother and Ron Nelson (Fantastic Voyage Show, CKLN 88.1FM). But what the Beastie Boys brought to the table was another level: it was fresh, exciting and unapologetic. I didn’t really understand why I was drawn to them at the time, I just was.  I clearly remember how I felt the moment I first heard the Paul Revere beat: I got goosebumps! How could music touch you like that before even a word was spoken?!

Even though the group evolved over time, they always remained true to what they wanted to be, say and stand for. And for that, they deserve the utmost respect.

DJs and artists have made their tributes to the man, his music and legacy, but one of my instant fav’s is by D-Sisive.  Peep his letter and then check out the track below.

Rest In Peace MCA

The Beastie Boys were my Beatles. My father would preach the gospel of the Fab 5 while me, too young to give a shit, wanted to wear baggy clothing and be MCA. You’d think I wanted to be Mike D due to the ‘4th letter in the alphabet’ connection, but nope. Yauch was cooler to me.

MCA was no bullshit. The only one of the three that I would be afraid of. Yauch was my Lennon. Leave the bubblegum to McCartney. Here’s the real shit.

“I can blow you away or you could ride with me.” -MCA, Paul Revere

My world stopped when a friend of mine sent me a text, telling me MCA passed away. I’ve lost people. It’s always a different reaction based on the closeness of the relationship. I’ve never met Adam Yauch, but it felt like I lost a family member. We never shook hands, or greeted each other, but I’ve spent hundreds of hours, over the course of 20 plus years, with him and the Beastie Boys in my headphones.

No offense to, but I wasn’t one of those tweeting how they were going to spend their entire weekend listening to the Beastie Boys, in memory of MCA. I’ve been listening to them consistently since the late eighties. Not a week goes by that I don’t have one craving to listen to a Beastie Boys song.

I knew I had to create something for him. I didn’t want to record the typical tribute song. MCA wasn’t typical and deserves better. I wanted to take it back to my childhood. The childhood they had impacted so heavily. I wanted to take it back to me, rapping Pass The Mic in a comb in front of a mirror in my bedroom, hat backwards, in my father’s work jacket. These were the moments that drove me to become an artist. And MCA helped me steer.

Thank you, Adam.

Derek

@dsisive
http://www.nobodywithanotepad.com
http://www.facebook.com/dsisivemusic

You don’t see many artist compilations coming out of Canada these days, especially on the hip hop side, so it’s cool to listen to the second volume from URBNET.  Check out the details and tracklist below…

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URBNET releases the second volume in its new series of “Certified” compilations. The label’s latest compilation line focuses on new singles from emerging artists. The series also offers a sampling of songs from URBNET’s expanding roster, offering listeners an opportunity to hear new music before it appears on full length releases. Certified selections are pulled from URBNET’s top 10 best new music list. The monthly list highlights the best new music submissions received by URBNET. Volume 2 was released digitally on Tuesday, March 12, and features new music from Ryan Hemsworth, Keys N Krates, Screw Slang and DJ Catalist featuring Kae Sun just to name a few.




01. D-Sisive – Victory Parade
02. Screw Slang – Stay Goth
03. knamelis + SUP∆83 are MART!N McFLY – YO!
04. Jules Chaz – Blak Lodge
05. Keys N Krates – Let It Rain
06. KAYTRADAMUS – Fantasea
07. Ryan Hemsworth – Three Hours In
08. Jesse Futerman – A Tribute To Horace
09. LAL – Look Behind
10. DJ Catalist feat. Kae Sun – We Changed
11. Perfeck Strangers – Stay Me (feat. Zeyon)
12. Animal Nation – The Corner of Broadway

For more info, check out  www.urbnet.com

URBNET releases new compilation series “URBNET Certified Volume 1”

Old school hip hop heads will remember that some of the classic Canadian tracks were found on the BeatFactory compilations from back in the day (a.k.a the early-mid 90s).

URBNET kicks off 2012 by continuing that tradition and launching a new series of music compilations. The latest addition to the label’s compilation line focuses on new singles from emerging artists. The series will also offer a sampling of songs from URBNET’s expanding roster, and this will be an opportunity to hear new music before it appears on full length releases.

Certified selections are pulled from URBNET’s top 10 best new music list. The monthly list highlights the best new music submissions received by URBNET for release. Volume 1 is now available digitally and features new music from Ian Kamau, Motëm, royceBIRTH and Besque to name a few.

The full release is available for purchase at www.urbnet.com .  Check out the full track listing and take a listen below:

http://urbnet.bandcamp.com/album/urbnet-certified-vol-1

Various Artists – URBNET Certified Volume 1

01. Ian Kamau – The Village
02. Besque – Not Enough Love
03. Motëm – All of the Above
04. Def3 – Real Talk
05. D-Sisive – Jolly Good Fellow
06. Dirtybird Beats – A Little Of Something
07. Cityreal – Passing Me By (ft Wes Mackey)
08. Factor – Club Soda OG
09. Fatty Down – Sippin’ A Beer Remix (Feat. Evil Ebenezer & Kyprios)
10. royceBIRTH – When The Music Stops
11, The Happy Unfortunate – 89 Vibin’
12. The Lytics – I’m Here