If you’ve been fortunate to attend this years Sneaker Pimps tour then you have experienced Blake Carrington. Find out how The Toronto Canada/Buffalo NY representer is blazing a path to become legendary.
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“Failure” drops New Years Eve.
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The video was produced for Van City Vogue by Carl Haering and features the talents of Megan Edwards (host), Jeffery Ho (makeup), and Sharon and Kherry (Van City Vogue).
The interview takes place backstage at The Fortune Sound Club – Vancouver BC
Previously: INTERVIEW: SONREAL W/ EXCLAIM MAGAZINE
Shi blesses the cover of the latest issue of Share. Here’s the excerpt and peep the full article below.
Local singer/songwriter Renee ‘Shi’ Wisdom is on a roll. Her song, “R.I.P. (I’m Ready For Ya)”, which she co-wrote with Toronto alum, Drake, appears on Rita Ora’s debut album, and sits high atop the UK music charts. And she recently launched her EP, “LVSPK”, at an event that sold out in the first 72 hours. Not bad for someone who only started to seriously focus on her music career over the past two years.
“The real world is where I should have been to begin with,” says the promising artist. She says she realized that she belonged in the arts world, more specifically, working in music, and the former York University student who majored in French couldn’t be happier.
“I am completely fluent and I love the language but music is where I want to be.”
Wisdom focuses on a different type of language these days – music – which she creatively presents in her latest EP. LVSPK is a very honest collection of material in which she experiments with different musical stylings. She admits that the collection is a cohesive sound that allows the audience to sit down and listen to the way it is performed – it’s something to be analyzed.
With no formal vocal training and some lessons in piano, a love of music appears to course through her veins.
“My grandfather talked to me and gave me advice about the business,” she says. And her grandfather is none other than Jimmy Wisdom who was part of the musical duo Bob & Wisdom in the 60s. Wisdom owns and operates Wisdom’s Barber Shop and Beauty Salon in the Eglinton & Dufferin area.
“I always knew Shi was musical,” says the soft-spoken barber who has been cutting hair in this city for over 40 years and who now finds comfort singing in his church choir. It wasn’t until recently that Jimmy Wisdom sat down and listened to her music which is ironic because she admits that she never really heard her grandfather perform until recently when he started singing in the church.
SonReal + Exclaim Magazine choperation.
By Chris Dart
Vernon, BC-born, Vancouver-based MC/singer SonReal is very much a man of his time. Even ten years ago, Son would have struggled to find an audience for his laidback, introspective songs about the sort of small struggles that make up our daily lives. Now, in the post-Drake/post-J. Cole era, the t”houghtful, rapping everyman” has become its own hip-hop archetype. What differentiates SonReal from the rest of his subgenre, however, is how well it’s executed. On new mixtape Good News, which is really an album, SonReal proves that he’s a diverse MC. As a singer, he may not be R&B star calibre, but his whiskey-soaked rasp is more than enough to carry songs like “I Don’t Give a Shit” and “Jerk.” SonReal is, in turns, sensitive, cocky and funny, and he writes his own hooks. He has all the qualifications for the job of rapper-as-pop star.
Things are looking good for Vancouver’s SonReal. Not only does the MC/singer have a new mixtape, entitled Good News, making the rounds on the major download sites, he also has two more releases, including an EP with Toronto producer/MC Rich Kidd, set to drop in the next six months. With a sound that’s more polished than ever and an almost ridiculous work rate, Son thinks is ready to take things to the next level.
Do you think people who might have been on the fence with you a little bit might be coming around with this record?
I think that with any new artist, everyone needs some time to decide if they really like you. Even me, when I hear a new artist, it takes me a while to be sold on them. I really feel like Good News is that kind of album that’s almost undeniable. I kind of feel like Canada needs this right now.
You look at my city: there’s been nobody to come out of my city since Swollen Members in the early 2000s. I feel like this record is an important record for Vancouver. It’s just great to have some of these amazing DJs in my city come up to me and say, “We haven’t seen anything like this in a long time.” I think Canada needs a record like this because hip-hop’s changed. You don’t need to conform to being hard anymore, being gully, having anything to prove. This record is just really honest and it relates to everyday people.
Tell me more about the idea of representing Vancouver.
We don’t really have anyone doing things on an international level. We have some great artists from my city doing their thing ― Snak the Ripper and guys like that ― but we don’t have a Drake or K’Naan. Even K-Os lives in Vancouver, but you wouldn’t be like, “K-Os equals Vancouver.” We’re trying to build the Vancouver brand and sound. Vancouver’s a very laidback place and a very open-minded place, and I think that’s what I bring to the table representing Vancouver.
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“Good News” is out now!
One of Vancouver’s Top MCs, SonReal, sits down with Clotted Artery and defines the meaning of ‘funky.’Producers: Ryan Andrew Mitchell & Lawrence Lam. Assistance by Brett Bennett. Visit sonreal.ca.
More of the interview after the jump!
More of their interview after the jump!