NEW MUSIC: Omari Shakir “Like A Book” + “Different”

Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

More of that random Weeknd/XO music just floating around youTube – this time from (former??) ShesSoLov3ly member Omari Shakir.

“Like A Book” is produced by The OBGMs and originally dropped on their “Christmas Bag” release.

Hit the jump for the newer of these two songs “Different”.

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NEW VIDEO: 360 (of 20B-LO) “What’s In It For Me” (Directed by Sean Getti)

Ty Harper | Music,Video | Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Directed by Sean Getti.

http://twitter.com/#!/20BLO

Produced by Soundsmith.

NEW MUSIC: Crime In The City “With All Due Respect” EP

Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Crime In The City

A taste of Crime In The City – a socially conscious music movement coming out of MTL.

Crime In the City™ is a tribute to original Funk/HipHop/JazzSoul/Rock influenced movement. Inspired by the struggle of the emancipating youth of New York to express themselves in a hostile and superficial society in the
beginning of the 1980′s, the members of Crime In the City™ are determined to become a mouthpiece for every ghetto worldwide.

One of Crime In the City™’s most precious asset is its multicultural and versatile characteristic: Coming from different ethnic and social backgrounds ,
we can channel our message in more than one language,therefore adressing a larger audience.

Founded by Uness & DeeJayIz in the Summer of 2008, Crime In the City™ Lifestyle Group has become a fast growing movement within the virtual
community. Now a leading brand in the independent scene, our mission is to follow the Motown tradiction, and create the next strongest Label of FREE artists in North America.

Crime In the City™ has been making records and developing projects alongside notable Montreal urban acts such as Deejay IZ, Abby, Sony, Le Couz, Psai aka Shmata Boi, Don Ibson, Sarahmée, CeasRock, I.Blast, Tadeeo, OneShot, AK Tha Kid, Preach Ankobia, The Passereens, Fredy V., Just Mugz, The Narcicsyst, Loe Pesci, Spook One, D-Shade, The Loss One, The Mission District, Jacynthe as well as other notable International collaborations

NEW VIDEO: Kayo “Be A Star” (Directed by Andrew Flemming)

Ty Harper | Music,Video | Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Directed by Andrew Flemming.

1st single/video off Kayo’s upcoming “One: The Prequel”  EP – produced by Classified.

http://www.facebook.com/KayoGuevarra
http://www.twitter.com/KayoGuevarra
http://www.KayoGuevarra.tumblr.com

Previously: NEW MUSIC: Kayo “The New Guy” (Prod. Classified)

NEW MUSIC: Kish, Dan-e-o & Maestro “Vapors” (2012)

Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Nice.

The classics never go out of style.  When three emcees from Toronto get together to collaborate on a track for the love of hip hop, only goodness can come out of it.  In 2010, when Dan-e-o was visiting Kish in L.A., the two were talking about future collaboration projects. While reminiscing about their favourite old school tracks, and memories of Concert Hall shows, Kish suggested to Dan-e-o that they do a cover of Biz Markie‘s The Vapors.   After reconnecting with Maestro while he was in LA, Kish had found the perfect third emcee to round out the track. The only missing piece was a DJ. Maestro suggested his sister, DJ MelBoogie, and the rest was hip hop history.
This project was done out of love for the music.  After threading a logistical needle for quite some time, the group managed to align schedules and studio time to complete the project.  Beyond doing it for the love of hip hop, the track marked some firsts for this team:  Vapors 2012 is the first collaboration between Maestro and Dan-e-o, along with being the first collaboration between Wes and his sister MelBoogie. For Kish, this was only the second song he’d recorded after a 15 year hiatus.
To compliment the song, Kish asked phenomenal artist, Sean “Cheeks” Galloway, who did character design for the animated Spiderman series, to create some artwork to accompany the release.
Vapors 2012 – Kish, Dan-e-o & Maestro
(Cuts by DJ MelBoogie)
 

Previously: NEW MUSIC: Maestro “Praise Da Lord” feat. Shad (Prod. The Rezza Brothers) + “Get Up” feat. Adam Bomb (Prod. Fin-S)

Previously: NEW VIDEO: Dan-e-o “Locked” (Directed by Kev Major)

NEW MUSIC: Kemikal “Push Me Away” (Dub)

Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Kemikal hops on the beat for Anthony Hamilton’s “Since I Seent You”.

Accompanying visuals out in a bit.

(Sinotra hopped on this too, but I’ve been told it’s straight coincidence).

www.KEMIKALMUSIC.com

www.twitter.com/KemiKALmusic

www.facebook.com/KemiKALmusic

www.soundcloud.com/KemiKALmusic

www.reverbnation.com/KemiKALmusic

www.youtube.com/KemiKALofHNF

Previously: NEW VIDEO: Kemikal “Get Down” (Directed by Akhil Kamble)

NEW MUSIC: Tre Leji “Sunshine” (Prod. South P)

Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Latest from Tre Leji produced by South P.

Previously: NEW MUSIC: Tre Leji “Can You Feel Me” (Prod. Guzo Lou)

NEW VIDEO: Kwabe “Pilot Music” (Directed by BeatsBeast)

Ty Harper | Music,Video | Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Directed by BeatsBeast.

New music/visuals/ from Steel City’s Kwabe.

www.thesocietyhigh.com

EVENT: Ian Kamau + Keisha Monique Simpson “One Day Soon” + “Because We Were Born” Official Launch/Photo Exhibition (Friday, November 11th @ 918 Bathrust)

Ty Harper | Events,Music | Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Dope!

Multi-disciplinary artists Keisha Monique Simpson and Ian Kamau synchronize heart-felt releases with 11:11:11 at 918 Bathurst (first lights north of Bloor
on Bathurst). The much anticipated release of works by Ian Kamau and Keisha Monique Simpson have arrived with two of Toronto’s beloved artists collaborating for one enchanting night of book and music talk. Both multi-driven artists are widely recognizable names in Toronto’s local music and
grassroots organizing communities.

Ian Kamau’s first full length LP, One Day Soon, is inspired by his communities. The album comes on the heels of a myriad of mixtapes and podcasts, his summer classic Cocoons (2011) and his initial contribution to the music game “First” released in 2003. One Day Soon is an honest work that interweaves crooning and rapping.

“One Day Soon is a statement of hope, the phrase is meant to inspire the thoughts and dreams of people towards something better, something beyond now, towards a new reality “ – Ian Kamau

Titled after a selected poem, because we were born is Keisha Monique’s debut collection of poetry. Inspired by stories of migration, forgiveness, identity, freedom, resistance, and love, each page is engraved with an underlying theme of discovering and trusting one’s own purpose. ‘because we were born’ is a collection of poems based on my journey of accepting all that I have come to learn and unlearn about purpose, passion and will.’ – Keisha Monique

The evening will feature performances by Keisha Monique and Ian Kamau as well as a well-rounded collection of talented guests: Progress,Victoria Sol, Brendan Phillip, Brandon Wint and Ikenna Onyegbula. Photography from both artists captured during moments in the eastern, western and southern parts of Afrika will be on display and for sale.

One Day Soon and pre-orders of because we were born will be available on the night of 11.11.11. Come see what 11:11:11 will bring November 11, 2011 at 918 Bathurst. Please visit iankamau.com and keishamonique.com for more information.

Peep a visual promo for the event after the jump!

Previously: VIDEO: Ian Kamau “Pandora’s Box” (“One Day Soon” Album Promo)

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NEW VIDEO: Melanie Fiona “This Time” (Live @ BET’s “Black Girls Rock”)

Ty Harper | Music,Video | Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Ms. Fiona performs “This Time” at her performance on BET’s “Black Girls Rock”.

“The MF Life” hits shelves December 6th.

http://liveyourmflife.tumblr.com

www.melaniefiona.com

Previously: VIDEO: Melanie Fiona Interview w/ SingersRoom.com

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