Recognized and respected for their electric live performances and years of merging style with substance, the culmination of years of collaboration as recording artists, performers, event planners/promoters and party purveyors – I.JAMES.JONES & NaNa present a partnership in the grand tradition of the Rap Duo, forged in the flames of a city that produces more smoke than fire. Enter The Names Are Known.
From notebooks to dance floors, headphones to the big speakers; The Names Are Known are Hip Hop in exploration, equal parts time capsule, and time machine, set on preserving the here and now, with the dial firmly set forward. With the release of their debut album “To The People Of The Future” expected in late 2013, The Names Are Known spent 2011 and early 2012 preparing and gaining new fans at their weekly event KNOWNSaturdays @ Czehoski (Toronto) and launching a new weekly – #KNOWNMONDAYS @ColdTeaBar (Toronto) in December 2012. In the effort of growth, the duo has decided that there is no time like the present, first with the release of The March EP (March 2013) and by taking part in the 2013 Canadian Music Week Festival (Elevated ‘ A Night with Toronto’s Rap Community).
Bare witness – The Names Are Known, and will continue to be.
Latest full length from Robb includes appearances from Chantal Anderson, Jahron B, Joel Anderson, and Do’s + production duties covered by Rich Kidd, Daniel Worthy, Real Blaze Music, Mr. Magicc, Scena, Magic Loops, Dante Desperado, and Jordan Manswell & J’Vell Boyce.
Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Thursday, February 28th, 2013
Promise waxes poetic on the criticisms aimed at Drake and the reflective come-up themes embodied in his latest single.
Like really tho, anyone taking “Started From The Bottom” as Drake implying that he had it HARDER than most rappers coming out of Toronto is tripping. That said, anyone using his success as a ‘see, any racialized/socio-economically impoverished rapper from Toronto can make it’ is even more suspect.
For legal purposes: this is my take on Drake’s Started From The Bottom
I had the craziest dream last night which is what warranted this. I’ve been wanting to say stuff before but held back for various reasons and as I’m not causing any harm I felt staying silent was unjust. My music is meant to be heard. So instead of doing anything official I decided to go this route to get my thoughts out and keep it moving.
I made the actual title “Drake Started From The Bottom” because people always interview me asking my take on that whole thing that he never was at the “bottom” so to speak. But he was musically, not that all the other things in his life didn’t work well for him but there were people who wouldn’t work with him or give him an ear simply because of all the things we all believe to have boosted him to the position he is in. I was fortunate enough to be a friend in his early stages and truly witness his struggles and growth and can speak on some of them. #realtalk
“Pretty girls like it when you ask them to be in your video, even last minute. It’s a fact.”
We were back on the road again, this time on our way home from rocking a stage out in Ottawa, where we debuted our newest joint “Mr. Polite” with the man himself, Fashawn – another small mini-tour to promote the new single. And the response was live as fxck. On a couple hours sleep we hit a drive-thru Tim Horton’s in pursuit of our home town – with Fash in shorts in the dead of winter and on a tight schedule to meet soundcheck, we were back to playing ambassador for one of Cali’s finest. Got in to town at 4:30. Soundcheck for 8. That’s about 3 1/2 hours to shoot a video together. Wrangled the crew, schemed and plotted on the ride in… and with the help of our whole team, this was doable.
Pretty girls like it when you ask them to be in your video, even last minute. It’s a fact. We asked some. It worked out well.
Bronze & JR loosely knew what they wanted to do with it and had at least 60% of it in the can by sundown, but the label was asking for this video like yesterday – so in an attempt to meet our deadline, they were inspired by French & Italian cinema, and an outdoor pool. It was “all in our heads”.
Shout out Abra, Alla, Katja, Hannah, Mica, Jackie and Steph. Peace to Fash, F-Plus, Osman, Will & Caitlin, Krystina & Family, Benjamin, Tim, Liz & Erik, Mike Macinnis & Tantrum.
- Puff Puff Pat aka Roshin of Notes to Self
Artist: Notes to Self
Song: Mr. Polite REMIX [with Fashawn]
Produced by Bronze One (of Notes to Self) for Course of Study & Book (of Beatface)
*AKA BOOK & BRONZE for Heart on Sleeve
Raps by Roshin, Bronze One & Swamp Donkey (all of NTS) and Fashawn
Cuts by DJ Dopey (of NTS)
***From the forthcoming Notes to Self project “Target Market [RECOIL]”
with DECON Records, OUT FEBRUARY 26th.
Directed by Blended Malt (Matthew Bronson & JR)
Edited by Motioneer.ca
Shot by Motioneer & Notes to Self
Additional Shots by Osman/Oz and Will Wallace
Illustrative Type & Animation by RUFFMERCY (ruffmercy.com)
Assistant Directed by Will Wallace & Caitlin Schooley
Online by JR for Motioneer.ca
Graphics & Treatment by Course of Study Creative & PK
(Design by COS & PK)
Notes to Self is: Bronze One, Roshin, DJ Dopey and Swamp Donkey.