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Some of the city’s finest smokers gather in ritualistic form to pay homage to cannabis sativa, rap music and my celebrity crush. I heard they all get high and bow to her while reciting the words to this.
The Known [UN]Known Presents:
THE STONER SHOW 3
THE LAST STONER SHOW OF THE YEAR!!!
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9TH
DOORS OPEN AT 7PM
*Bring Your Own Weed* B*Y*O*W
$15 BEFORE 9PM; $20 AFTER
@ HOT BOX CAFE
191 BALDWIN STREET — KENSINGTON MARKET
Toronto native Rochelle Jordan has been making a name for herself, especially with the release of ‘R O J O,’ a project with in-house producer Klash. On the project, Rochelle showcased her raw and unique talent on the 15-track set, which was reminiscent of the 90s sound. Drawing elements from the likes Aaliyah, Kelis, Samantha James, and even Paramore; it was largely Ameriie and her debut album ‘All I Have’ that impacted Rochelle’s sound the most.
First Song Fell in Love… First song I ever fell in love with… I really liked Kelis’ “Caught Out There” when I was young, but the songs that I fell in love with, and the album that I fell in love with, where I literally couldn’t put it down, was definitely Amerie’s ‘All I Have’ album. Pretty much all those songs on that album, I dedicated my life to for a really long time. [Laughs] I’m talking like four years, I was dedicated to listening to her harmonies and melodies and everything that she was doing with Rich Harrison. That’s kind of what I fell in love with.
Defining Audio Style… If you notice within my lyrics and within certain songs, I always mention “the vibe, can you feel it?” and I guess it’s a certain aura that Klash and I possess with our music. We’re obviously definitely R&B, but… It’s hard for me to explain, but it’s a really vibe-y sound where it gives you the feeling that I got back in the day when I used to listen to music when I was 11-12, and that 90s era when music was just powerful and almost like touching your soul. I always wanted to give that back to people, and I always said it was the vibe of the sound. That’s how I kind of describe my music. A certain vibe.
Music Inspiration… I go from anywhere from Samantha James, who is an underground, lounge-y/pop-ish singer who is absolutely crazy and not a lot of people know about her… I take elements from that and also from Aaliyah, Amerie, and even Paramore. I take different elements and kind of mash them together. That kind of helps me develop my sound, but I can say for sure that Amerie was a huge influence in my sound. Kelis was also, and Aaliyah for sure.
Staying True to Toronto… Toronto is an amazing city, but I don’t know. They always say that Toronto has a certain sound, and we’re very emotional… emo. [Laughs] And especially with the last song that I dropped, “Shot,” people were like “Oh yeah, there’s that emo, Toronto sound.” [Laughs] It is what it is. I’ve had amazing support down here and whatnot. Everything influences my sound really. I can’t just sit here and say Toronto influenced my sound. It’s just a mash of a whole bunch of things. I can definitely say being from Toronto, now that Drake kind of broke out in the states, it definitely helped my sound reach further than it would have if he didn’t.
Reaching For Success… The success for me was just the fact people merely just took to my sound. Just being able to get my emotions out and have people understand it and relate to it… That is success in my eyes. I mean, the rest will come later. I obviously want to be a really heavy recording artist and person within the industry… And I’m just praying that comes. But right now, I really feel like the success was just breaking through these different parts of the world and have people listening to my music. That’s where the success lies.
Fighting Sickle Cell… Yeah I do have that. And so does T-Boz. I remember once I asked her on Facebook. I found her Facebook and I was like “Oh my God, T-Boz. I heard that you have sickle cell anemia. How do you deal with that being in the industry?” She actually hit me back up. She was like, “Oh my God. That’s so dope. Okay, well when you’re in the industry, you got to make sure you’re taking care of your health and all that kind of stuff. Balancing your sleep and your food and whatnot.” It’s really dope. That’s one thing that not a lot of people know about me. And that’s one thing I’ve fought with my entire life. I fought all the way to where I am in my life right now. It’s been good. [Laughs] It’s been okay.
Yeah. For the people that don’t really know what sickle cell is, it’s an anemia, like a blood disorder. It’s basically when your immune system starts shutting down, your heart creates cells that are kind of misshaped and then They can sometimes get stuck in your veins. Then it causes you to have like weird pains all over your body and stuff like that. I always think that it could have been worse. There’s a lot of people out in the industry with it that I’m finding out about, which is really, really cool. It’s nothing that you can’t fight.
Proper Introduction… Yes and no, because ‘Alien Phase,’ as dope and amazing as it is up to this day… ‘Alien Phase’ is really just me trying to find my sound, and find out exactly what I wanted to do. After ‘Alien Phase,’ we started creating different songs and the growth just started happening. That’s when I realized that ‘ROJO’ is how I want to be perceived. Hearing ‘ROJO’ is exactly who I am. So I don’t mind even re-releasing a couple songs off of the ‘Alien Phase’ project in the next couple months or something, so that people have an idea of what I was. To start off, I definitely just wanted people to understand me ‘cause that’s one of the most important things about this industry. You want to be understood. You don’t want people to be so confused, like “I don’t understand what she’s trying to do.” Or just to not understand you as an artist. So I just wanted to make sure that was patented out and ready to go.
Produced by Alister Johnson (aka Catalist) (sounding good man!)
Directed by Ivan Egorov and Irina Matienko.
The official music video for Just Not Cool Anymore from the upcoming Modulok album, YOU LOOK SO TRAGIC, in stores and available for download Jan 17 2012! Shot in New York City, directed by Ivan Egorov and Irina Matienko.
Director by Darrell Faria.
Dope visuals for the 2nd single off Timbuktu’s “Stranger Danger” album.
Produced by Fresh Kils.
Video by: Lithium Studios Productions
Producer: Mike MacMillan
Cinematographer: Pasha Patriki
Editor: Jon Eagan
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Directed by G-Dot.
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Previously: NEW MUSIC: Sese “The Motto” (Freestyle)
Earlier this week, SNOWDAY crashed US radio and was quickly picked up as the 2011-2011 wintertime anthem. As a top 5 most added song across US college radio, the song received some major features, including a front page article from DJ Booth. In preparation for the video release party on December 12th, at Rockwood in Toronto, ON, Aspektz has been leaking behind the scenes content every week. Keep your eyes peeled to the official Aspektz Facebook page as well as Twitter for upcoming SNOWDAY leaks, content and tour information. The first show will be December 9th at the El Mocambo with Blake Carrington, Tiny Danza and more!
Theo 3 drops “Elevator Up” – a collection of new and unreleased joints highlighting the consistency of his legacy to date – blessed with a 1s and 2s assist from the legendary DJ Tony Touch.
With appearances from Drake, Andreena Mill, Tona & DJ Grouch plus production from Phat Tony, Amir, Pikihed, DJ Serious, Big Sproxx, Fase, Tom Wrecks, Hands of Stone, SCAM, 2oolman, Tone Mason and Boi-1da.
Pretty sick lineup (no barber..)
Full tracklist after the jump!
Previously: NEW MUSIC: Theo 3 “Mere Mortals” (Prod. SCAM)
Directed by Mark Valino for AHR Films.
Beatless visuals for KJ’s “Bossed Up” joint as we await the release of his sophomore project – “Water”.
“Bossed Up” is one of the songs off of my upcoming album called “Water”. We’re not really going to get into why i called the album that right now but more so a little blurb about the song. The song is written from the 17 year old me’s perspective, we used to have a lot of fun as teenagers, some could have gotten us into a lot of trouble with parents and the law. All in all we were just trying to have fun and be young without actually going out with that intention.
Bossed up is about friends, movie marathons, wine, hennesy, driving your moms car and looking cool, going to hurontario and dundas (5 and 10)for food or a haircut, going to a party in the middle of the burbs that got shot up, shure sm57′s, chappelle show, weed, nissan altimas, protools, fake bus passes, riding bicycles, mosh pits to dirty south music, jerk chicken and hardow bread and some other things. More importantly that was my world at 17 and im glad i remember it all.
I’ve bumped into Mark in passing a few times, always told him im a fan, always wanted to work with him but also understood a filmmaker’s time is not cheap because of the amount of work they put in. Got a text from a mutual friend saying Giles needed my number, after i responded “yeaaaaaa thats cool”, i felt like maybe this might be that time. Before i even spoke to Giles i was thinking of what song i would want to do, bossed up came to mind soon after.
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We shot this in the Junction area just off of Keele St. During our conceptual meeting he described the song as a “throw back” and had mentioned a couple spots including the basketball court which I had always thought would be a great location for a shoot. The stockyard was another location that driving through would make a great location but when I was there i wasn’t so impressed. The area that stuck out to me in thein the junction was Dundas W and Keele. It’s one of those intersections where alot of pigeons congregate and fly in patterns. I have always been drawn to it for some reason. I guess because it’s freeing. That intersection is visually a great intersection with its old worn buildings and wildlife amongst all the colorful characters on that corner. It was a great shoot and I feel that the flow of KJ’s verse allowed me to get away with some jarring jumpcuts. I hope to work with KJ again soon…
This was Shot in 3.5hrs. The b-roll was shot on a separate day for 1hr and 9hrs editing
Check out the Timelapse of KJ “Bossed Up” Shoot:
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Previously: NEW MUSIC: KJ “Becoming The” (Dub)