NEW ALBUM: Big Sproxx – Born Here Raised Here

rez | Music | Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

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Producer-extraordinaire Big Sproxx drops his highly anticipated album, Born Here Raised Here. Literally some of the dopest MCs out of the city ever all on one album, complimented by that signature Sproxx sound. “City On My Back” specifically also feature a verse from the late King Reign. RIP.

Congrats to Sproxx and everyone on this album man. Thank you for all your positive contributions to this city. Respect.

Born & Raised in Rexdale, Toronto comes the multi-talented, veteran producer Big Sproxx.

Armed with an EMU SP1200, akai MPC 60, akai S950, ensoniq ASR-10 & akai MPC 1000 Sproxx continues to keep that Golden Era, Booming sound alive through his music.

Sproxx, in-house producer for the collective Freedom Writers continues to work with a who’s who of Canadian alumni and American Hip Hop icons.

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NEW VIDEO: Frankie Payne – Justice & Half a Quarter

rez | Video | Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

More new audio / visuals from Frankie Payne’s latest release, Message in a Bottle.

Toronto based, emcee and vocalist Frankie Payne of the Freedom Writers collective is set to release his new album titled “Message In A Bottle”.

Back once again Frankie delivers his unique blend of Revolutionary Soul and Street Wise Poetry backed by music from Big Tweeze and Freedom Writers in-house producer Big Sproxx.

The 13 song album Message In A Bottle touches on a wide range of topics and messages while exploring a fresh musical blend of hard hitting beats, smoothed out soul and laid back grooves.

Stand out tracks include Justice, Different (ft Tanika Charles), Half A Quarter, What U Doing, Mirror Man and the title track Message In A Bottle.

Free People Association and Proletarian Music would like to present the video inspired by tracks from the album, JUSTICE & HALF A QUARTER.

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INTERVIEW: August Rigo w/ The Come Up Show

rez | Interviews | Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

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August Rigo chops it up with The Come Up Show!

It’s already September but we can’t get enough of August. Get it? You’ll get it when you hear the name of our special guest. But, this interview is one of my favorites. I am honored to present our guest, August Rigo. He is a songwriter, a recording artist, and a producer. He has written songs for Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, One Direction, and Musiq Soulchild. Also, August has been releasing his own songs such as “See Your Perfect”, “Songs About You”, “Just Drive”, and so much more.

On this episode, August opens up about his depressive phase after making it big as a songwriter. We also talked about the struggles that he went through from working different jobs all the way to establishing his songwriting career. Whether you are an inspiring artist or a student working towards your dreams, August gives a solid advice on how to keep going.

Each and every Wednesday we’ll be uploading a brand new interview with a guest we feel that you should know about. If you love podcasts subscribe at the options below.

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NEW VIDEO: J-Soul – Slow Wine (Directed by Martin & Oscar)

rez | Video | Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Slow Wine (Official Video)

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Directed by Martin & Oscar
Produced by Mu2 Productions

Music video by J-Soul performing Slow Wine. © 2016 Cash Money Records Inc.

http://vevo.ly/rKaGqm

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NEW MUSIC: Jahkoy – SoMuchFun– (EP)

rez | Music | Monday, September 12th, 2016

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Easy 3-joint EP from that dude Jahkoy. Nice. Even though there’s really only one full song on there, “Waiting For”.

p.s. Might need a late pass on a few things for the next few days too. Coming off a kinda crazy TIFF weekend.

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VIDEO: Redbull Presents Majid Jordan Tour Documentary

rez | Video | Monday, September 12th, 2016

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I don’t know how to embed this shit so just click here to watch!

Toronto-based R&B duo and Drake proteges Majid Jordan have come a long way from making music only for themselves. Go behind the scenes of their first tour as the two friends create, perform, and emerge from their mentor’s shadow.

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NEW MIXTAPE: DJ Big Jacks & Ripe Present ‘Sound of the City’

rez | Mixtape | Monday, September 12th, 2016

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Ripe and the homie Big Jacks pay tribute to the city and Manifesto’s 10th year anniversary. Taking this one in ASAP.

Toronto’s sound has come a long way. Some would even consider it a sub-genre at this point. Alongside DJ Big Jacks and Ripe, we are highlighting the music that gives our city its sonic character. From Toronto’s yesteryear to artists currently at the forefront, this mixtape serves as a tribute to Manifesto Festival’s 10 Year Anniversary presented by TD.

On the cover: Mr. Attic, Mr. Murray, and Swiff of Toronto Hip-Hop production team Da Grassroots.

EVENT: MANIFESTO 10th Anniversary (Sept. 9th – 18th)

rez | Events | Friday, September 9th, 2016

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Congrats to MANIFESTO for making it to year 10!!! As you can see, there’s A LOT going on this week so just check out the MANIFESTO website for all the details. Whole. City. Lit.

NEW ALBUM: Harrison – Checkpoint Titanium

rez | Music | Friday, September 9th, 2016

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Friendly reminder that producer-extraordinaire Harrison’s debut album is available now. Tracklist is looking super tight at just 10 tracks too. Copp that on iTunes.

1. Intro
2. Vertigo (feat. a l l i e)
3. It’s Okay I Promise (feat. Clairmont The Second)
4. Right Hook
5. So Far From Home (feat. Young Guv)
6. Lotus
7. Social Stimulus (feat. Seamus Hamilton)
8. You and I
9. Vanilla (feat. Ryan Hemsworth)
10. Checkpoint Titanium

“A new shining star on Toronto’s production scene” – The FADER

“Super smooth” – i-D Magazine

“Known for his warbly synth and upbeat funk driven aesthetics” – Noisey

“‘Vanilla’ goes a long way toward establishing Harrison’s 
versatility without compromising his carefully honed aesthetic” – Stereogum

“Harrison boxes his happiness in sugary instrumentals and wraps it with a cartoon bow”- THUMP 

Toronto, ON – August 16, 2016 – After announcing his debut album earlier this summer, Toronto producer Harrison is back to share a new single from the project with Vertigo, featuring a l l i e. The new track is a breezy, early 2000s dance inspired cut, which features vocals by Toronto up-and-comer, a l l i e. Vertigo is now available on all digital retailers and streaming services, including Spotify and Apple Music.

Harrison spoke with Pigeons & Planes about the single: “When I first made this song I wasn’t sure if it would remain an instrumental or not. After weeks of overthinking it, I chose to send it to a l l i e. She and I have been chatting collabs for a long time, and I chose this one for her because it seemed like an unusual choice. Traditionally, her music is half the tempo and rooted in RnB and hip hop. I wanted to see what she could do with something that was double the tempo and rooted in funk. What she delivered turned the vibe up 200% with her deliciously harmonized pop melodies, while also keeping it sultry. The woman is a force to be reckoned with. I am very grateful that she’s a part of this record.”

Harrison previously shared two offerings from the album with a couple of stellar collaborations. He first partnered with Clairmont The Second on It’s Okay I Promise, followed by the Ryan Hemsworth feature, Vanilla, which also arrived as a single on Ryan Hemsworth’s Secret Songs label. The third, So Far From Home, arrived as a funky collaboration with Young Guv (Ben Cook of Fucked Up, No Warning). 

These diverse singles mesh together as one singular artistic statement on Checkpoint Titanium, which will arrive on September 9th via Last Gang Records. Regarded as one of the most promising young artists in the Toronto music scene, Harrison intends to live up to the hype with his debut album. You can now pre-order Checkpoint Titanium and receive the singles as instant gratification downloads. The album will also be available on vinyl and is now up for pre-order. Check out the full album details below as well as the previously released songs.

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NEW MUSIC: Oji Okafor – Only Way (Beating Drum)

rez | Music | Friday, September 9th, 2016

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Official release from another youngin’ in the city. Get caught up via his SoundCloud too.

and the river’s so frightening
but thank God we’ve escaped the stream

produced by RRAREBEAR

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