NEW MUSIC: Regular Robb feat. Promise & Jahron “Faithful” (Unofficial Remix)

Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Regular Robb hooks up with Promise over the latest single off the upcoming “Keyz of Life” project from Burd & Keyz (out December 13th).

Previously: NEW MUSIC: Regular Robb “My Last” (Freestyle)

Previously: NEWS: Keyz of Life Tracklisting + Release Date Announced

ARTICLE: Exclaim Magazine – Hip-Hop 2011: That Canadian Sound (By Del F. Cowie)

rez | Editorial | Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Nice likkle look at some of our local producers who are killin’ the game right now (in case you didn’t know…).

By Del F. Cowie

The amount of talent in Canada’s hip-hop production scene is ridiculously deep with talent and hip-hop heads around the world are beginning to notice. Here are just a few of the many Canadian producers who made a lot of noise in 2011.

T-MINUS
Producing “I’m On One,” the inescapable summer hip-hop anthem featuring Drake, Lil’ Wayne and Rick Ross put the 22-year-old Ajax, ON protege of producer Boi-1da, born Tyler Williams, on everybody’s radar. This year T-Minus’s melodic production was also heard on Nicki Minaj’s “Moment 4 Life,” Lil’ Wayne’s “She Will” and five songs on Drake’s Take Care.

RICH KIDD (pictured)
When you are the first name uttered by Jay-Z’s recording engineer Young Guru as a new producer he rates highly, you’re doing something right. Prolific 23-year-old Toronto producer/MC Rich Kidd was again the model of heatrock consistency in 2011, producing countless tracks for Canadian artists like the Get By’s “Faster” and Tona’s “We Do” as well as making in-demand featured appearances on tracks like SonReal’s “Already There.” Rich Kidd also delivered the fifth consistently strong mixtape in his free download series We On Some Rich Kidd Shit, featuring Maestro Fresh Wes, k-os and Saukrates among many others.

MUNESHINE
Dalmeny, SK’s Muneshine produced virtually all of D-Sisive’s Polaris Prize long-listed Jonestown 2: Jimmy Go Bye Bye and contributed to his newest project Run With the Creeps. While his Larger Than Life collaboration with Dutch production team Vinyl Frontiers was an MCing project for Muneshine, fans of his dusty ’90s-influenced production shouldn’t fret. Upcoming material includes the Twin Peaks project with MC Ghettosocks and his solo album There is Only Today.

BOI-1DA
The 25-year-old from Ajax, Ontario who, along with Drake’s engineer Noah “40″ Shebib, has been instrumental in directing recent widespread attention to Canada’s beatmakers, added a second Grammy to his shelf in 2011 for his production on Eminem’s Recovery. Much like Chin Injeti, Boi-1da is in wait and see mode to see if anything he contributed to Dr. Dre’s Detox will surface. In the meantime, he laid down tracks for albums by Game, DJ Khaled and Big Sean and produced “Headlines,” Drake’s Take Care leadoff single with Shebib.

FRANK DUKES
In 2011, this Toronto producer and 50 Cent collaborator contributed two songs to Danny Brown’s XXX and cast Shad in a different sonic feel on “Flawless” from the Real Frequency’s The New North compilation. He also arranged Charles Bradley and the Menahan Street Band’s Nirvana cover “Stay Away” and has apparently been logging studio time with buzz-heavy jazz upstarts BadBadNotGood.

CHIN INJETI
This former member of ’90s soul/R&B group Bass is Base snagged a Grammy in early 2011 for his work on Eminem’s Recovery after scoring work for Clipse and Jay-Z among others in recent years. Though the Surrey, BC native’s work contributed to Dr. Dre’s Detox with production partner DJ Khalil has yet to surface, he’s remained busy releasing a solo EP and joining Universal Music Canada as an A&R rep.

VIEW ARTICLE HERE

VIDEO: Da City Cypher – Episode 1

rez | Video | Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

First guy sounds huuuuungry!

Da City Cypher is a movement in Toronto with the aim of exposing talented artists and producers in the country. If you are an MC or producer in the city and wants to get on the Cypher email: dacitycypher@gmail.com

Director/Editor: Byrdie Phresh of www.bigojfilms.com.

NEW MUSIC: Kardinal Offishall – Louder (Prod. DJ Green Lantern) (Snippet)

rez | Music | Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Mr. International gives us a likkle taste of what to expect from his upcoming project. This got leaked and no one’s claiming it. “That’s a 4 year old demo w/ @melaniefiona…oh well.” – Kardi via Twitter.

Riddim courtesy of DJ Green Lantern.

DOWNLOAD: Kardinal Offishall – Louder (Prod. DJ Green Lantern) (Snippet)

Previous: VIDEO: Kardinal Offishall – Ol’ Time Killin’ Part 2 (Strizzzy Cam Behind The Scenes)

Previous: NEW VIDEO: Kardinal Offishall “Anywhere (Ol Time Killin Part 2)” (Directed by Mr. Uncharted)

NEW MUSIC: DJ Jazzy Jeff & Ayah – Xmas Time

rez | Music | Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Yep…it’s about that time again!

Previous: NEW VIDEO: DJ Jazzy Jeff & Ayah “Forgive Me Love” (Directed by Slakah The Beatchild)

NEW MUSIC: R2Moro “Last Family” (Prod. Rick Wino, Janko, & M.Y. Ben)

Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Friday, December 2nd, 2011

First introduction to R2MORO via their song “Last Family”.

Produced by Rick Wino, Janko, & M.Y. Ben.

NEW MUSIC: L “Ghetto Dreams” (Freestyle)

Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Friday, December 2nd, 2011

L hops on Common & Nas’ latest.

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Previously: NEW VIDEO: L – Just Rap

VIDEO: Dyce (of HighDEF, LVD) (Interview w/ Hott TV)

Ty Harper | Music,Video | Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Usually I wouldn’t even post something like this cuz half of the interview is literally shot in the dark (lol, wtf?) but Dyce and these HighDEF dudes have done so little by way of interviews that any footage of them talking gets a pass.

Get their debut album HERE!

Previously: NEW VIDEO: HighDEF “Watch Out” (Directed by Chris AK)

Previously: NEW ALBUM: HighDEF “The High End Theory”

VIDEO: Drake “The Homecoming” (RapCity Special)

Ty Harper | Music,Video | Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Via LAGL!

Nice chop-up between Drake and T-RexXx that appeared on RapCity this past week. Catch the rest after the jump!

Drake – Take Care (Deluxe Edition) (iTunes)

Drake – Take Care (Clean Deluxe Edition) (iTunes)

Previously: VIDEO: Drake Interview on Chelsey Lately

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NEW MUSIC: OmarLunan aka Oh! – Jaded

rez | Music | Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Sooo…..my dude Oh! actually FLATTENED Revival on Tuesday night at his iConnect event. Between him, Kim Davis, Toya Alexis, O’Sound and of course the band, they put on one of the funnest live performance nights I’ve been to in a while. The talent in the building was stoooopid.

The point of the night was for Omar to officially release his project Jaded (part 1 from a series called Jaded, Faded and Waiting). Def happy for him as he’s been holding down the live scene for a minute now. Jaded is basically all dubs (except “Baby” and “The Brink”) but it’s a start and a good set up for when more original joints start to drop.

This is the first release by Toronto Performer/JUNO nominated Songwriter OmarLunan aka Oh!

“Jaded” is a very intimate & vulnerable look into this artist’s journey in music & relationships.

DOWNLOAD: OmarLunan aka Oh! – Jaded

Previous: EVENT: iConnect Featuring OmarLunan aka Oh! (Tuesday, November 29th)

Previous: NEW VIDEO: OmarLunan aka Oh! – BuzzKill

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