INTERVIEW: Shad w/ Sportsnet.ca

rez | Interviews | Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

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Speaking of choperation…

A native of London, Ont., rap artist Shad memorably beat out official Toronto Raptors global ambassador Drake for the Best Rap Recording Juno in 2011. He’s a competitive guy, and he loves sports. Sportsnet.ca chopped it up with one of Canada’s greatest MCs about Mario Lemieux’s cancer-crushing superpowers, his preference for CIS hoops, and why—if he were the ambassador of Canada’s NBA team—he’d encourage the Huskies to tank for Andrew Wiggins.

Sporstnet: You mostly live in Vancouver now. How would you describe your relationship with the Canucks?

Shad: Because I don’t like the Canucks, I don’t follow them that much. I feel like [moving to Vancouver] was my real opportunity to get immersed in it, especially when they went to the [2011] Stanley Cup final, but I was like, “Oh, these guys… no heart.”

Now that you’re spending more time recording in Toronto are the Maple Leafs slowly becoming your team?

That was an epic collapse last year, I’m not going to lie. That felt fated in a really sad way. I like underdogs. I was in Vancouver during the playoffs, just following the score, and was like, “Wow, they’re going to do it!” And then it was like, “Wow, that was epic.”

So, who’s your NHL team?

When I was a kid, I was a Penguins fan; I was a huge Mario Lemieux fan. So I still retain a little love for the Penguins. Lemieux, to me, was the most epic dude. Going to chemo and coming back, how are you that much better than everybody? How are you that much better than everybody?! Here’s some guy in the physical prime of his life, and you just underwent radiation and you’re better than him? I don’t know how that feels. But I don’t have strong allegiances as far as NHL teams go.

What sports did you play growing up?

Basketball. I still play a lot. In Vancouver, I’ve really got back into playing, so I’m tapped in to all of these pickup games. I know where there’s a game Tuesday night or Wednesday night. These are mostly in gyms. You can get a nice outdoor game at Kits Beach. Two full courts on a beautiful beach. I think Steve Nash paid for those.

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Previous: NEW ALBUM: SHAD “FLYING COLOURS”

Interview: Freedom Writers w/ Exclaim.ca

rez | Interviews | Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

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Exclaim with some healthy choperation with the Freedom Writers fam. Copp “Now” now damnit.

By Luke Fox
Something decidedly un-screwface has happened in Toronto.

Six individual solo artists have put egos aside and let ideas take centre stage for the better of the whole, establishing a super collective of sword-sharp wordsmiths. The Freedom Writers’ beats are thick, their concepts are varied and their standards are high.

Now is more than solid, intricate rap record; it’s a statement about community and talent and ideas. “When we formed this, we could’ve picked anybody from the whole city. I don’t think anybody would’ve said no,” says producer Big Sproxx, who provides a varied palette for five MCs (plus guests) to spill their thoughts and stories and punch lines.

Theo 3, Tona, Adam Bomb, Frankie Payne and Progress — all regarded solo rappers, each with their own strengths — sit in an empty room on the ground floor of a west side apartment building and discuss their collaboration, taking a break from rehearsing their new songs. They talk about process and late-night eating and, most importantly, truth. Which is what they’re searching for with open ears.

As Frankie says, “The truth can come from an activist or an asshole.”

With so many different voices and opinions, how did you make the LP sound so cohesive?
Progress: Because everyone gives their raw opinion, what makes it cohesive is the honesty. Politically speaking, people don’t think wildly different on this team. There are differences in opinion, but we’re close enough that if everyone’s just honest, it’ll sound cohesive. We didn’t have to put energy into making the album conceptually cohesive; it just happened.

Do you write solo or together?
Theo 3: At least four of five songs were written right on the spot.

Tona: We’re all in different sections of the city. It’s rare that when we had sessions, certain individuals didn’t show up. When we were all together, we made sure we used that time to create music.

Adam Bomb: If somebody has [a concept] going, it’s easy for the rest of the team to bounce off what’s already there. We don’t take a record and say, “OK, everybody go home and write about this.” Whoever’s on the spot, if you have something, cool. If you don’t have something, we’ll just stick with what we got.

Tona: And if somebody couldn’t make it that day? You weren’t on the record.

Big Sproxx: I’d say half the songs, it was just me and Tona. The first song we did, no one else was there. He had a hook already done for his solo thing, but then he thought it would better suit what we were doing. So he was the first to lay [down his vocals], then other guys would come in sporadically on different days and fill theirs in. So some songs did get built in a staggered way, but it still has the cohesiveness you’re talking about.

Frankie Payne: We all have a silent agreement to keep things as natural as possible. It all comes down to timing and circumstances. Even with “Soldier,” I had an idea for a hook, and then man after man came and jumped on it and started adding their ideas. There is no forced creativity; it’s all organic.

Adam Bomb: That’s the best thing about the team. There’s no script, there’s no demand; it’s just six ideas in a room, and we come up with whatever we come up with.

Theo: No one takes offence to their idea being shot down. Before you came, we were rehearsing for the show. If someone said, “Lets try this…,” [another might say] “No. Shut the fuck up. That’s horrible.” And that’s OK. He’ll fall back.

Frankie Payne: There is no filter.

Adam Bomb: There are a lot of records on there where it’s like, “Who’s going to do this song the most justice? Let’s let them do their thing.” To be able to add to a record is cool, but it’s also good to back off a record.

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Previous: EVENT: FREEDOM WRITERS LIVE @ THE MOD CLUB (“NOW” ALBUM RELEASE PARTY)

NEW MUSIC: ELMNT “Tesla’s Son” (Prod. Cam)

Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Friday, November 1st, 2013

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From Ele:

Last night was the first game of the season for the Toronto Raptors, ELMNT promised he would drop a new track if they came away with the W. He kept his promise and decided to drop yet another single off of the upcoming project titled Stara-Nova. The track “Tesla’s Son” further examines the respect ELMNT has for the late innovative genius as he flows over some very dope production by Cam. Thank you for being extra patient while waiting for Stara-Nova, we can not wait for the world to hear the final product.
Twitter: @talktoelmnt
Soundclound: Elmntmusic
Previously: NEW VIDEO: ELMNT “RI$K$” (Directed by BLKNXPRSS) + “Hello Jesus (America)” (Directed by ELMNT)

Previously: NEW VIDEO: ELMNT & Boko Maru “The Mentalist Handbook of Shadowboxing Through Universes”

Previously: NEW MUSIC: ELMNT ” Hello Jesus (America)” (Prod. ELMNT)

Previously: NEW VIDEO: Sese “Aquarius Rising” (Directed by BLKNXPRSS)

NEW MUSIC: k-Os “wiLD4TheNight (EgoLand)” (Prod. Donald ‘hAZEL’ Sales)

Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Thursday, October 31st, 2013

New sonics from k-Os, fresh off the presses!

Produced by hAZEL.

https://soundcloud.com/crown-loyalist/k-os-wild4thenight

Previously: NEW VIDEO: K-OS “40 SECOND SUMMER” (PROD. RICH KIDD)

Previously: VIDEO: k-os – Try Again Live w/ The Roots (Jimmy Fallon)

Previously: NEW MIXTAPE: Rich Kidd “In My Opinion”

Previously: NEW MUSIC: The Extremities (FreshKils & Uncle Fester) “Re: Fresh” (Remix Album)

Previously: NEW MUSIC: K-OS “NYCE 2 KNOW YA” (REMIX)

Previously: NEW ALBUM: K-OS “BLACK ON BLONDE”

NEW MUSIC: Shi Wisdom “Monster” (Prod. Burd x Keyz)

Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Thursday, October 31st, 2013

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New hauntingly beautiful Shi over a Burd X Keyz riddim, just in time for your Halloween. Boo.

Performed by Shi Wisdom & Nevon Lyriq

Written by Shi Wisdom

Produced by Burd x Keyz

Mix/Mastered by Sir KR Moore

Recorded at SandBox Studios

Previously: NEW MUSIC: Shi Wisdom – Show & Prove (Prod. Sir Chambers)

NEW VIDEO: TFHouse “King’s Crown” (Directed by Theo Gibson & Kacper Larski)

Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Directed by Theo Gibson & Kacper Larski.

Latest TF visuals supporting “Young Desperado”.

Previously: NEW MUSIC: TF House “You Know I Know” (Prod. TF House)

 

NEW MUSIC: submerse “Melonkoly” (Elaquent Remix)

Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Thursday, October 31st, 2013

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Elaquent doing remix duty for a cut off submerse’s EP of the same name, released via the Project Mooncircle imprint.

Previously: NEW ALBUM: ELAQUENT “BELIEVING”

Previously: NEW MUSIC: Elaquent “Treehouse94 1/2″ (Prod. Elaquent)

NEW VIDEO: Spek Won “Pa$$ports & Cameras” (Directed by Mark Valino for AHR Films)

Ty Harper | Music,Video | Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Directed by Mark Valino for AHR Films.

Marty McFligh gives us a proper intro to Spek Won’s upcoming “Sofa King Amazing” project – out top of ’14.

 SOFA KING TOKYO (Pt 1 of 3)

PA$$PORTS & CAMERAS
Spek Won is Marty McFligh in…

Video Credts
Directed by: Mark Valino
Video Produced by: Giles Monette

Song Credits:
Written & Performed by: Spek Won, Dey, Leisha Cameron, Boko Maru
Producer: Lord Quest
Mixed by: Guzo Lou
Download the song for FREE here:
MP3: http://www.sendspace.com/file/fczkgd
WAVE: http://www.sendspace.com/file/854p3z

Album: ♛Sofa King Amazing♛ (Jan 2014)
https://www.spekwon.com

follow Valino on twitter here:
https://twitter.com/#!/MarkValino
www.MarkValino.com

www.spekwon.com

Previously: NEW MUSIC: NUC*SME – KINGDOM (PROD. SLAKAH THE BEATCHILD)

Previously: NEW VIDEO: SPEK WON “SOFA KING TOKYO” (TRAILER)

Previously: NEW MUSIC: NUC*SME “MARY JANE CARTEL” (DUB)

NEW MUSIC: Adria Kain “All Of Me” (Cover)

Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

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New Adria Kain cover of John Legend’s “All Of Me”. She continues to build her buzz soulful performance by soulful performance. If you haven’t checked her latest EP here’s your chance.

Previously: NEW MUSIC: ADRIA KAIN “IDENTITY EP”

NEW MUSIC: Brian Notice “Where Did I Go Wrong” (Prod. T-Major)

Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

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 Brian Notice and  T. Major connect for “Where Did I Go Wrong” as we await the release of his new EP.

Previously: NEW VIDEO: BRIAN NOTICE – THINKING ABOUT IT (DIRECTED BY ANTOINE BIKO)

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