NEW MUSIC: Tasha the Amazon – Tru Life (Prod. Bass & Bakery)

rez | Music | Friday, July 19th, 2013


Shouts to Francis Underwood tho!

New joint from Tasha the Amazon. Still not sure about her artist name (lol) but she’s about to be a problem none the less. “Scalleywags” still in heavy ro.

Tasha the Amazon releases her second single “Tru Life” produced by Bass & Bakery. Bump this shit loud – at a party or a riot. Tru Life is the latest release from “FiDiYootDem”, Tasha the Amazon’s debut mixtape set to release in September 2013.

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Produced by Tasha + Danthrax of Bass & Bakery |



NEW MIXTAPE: Big Lean “Can’t Stop Now”

Ty Harper | Audio,Mixtape,Music | Thursday, July 18th, 2013


Latest project from Big Lean includes appearances from Juicy J, Harvey Stripes, Andreena Mill and Chief Keef + production from Boi-1da, BurdxKeys, Beat Merchant, Pro Logic and more. Full tracklist after the jump.

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Previously: NEW VIDEO: Big Lean – My Lifestyle feat. Chief Keef (Directed by DNA Cinema)

Previously: NEW VIDEO: R.O.Z. & Big Lean – Rollin’ (Directed by SilveX)


NEW VIDEO: Zaki Ibrahim “Every Opposite” (The Making of… w/ AuxTV)

Ty Harper | Music,Video | Thursday, July 18th, 2013

So if you haven’t heard Zaki’s “Every Opposite” album made it on Polaris’ 2013 short-list, and AUX-TV kinda threw together a short piece on how her, and how the single “Something In The Water” came together.

Shouts to Ms. Ibrahim! Well deserved!

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Zaki Ibrahim’s “Every Opposite” could be the year’s most surprising inclusion on the Polaris Music Prize short list. Not because of its sound, which is both bravely futuristic and classically soulful, but its atypical route to visibility. Originally released only in Ibrahim’s current home base of South Africa, “Every Opposite” has found its way to Canadian ears via word of mouth and an online release, carried by an enthusiastic swell for its unique globe-trotting R&B aesthetic and Ibrahim’s rich vocal layering. At one point a major-label backed artist based out of Toronto, Ibrahim decamped to her father’s native South Africa following her last release, 2008′s “Eclectica (Episodes in Purple)” EP, then quietly built “Every Opposite while traveling between Cape Town, London, and Toronto.

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Previously: NEW MUSIC: Catalist feat. Zaki Ibrahim “Call Answer” (Prod. Catalist)


Previously: NEW ALBUM: Zaki Ibrahim – Every Opposite

Previously: NEW VIDEO: Zaki Ibrahim – The Do (Directed by Christian Denslow)

Previously: NEW VIDEO: Zaki Ibrahim “Heart Beat” + “Explode” w/ LV & Message To Bears


NEW VIDEO: Bishop Brigante – Wide Awake

rez | Video | Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Nice to hear from Mr. Brigante. Hook’s nutso. Produced by Tre Mission.

in studio performance, shot and edited by Visual Disco @stephverschuren


NEW MUSIC: The Names Are Known “tHE jUNIa-T eP”

Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Wednesday, July 17th, 2013


The latest project from Nana, and IJamesJones got them linking with Smash Brova #1 for the soundscape.

The Third EP released this year (2013) by The Names Are Known

tHE jUNIa-T eP
mY NUMbeR 1nE fEAt. chARleS daNTe, pHoenix Pagliacci & rICh kIDD
aNOtHER 1nE oF tHOsE niGHTs fEAt. pHoenix Pagliacci
thEE sOciAL fRONt
nO NamEs fEAt. pHoenix Pagliacci & rICh kIDD

I.JAMES.JONES & NANA are The Names Are Known
BEATS BY JUNIA-T @juniatofsb
all songs recorded, mixed, edited & produced by Nana for ear2muchcollective at the base studios @deejaynana
design by pangea dephi for silverback @pangeaxdelphi
@namesareknown *

Previously: NEW MUSIC: The Names Are Known “The Blaz EP”

Previously:  NEW MUSIC: The Name Are Known “The March EP”

Previously: NEW MUSIC: The Names Are Known (IJamesJones & DJ Nana) “Get Up” (Prod. Blaz)

NEW VIDEO: On Point w/ Drew Ebanks “Amar’e Stoudemire Assistant Coach (Maccabi Canada Basketball Team)”

Ty Harper | Sports,Video | Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

ON POINT basketball’s exclusive look at Amar’e Stoudemire in action as the assistant coach for the Maccabi Canada Basketball Team as they held training camp in Toronto. The team will compete in Israel against the tough U.S. and Israeli’s squads in the equivalent of the Olympics for Jewish athletes.

Amar’e Stoudemire talks about visiting Israel in 2010, exploring his Jewish roots and the Canadian team’s chances of medaling at the Maccabiah Games in 2013. The New York Times, Toronto Star, and Jerusalem Post have all covered this story as it has garnered a lot of interest and attention as Amar’e heads back to the homeland.

Amar’e Stoudemire also recently became part of the ownership group that purchased the professional Israeli basketball club Hapoel Jerusalem.


Previously: NEW VIDEO: On Point w/ Drew Ebanks: “Canada Basketball Jr. Academy”

NEW VIDEO: P. Reign feat. A$AP ROCKY “We Them N*ggas” (Directed by Footage)

Ty Harper | Music,Video | Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Directed by Footage.

Between bumping into P. Reign over at MuchMusic the day he premiered this video – which was also the day of that massive flood – and having my laptop in the shop for almost two weeks (thanks to an inebriated dude that spilt his boy’s drink all over it while I was deejaying a boat cruise), I completely forgot to post this up. Bottom line: my bad.

Anyways, here’s the visuals for his collabo with A$AP Rocky off the upcoming “Dear America” project.

Produced by Pro Logic.

Previously: NEW VIDEO: P. Reign “Pay Day” + “We Them N*ggas” feat. A$AP Rocky (Teaser) (Directed by Footage)

NEW VIDEO: Andreena – Breathe (The Prelude) (Directed by Brian Gregory)

rez | Video | Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

First look / listen to Andreena‘s upcoming project, Naked. Ummm….YES PLEASE! If this is just the prelude then ooooh weeeee, project’s gonna be dope!

DOWNLOAD Andreena’s album “Naked” on August 6th 2013 at


Lyrics: A.Miller
Produced By: @spinzbeatsinc & @andreenamusic

Directed & Edited by: @BrianGregory_
D.O.P: Brian Gregory and Heinz
Produced by Andreena Miller, Heinz, Michael Asante, and Tika Simone
Special Thanks to @Loft404


NEW VIDEO: SonReal – Everything I Am (Dub)

rez | Video | Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

1. One of my favorite Kanye joints. 2. This is the kind of introspectiveness that made me like SonReal in the first place.

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SonReal provides a fresh and honest approach to Kanye’s classic, ‘Everything I Am’.

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Shot by Lee Watkins

Special thanks to all the people involved. You know who you are.
- SonReal


INTERVIEW: The Weeknd w/ Complex (Cover Story)

rez | Interviews | Monday, July 15th, 2013


The Weeknd gives his first-ever interview to Complex (cover story no less – dope!). Thought maybe they’d touch on Jeremy Rose and his Vice interview (which I totally forgot to post when it came out so here’s the link) but guess not. Kiss Land on tha way…

The Weeknd has always let his music do the talking—dark, debauched mixtapes that changed the sound of modern R&B and profoundly influenced Drake’s sophomore album, Take Care. Now, As Abel Tesfaye prepares his debut album, Kiss Land, he’s speaking out for the first time. Listen up.

The Weeknd wants to be a star. Perhaps he’s given you another impression—because he’s never done an interview (until now) and he rarely poses for photos. But the 23-year-old singer, songwriter, and producer, born Abel Tesfaye in Scarborough, Ontario, doesn’t plan to languish in obscurity. Nor will he be one of those indie artists who wields tremendous influence but whose names are only known by “purists.” Fuck that.

The Weeknd’s plans are just as big, or bigger than, those of his peers and idols. But in order to accomplish them he must first master the art of stardom. Part of which means opening up to the media. The other parts—great music and live shows—he’s already got a handle on. His smoky, 3 a.m.-after-party-in-my-hotel-room debut, House of Balloons (released March 21, 2011), had fans and critics hailing him as one of R&B’s new torchbearers. The music caught the attention of another Canadian star by the name of Drake, who shared some of The Weeknd’s songs on his blog, invited him to perform on the first two OVO Fests, and enlisted the second-generation Ethiopian to work on his Grammy-winning sophomore album, Take Care.

The Weeknd closed out 2011 with two more stellar offerings via free download—Thursday and Echoes of Silence. He collected these, along with Balloons, as a three-disc album titled Trilogy after signing a joint venture deal with Universal Republic (not through OVO) in September 2012. Even though all three albums were available for free, Trilogy managed to move more than 300,000 copies.

The next test for The Weeknd will be his major label debut, Kiss Land. If the other three albums described life for a young man on the cusp of success, Kiss Land represents the thrill—and the horror—of tasting and savoring stardom.

Tesfaye knows the world is waiting to see if he can deliver a project anywhere near as good as his first ones. That’s why he’s been taking his time with the recording, honing in on the strengths and weaknesses of his past work. In his L.A. studio session there are no girls with their noses on his keyboard, no pills or weed scattered about—just The Weeknd in full go-mode, sipping Cabernet, perfecting drums and vocals. The next night, at the hotel restaurant where he and his XO crew are staying, he’s a little less at ease, but ready to speak his piece.

Why haven’t you done an interview until now?
I felt like I had nothing to say. I still feel I have nothing to say. I’m the most boring person to talk to.

So why now? Is your label pushing you to do press for the album?
No, labels always push. I mean, Trilogy was a rerelease, but they still said, “Maybe you should do some interviews.” Honestly, I want to do interviews now because it’s one thing that I haven’t mastered. Even Prince did interviews. Michael did interviews. And I can tell in the interviews they’re uncomfortable. Why are they doing this? Because they feel like they have to do it to be a complete artist. I felt like this was my time. And maybe I wouldn’t have done it if I thought you were an asshole. I probably would have been like, “Fuck this guy.”

Is the air of mystery intentional?
Yes and no. In the beginning, I was very insecure. I hated how I looked in pictures. I just fucking hated this shit, like, crop me out of this picture right now. I was very camera shy. People like hot girls, so I put my music to hot girls and it just became a trend. The whole “enigmatic artist” thing, I just ran with it. No one could find pictures of me. It reminded me of some villain shit. But you can’t escape the Internet. There are super fans, and I was really testing their patience. At the end of the day you can’t deny the music. That was my whole thing: I’m going to let the music speak for itself. I’ll show them that this is what I do. But I’m very good at letting shit slide. If I wasn’t…



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