Toronto is teeming with new young rappers, which is exciting because even though the city is more than happy to have Drake billboards pop up here and there, it’s certainly time for a freshman class. Tasha the Amazon, afreshwoman, is part of that cohort. Her new video “Scallywags” lights the taco-filled Kensington Market neighbourhood ablaze with a lot of public drinking and general fuck-you-we’re-cool behaviour that makes for an entertaining video. Since you probably are hearing about Tasha for the first time, we asked her some questions to try and get under her scalp and figure out what’s going on in there.
Noisey Canada: It seems like young Toronto rappers are very quickly finding their voice. Would you agree with that?
Tasha: For sure. We’ve been down here just living and DJing and partying, running mischief and making tracks… at some point you look up and realize people you run with are onto something big. Something different and important.
What’s the most fun part of being a female rapper?
[Laughs] I’m a rapper, I’m an artist, I’m a producer. So I guess the most fun part about it is transcending that category. Having rappers clamor to come to my studio, to collab with me and be produced by me. And schooling everyone. Constantly.
What are the challenges involved with being a female rapper?
For me, there are none. I guess some people see the world in terms of male/female, but that’s not the way the pie is actually sliced. There are only two kinds of artists – the ones who are great, and the ones who suck balls. There are lots of chicks and dudes in both those categories. The only challenge is to be real, to ignore the noise, to push yourself, to break the rules, and to fear absolutely nothing. If you can do that every day, you end up not sucking balls.
It’s all about avoiding ball sucking. Why does the Kensington Market neighbourhood work so well in a rap video?
Kensington is like Neverland. It’s a misfit’s paradise. There’s flame-juggling hippies, a good low-rider scene, nice tattoo spots, and your friendly neighborhood dope boys in the park. Plus there’s the legendary Sneaky Dees. Filming there, out on the street, and at hidden gems like Cold Tea… that’s that Scallywag life. It works because it’s natural for me.
Directed by Blind Republic.
Snaz on the beat!
This song is off the Horseshoe Gang #TRUESTORY album which features the dynamic vocals of Kobe on the hook with sound of Toronto Producer Snaz on the production. This video was originally shot as a split video along with a track entitled “Homless” as the first half.
You can view the FULL official video following this link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJhMRY…
Video Directed By: Blind Republic
and Produced By: Satien Mehta for The Two Five
Also the Deluxe version of the EP is available for purchase on Itunes. You can buy it here:
Previously: NEW MUSIC: Trish “Up There” (Prod. Snaz)
Previously: NEW MUSIC: Andreena – Crazy Love (Prod. Snaz)
The Red Music Music Academy hosted their “Drum Majors 2013” producer showcase event last month at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn and invited some of hip-hop’s current hitmakers to showcase some of their biggest hits. One of the event’s attendees was Boi-1da who ran through some of his biggest hits including new beats as well as new music. One of the exclusives 1da spun was a preview of October’s Very Own affiliate, TOPSZN leader OB O’Brien‘s upcoming joint, “Jewish.”
Jimmy Eats World Redux is available NOW @ www.JimmyBSBE.BandCamp.com
Produced by: Fameless
Directed by: Rajeevan Nithiyanathan for RK Studio
Directed by Danielle Da Silva.
So far every time I get an email with this girl’s name on it, it immediately makes me smile.
Singer/Songwriter Shi Wisdom releases her second official video for single “EASIER”, produced by EnJ and directed by Danielle Da Silva.
Following her sold out headlining show last month presented by The Known Unknown at Revival in Toronto, The Canadian music scene has been buzzing non-stop about the electrifying performance of MissShi Wisdom. While her live show once again solidified her spot as one of Canada’s leading vocalists and performers, it left her fans and music critics yearning for more. The song “Easier”, which has been on heavy rotation on radio stations city wide marks Shi’s second official video which contains stunning visuals that effortlessly illustrate the essence of Wisdom’s lyrical insight and musical genius.
Shi has been a household name at The Known Unknown event series and we’re humbled to be able to present the world premiere of her newest release “Easier” to the masses. Without further adieu, “Easier” by Shi Wisdom.
Follow Shi Wisdom on Twitter: @ShiWisdom
Video: http://youtu.be/n5DQyrWBImAProduced by EnJ.
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EVENT: BoilerRoom.tv – Rap Life Toronto feat. Rich Kidd, Tona, Adam Bomb, Raz Fresco, The 6th Letter, Tre Mission, Smash Brovas, Keys N Krates & more
First time hearing about Boiler Room but after doing the math it looks like a really dope event. And the lineup is solid indeed so you know the city’s gonna rep kinda lovely tonight.
Tune in at 7:30pm to watch live at boilerroom.tv/live.
BOILER ROOM RAP LIFE TORONTO W/ SKRATCH BASTID, KEYS N KRATES, RICH KIDD, RAZ FRESCO, 6TH LETTER, TRE MISSION, SMASH BROVAZ, TONA, ADAM BOMB
This show will be broadcasted live from 7:30pm – 9:30pm (EDT), Friday June 14th, 2013
The show itself is strictly private , you must be on a guest list to get in.
Everyone else, you get to watch amazing music, free, live, online.
BROADCAST URL: http://boilerroom.tv/live
Yes. Her name is Tasha THE AMAZON.
Can’t lie. First time I heard of this chick (last year if memory serves correct) I thought the name was really wack and basically thought it was some crazy person just sending out emails (we get a lot of those, lol). All good though. Track + video are super dope. Glad I clicked on it.
Consider it the intro.
Twitter | https://twitter.com/tashatheamazon
Produced by: Tasha + Danthrax of Bass & Bakery |http://bassandbakery.com/
Tasha the Amazon — Scallywags (ft. Cola of Wifetaker) – Official Music Video
Directed by: Colin G. Cooper | http://colingcooper.tumblr.com/
A bomb in a china shop.
Toronto’s Tasha the Amazon is an artist, producer, and bad gyal. Notorious for rude stage antics and warehouse parties shut down by police raids, her unconventional lyrics deal as much with partying, drugs, and hood mischief as they do with anarchy and civil disobedience.
She’s shared the bill with genre-defining acts like the Wu-Tang’s Ghostface Killah and Raekwon, The Roots, Killer Mike and fellow new-school icons like Action Bronson. Behind the boards, her bold production style has already earned her collaborations with the likes of DJ Green Lantern, Grammy-winner Che Vicious (G.O.O.D. Music) and more.
After cutting her teeth in collabs and collectives, the German-Jamaican powerhouse is dropping her first solo project, FiDiYootDem, in 2013.
Produced by herself and partner Danthrax (together, they form the production duo Bass & Bakery), the project experiments unapologetically with the future of hip hop. Meet the new school.
Oshaun pays homage to Pam Grier, Sylvia Striplin and Junior M.A.F.I.A. in the clip for his new viral joint “Get Money”. Speaking of Pam Grier, was crazy to hear that Foxy Brown called up Pam Grier to ask permission to use the Foxy Brown name before she blew up as an MC. Gotta pay homage always.
Check out my latest Video “Get Money”. Sampled from Junior Mafia and Sylvia Striplin mashup and featuring Clips from the original “Foxy Brown” bad B*tch Pam Grier. Directed by Xpress.
Oshaun has been working on his forthcoming project “Everything O” which is due out later this year. Before releasing the first official single, he collaborated with producer and Director Xpress for a special rendition of Junior M.A.F.I.A.’s “Get Money”. With additional vocals from the original sample from Sylvia Striplin and combined with the 70′s sound of the record, Xpress decided to incorporate visuals from one of the most influential Blaxploitation and beautiful actresses of the time period in Pam Grier. As everyone knows, her brand of acting and movies revolutionized black film as well as inspired the likes of Foxy Brown etc. So enjoy this Tribute/Mashup/Remix from GSX Music’s Oshaun and Xpress.
Queen Jem drops some knowledge in support of Da Kink’s Atlanta tour dates. If you got people down south now’s the time to let them know to get tix!
BUY YOUR TICKETS: bit.ly/dakinkinmyhair or phone 1-800-745-3000
The award winning, hit play ‘da Kink in my hair is coming to Atlanta Sept. 6-8th 2013 featuring Grammy award winning Melanie Fiona and actress Terri J Vaughn (from the Steve Harvey Show).
Directed by Fed Up Films.