NEWS: SonReal Makes Allhiphop.com's Top 25 Underground Rappers of 2011 List

hyperadmin | News | Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Dope look and well deserved! Congrats to Son and the whole team (aka Byron, lol).

SonReal

Hailing from Canada, SonReal has found a way to make an impact on various U.S. Hip-Hop critics in a profound way. His honesty, and his sometimes hypnotic flows, will make you both bop your head and smile. SonReal, while versatile, disengages from the bandwagon rapper phenomenon. He doesn’t need to be someone else, which is a great thing for the listener, as his ability to tell a story as himself is the best part of this artist.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

Previous: NEW MUSIC: SonReal – She Gone (Prod. Matt Brevner)

NEWS: Keyz of Life National Post Article (The Beats Go On)

hyperadmin | News | Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Shouts to Ben Kaplan for covering Keyz of Life in today’s National Post. Really dope article even though Anthony’s last name is James, not Jones (fixed in the transcript below). Anyways…check it out on news stands today or peep the online version copied here. Keyz of Life is available now (below).

The new album Keyz of Life is a tribute to Anthony “Durty Keyz” James, the 23-year-old Toronto producer who passed away just six months before his dream project could be completed. A hip-hop record that celebrates life, the album is uplifting, emotional and vibrant, and was a labour of love for the 30 or so artists involved.

“I couldn’t get the words out, I just hit the ground and started crying,” says Andrew “Burd” Liburd, 25, James’s production partner who had spoken with his best friend a day before he succumbed to streptococcus, a rare bacteria infection that killed the budding musician in a matter of days. “There was no way to get my head around it – it didn’t make any sense – but it gave me the energy to finally finish the album. There was an outpouring of love, and everybody wanted to get involved.”

Some of the top-tier talent involved with the record, available for free at BurdandKeyz. com, include Rich Kidd, one of Drake’s production partners; Shi Wisdom, one of Toronto’s most up-and-coming new singers; and Kardinal Offishall, the godfather of the urban Canadian music scene.

“I met Burd a few days after Keyz passed, and he was so passionate that I’d do anything I could to keep his spirit up and carry on Keyz’s legacy,” says Offishall, whose three-minute verse on the album closer The Other Side is one of his strongest rhymes in a storied 15-year rap career. “It was strictly vibes and love – that’s what the project was about for me.”

This past Friday, a handful of artists involved with the project met at the Lakeview Lunch diner in Toronto to reminisce about James. In attendance were Reza Dahya, the popular former FLOW 93.5 DJ who executive produced the album, Wisdom and Redway, a promising 22-year-old MC from Mississauga who raps on the song Say a Prayer.

“I never met Keyz, but through my relationship with Burd I had a mutual love for the guy,” says Redway, who then performs his verse from the album in the crowded west-end restaurant, drawing applause. “I’m more of a cool kid, I’ve never really gone that deep before, but when I heard the hook and, given the subject matter, I decided to try something more emotional and raw.”

The album’s first single is Love Speak, featuring a beat from James and Wisdom, and it’s quickly become a hit on urban radio stations across the country despite only being released this past week online. For all of the artists involved, though, the album’s success seems to almost be beside the point – the record was simply made to honour a friend.

“You’re supposed to celebrate a man’s life when he passes, and so right from the start Keyz of Life is on the celebration tip,” says Dahya, who also produced a video tribute of Jones that played at his funeral. “On the record, there’s super highs, lows and really emotional moments: It’s a testament to what it’s like when you lose a friend.”

One of the highlights of the album, along with Offishall’s verse and the discovery of Toronto’s budding new post Drake talent pool, are the audio snippets of James himself. Recorded this past May in Liburd’s basement, James comes across as funny, humble and dedicated to his twin passions of playing piano and making beats.

“We always talked about someday making that Keyz of Life record, an album that would celebrate the city, make interesting collaborations and be something different, something exciting and something that’s dope,” Liburd says. “The album ended up being a real tribute to Anthony. It’s not fair that we lost him, but it feels good that his legacy, through his music, will live on.”

- Keyz of Life is available as a free download at BurdandKeyz.com.

Previous: NEW ALBUM: Burd & Keyz – Keyz of Life

NEWS: Noah "40" Shebib and T-Minus Top Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Producers Chart

hyperadmin | News | Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Not sure exactly how this list is determined (most likely sales or spins) but I’m gonna go with amount of sheer utter Toronto-bred dopeness. Yep. That’s it for sure. Too sick.


Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Producers
Issue Date: 2011

# Producer Titles
1 NOAH ’40’ SHEBIB 8
2 T-MINUS 6
3 KANYE WEST 7
4 LEXUS ‘LEX LUGER’ ARNEL LEWIS 11
5 CHARLES ‘CHUCK HARMONY’ HARMON 5
6 STARGATE 8
7 CHRISTOPHER ‘DRUMMA BOY’ GHOLSON 7
8 HAPPY PEREZ 1
9 SHEANDRAE ‘MR. BANGLADESH’ CRAWFORD 2
10 J.U.S.T.I.C.E. LEAGUE 5
11 FREE SCHOOL 2
12 ROBERT KELLY 6
13 JUST BLAZE 3
14 JAMES ‘JIM JONSIN’ SCHEFFER 5
15 ANDREW ‘PAPA JUSTIFI/POP’ WANSEL 6
16 NO I.D. 2
17 MARIO WINANS 1
18 RICO LOVE 9
19 THA BIZNESS 2
20 MICK SCHULTZ 2
21 WARRYN ‘BABY DUBB’ CAMPBELL 3
22 SALAAM REMI 5
23 THE LEGENDARY TRAXSTER 2
24 KELVIN WOOTEN 1
25 FISTICUFFS 2

NEWS: Keyz of Life Tracklisting + Release Date Announced

hyperadmin | News | Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Keyz of Life. December 13th. Here’s the official tracklist:

01. Intro | Divine Brown
02. Keyz of Life | SonReal x Nickelus F x Blake Carrington
03. Say A Prayer | Promise x Redway x Rochester
04. Interlude 1
05. Faithful | Luu Breeze x A-Game x Jahron B
06. Duet | Lokz
07. Burdstrumental (Never Get Over You)
08. Interlude 2
09. LoveSpeak | Shi Wisdom x KJ
10. Burdstrumental (Losing My Bestfriend)
11. Interlude 3
12. R.N.T. (Real Ni**a Tears) | Rich Kidd x DJ Grouch
13. Shine | OmarLunan aka Oh! x Dwayne Morgan x O’Sound
14. The Other Side | Divine Brown x Kardinal Offishall

All songs produced by Burd & Keyz except:
01 produced by McCallaman, 05 produced by T-Minus & Burd & Keyz, 13 produced by T-Minus

Previous: NEW MUSIC: Burd & Keyz x Luu Breeze x A-Game x Jahron B – Faithful (Prod. T-Minus & Burd & Keyz) (DJ Packs)

NEWS: Montreal hip-hop builder Matt "Dutch" Garner killed on Friday

hyperadmin | Community,Music,News,Video | Monday, November 14th, 2011

This past Friday Montreal and Canada’s hip-hop scene lost one of its most important stalwarts. Matt ‘Dutch’ Garner was a promoter and founder of EscapeMTL.ca. Current reports state he, along with another victim, were killed when purposely set ablaze during a dispute last Friday evening. Personally I knew Matt via back and forth emails with respect to music coming out of MTL’s local hip-hop scene. His death is a huge blow to that city’s movement – but most importantly an extremely tragic one based on the reported circumstances. Our condolences go out to Matt’s family, friends, loved ones, and the entire Montreal hip-hop community.

Rest in peace Matt ‘Dutch’ Garner.

For more details check the links below.

http://www.hiphopcanada.com/2011/11/rest-in-peace-matt-dutch-garner-killed-in-montreal-on-friday-nov-11th-news-tribute/

http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Montreal+police+probe+double+homicide/5702081/story.html

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Crime/2011/11/12/18959316.html

 

NEWS: Drake releases official tracklist for "Take Care"

Ty Harper | Album,Music,News | Monday, October 31st, 2011

Via ATF!

And on that note, Track 13 is officially the first song I’ll be skipping to when I pick this up November 15th.

Bonus cuts are off the deluxe and iTunes versions.

1. Over My Dead Body
2. Shot For Me
3. Headlines
4. Crew Love ft. The Weeknd
5. Take Care ft. Rihanna
6. Marvins Room
7. Under Ground Kings
8. We’ll Be fine
9. Make Me Proud ft. Nicki Minaj
10. Lord Knows ft. Rick Ross
11. Cameras
12. Doing It Wrong
13. The Real Her ft. Andre 3000 & Lil Wayne
14. Look What You’ve Done
15. HYFR ft. Lil Wayne
16. Practice
17. The Ride

BONUS
18. Hate Sleeping Alone
19. Untitled ft. Lil Wayne

Previously: PIC: Drake “Take Care” (Toronto Billboard Promo)

NEWS: 2012 Juno Awards Calling For Submissions In The Category Of Rap Recording of The Year

hyperadmin | Events,Initiatives,Music,News | Friday, October 21st, 2011

Juno-Awards

It’s that time again. This call out probably applies to the R&B category as well. At the very least singers should be getting their submissions together too.

2012 JUNO AWARDS CALLING FOR

SUBMISSIONS IN THE CATEGORY OF RAP RECORDING OF THE YEAR

Toronto, ON (October 20, 2011) – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced that the 2012 JUNO Awards is now accepting submissions in the category of Rap Recording of the Year. JUNO Week unfolds in the nation’s capital, Ottawa, ON March 26 – April 1, 2012. The celebration includes a series of exciting events leading up to the JUNO Awards presentation on Sunday April 1, 2012, which will be televised nationwide on CTV.

The Rap Advisory Committee includes seasoned label representative Jay Devonish (eOne Entertainment), David “Click” Cox (Stylus DJ Awards), Greg Baptiste (MuchMusic/CTV), Jody Laraya (Universal Music Canada), Jesse Plunkett (HipHopCanada.com), Melissa “DJ MelBoogie” Langley (DJ/Publicist), Jay Swing (Donnelly Group/NationOfMillions.ca), Kyle Kraft (Battle Axe/ Krafty Entertainment), Dice B (CINQ 102.3FM), Don Smooth (K103FM), Rez (CityOnMyBack.com), Darryl Rodway (Urbnet), and Marlon Wilson, (Music for Mavericks/Politic Live).

Collectively, the committee continues to make strides in developing outreach to rap artists across the country, both English and Francophone, to increase the number of submissions. As a result of these concentrated efforts, the number of submissions received by CARAS in the category of Rap Recording of the Year has been steadily rising since the category was established in 1990. By partnering with radio shows, online magazines and DJs across the country, the committee hopes to continue to raise awareness throughout the community about the submissions and judging process, specifically for rap artists. “We’ve assembled a great team of people from around the country who are actively working in various aspects of the urban music scene,” says Jay Devonish, Chairman / JUNO Awards Rap Advisory Committee. We’ve also worked closely with CARAS to ensure the jurors voting in this category are qualified and active within the urban community. We’re excited to work together with CARAS to ensure the rap community is properly represented at the JUNO Awards.”

The JUNO Awards have been proven to be an excellent networking vehicle, not only for artists who win, but also for nominees and/or participants in various JUNO Awards events.

Shad, winner of the 2011 JUNO Award for Rap Recording of the Year had this to say about his win: “The JUNO Awards have helped raise my profile both within and outside the music industry. My first nomination for “The Old Prince” and my second nomination and subsequent win for “TSOL” were both helpful in raising awareness for my music across the country.” The JUNO Awards have been proven to be an excellent networking venue, even for the nominated artists who don’t go home with the Award. Artist Prevail, from the four-time JUNO Award-winning rap group Swollen Members stated, “Before our win, there’s no questioning the positive impact that the JUNO Awards have had on our career. The momentum opened doors to more Canadian shows and the coverage elevated us to a new level and cemented our legitimacy.” Other previous nominees include Drake, K’Naan, Sans Pression, DL Incognito, Belly, Checkmate, Choclair, Kardinal Offishall, Classified, Dubmatique, Concise, D-Sisive, Eternia, k-os, Famous and Sweatshop Union.

Submission forms are available at http://junosubmissions.ca

All submissions must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 10, 2011.

More details after the jump!

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NEWS: Show Stephens, Brian Notice, Stephon Hendricks & Hakeem Rose Form R&B Group "Notice"

hyperadmin | News | Monday, September 19th, 2011

NOTICE

Who’s gonna be the first to take their shirt off on stage?

Ha. Shouts to the whole fam man. This is a dope look.

NEWS: Da Kink In My Hair Extended Until August 28th!

hyperadmin | News | Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

DaKinkExtended

Flyer says it all. You officially have 4 days left to go see my celebrity crush in action (hi Tika:)…).

All kidding aside though, shouts to Tre Anthony and the whole fam man. Def looking forward to checking out the show! Here’s more from Ms. Simone:

Hey Friends,

It’s Official!!!

‘da Kink in my Hair has been extended until Aug 28th! I’m very humbled to say that I’m a part of this marvelous production and I’d love to see all of your faces there. We have shows EVERYDAY at 8pm this week! On the weekend, there are 2 shows!!! One on 2pm & 8pm! For more information on ‘da kink, please see the links below. This is not an event that you want to miss. Promise. If you can, please do your part in spreading the word!

Warmest Regards,

Tika Simone

“Five years ago, Da Kink in my Hair took Toronto by storm – it broke box office records, charmed critics and wowed audiences! Now it’s finally back. Set in a Caribbean hair salon in Toronto, this amazing musical gives voice to eight dynamic women who tell their incredible, uncensored, unforgettable stories.  Stories that will move, inspire, and delight you!

Featuring a new US and Canadian ensemble, a brand new musical score, and a breathtaking new monologue.

This award winning, heartfelt play is guaranteed to have you laughing, crying and yelling, ‘you go girl!’

“Da Kink is da bomb!” – Toronto Sun

Preview performances run August 11th-14th.
Opening night is August 13th.
Regular performances run August 16th-21st.

treyanthonystudios.com
thetruthaccordingtotrey.blogspot.com

Previous: VIDEO: Da Kink In My Hair (Teaser) (Toronto 2011 Production)

NEWS: Drake, Nelly Furtado & Luu Breeze Featured on The Game's Red Album

hyperadmin | News | Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Game Red ALbum

Available today! Haven’t taken in the album yet but there’s nuff Cancon on there. Chyea! Copp that on iTunes.

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