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City On My Back Archives » The Fine Print

Busta Rhymes & Spliffstar in Toronto

hyperadmin | The Fine Print | Thursday, August 27th, 2009

The Fine Print on Toronto’s show coming tomorrow….Click HERE for articles on the entire tour.

The Fine Print – Busta Tour – Winnipeg

hyperadmin | The Fine Print | Monday, August 24th, 2009

By Jonathon “Bizz” Brown

Back on my blogging sh*t on the Back On My Bullshit Tour with Busta Rhymes, Spliffstar, Belly, Peter Jackson and 9-0 Nickel. We’re in Winnipeg today and loving it. We took our off day and decided to drive to Winnipeg instead of hanging around in Saskatoon so we arrived here at 2 a.m. After checking in and dropping our luggage in the room, we tried to go back down to the car for a few things but couldn’t get an elevator. We were soon informed the elevators don’t run late at night, so you have to call the front desk so they can send an elevator to your floor. I’ve stayed in a million and one hotels in my time and have never heard such a thing, until ironically enough, we were informed the street lights in some western cities are turned off late at night as well. It seems late at night there just isn’t enough traffic to justify elevators that come when you call or street lights that tell you when to drive. If you don’t know, now you know.
Fast forward to the next day inside Urban Bakery, a fly clothing boutique in downtown Winnipeg… (more…)

The Fine Print – Busta Tour – Saskatoon

hyperadmin | The Fine Print | Saturday, August 22nd, 2009


By Jonathon “Bizz” Brown

Another city, another day, another playing field to navigate – this time in Saskatoon. After checking in we hit sound check while Peter Jackson got his first opportunity to build with Spliffstar. Busta has been all business this tour and hasn’t really engaged with anyone outside his camp, but Spliffstar has made himself totally accessible since Saskatoon when he got to know us. At sound check I wrestled with the logistics to secure the best available positioning for our merchandise table. Once settled, sound checked and satisfied we feasted at The Freehouse and “got fat while they starved.” Chicken sandwich with Mango salsa in Saskatoon? Who knew.

We were picked up upon arrival back at the hotel. I have to admit, seeing a black and red Expedition with FMF on the side made me consider the likelihood of Funk Master Flex actually somehow being in Saskatoon to visit Busta or something. But then I figured out it was our ride,noticed the truck wasn’t clean and remembered I WAS IN SASKATOON. So forging on past my delusional lapse, I stepped in the club and struck a deal with one of the dozen sexy waitresses… (more…)

The Fine Print – Busta Rhymes Tour – Regina

hyperadmin | The Fine Print | Thursday, August 20th, 2009


By Jonathon “Bizz” Brown

For those of you who aren’t in the loop, I’m currently touring with Peter Jackson, 9-0 Nickel, Belly, Busta Rhymes and Spliffstar writing, sponsoring and building my brand of t-shirts across Canada. I’ve been traveling in an incredibly courageous Ford Windstar with five other grown men a few hundred mixtapes, 200 t-shirts plus luggage. Needless to say it has been anything but luxurious. But that’s ok, I came to grind, not lounge and that’s exactly what I told Peter Jackson three months ago when we started discussing this opportunity. This is his third tour across Canada this year so he knew the lay of the land, the temptations, the distractions and the tests that are inherent in a journey like this.

We left on Sunday August 9th and drove twenty two hours to Winnipeg, where we spent the afternoon before taking off to Calgary overnight. After a few days cooped up we got a chance to get out and ended up at a club sharing a booth with NHL goalie Ray Emery. Next day was the first show, next day was a drive and the Edmonton show, the next day was a drive and lil ol’ Regina. The Drink – a small bar, opposite train tracks and a trucker yard, with a punch-your-lights-out arcade game and a sound guy with a bad attitude. Sounds like a recipe for another grind-or-go-home night for Bizz doesn’t it?


The Fine Print – Busta Rhymes Tour – Edmonton

hyperadmin | The Fine Print | Monday, August 17th, 2009

Jonathon “Bizz” Brown


Thursday we touched down in Edmonton and the level got turned way up. Inside the West Edmonton Mall, over 1000 excited fans rammed the biggest venue yet. Busta sauntered slowly on to the stage with a drawn out, swagger heavy strut that only he could pull off. Alongside Spliffstar, he jumped into Ante Up Remix and they both leaned left in unison as they rapped “Stay lopsided bust their gats cross eyeded in the subways they rob trains runnin along side it.” As you’d expect the crowd hit the roof with such an explosive opening song. He stopped for the second night in a row and explained the concept of “Arab Money” to anyone who may have been offended. “If you are offended by this song you misunderstand it.” It was clear he wanted to make a point of explaining the concept. After talking about the beauty of the Arab culture and people, he raised his glass to Barack Obama and said “Finally! Someone with a new perspective.”


The Fine Print – Tour Life – Busta Rhymes

hyperadmin | The Fine Print | Thursday, August 13th, 2009


By Jonathon “Bizz” Brown

For those of you who don’t know, I’m working every stop of the Back On My B.S. Tour with Busta Rhymes, Peter Jackson and Belly. Months ago I was presented with this opportunity to bring my Hip Hop Ain’t Dead It Lives In The North t-shirt across the country and last night the west coast of Canada got their first dose of Bizz.


Screwface Is The Best Face

hyperadmin | The Fine Print | Tuesday, August 4th, 2009


By Jonathon “Bizz” Brown

Theo 3 coined the term years ago – Toronto is the “Screwface Capital.” Bishop caught the wrath hard especially in his early days. Kardinal felt it first-hand throughout his rise. Drake recognized it early on. And every other artist of the new generation coming from the GTA can’t escape it. The mentality that fandom is not feasible when the artist and fan both call Toronto home. It just can’t be done. The default setting for hip hop fans in Toronto is what I call the “transit-face,” because it’s the same expression you find on faces inside buses, trains and streetcars daily. That expression that somehow simultaneously says “I’m not mad at you, but I’m just not interested in giving you the impression I might like you – even if I do.” It’s the same look women from the city strap on during Caribanna – of course they make sure they look good, but that doesn’t mean they want you to talk to them. The reasons for such a bizarre mentality are varied and complicated, but luckily not the point of this column. Instead, I explain a bold new way of looking at the effects of the screw face mentality…


The Fine Print – Hot Garbage

hyperadmin | The Fine Print | Thursday, July 23rd, 2009


By Jonathon “Bizz” Brown

Personally, I have the worst sense of smell in the world. At points in my life its been a hindrance (like during puberty) but during times like Toronto’s garbage strike it’s almost like a super power. I live literally 3 blocks from a dump site and cannot smell anything that could be considered close to a stench. As you shake your head, I realize, yes I am blessed. But today I watched the evening news and back to back stories brought another factor to my attention…


The Fine Print – Drake's Talent Behind The Talent

hyperadmin | The Fine Print | Monday, July 20th, 2009


By Jonathon “Bizz” Brown

…But then he met Wayne. And then he met Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua, of the management group Hip Hop Since 1978. And a big decision about who to surround himself with came for Drake….


The Fine Print – Artists vs Producers

hyperadmin | The Fine Print | Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

By Jonathon Brown

I’ve worked on the ground floor level with artists and producers in Canada’s urban music scene for a few years now and gained considerable insight into its successes and failures. One of my most enlightening observations is the imbalance between the explosion of Canadian production and the relatively minute impact of Canadian artists south of the border. Toronto’s own Tone Mason, Boi 1da, Soundsmith and Northern Profit are just a few of the producers to not only break into mainstream urban music, but to make a real dent. From Fantasia to Jadakiss to Lil Wayne, you’ve definitely heard some Canadian production, you probably just didn’t know it – and that is a key reason why this imbalance exists: you, as a consumer, don’t have to know it…. (more…)

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