DOOM, Mos Def, and D-Sisive LIVE in Toronto on Jan. 27
January 13
under: Culture, Felipe
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On January 27, DOOM and Mos Def will be performing at the Kool Haus on Queen’s Quay. In December, word was released that these two would be performing two concerts: one in Toronto and one in New York (which I believe is on the 30th at the Nokia Theatre). While DOOM and live performances are two things that have proven to not mix well, seeing as Mos Def (an avid supporter of the villain) is on the bill also, I took a leap of faith and bought a ticket. If worst comes to worst and both acts are no-shows, at least D-Sisive is scheduled to open. Regardless, the promise of a night of such high quality lyrical hip-hop seems too good to pass up, so if you’re interested, check here and click the header that says “concerts”  for more information.

While You Were Sleeping: Nujabes – “Feather”
November 9
under: Culture, Felipe, While You Were Sleeping
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nujabes modal music

 Recently Corey posted “Jackin’ My Fresh” by Black Noise, a group from South Africa, and now I’m inspired to throw up something international of my own. Nujabes is a producer/DJ from Japan who has been on the scene for a little while now, who lists under his accomplishments being a main contributor for the music of the highly successful hip-hop-influenced anime show, Samurai Champloo (side note: Samurai Champloo fused anime with hip-hop three years before Afro Samurai did).  He has a very mellow sound to his beats, utilizing jazz elements and softer instruments like piano and acoustic guitar. Though some might write off his beats as too tame, they definitely draw you in with their vivid warmth and colour. This is a guy who I’d love to see produce for someone like Lupe or Common. Unfortunately Nujabes is not on iTunes, so hit up youtube if you’re interested in more.

Classified – “Quit While You’re Ahead” feat. Moka Only, Choclair & Maestro Fresh Wes (Video)
October 27
under: Culture, Felipe, Videos
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Today started off slow in hip-hop but ended off with a bang for sure. Up here, we’ve got a little saying: “Hip-hop ain’t dead, it lives in the north.” This post is for all Canuck hip-hop heads, and even if you’re not Canadian, check this out because this newly released music video features four monsters of hip-hop.  “Quit While You’re Ahead” is off of Classified stellar album, Self-Explanatory (check youtube or iTunes) and it is basically stating the case as to why these four rappers are so important. Classified (from the very East) and Moka Only (from the very West) go over just how prolific they are by running down the numbers of how many albums, tours, and awards they’ve accomplished (both emcees I covered in a major post about who in Canadian hip-hop do you need to be listening to right now). Choclair and Maestro are Toronto rap icons, with Choclair having smash hits like “Let’s Ride” and Maestro being the man who is responsible for the Junos (the Canadian Grammys) having hip-hop category. If you’re Canadian, American, British, Australian, Indian – wherever you rep, give this track a listen because I can not praise it enough.

9th Wonder Calls Toronto “The Hip-Hop Capital Of The World”
September 21
under: Culture, Felipe, Toronto Spotlight
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I guess 9th Wonder really like being a part of Manifesto this year! The picture honestly says it all, so I’ve got nothing left to say but BIG ups to everyone who took part and came out for Manifesto this year (I was neck-high in work this weekend, so I had to miss out on such a major event – don’t think I don’t regret missing it).

Manifesto 2009: Main Event Line-Up
September 4
under: Culture, Felipe, News, Toronto Spotlight
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Manifesto Poster

Sunday September 20th, from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Toronto will be hosting the Manifesto Festival Main Event at Nathan Philips Square. Performers will include:

  • Reflection Eternal (Talib Kweli & HiTek)
  • Colin Munroe
  • Tona
  • Art of Fresh
  • Solitair of Kardi’s Black Jays crew
  • Grand Analog
  • Richie Sosa
  • Empire

Also, there will be “The Freshest Goods” Market and a graffiti mural to be painted on a 70 ft. wall throughout the day. This is only a portion of what will be going on that Sunday. If you’re in the city or planning to visit it on September 20, this is a must-see event. You can find out more about this five-day festival at

Oh, Canada? – Five Canadian Rappers/Rap Groups You Need to Know
August 30
under: Culture, Felipe, The Word
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We all know that when it comes to hip-hop, no one does it better than the States. Being the home of the movement, the U.S. involves itself in the development of the genre much more than any other country. As time went on, though, hip-hop became a global movement. From the favelas of Brazil to the streets of London, England, the culture made its presence known. One country that knows how to do it right is Canada.

Being a Canadian myself, it’s fair to assume that I have some sort of bias, but regardless the talent in this country is definitely present. From Vancouver to the Maritimes, rappers come correct and deliver. Granted, Canada doesn’t seem like a very welcoming place to hip-hop (our border patrol is a constant nightmare for any rapper coming to tour in Canada), but from the days of Maestro Fresh Wes and his hit single “Let Your Backbone Slide”, to the recent success of Drake, Canadians have popped up here and there throughout hip-hop history.

These five rappers/rap groups aren’t being highlighted because they’re Canadian. They’re being listed here as great rappers first and Canadian citizens second. So without further ado, here are five Canadian rappers/rap groups you need to know about.

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Manifesto 2009 Hip-Hop Festival (Toronto)
August 25
under: Culture, Felipe, News, Toronto Spotlight
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Manifesto Poster

Spotted at From the official Manifesto press release:

“Toronto, ON – August 25, 2009 – Once in a while music, art, culture and technology collide in a way that opens up unique possibilities and shifts consciousness – a catalyst for creative evolution and social change. Get ready Toronto – MANIFESTO returns for their Third Annual Festival of Community & Culture from September 16th – 20th! Toronto will host events around the city with live musical performances, art exhibitions, a film festival, a professional breakdance competition, workshops, an artists’ market and a massive after party showcasing local, national and international artists in the hip hop community.

Event highlights for this year’s festival include the Manifesto Film Festival that will debut a secret cinema in the heart of the city; the high energy, crowd-pleasing Canada Pro Bboy Championship that will see top crews from across North America battle for a $5,000 cash prize; a 3-floor Art Exhibition featuring top notch, cutting edge artists in graffiti, street art, design, illustration, photography and new media with guests that include Montreal’s Roadsworth and world-renowned street artist NUNCA from Brazil; two block parties spotlighting GTA-wide community talent at the Parkdale Youth Festival and 106 & York Urban Arts Festival, a Featured Party with special guest and superstar producer 9th Wonder, the dual-venue Manifesto After Party with special guest DJ’s to be announced; and of course the festival’s Main Event – a FREE family-friendly day of arts and music at Nathan Phillips Square that escalates into an epic outdoor concert, this year featuring a rare free performance by headliners and hip hop royalty Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek as REFLECTION ETERNAL! The Main Event also includes the “Freshest Goods” market where young designers and collectives sell merchandise and gain exposure; “Know Your Craft” workshops including capoeira, hand drumming, breakdancing, DJing, and a variety of other art forms; a 70-foot mural painted live throughout the day by Toronto’s cream of the crop, and an open collaborative mural and community dance floor for those itching to get involved!

More special guests are being added to the Manifesto Festival 2009 lineup. The final lineup will be announced by September 8th.”

If you’re a hip-hop head in Toronto, there is no excuse for you not to be there. ‘Nuff said.

AMA 2008 Gallery
November 28
under: Culture
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Check out the pics from this years AMAs…

The American Music Awards have been around since 1973 and is one of the biggest award events every year. The 36th Annual 2008 American Music Awards aired Nov. 23 and was one of the best awards show this year. In the past year, many artists have put out new albums and music videos and have promoted their material everywhere they can; for a few artists, success and fame reached a new level this year.

Had to do a gallery of the ladies of the 08 AMAs. Check out Mariah, Beyonce, Rihanna, and the rest of the 08 performance line up!

Lady of the Week – Holly Weber
November 3
under: Culture
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Meet Holly….

Measurements: 32D-23-34. She is 5’8″ with Hazel eyes and Sandy brown hair…

Honestly, what’s not to like…

Having appeared in a handful of magazines as well as calendars, Holly Weber is also making strides on the Hollywood scene. She’s worked with some pretty A-list actors and actresses as well as prestigious directors. Given her rising celebrity, we know only bigger and better things are on the horizon for Holly Weber.

If that doesn’t get you going…Check out the video!

Lady of the Week – Layla Kayleigh
November 1
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Layla Kayleigh is the only child of a single mother, and she has supported herself since she was a teenager. By the time she had grown up, Layla Kayleigh began making herself known as a media personality. She’s been on numerous TV and radio shows, including corresponding for ABC’s football broadcasts, Current TV, Attack of the Show, The Best Damn Sports Show Ever, “Covino and Rich Show,” “The Naked Truth,” and in 2007 she accepted to host the sixth season of the World Poker Tour. She’s also a model, appearing in Maxim and King, and an actress who made her debut in A Simple Promise (2007).

Layla Kayleigh may be famous enough to have been Punk’d, but despite her already impressive list of credits, she isn’t particularly well-known. Although she has had national exposure, most of her appearances have been in niche markets, such as specialized cable TV or satellite radio stations. Yet, her career shows no signs of slowing down, and Layla Kayleigh’s fame can only increase.

If that doesn’t getting you going, check out the video.