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Hamilton Hip Hop Icon Eklipz releases book of Paintings

August 9th, 2010 | By

If you know the hip hop scene in Hamilton then you already know Eklipz.
A short list of his contributions include: Founder of the Concrete Canvas Hip Hop Culture Expo in Hamilton, Founder of the Boom Spot Fashion Store, a member of musical group Crown A’ Thornz (Eklipz, J Wyze & Kolor Brown) and now published author of “Hip Hop Homage – The Art Of Eklipz“.

A talented bomber and true hip hop head, Eklipz recently merged two of his passions over the past few years to create “Hip Hop Homage” – a collection of 50 paintings showcasing many of hip hop’s icons and greats.  This 9″ X 12″ art book is a self published piece of history that will be sure to impress all hip hop enthusiasts.
To celebrate the release come out and purchase a copy on Friday August 13th – Eklipz will be having an exhibition and book signing inside the You Me Gallery (330 James St. N, Hamilton). Come out and support, the book is incredible!

Rick Ross latest album Teflon Don available July 20

July 19th, 2010 | By

The Boss returns this week (Tuesday July 20, 2010) with his fourth studio album, Teflon Don (Maybach Music Group, Def Jam).
The much hyped release has a who’s who in the industry with features including: Jay Z, Drake, Gucci Mane, Kanye West, T.I., Diddy, Ne-Yo, Trey Songz, John Legend and more!
The Lead single “Super High” featuring Ne-Yo was a moderate success gaining heavy airplay and peaking in the Billboard Top 100.
More recently, “BMF – Blowing Money Fast” with Styles P has gained momentum on the streets and was the second scheduled release.
My pick off the album is hands down, “Aston Martin Music” featuring Drake and Chrisette Michele with production by the J.U.S.T.I.C.E League – this one is a smash as I have it currently charting #1 in my Hip Hop Top 10! You can listen to it below if you have yet to hear it…

Overall the album is a solid “good” 4/5 — apart from the continual Rick Ross self praise (compares his death equivalent to John Lennon) and his reminding the listener of his vast amounts of wealth (street monsters – MC Hammer & BMF..) but that seems to be rap music now-a-days. It is an album definitely worth supporting so go buy it and enjoy bumping it – this is one you can go from start to finish with. Wish I was in Miami!

Rick Ross feat Drake & Chrisette Michele – Aston Martin Music


Track Listing:

1. “I’m Not a Star”
2. “Free Mason” (feat. Jay-Z & John Legend)
3. “Tears of Joy” (feat. Cee-Lo)
4. “Maybach Music III” (feat. T.I., Jadakiss & Erykah Badu)
5. “Live Fast, Die Young” (feat. Kanye West)
6. “Super High” (feat. Ne-Yo)
7. “No. 1” (feat. Trey Songz & Diddy)
8. “MC Hammer” (feat. Gucci Mane)
9. “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast)” (feat. Styles P)
10. “Aston Martin Music” (feat. Drake & Chrisette Michele)
11. “All the Money in the World” (feat. Raphael Saadiq)

The Sellout by Macy Gray

July 19th, 2010 | By

Grammy award winning, 15 million album selling, singer-songwriter Macy Gray, one of the most unique and original artists to emerge in recent times returns with her fifth album (first album in over 3 years) “The Sellout“.

The Sellout” features 12 new songs, was co-written and executive produced by Macy herself and mixed by four-time Grammy Award winner Manny Marroquin (whose credits include top 10 singles for Lady Gaga, Jay Z, Rihanna, Alicia Keyes and Kanye West). Collaborators on the album include Bobby Brown, Slash, Matt Sorum formerly of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver.

The lead single (USA) was “Beauty In The World” (featured in the closing scenes of the finale of the ABC sitcom “Ugly Betty”) and was followed up with “Kissed It” featuring Velvet Revolver as the second release.
“Lately” was the first single released in the UK where Macy has a concrete following.

Regarding the album Macy says, “The Sellout tells the story of how I found my salvation in just being myself instead of who other people thought I should be, I had got to a place in my career where I tried everything that was asked of me and in doing so I lost sight of who Macy Gray really is. I spent over a year making this album without any pressure or opinions and being able to choose the co-writers, producers and artists that felt good to me. As a result, it really reflects my true identity. I feel like I have finally made the album I was capable of”.

Fittingly, the album ends with the anthemic track, “The Comeback”, a bookend declaration of things accomplished and the hope for better things to come: “Hey big world it’s me again/I’m coming way back to be big again.”

On paper the album looks to deliver being co-written and produced with such a powerhouse, and featuring appearances by a diverse list of artists as well it was done on her time with no pressure – however it received mixed reviews from critics and not sold in high numbers lacking major push from a solid single.
I enjoy Macy Gray in light doses, her distinct off-tune voice catches your attention but this effort I felt was average in my ears giving it a 2/5.

Track Listing:

1. The Sellout
2. Lately
3. Kissed It (feat Velvet Revolver)
4. Still Hurts (feat Romika)
5. Beauty in the World
6. Help Me
7. Let You Win
8. That Man
9. Stalker
10. Real Love (feat Bobby Brown)
11. On & On
12. The Comeback

My Best Friends Mixtape By Slur

June 3rd, 2010 | By

Hamilton’s own SLUR has dropped “My Best Friend’s Mixtape” – certified DrunkHop!
It goes 13 tracks deep, featuring Kris Octane, Mista, Trae Yunge & more.
He says “thanks to all involved in the project I feel its my best work to date & I usually hate my ish lol”
Click here to download “My Best Friend’s Mixtape”, it’s FREE people – support!!


1. Intro
2. Drunk Funk feat. Kris Octane
3. Las Vuitton
4. A Star Is Born
5. On To The Next One
6. Smile feat. Trae Yunge
7. Hometown feat. Mista
8. Shine
9. Break Even
10. Dear Mary Jane
11. Slur’s Hard Lemonade
12. Basement Scene
13. Guru Tribute

You can check out DJ Jukebox on the mixtape:

Slur feat DJ Jukebox (Intro) “Shine“:

F*&k A Mixtape by T.I.

June 1st, 2010 | By

The King Of The South is baaaaaaack!
T.I. has teamed up with DJ Drama & DJ MLK to release “F*&k A Mixtape“.
After his release from prison, T.I. has decided to drop a mixtape with the likes of Jamie Foxx, Young Jeezy, Lil Wayne, Rashad, Killer Mike + more…
Building on his current hit “I’m Back” comes the mixtape release with the buzzing single “Got My Back” feat Keri Hilson.
Click here to download the mixtape while you can, its FREE and if your a T.I. fan – you should already have it cause it’s the KIIIIIING!

F*&K A MIXTAPE Tracklisting:

1. Jamie Foxx – Intro
2. Welcome Back To The Trap (Prod. By Smash Factory)
3. Spazz Out (Prod. By Swizz Beatz)
4. Whatcha Saying Tip (Prod. By Chuck Diesel)
5. Yeah Feat. Lil Wayne (Prod. By Lil C)
6.Yeah Ya Know (Prod. By DJ Toomp & Lil C)
7. Once Upon A Time
8. Here We Go Again (Prod. By Timberland)
9. Get Yo Girl Feat. Rich Kid Rashad (Prod. By Jim Jonsin)
10. Like So (Prod. By Lil C)
11. Gettin Paid (Prod. By Track Slayers)
12. Lil Duval – F*ck A Mixtape N*gga!
13. Really Livin Like That (Prod. By DJ Toomp)
14. Whether You Like It Or Not (Prod. By Amadeus)
15. Jamie Foxx – Shooting Range
16. No Competition Feat. Young Jeezy (Prod. By Black Mob)
17. Bitch Who Feat. Macboney (Prod. By Lil C)
18. Ready Set Go Feat. Killer Mike (Prod. By No I.D.)
19. Kevin Hart – F*ck A Mixtape
20. Celebration (Prod. By J-Rock)
21. Got Your Back Feat. Keri Hilson (Prod. By DJ Toomp) (Bonus)

Dr Dre sets release date for Detox album

May 28th, 2010 | By

Dr. Dre – The musical genius behind two classic hip hop albumsClick here to find out more!Click here to find out more! (The Chronic & 2001), and original member of N.W.A., and the master behind Snoop Dogg & Eminem’s careers – is set to release his third and probably final album entitled Detox.

Being a perfectionist and true master of his craft, Dre is never in a rush to put out content until it meets his critical approval.
Taking his time lacing every last snare kick, Dre has confirmed that the long wait is nearing an end.

“The song with Jay-Z should be out next month [June 2010]. We’ll see how that goes,” Dre told Terrence and Rocsi on “106 & Park”.
The lead single “Under Pressure” features Jay-Z with Scott Storch on production.

After that, it seems the waiting game will continue as Dre predicts an Early Fall 2010 release for his Detox album.

LazerProof mixtape by Major Lazer and LA Roux

May 27th, 2010 | By

As reported Mad Decent did release the FREE mixtape “LazerProof” online.
It is a collaboration by Major Lazer (Diplo & Switch) and La Roux.
The name spawned from Major “Lazer” & Bullet”Proof” – La Roux’s smash single (2009).

To get the free mix all you have to do is click here and submit your name/email/postal code.
However, with such a small price to pay the server was crashed when +200,000 people tried to download it simultaneously.

The mixtape has some serious artwork inspired from Iron Man 2 & features: Gucci Mane, Candi Redd, Drake, Rusko, Amanda Blank, Opal & Gyptian

LAZERPROOF Tracklisting:

01 “Bulletproof” (Nacey Remix ft. Matt Hemerlein)
02 “Colourless Artibella”
03 “I’m Not Your Lemonade” + “Heroes ‘N’ Villains Remix” ft. Gucci Mane
04 “Independent Kill” ft. Candi Redd
05 “Keep It Fascinating”
06 “Magic (Falling Soldiers Dub)”
07 “In 4 The Kill Pon De Skream” ft. Drake
08 “Houstatlantavegas Pains”
09 “Tigerlily (DYWHAP Blend)” ft. Rusko
10 “Can’t Stop Now (Armor Love Remix)”
11 “Quicksand (Mad Decent 2010 Rerub)” ft. Amanda Blank
12 “Cover My Eyes (Costra Nostra Edit)”
13 “I Said It (Major Lazer Dubplate)” ft. Opal
14 “Hold Yuh (Double Dubplate)” ft. Gyptian

Alicia Keys. Robin Thicke. Melanie Fiona. Freedom Tour

March 13th, 2010 | By

Wednesday March 10, 2010. Toronto, Ontario

The “Freedom Tour” stopped in Toronto (Air Canada Center) Wednesday night to a full house of avid music lovers.
Promoting her new “The Element of Freedom” album, the tour is headlined by grammy award winner Alicia Keys and features R&B opening acts Robin ThickeSex Therapy” and Canada’s own Melanie FionaThe Bridge“.

Alicia Keys has been busy as of late, in February she performed the half time show of the NBA All Star Game in Dallas and she recently finished shooting her latest music video in Brazil alongside Beyonce – “Put It In A Love Song” directed by Melina Matsoukas.

About the concert…
If you know me, you know I love good music – and that is exactly what this concert was about. So needless to say I was excited!

Opening in her hometown of Toronto, with a full live band and back up dancers – Melanie Fiona came out promptly in a sparkling gold dress (I wonder if it was inspired by Canada’s “golden” showing at the Olympics?) and proudly waving a Canadian flag.  Her 5 song set was highlighted with her smash single “It Kills Me” which she thanked everyone for their support with as it has been a billboard #1 for 12 weeks.  Congrats Melanie.  The end of her set featured a surprise appearance of Toronto’s Kardinal Offishal, who provided ad libs and Canadian energy.  Her act seemed well received from those that had arrived (it was a late crowd!) but at certain times the crowd was slightly unfamiliar with Melanie’s content.

Robin Thicke was next, the stage was transformed unveiling a red Sex Therapy backdrop alongside a red baby grand piano. Robin entered the stage with his bulletproof hair and crooner-styled suit to tell the audience he was very appreciative to be in Toronto and that today is a very special day, being his birthday.  He worked the female dominated crowd with flirtatious talk and sexual innuendoes. His 8 song performance was highlighted by “Magic”, “Wanna Love You Girl”,”Sex Therapy”,  the crowd (and one of my personal) favorite(s) “Lost Without You”.  He finished his set free-styling the first verse of Lil Wayne’s “A Milli” as his band jammed and the crowd chuckled with their heads bobbing.

And then came Alicia…

Alicia first appeared in a red army coat (her live nine piece band/three backup dancers dressed in military attire) singing “Caged Bird” into “Love is Blind” as she emerged from a cage, symbolizing the concept of the tour “Freedom”.  She took the packed crowd through her musical catalogue for the nearly 2 hours, mixing her music with images (displayed via the LCD stage set), she narrated a story of reinteratted uplifting views and quotes aimed at personal well being, positive living, peace, love and hope.  The inspiring act spotlighted her powerful voice and her vast musical talents – featuring a modern rendition of “Fallin” where she traded her piano in for a synthesiser, a back and fourth jam session with the lead guitarist where she rocked a keytar, playing a sampler/drum machine to intro “Sleeping With a Broken Heart” and of course she tickled the ivory as a piano appeared on stage with a scrolling LCD inscription “play me” to which she asked the audience who eagerly concurred (as she sat down the inscription changed to read “thank you”).  The second set of her concert really brought down the house.  She came out wearing a white dress belted “Sleeping With A Broken Heart” to which the audience stood up and sang along.  They stayed up as the female anthem “Superwoman” was next and the echoes could be heard all the way down to Lakeshore.  The crowd interaction on “No One” filled the ACC as they were prompted to sing back and fourth.  It was during this that Alicia left without saying goodbye… only to reappear, finishing with Empire State of Mind PT II – where she exchanged New York with Toronto during one hook, showing love for the city who came out to see her.

In all I was very impressed with Alicia’s performance and presence.  She was intimate, interactive, cute and energetic to coincide with her beautiful voice and skilled band.  The only drawbacks I had were that her playlist omitted “Doesn’t Mean Anything” and I was hoping Drake would appear during “Un-thinkable (I’m Ready)” (my favourite song of the night) as he co-wrote/produced it and is from Toronto – but the concert was complete even without him.  I strongly recommend this tour to all who enjoy good music.

Set List
Caged Bird
Love is Blind
You Don’t Know my Name
Another Way to Die
Like the Sea
I Need You
Pray for Forgiveness
Like You’ll Never See Me Again
Wait Til’ You See My Smile
Go Ahead
Put It in a Love Song

2nd Set
Sleeping with a Broken Heart
If I Ain’t Got You
No One
Empire State of Mind Part II

Tour Dates:
March 3: Chicago, IL (Allstate Arena)
March 5: Detroit, MI (Fox Theater)
March 6: Detroit, MI (Fox Theater)
March 10: Toronto, ON (Air Canada Center)
March 11: Syracuse, NY (Turning Stone)
March 13: Mashantucket, CT (Foxwoods Casino)
March 14: Mashantucket, CT (Foxwoods Casino)
March 17: New York, NY (Madison Square Garden)
March 19: Newark, NJ (Prudential Centre)
March 20: Atlantic City, NJ (Mark Estess Arena)
March 22: Boston, MA (Agganis Arena)
March 24: Baltimore, MD (1st Mariner Arena)
March 25: Washington, D.C. (Verizon Center)
March 27:  Miami, FL (American Airlines Arena)
March 28: Tampa, FL (St. Pete Times-Forum)
March 30: Atlanta, GA (Phillips Arena)
April 02: Dallas, TX (Nokia Theater–Grand Prairie)
April 03: Houston, TX (Toyota Centre)
April 06: Los Angeles, CA (Staples Centre)
April 07: Santa Barbara, CA (Santa Barbara Bowl)
April 09: Las Vegas, NV (Mandalay Bay)
April, 10: Oakland, CA (Oracle Coliseum)
& International dates