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peep this new ep,. from Progress. One of toronto’s finest
Quincy Jones was in town for Canadian Music Week where he was interviewed and answered questions from the audience. I was lucky to be in attendance. He dropped some great anti-black racism gems for this predominantly white audience. I was impressed. Here’s all the footage. I wasn’t exactly in the best spot so I apologies in advance for the heads that got in the way.
As alway’s it’s a pleasure and a gift to be in the presence of this magnificent man Ernie Paniccioli. I got to witness him speak in Toronto last week about his photography, hip hop, history and basically just dropping gems all over the place. As always I recorded it so here’s the whole interview in 14 parts. Enjoy.
Travis Scott showed up in full force on Wednesday at the Opera House. Dude’s got mad climbing skills cuz he climbed on everything. from mini balcony’s to 2nd floor an speakers. The Crowd was live. A lot of crowd surfer from both travis and crowd members. At one point people from the crowd were jumping off stage into the crowd. Unfortunately for some they realized how unforgiving toronto can be because some of them just ended up dropping to the floor. Ya sometimes we don’t give a fuck and we will watch you fall on your as as opposed to making sure your safe. They don’t call us screwface capital for nothing. I was really impressed. Representing for the G.O.O.D. music crew travis did well.
Last night NBS got turnt up at Tattoo Rock Parlour for Hustlegrl’s hip hop Canadian Music Week Showcase. Rich Kidd, Adam Bomb and Tona were in fine form. Mcing in the crowd, even in people’s ears (rich kidd is always nice and smooth with it). The crowd was hype singing along, shouting out requests and just feeling the vibes. The show was proper but that’s what you get when you put some of Tdot’s finest in a group.
This weekend Mia kicked off CMW with a free performance at Tattoo rock parlour. As always nuff high energy was in the place. A great stage carnival light set up and her dancers. Mia brought the noise. Minus some technical difficulties ( she had to tell the soundboy about himself) the show was spectacular. Here’s some footage
Bun B rolled thru on Sunday an brought out Drizzy at the end. The OG from Houston got the crowd amped. RIP Pimp C #ugkforlife
So a few weeks back I went to The Forgiveness Project hosted by Tara Mouldon with Legends League founder Bryan Espiritu, Naturally Born Strangers (Tona, Rich Kidd & Adam Bomb) and Jelly To Fly. It was a discussion on forgiveness. Ranging from stories about mental health issues, alcoholism, comfortability with self, suicide and issues with fathers.
It was an intimate gathering where the audience listened to the stories of our peers. There was something in everyone’s story that we could relate to. From abandonment issues stemming from our father’s not being around, to acknowledging misogyny in past relationships and coping with issues of depression.
These kinds of talks need to happen more frequently in our communities where we can get together and listen and grow from the strength of others. It’s especially rewarding to hear stories from people you see around town, listen to their music and admire their accomplishments in art and music. More often then not we tend to idolize artists without overstanding that they have everyday problems just like the rest of us.
If you’re in Toronto tonight (jan 31, 2014) check out The Legends League pop up shop and Naturally Born Strangers performance at The Mod Club Doors 9pm $15 cover.
Support those who’ve been giving back to this city and culture from time zeen.
I thought I should chime in on my feelings on this new Beyoncé album. For me it represents the dawning of a new day. A cultural shift that the music industry desperately needed. Who drops an album with no warming and no promotion to the tune of going platinum in less than a week? Beyoncé of course. But more than the music it’s the sheer art of the project that captivates the audience. From showcasing everyday people to the glitz and glamour of being in a mansion. More importantly for me was her showcasing the creative mind of a black woman. Being a prime example of what it means to be a leader in the community. The black community specifically, but the worldwide community intentionally.
https://vimeo.com/82113828 Beyoncé performing XO and Halo in Toronto
This album has made me reevaluate my life as an artist as well as a person. I have the same 24hrs in a day as Beyoncé. Mind you I’m not a million but still I’m sure my levels of procrastination will forever be curved because of the quality of art Beyoncé put out. Not only music but videos as well as raising a baby and having menstral cramps. Bowing down… real talk.
I’m glad that Beyoncé was the first to do this. No promotion just here’s my art. The art is spectacular. Flawless, pun intended. Makes me really appreciate the art of creation. So many people are content with mediocre bullshit and I’m so glad Beyoncé’s virgo perfection has shined light on the world. Even if you’re not rich you have the potential for greatness. As well the example she specifically sets for young black females is priceless. Say what you want about her blond hair, so called bleaching (she been lightskinned from birth she is creole afterall) she ain’t claiming to be a white women. I see all these white feminists coming for her but she doesn’t claim you. #solidarityisforwhitewomen.
From songs/videos like Pretty Hurts and most notably Flawless Beyoncé sheds light on what it means to be a black girl growing up in a Eurocentric world that doesn’t deem little black girls as flawless. But Beyoncé teaches us otherwise. Flawless is to this generation what Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit was to generation X. A whole crop of people are using Flawless as an anthem of empowerment. I know I for one walk into a room strutting like I’m on a runway when I’m playing it. From a visual aspect the video is a throwback to the grunge movement with the denim, high boots, plaid and angst ridden party goers aka her back up dancers. I hope for anyone who was never the cool kid in school they can jam to this and use it as a self empowering anthem… hell even all those people u know shouldn’t be singing this song will but whatever everyone’s entitled to their moment.
Drunk In Love = song of the year!!! The video can we talk about Beyoncé dancing on the beach. I’m here for all of that!!! I know people are upset about Jay z’s eat the cake reference but i’m pretty sure that’s a sexual innuendo between the two of them. That’s all I’ma say about that. Shits been on repeat for days.
This entire album is a classic hands down album of the year of 2013 (Pusha T you had my vote till Beyoncé killed everything).
And as for Beyoncé being the voice of black feminism I’m all for it. All y’all other feminists (I’m looking at you white ladies) need to get your lives together and jump on board and stop hating from outside the club. More than just talk, Beyoncé’s doing. Showing the world that as a black women you can have and do it all. Fuck these crackers for making it seem that we aren’t worthy cuz that’s pretty much the message the mainstream media puts out. Beyoncé in all her greatness exposes the behind the scenes of what it really means to be “pretty” in this eurocentric world while showing us her vulnerability and how much she actually loves and is happy with herself.
She embraces motherhood and works hard as a creative entity to get what she wants. She deserves it. She’s Flawless #factsonly.
The only thing i hate about this album is that I’m single. This album is 100% for lovers, those in love etc. Not to say you can’t feel it if you’re single but i mos def feel how much she’s in love with Jay Z and the love she has for Blue Ivy all up and down this album. It is cuffing season so this certainly should be in a lot of playlists and come summer the album most recognized for creating those summer babies. I’m just saying I appreciate the placement of the sexy time songs cuz it’s a good amount of time for u to get it b4 u might wanna come up for air…or whatever.
Next up will be how this album comes to light on tour. I’m really looking forward to the new routines and energy she puts into this production.
Beyoncé got me way more in tune with my feminine side then ever b4. I appreciate that. But that’s another blog post entirely
Hats off to Beyoncé for showcase that God really is a black woman!!!!
I had the pleasure of going to both yeezus shows in toronto back in december. I was even more blessed to have witnessed the epic after party with Kanye and Drake in attendance. Here’s a video and some pics I was able to take.
If ur in the hamilton ont. and montreal area in february i suggest you check it out.