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Shaun Boothe – Poor Boy (New Video)

A new video from Toronto’s own Shaun Boothe – Poor Boy sampling Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.  Really feelin the video credited to Chris G.  and I always bumped the track when it came on in my car.  I digz it.

Drake Snatches Two Grammy Nods

Drake is nominated for best rap song and best rap solo performance for the hit single Best I Ever Had .  At first, Drake didn’t even realize he was nominated.

“I have to say, you know, it’s definitely an honour. I haven’t even put out my first album,” he said. “Being a kid from Toronto, I’m just proud, man. I know my mom’s at home, buggin’ out. I’m just glad to be here.” – Drake

He’s up against some tough competition, but you gotta be proud of the Young Money artist. Drizzy’s first full album is expected to drop in the new year.

Tona Ft. Saukrates & T.R.A.C.K.S. – Fast Pace (New Video)

Peep this new  video by some of Canada’s homegrown rappers, Tona and Saukrates featuring T.R.A.C.K.S.

TORONTO – The Good, The Bad And The Screwface

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Tdot a.k.a The Screwface Capital

Canada has so much talent that it’s bursting out the seams. Artists all over in the hip hop and urban scene hear that Toronto is like the equivalent to NY for exposure. And, perhaps it is. But another thing that Toronto is known all too well for is that it’s The Screwface Capital. Some of us just have this oppressive mind state when it comes to our urban music culture. Why is that? Could it also be that some remain so Americanized that they’ve lost interest in their local Canadian talent? Could it also be a marketing issue?

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K-OS

I’ve seen it happen too many times. A new artist, gets their CD pressed and distributed to music stores, and it just stops there. Because all the money went into recording, mastering and distributing the CD. No commercial spots, radio and marketing. So the CD gets lost on store shelves and unnoticed by an already unresponsive city. “We’ve obviously got forces to deal with that keep pounding down on us, just random instances of the daily grind – agency jobs where you’re working at minimum wage, wack TTC drivers giving you hassles about dropping change,” says Theology 3, a Toronto rapper who coined the term screwface capital back in 2000.

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Kardinal Offishall

Has this really become our identity? It was even reported that 50 Cent walked off the stage at Circa nightclub complaining that, Screwface City crowd wasn’t into it enough. How sad. 50 Cent is one of hip hops best selling artists to date. But, then again fiddy’s music today is all about marketing. A far cry from his first album. On second thought, maybe our screwface title isn’t always a bad thing.

As gloomy as our urban music landscape may seem, I’ve noticed some changes. The artists are reaching out to each other more as well as encouraging fans to get to know them and their music through the likes of Facebook and other social websites. The

fans and people in general in Toronto are

Block Basics Productions BBP

Block Basics Productions BBP

seemingly showing a lot more support to local up and coming talent. This oppressive mind state seems to be lifting…A little. With artists like K-OS, K’naan, Drake, Theology 3 and Kardinal Offishall and so many others paving the way for other hip hop artists from Canada, things are certainly changing for the better. Block Basics Productions BBP is a company that is also seeking to do just that, as well as strengthening the Canadian market through the multimedia/telecommunications industry. So if we find that we’re stuck with this screwface stigma then I leave you these words of President Obama, “Yes, we can change.”

New Video – Luu Breeze – Charge It To The Game

Peep this hot new video – Charge It To The Game, from Toronto’s own rapper Luu Breeze produced by Animal House. There’s been some speculation of the MC being linked to the label Disturbing The Peace, a record label made popular by Ludacris. Currently, Luu Breeze is independent and there’s talks of him launching his own label in the near future.

16 Bars From 16 Of T-Dot's Major MC's

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The Real Frequency’s 16th anniversary mixtape 16 16’s features 16 bars from 16 of Toronto’s talented and promising acts performing over classic beats from the past 16 years. The line features, Saukrates, Kardinal Offishall, JD Era, Famous, Tona, Promise, Luu Breeze, Marvel, Mathematik, King Reign, Mayhem Morearty, Empire, IRS, Frankie Payne, Theology 3, and Ski.

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Click here for more information on downloading a bonus track from another Toronto MC and listen to the track to find out who it is. This mixtape will be fire y’all.

New Video – K-OS – 4321

Check out this new joint 4321 from Toronto’s own K-OS. It’s the first single off the new album, YES! which is scheduled to drop early 2009. The single is available on iTunes now.