It’s that time of year again! Call me introspective but I love taking the time to reflect on the best moments of year that passed and preparing for the year to come. Things happen way to quickly these days and my memory has never been my forte so these end of year lists are the one of my favorite indulgences. Enjoy!
Top 5 albums
Black Radio – Robert Glasper
Bizarre Tribe: A Quest to The Pharcyde – Gummy Soul [Amerigo Gazaway]
Something You Feel – Jai Nitai Lotus
Sunwalk – Modlee & Vlooper
The Good Fight – Krystale & Kaytranada
Top 5 Mixtapes
Collation Vol.1 – Dead Obies
Supafam Mixtape – Nomadic Massive
1999 – Joey Bada$$
The Bite Marked Heart – Brother Ali
Soul Sisters Stand Up – Skracth Bastid & The Gaff
Top 5 tracks
If (Janet Jackson Remix) – Kaytranada
Midnight – Nomadic Massive
Magic Look – Marques Toliver
Thinking ’bout You – Frank Ocean
Five – RT Beat
Top 5 Shows
Kalmunity Vibe Collective [Dilla Night], July 16th @ The Savoy [Jazz Festival]
Robert Glasper [Black Radio], February 24th @ Gésu Theatre
Jai Nitai Lotus [Something You Feel Launch], November 21st @ O’Patro Vys
The Narcicyst [Last show in Montreal .. for a minute], July 4th @ Bell Groove Stage [Jazz Festival]
Slum Village, BIG Pooh, & Dr. Mad from Alaiz, May 24th @ The Belmont
Top 5 Artists of the Year
Rose Pacesix [aka Sikk]
*Late Addition: Aisha C. Vertus
Nomadic Massive is such an essential part of the Hip Hop community in Montreal that it almost feels ridiculous to give them an introduction but just in case you didn’t know let’s go a head and back track.
So back in 2004, a couple of great like-minded artists from the city linked up for what was supposed to be a one-time collaboration for the 10th International Hip Hop Festival of Cuba. Many a tales have come from that trip but all we know for sure is that it solidified one of the most important collectives this city has ever seen. Coming from such a beautiful medley of cultures and backgrounds they created a sound that has yet to be imitated and could never be duplicated.
In 2006, we got a real feel for their high skill in lyricism when they dropped their EP Nomad’s Land. Spitting in over 6 languages and laying down head bumping beats already had us hooked but when you started breaking down the verses you realized that these cats weren’t just here to play. Tracks like OWD (Oil, Weapons, and Drugs) were packed with some serious knowledge dropping. When my 17-year-old hands got a hold of this gem, my mind’s horizon widened by at least two fields. Had I known at the time that this was only one of Nomadic’s mission statements I would probably be even further in life now. Behind their music making the Nomads were all highly involved in community building whether it be as teachers, youth workers, and health professionals or with projects such a No Bad Sound Studio and the Concordia Hip Hop Symposium. Amazingly enough, their influence did not stop there. With the international connections they gained over the years they became what I like to call Hip Hop ambassadors creating strong bonds with communities all over the globe, which benefited all parties and has opened doors for many other local artists who have followed in their footsteps.
In 2009, they dropped their second album Nomadic Massive, which was a moment capture of what you could expect at Nomad show; HIGH ENERGY. If you’ve ever seen them perform Reveye live you know exactly what I mean.This album and the series of amazing performances that came after its release had them clocked as Best Hip Hop Group (Montreal Mirror) for 3 years in a row and a reoccurring feature at the Montreal Jazz Festival.
Now, it’s been 3 years since their last drop and though they’ve kept us quite satisfied with live shows, solo performances and side projects such as Hip Hop Revival, it’s about time that we got something that we can take home! This Saturday our thirst will finally be quenched with the launch of their new mixtape SUPAFAM. We were teased with the release of the title single and amazing video so I can only imagine how unbelievable this is gonna be. Plus what a great name for their mixtape because if there’s one thing you’ll notice when you see Nomadic, is that they always roll with a supafam (and yes, you’re part of it).
Nomadic Massive’s SUPAFAM release show ft. Kaytradamus + Dr. Mad (Alaiz)
The Belmont (4483 Blvd. St-Laurent)
10$ (Incl. download code for mixtape)
First 100 guests get an exclusive Tape (yup I said tape)
Big Shouts to Nik Brovkin for the artwork.
Oh and did I mention that Nomadic has completely stepped the video clip game up in Montreal. I mean seriously all the videos they’ve put out even down to just their promo videos have been absolutely priceless.
Thursday night is gonna be the illest! Why you ask? It’s basic math son. For one, Slum Village is coming to Montreal, nuff said. Now for those of you who’ve been living under the bad-rap-and-shit-beats rock over the past 16 years Slum Village is a Detroit rooted group that was formed by the late and great J Dilla (RIP), Baatin (RIP) along side the sole living original member T3. Back in ’96 these cats were reinventing the game with tracks like “look of love and ” 2 U 4 U”. That unique slum sound has shaped so many ‘heads that it is a little bitter sweet to experience SV without Dilla and Baatin but who better to carry on the legacy than T3, Young RJ and Illa J. As a matter a fact they’ve showcased how well they can carry the torch with the recent release of Dirty Slums which is making waves in the hip hop community so trust me I’m pretty psyched to see them perform it live. For two, they’re bringing along BiG Pooh! ‘what?!’ yup you read right Big Pooh will be in Montreal along side Slum Village. Oh but wait I haven’t mentioned the best part of all this. You know how sometimes you go see your favorite artists and they have some crap opening act that just kills your mood *ahem do I really need to mention last Thursday’s disaster* well fear not cause Dr.Mad is here to save the day. Yes our main man, producer extraordinaire Dr. Mad is going to be opening for Slum Village and he’s bringing along the Alaiz fam. On a personal tip I am so absolutely proud and happy for our homeboy but on a fan tip I’m even more psyched cause I know Mad is gonna pull out the big guns for this show. Imagine opening for the group that made you become a producer… EPIC! All of this and the tickets are 15$ :O .. yup musicismysanctuary really knows how to feed hungry hip hop mouths.
So do I even need to say it..GET YOUR TIX NOW!!! it’s gonna be an amazing night. To get prepped for night you might wanna check out Dr.Mad’s Favorite Slum Village tracks, as well his bandcamp. Stream or cop yourself the new Dirty Slums mixtape from SV and well rest and hydrate.. you’re gonna need the energy.
I personally am already ready to fall in love all over again
This Week’s show was particularly huge!
As always we began with a quick Hip Hop News Feed so S/O to Sikk for her new website pacesix, Jjanice+ for his new video ‘Aléas’, Hala Alsalman for getting a spot at the New Port Beach film festival for her Film Bêtes Humaines, Simahlak for working with the guys from Lonely Island and dropping the beat for Spin the Globe, Sarah MK,The Narcycist and Nomadic Massive for landing spots at the Jazz Fest and last but not least BIG S/O to Karim Ouellet and Kaytradamus for landing spots at Osheaga!
We followed up with a talk spot about the political situation in Montreal which unfortunately seems to be awfully stagnant on the government’s part. To Lighten up the day though we had a great interview with Dr. Mad (Beat maker extraordinaire and member of Alaiz) about his current projects and trip to California which was followed another amazing interview with Aisha C Vertus where she also told us about their trip to Cali but mainly talked about the highly anticipated Piu Piu Documentary that she’s working on right now. It’s was a pretty epic episode so be sure to listen to it right here!
We also took the opportunity to RAVE about how great the new Dead Obies album ‘Collation vol.1’ and luckily for y’all we were able to book an interview with them this Thursday so be sure to tune in to CJLO 1690AM (www.cjlo.com) from 11-1pm.
Respects to Nik Brovkin for the great Piu Piu artwork
Hey listeners and readers! So first off Happy New Year!! I’m not sure how deep into the year we’re supposed to keep saying that but I feel like I haven’t had a chance to really wish you the best yet. So Happy New Year to all you and I really wish you a year full of new experiences, good times, productivity and great music.
Secondly I want to tell you guys a little about our new format of Say Word! Yup new year, new say word. We used to dibble and dabble between being a talk show and a music show in 2011 but we’ve decided that if we want to promote Montreal hip hop culture to the fullest we are better off sticking to the talk show format. I’ll still be bringing you guys some sick new tracks but the quantity will be reduced so we can focus on what’s going on the city. From now on you can count on Say Word! for the Hip-Hop news feed [local and international], major topics in Hip-Hop culture, bi-weekly interviews, weekly album reviews and of course your community calendar. With all this extra room for talk we also want to get you guys involved in the discussions so feel free to call us during the show at 514-848-7471 or tweet us what’s on your mind on our twitter @saywordmtl.
Ok so let’s get this ball rolling! This is week ‘s topic was Mtl Noisemakers of 2011 [and promising big for 2012]. You can listen to the episode here. Making this list was extremely hard for us cause Montreal has mad talent and it’s hard to selected only a few. This time around we tried to focus on people and groups that really stepped their game up in 2011 and that we think deserved even more spotlight than they’ve received in the past year. If you have people that you think really should have made this list please e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll follow up with a volume 2 of the list.