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
So tonight is the night that you’ve been waiting for fam.. The official launch of festival fever in Montreal! Francofolies start tonight. Beerfest all weekend. Street Sales Galor. Grand Prix. Hip Hop Karaoke is Back and the PIU PIU DOC is finally screening this friday! Yup lots to talk about today and loads of great tunes for your loving ears. Today’s set was mainly franco in honor of the francofolies. We also highlted some great new releases from Daz- Ini, Skinny Bros and Modlee & Vlooper // ENJOY!
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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
Any Hip Hop head knows that ‘Paid in Full’ from Eric B and Rakim is one of the most important stepping stones in Hip Hop history. I mean if we’re being super honest the gritty production of the this album would probably put off many of the new spoiled modern ears but lyrically Rakim was unmatchable at the time and well still is. He brought the game to another level with his smooth flow and that unpredictable off beat spitting. You know how rappers (well good rappers) obsess about their rhyme scheme and how complex their rhyme layering is.. Ya, we have Rakim to thank for that. This man was crazy innovative and really brought listeners on a mental journey when he laid down a verse. Now that was way back in ’87 and though he may have left the scene for a little while, Rakim is still rocking stages 25 years later! no I’m not talking some nostalgic but kinda awkward beach boys reunion type show I’m talking live energy, new rhymes and sick collabs. So are you really gonna be that guy that who had an opportunity to see the Great Master Rakim live but decided to stay home and pick his nose instead.. come on man step your life game and come kick it with the fam at The Belmont this Thursday night.
Local Fam Full Course and Dirty Taz will be kickin’ off the night and Conscience is flying in all the way from Vancouver to hit the stage. Our main man DJ Simahlak will be holding down the 1s n’ 2s and I’ll be the hyper excited fan in the front row trying the spit on point with Ra’
GiveAWAY!!!: first person to send us an e-mail before 4pm Thursday May 17th at email@example.com Telling us which one of Eric B & Rakim’s tracks uses this sample gets a free ticket to the show! [leave your name, number and e-mail so we can contact you]
[if you don’t know the answer all i can say is :-O]
This Week’s Topic was Language, Flow and Hip Hop so who better to bring into the the studio than Yes Mccan and Nilla Bear from Dead Obies. This interview was definitely in the top 5 we’ve ever done. Not only did it satisfy our need to meet these boys that we’ve crushing on like crazy but it was also amazing to see that the way they rap is really true to who they are: Hyper informed, mad skilled, super opinionated, crazy funny montrilla boys who live very comfortably on the line between french and english. We had a chance to explore some of the issues that this community has with language barriers and where they would like it to see it change in the next few year so definitely tune in for the entire episode Right Here! and though we may have talked quite a bit I did remember to hook you guys with some great tracks so enjoy Xo
For all the newbies out there who are just now finding out about Dead Obies be sure to check out their bandcamp, cop their newly released mixtape ‘Collation Vol.1‘ and stay in touch with them via Facebook
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