Jul 30, 2012

Montage One - Beat2Def ft Ras Kass & Guilty Simpson

I haven't heard Ras Kass in a hot minute, so the moment I saw his name as one of the features on Cali emcee Montage One's new single "Beat2Def," I committed to downloading and sharing it asap. Listen and download below,
Cali emcee Montage One premieres brand new single "Beat2Def", featuring Ras Kass and Guilty Simpson. Producer Jlisted combines organs, cuts by DJ Revolution and even what sounds like a very brief sample of Mobb Deep's "Quiet Storm". "Beat2Def" will be found on Montage One’s forthcoming album 10.6.3 OGX, set for release on September 11, featuring guest appearances from Aloe Blacc, Evidence and more.

Jul 25, 2012

Teen Choice Awards: Pretty Little Liars

One of the most colourful, laid back awards event with the most squealing, screaming and genuine gratitude occurred this past week, the Teen Choice awards, where all our teenie-boppers favourite singers, actors and personalities come to revel in their youthful success. Among them, of course was my guilty pleasure, the cast of Pretty Little Liars.

Let's start with the "main character" of the show, who all the fuss is about, yet we rarely see, which is a shame, since Sasha Pieterse is quite a lovely young girl, and looked as effortlessly put together as Ali would, in a Carolina Herrera black and grey polka-dot strapless cocktail dress from the designers Resort 2013 collection, and coveted Casadei triple stacked platforms. Not exactly the look I'd expect to see on a 16 year old girl, and yet she makes it work!

Lucy Hale knew how to dress for the event in a bright red Wes Gordon Spring 2012 halter dress. The colour, the cut-outs, the length, the side swept pony and the the Brian Atwood platforms were the perfect choice for this playground inspired event.

Speaking of playgrounds, while there's something about Troian Bellisario's ballerina-inspired pale pink Maria Lucia Hohan mini that I really like, it also reminds me of a dress a 6 year old would wear to a birthday party or for family photos.

Shay Mitchell is lovely, and Canadian, so naturally I want to sing her praises, unfortunately that would make me unforgivably biased and a liar. The colour is great on her, however, and her hair is really pretty. Look at that! Praise! I did it!

Another PLL fail, is the adorable Ashley Benson. Considering she plays the character "who used to be fat," you'd think the actress would be more aware of how to dress her proportions. Her black floral lace Monique Lhuillier bustier and high-waisted Balenciaga pants are taking away fullness where it should be and adding volume where there isn't any.

-A

Sorry, I couldn't help myself.

Jul 24, 2012

Art Battle In Toronto

Tonight at 7:30PM inside The Great Hall (where Rich Kidd's release party will be happening next week), the Art Battle National Championship will be happening. Art fans get to experience a live battle of the brush while painters take to the canvas and do their best in 20 minutes!

For more information visit artbattleto.com, and pick up your tickets (students get a 50% discount) and get there asap; the audience gets the chance to vote on the best creation and has a chance to take a winning piece home in a silent auction.

The following painters have qualified by winning Art Battle events over the last year.

Jacqueline Poirier
David McKenzie
Keita Morimoto
Morgan Booth
Anna-Karoliina Koskinen
Olga Abeleva
Sarah Lewis Steele
Yang Cao
Ira Lipkin
Alyssa Priginiero
Tongson Chen
Carlos Delgado
Kate Taylor
Yared Nigussu

Jul 23, 2012

ΛΛΛRS – Them vs You

Toronto songstress and The Remix Project graduate, Marie Coyles also known as ΛΛΛRS, takes Jhene Aiko’s “You vs Them”, and gives it a jazzy-twist with her own version “Them vs You”. Two smokin' ladies, two smokin' versions of one song? Sounds win-win-win to me!

Download the track here:



Spotted at 1LoveTO.com
Photo courtesy of the Marie's FB and http://nevasphotography.tumblr.com/

Jul 19, 2012

Shad - melancholy and the infinite shadness

Canadian hip hop artist Shad drops a 5-song EP for the summer melancholy and the infinite shadness. With a title like that, it sounds like the rapper's going back to his self-deprecating debut. Produced by DJ T LO, HajahBug, and Shad and recorded here in T.O. at The Dreamhouse Studio.

Available for free download,


Jul 17, 2012

JD Era & Kardinal Offishall – Mercy Freestyle

Toronto's finest, JD Era and Kardinal Offishall show no "Mercy" over Kanye West's latest hit. See what I did there? Eh? See it? Forget it... download below.

Childish Gambino – Body ft. Prodigy

DJ Semtex releases a Childish Gambino track featuring Prodigy that didn't make it on Gambino's Royalty mixtape. Thank those 2DopeBoyz and download the CDQ version below.

Kardinal Offishall – Bassline (rmx)

It's a Toronto and Kardi kind of day, as Mr. International, Kardinal Offishall releases his remix of Chris Brown's single "Bassline."

Shout out to 2DopeBoyz for the download, and sharing a Torontonians work with the rest of the world (and a Torontonian!)

The-Dream – Dope B*tch f. Pusha T (Video)

The Dream drops the visuals for the dope track, "Dope Bitch" featuring Pusha T, off his fourth studio album Love IV MMXII set to release August 14th. The Dream is definitely feeling his efforts and took to Twitter to proclaim his thoughts:
LOVE IV is the BEST Album I've made. I don't care what the sales will be. I will do my best to Challenge your Taste And Knowledge

Jul 12, 2012

Yuna - Thinking Bout You (cover)

Spotted over at 2Dopeboyz, Malaysian indie-rock singer-songwriter Yuna covers my favourite song (and present ringtone), Frank Ocean's "Thinkin Bout You." Fucking dope! I believe a download is in order.

Jul 11, 2012

JD Era – The Greatest f. Raekwon (video teaser)

Raekwon and his progeny JD Era drop a video teaser for their track “The Greatest,” off their mixtape No Handouts. Be on the lookout for the full-length releasing any minute...

Toronto represent!

Tona - Timing ft. Kardinal Offishall

Toronto emcee Tona drops the visuals for his track "Timing" from his latest mixtape Reform School, featuring Toronto superstar, Kardinal Offishall.

Dir: Briin "Briin?" Bernstein & Daniel AM Rosenberg

Peep the video and download Reform School mixed by one of mine (and the rest of the city's) favourite DJ's Wristpect, here.

Jul 10, 2012

E-40 - In This Thang Breh ft Big Sean

With all the plays Kanye West's "Mercy" has been getting, I find myself missing the west coast, and the hyphy movement from the bay area, which always leads to thoughts Mr. Hyphy himself, E-40 since the two are synonymous. I was not a hyphy fan, but found myself drawn to E-40's distinctive voice, so I'm pleased to hear his voice on a new track, especially one featuring a 2011 favorite, Big Sean.

Download "In this Thang Breh" below, and E-40′s latest effort The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil is available for purchase.

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