Starting from humble beginnings, The Real Frequency became the premier hip-hop show on Canada’s first commercial urban radio station by featuring up and coming local artists who eventually became international stars. By giving early support to artists such as Drake, Shad, Boi 1-Da, and Tona, the show consistently showed its dedication to Toronto’s burgeoning hip-hop community. Though The Real Frequency show recently stopped broadcasting due to the sale of its parent station, its dedication to hip-hop lives on in the form of a new album project.
Now, running full heartedly with an idea that evolved from one of the most popular segments on the show, The New North, The Real Frequency has put together a compilation album, also titled The New North, that features over 30 artists best representing Toronto’s up-and-coming talent. Pairing together MC’s, producers, singers, and DJ’s from the city, Real Frequency has created a project that features the likes of JD Era, Marco Polo, Kardinal Offishall, Moss, and more, including aforementioned artists Tona and Boi-1-Da.
Also coming together for the album is Shad and Frank Dukes, who crafted the lead single from The New North, with the song “Flawless.” The song, which also features cuts from DJ Dopey, kicks into full gear from jump, with Frank Dukes’ gritty beat. Shad’s slick wordplay fits snuggly over the driving bass line and well-placed horn chops, an instrument selection that was a conscious decision for Dukes. “After hearing that I would be working with Shad, I knew I wanted to bring him into a different zone,” explains Dukes. “I gave him a rugged, aggressive beat that he absolutely bodied – it was his performance that helped inspire the song title.”
“BED,” is the full length debut album from BEVERLY FRE$H, known for, ”working his pussy off to feed the kids.” The album was produced and recorded by DIAL81 in his grandparent’s basement and it comes off like a smile from a mouth full of jacked up teeth. For this record, Beverly worked with one of his all time favorite rappers, NatureBoy Jim Kelly, formally Nosaj of New Kingdom on the track “What the Fuck,” and Detroit rapper / producer Skrapz on “Liquor& Churches.” Bed, is part of a
series of limited edition vinyl-only releases from Detroit artists on sUPERIORbelly Records.
Known for his on and off stage antics, confrontational humor and bizarre mix of hardcore rap, a cappella crooning and baritone screams the press has attempted to describe his style through such desperate comparisons
as: ”MC Serch meets Dan Deacon in the alley behind a Detroit art gallery for a dance-off. We all win,” and “Beck meets the early Beastie Boys and Cypress Hill at a wine bar and invites them to smoke a fat one in his VW Bug.”(Detroit Metro Times) Beverly prefers Tevin Campbell on angle dust.
At a recent live performance he was described as: “the debatably rabid Beverly Fre$h, who owns a look straight out of Thunderdome, spitting out lyrics like he just gargled gasoline, which may not be an exaggeration.” (youknewblog.com)
Beverly brags of an extensive tape collection and is influenced by artists from Ganksta Nip to Cab Calloway. His new record and live stage show are equally intense and enjoyable and his style is a bastardized hybrid and reflection of the urban and rural landscape of ghetto flea markets and backyard barn parties.
Through the winter he will be continuing his unannounced performances at remote locations throughout the Midwest documented by photographer Travis Roozee, and kicking off the release of Bed with a late summer pig roast in Detroit.
!PORK KNUCKLE! by BEVERLY FRE$H
If you’ve been paying attention recently, you may have noticed things can get pretty tough, frustrating even, for an up-and-coming artist – and especially for an artist who’s style isn’t exactly the sound du jour for the city from which he hails. Dustin Prestige understands all these things, but rather than bitch and moan, the Mo. City, Texas spitter has embraced his differences, and no where is this more apparent than on his new project, The Kelly and Jessie EP, or it’s latest single, “Rise.”
“People in hip-hop always act like the ascension to notoriety isn’t a constant struggle,” explains Prestige when discussing the inspiration behind the new single. “It seems simplistic material is promoted, often at the expense of others, and it’s the ‘new’ MC’s that find themselves having to ‘rise’ about that.” And for a single titled “Rise,” the song kicks off, and runs through, with a strong dose of emphatic, aided not only by Dustin’s mix of singing to go along with his boisterous raps, but also Chris Rockaway’s driving production. Rockaway, who produces throughout The Kelly and James EP, brings a rolling guitar lick and percussion heavy drums for Dustin, who asks on the hook, “Must I fail before y’all feel me?/ Must I vanish before y’all see me?/ Will I always be waiting in the wing… Or will I rise?”
Download “Rise” here: http://media.audibletreats.com/Dustin_Prestige-Rise.mp3
FEAT. PRINCE PO x U.G. x SHABAAM SAHDEEQ x BREEZ EVAHFLOWIN
L.I.F.E. Long & Big Ape present “Crossing The Globe”. L.I.F.E. and Ape have done just that with this album! Emcee L.I.F.E. Long (Stronghold Crew) hailing from N.Y. and Big Ape (Elite Fleet Crew) hailing from Sweden and now residing in Amsterdam met each other online in 2004. The inspiration of the LP “Crossing The Globe” started as an idea to do one song.
After the two finally met each other in person while Ape was visiting N.Y. they formed both a musical bond and friendship! You can check out the album sampler below:
L.I.F.E. Long & Big Ape “Crossing the Globe” Sampler by FlyDefMusic
“You Oughta Know” touches on my career, friends, haters, Newsday article, 1st mixtape, 16 Bars, partying, my experience at Jay-Z’s 40/40 night club, and much much more.
Just got this unreleased remix from the Chief Stockton camp. Some remix work he did for T-Pain & Nappy Boy that never made it to his project. Enjoy this, I think it is even better than the original.
Just a quick reminder DJ Hi-Def & Chief Stockton’s mixtape “One Last Breath” will be out next week! Be on the lookout
New music from Kreesha Turner: ‘Rock Paper Scissors’ from her forthcoming Tropic Electric project!http://www.sendspace.com/file/0at9kv
THIS OBSIDIAN BLUE AM1 (308866-404) RELEASE IS THE YIN TO THE PREVIOUSLY RELEASED MAROON AM1′S YANG. THE SHOE SPORTS A TONE ON TONE DEEP BLUE, WITH A STRIKING WHITE MIDSOLE, AND OF COURSE THE EVER PRESENT EXPOSED AIR BUBBLE WHICH TINKER MADE FAMOUS BACK IN 1987. FEATURING A CLEAN SYNTHETIC SUEDE AND MESH EXTERIOR, THIS ONE IS A DEFINITE FAN FAVOURITE.
With our 3-year anniversary now just one short month away, PUSSYFOOT has thrown down the sonic gauntlet, creating what is perhaps their most appetizing sound tapestry ever. The SUMMER MIXTAPE for JULY 2011 is peppered with the kind of tasty jams that will make you wanna slather on the sunscreen, down a few cold ones, and hit the beotch (sic) lickety split.
What’s more, with a runtime under 80 minutes, this summertime treat easily fits on a CD-R…making this scorching summer soundtrack totally portable.
Kicking things off, filmland’s number one beach bum BLAKE EVERETT paddles-out to catch a gnarly cinematic wave–1958′s ‘The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad’. Stop motion chef Ray Harryhausen lends his talents to this picture, serving up grilled-to-perfection monsters like The Cyclops and Two-Headed Roc. Part of LACMA’s Tim Burton-curated ‘Saturday Monster Matinee’ series, Blake’s take on this fantasy film classic (without giving too much away) is quite sunny in a special ‘Blake at the Movies.’ Next up, EDDIE ROUSE–the ‘Foot’s lachrymogenic lifeguard–blows the whistle on two beachcombing listeners in a saccadic summertime ‘Sagelike Advice’ segment. It’s no secret that Eddie and kids are like picnics and week-old potato salad—they simply do NOT mix–so tune in to hear just how sharp this radioshark’s swim fins really are. And rounding things out quite nicely, MISS SHELLEY drops by with a frozen delight…literally. Shell Belle’s July obit a chronicles a popsicle–a man who may not be dead, but damn sure ain’t tossin’ the Frisbee around.
As per tradition, this is the one month out of the busy PF year in which the correspondents actually get to contribute songs to the playlist. Blake, Eddie, and Shelley play ‘Pork the Tork’ as they cue-up crowd pleasing songs to make your solstice swing.
All that, plus Matt ‘n Matt’s tunes to tan-by, featuring the likes of Lightnin’ Rod, The Incredible String Band, Soulja Boy, Wagon Christ, Alien Sex Fiend, Claude Channes, Creepy John Thomas, The Clean, Void and many many more.
So join us, won’t you? Only online at http://www.thehomeofpussyfoot.com