Born in Montreal Kofi “Friday” Carmichael has had aspirations of being a music mogul since the late eighties. His musical ambition has always been tied in with his attraction to the allure of the street life which led Friday to start selling drugs at age seventeen. In his teenage years while trying to be a young Hustler in training, Friday started a group called Southside with childhood friends Douglas “Lord Raz” Sangster and Russel “Rebel Lion” Adams. The group name was originated from the South Shore region where the three grew up. As part of the Eye Spy Crew conglomerate along with DJ Majess, Tara Chase and Mister Phayze, Southside shared the stage with their comrades to open up for Redman, Mobb Deep, The Roots and many other Hip Hop superstars.
In 1997 Friday moved to the west end neighborhood in Toronto called Parkdale. His mission was to attend school at Harris Institute of the Arts in the music marketing and management program. While going to school Friday’s street ties became even deeper as he got more familiar with the downtown Toronto scene. This proved for a rocky road and in 1999 Friday left school in his last semester and started working for the Warner Music Canada Street Team for a woman named Kim McKenzie. By the year 2000 Friday and Lord Raz (Now called The Souljah Prophets) incorporated the company AWOL (A Way Of Life) Record Inc. Things were looking up and with Friday’s work ethic and perseverance he was promoted to Toronto team leader while Mrs. McKenzie was expanding forming KMSP (Kim McKenzie Street Promotion) and being hired by Warner music, Sony Music and various independent companies to promote upcoming albums across Canada. Eventually Mrs. McKenzie moved on to work as a marketing manager for Sony Music Canada and Friday was graced with the whole cross Canada street team to take over the workload and soon after renamed KMSP to the AWOL Street Team.
As the years past Friday’s industry experience and knowledge transitioned into managing new artist. His first stables of artist were Peter Bonez and femcee Black Pearl. The changing landscape of the music industry started taking its toll and by 2003 the AWOL Street Team rapidly lost steam. Friday had moved on from his two previous artist management situation and began focussing on recording his first solo mixtape “The Connect”. By 2004 “The Connect” was born followed quickly by “The Connect Vol.2”. Even though rapping was a dream, artist management was always still an option and that year Friday met and started managing Bunz an aspiring Rapper who also played college Basketball in the US. In early 2005 Friday started managing a budding artist name Scandalis who was known for winning various high profile battles in Toronto and being a part of the notorious super group Empire. Empire was known for being a fun loving but rambunctious and hard to handle which made Friday apprehensive of taking on the whole group, on the flipside Empire member T.R.A.(The Rhyme Animal ) was responsible for starting the famed mixtape series S.A.R.S (Sick Artist Runnin’ Sh%T). Never afraid of a challenge, Friday began managing Empire and took on the role of A&R and executive producer for their highly anticipated LP “Get It” AWOL was defiantly becoming a well known label across Canada and Friday executive produced Bunz’s “Welcome 2 Deuces and Trays”, “Above The Rim” and “He Got Game” as well as the Friday/Bunz combo Mixtape “The Ghetto Newz/Deuces n Trays”, Scandalis’ “After the Battle” and co-executive produced S.A.R.S. volume 4,5 and 6 all while releasing “The Connect volume 3 and 4”. He acquired another young artist named Keele, started co-managing and hosting parties with the popular DJ Law and eventually scored a distribution deal with Hip Hop Canada Digital/E1 Entertainment.
Before the Empire “Get It” LP was complete he released Empire’s “B4UGETIT” mixtape as well as Empire’s Tribute series which spawned 3 classic mixtapes over instrumentals from Nas, Mobb Deep and Wu Tang Clan. In October of 2009 the “Get It” LP was finally released promoted by the lead singles /videos “Impossible/Run up in Tha Spot”, “Boom n Pound” and “1 Thing Wrong”. The LP was a certified classic with production from Tone Masons, Rich Kidd, Noah “40” Shebbib and many more.
Unfortunately with heavy street affiliations, Friday was arrested in December 2009 for Drug and Firearm possession and sentenced in July 2010 to three years and nine months in the Federal Penitentiary. During his time away his distribution deal expired but was still able to release “The Connect volume 5” with previously recorded material. In February 2011 he was released on APR (Accelerated Parole Review) and after a few bumps in the road he has continued to consistently release material.
Friday has released “Home But Not Free” and the combo effort with Bunz “Instant Classic” full of new material and dropped formerly unreleased material on “The Connect Volume 6, 6.1 and 7”. Things are defiantly looking up again, Friday has tackled his past struggles with alcohol and detail it in his inspirational blog “The Sober Emcee” he is on the verge of releasing his first novel “15 Minutes” and always still being enthusiastic about music has recently released Bunz’s solo mixtape “Fountain of Youth” as well as “Home But Not Free part 2 and 3” In July 2013 he released “The Rick Resurrection” which was a free promotion LP. On November 22, 2013 Friday will be releasing his first official LP “Born 2 Win” through AWOL Records Inc and Urbnet Records. After overcoming adversity AWOL Records Inc. is still very much alive and no matter the obstacle AWOL is STILL the Team!
Golden Wing Music Group’s very own Gabbie Giftsz a emcee out of Brooklyn fresh off her performance at A3C drops a new video for a single she dropped awhile back ” Smoke Me Up ” where she takes a more laid back approach to a love song.
London born, Hip Hop inspired musician, Just P, recently found himself clowning around in front of the camera for his latest official music video. The video is to his upbeat song ‘Kick Ass/Timbaland’s Turned Shit’, and features production from the talented ‘Pro P’. The video boasts shots of P acting more like his unpredictable and childish self, and the song features on the impending mixtape ‘Try And Stop Me’
If you haven’t already heard of Canuck Courier well then you’ve been missing out on getting all those exclusive items only available in the U.S. and now you can get your hands on them with the help of Canuck Courier.
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CoJo Sport Collectables is a world-class organization committed to bringing the highest quality memorabilia products to every kind of fan; from the casual collector to the expert, we know what you share in common – a passion for the game and the people who play it.
You will find a large and exciting range of great products and if you don’t see what you want, we can find it, reasonably and quickly. At CoJo Sport Collectables, we’re not just collectors, we’re fans too!
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Toronto’s very own Ekko Effect is certainly “showing love is the motive and it’s all positive vibes” as he drops “Summer Madness”; the highly anticipated single from his second studio album, The Learning Process.
After the profound success of his first album, Knowledge Speaks Wisdom Listens, fans have been waiting patiently to hear the latest and greatest of Ekko Effect’s rhymes. Low and behold, that time is now. Working alongside Ekko on this single is none other than Chris Brooks and Sstyles, with vocals by pHoenix Pagliacci. With a jazzy undertone and distinguishable beat, “Summer Madness” embodies the perfect urban summer. The song mesmerizes the listener, capturing an old school feel with cunning lyrics. “Summer Madness” again proves that Ekko Effect remains on top of his game and focused on making positive uplifting music.
Needless to say, “Summer Madness” is your go-to song to put you in the mood for this timeless, hot Toronto season.
PKG artist E. Grizzly has released his new music video for “Water Wheel²”, the forthcoming single from his latest mix “Generation A”. To view the clip from the Indie Hip Hop Award winner, click the link below. The original song comes from an RJD2 instrumental called Water Wheel. E. Grizzly is known for his dark poetic lyrics but lightened the mood a bit with this song that he wrote for all his friends around the country.
It is part of a series of videos that will be released by PKG and E. Grizzly called “Generation A”. All the videos will transition together as one story but it will be up to the listener to arrange the videos in any particular order they choose. The Water Wheel² video features E. Grizzly riding through the streets of Philadelphia at night. It was directed by local film maker Alex Halpin and edited by 9th Element at PKG Studios.
HEARTSREVOLUTION invite you to ditch that junky jalopy and blast out electro riot grrrl social commentary from their crystal-encrusted ice cream truck with their newest EP, Ride or Die, out now via OWSLA. Check music below, let me know what you think, and be prepared to melt into sticky sweetness.
With Playboy Tre starting a new podcast and Jimmy Hennec dropping his Truth Be Told mixtape a couple of days ago, it was only right for this to be the next Diggin’ In Da Den record. We recorded this record back in 2009 at Playboy Tre’s crib. I remember it like it was yesterday. Hennec hit me up and asked me to come through to the studio with him. That night was crazy and we even watch the Grammys at his crib. The Swagger Like Us performance was classic.
Michael “Lungz” hailing from the Northside of Chicago is coming off his fourth mixtape, “Dream Killaz” with his much anticipated return from his new label TMS Music Group with “Talking My Sh*t”. His last project “Dream Killaz” raised the bar and solidified Lungz as one of Chicago’s most diverse emcees. This has been a tumultuous 2 years for Lungz, he has been signed to a new label TMS Music Group and with this much more creative power. After working with his new label TMS Music Group, Lungz long awaited arrival is here. IN E BRI ATION anticipated release date is slated for mid September. “IN E BRI ATION” has become evident that this will be no average project, with Cam from J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, BP from the Olympiks, Sunney Norway, King Thelonius, and The Gift. Songs “Northside Get the Money,” “Pictures on the Wall, “20/20” ft. Logic “Empty Cup” and “Drank/Smoke” ft. King Louie are just a few songs that Lungz and TMS Music Group will begin to leak in the wake of his upcoming release.
I wrote this song because alot of girls i knew around that time were complaining about guys being bad and saying good guys dont exist. I love woman and i felt like they shouldnt turn to something else and change what they like because of that. dont give up ladies, Dont let your love fade away.
This is a brand new, previously unreleased Mac Dre, Keak Da Sneak, J.Diggs and M.A.K. Song Produced by N8 the Gr8. “Spoon Fed” is being released In celebration of the Late Mac Dre’s Birthday. These five Northern California artists come together on this classic yet current collaboration. The song is off of M.A.K.’s upcoming album titled “Say Something”, also featuring Gucci Mane, Roscoe (DPG), J. Stalin, Rydah J Klyde, Maryann, Takticz and more!
JUMZ new single “Built 4 My City” is that new anthem for anyone in any city. The hook is influenced by records from Harlem/Uptown artists in the late 90′s and the production by @BeatBusta gives the track a very cinematic feel that incorporates a true hip hop drum with musical instrumentation. “Built 4 My City” is a melting pot of many of the artists that inspired JUMZ to become a rap artist and every element of this single was created to give you the feeling of what that New York City sound really is.
In the balloting figures for the 84th All-Star Gam released tonight, Blue Jays outfielder Jose Baustista has climbed to fourth place in the outfield for the American League. He trails the Orioles Nick Markakis by less than 50,000 votes!
The top three vote getters will start, so Vote Bautista!
The latest figures for the Designated Hitter for the AL show that Edwin Encarnacion remains in third place, so Vote Encarnacion too!
They need your votes to make them starters on Tuesday, July 16 in the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field!
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Mr. Archive’s latest music video ‘I Got It Bad’ from the Serious Social Drinking album is a prime example of where years of drinking will lead you, drunk, on the streets of New Westminster.
Basing the song loosely around King Tee’s original ‘I got it bad y’all’, his love for Cariboo and his hatred towards sucky, cornball ass, wannabe Emcee’s, Mr. Archive takes you with him for a trip around his old stomping grounds, stopping at local pub’s and beer stores as he shot guns as many beers as humanly possible.
Enjoy music by Swedish DJs Cazzette and lots more!
Contest Ends: Wednesday, June 12
You must be 19 + to attend.
No purchase necessary. Some restrictions apply. Contest starts at 10am EST on Friday June 7, 2013 and closes Wednesday June 12, 2013 10am at EST. Complete contest rules and regulations and entry available at www.chumfm.com. Open to legal residents of Ontario/ Canada and be nineteen (19) years of age or older. Must correctly answer, unaided, a mathematical skill testing question to be declared a Prize winner. The odds of winning a Prize will depend upon the total number of eligible entries received during the Contest Period.
CELEBRITY GUEST LINEUP ANNOUNCED FOR 19th ANNUAL FAN EXPO CANADA AND FIRST-EVER FAN EXPO SPORTS AUGUST 22-25
Celebrating 19 years as Canada’s biggest pop culture convention, Fan Expo Canada is gearing up for this year’s event boasting one of the largest combined gaming, horror, comic, science fiction and anime showcases in the world! Plus, new this year, Fan Expo Canada introduces Fan Expo Sports – The Ultimate Sports Celebrity Experience, making it the only convention of its kind to marry the worlds of pop culture with sports.
This year’s Fan Expo Canada is the biggest to-date, taking over the entire North and South buildings of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for the first time ever and promising over 100,000 entertainment and sports fans over 750,000 square feet packed with 900 retailers, artists and exhibitors.
This year’s growing lineup of Fan Expo Canada celebrities, comprised of both first-time guests and returning favourites, include:
- DAVID HASSELHOFF (Knight Rider, Baywatch)
- STAN LEE (Legendary Creator of Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, as well as countless others)
- DEAN CAIN (Lois & Clark, The New Adventures of Superman)
- LENA HEADEY (Game of Thrones)
- NORMAN REEDUS (The Walking Dead, The Boondock Saints)
- MICHAEL ROOKER (The Walking Dead)
- SHAWN ASHMORE (X-Men Film Series, The Following)
- AARON ASHMORE (Lost Girl, Smallville, Warehouse 13)
- NATHAN FILLION (Castle, Firefly)
- GEORGE TAKEI (Star Trek, The Howard Stern Show)
- MORENA BACCARIN (Firefly, Homeland)
- RICHARD DEAN ANDERSON (MacGyver, Stargate SG1)
- JAMES HONG (Blade Runner, Kung Fu Panda)
- KEN FOREE (Dawn of the Dead, The Devil’s Rejects)
- AUSTIN “CHUMLEE” RUSSELL (Pawn Stars)
In addition, this year’s Fan Expo Sports guests confirmed to-date include:
- HULK HOGAN (Wrestling Legend)
- BOBBY ORR (Boston Bruins #4)
- ROBERTO ALOMAR (Hall of Fame, Toronto Blue Jays)
- JOE MONTANA (Hall of Fame Quarterback, San Francisco 49ers)
- JOE SAKIC (Colorado Avalanche)
- PAUL MOLITOR (1993 World Series MVP, Toronto Blue Jays)
- MARTIN BRODEUR (Goaltending legend, New Jersey Devils)
- RICKEY HENDERSON (Toronto Blue Jays, World Series Champion)
- GORDIE HOWE (Detroit Red Wings, Mr. Hockey)
- RON TURCOTTE (Secretariat’s Jockey, Triple Crown 1973)
To purchase passes or single day tickets to Fan Expo Canada, visit
The Los Angeles native releases a song telling a story about a female he admires even though she doesn’t feel the same about him. Expect to hear more from rapper Jet 2′s much delayed album The Mission Back to the Terminal in the upcoming months as it’s expected to be released sometime this year.
Today, I give you LIZ, the newest pop darling via Jeffree’s (sister label to Diplo’s Mad Decent, home of Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” and Zebra Katz’s “Ima Read”). For fans of Janet, Mariah, Xtina, Aaliyah, 90s R&B girl-groups – check out her video for ‘Hush’, available now for free via Jeffrees.
Omojoda steps into his own existence after collabs with many artists from Raheem Devaughn to YU (Diamond District) with an upcoming project entitle “Crumbs”…..
The Crumbs project is an exploration of personal experiences, friends, foes, family, and everything that exists in between.
“The friend” is an on-key-off-key representation of the hidden advantages of being in “The friend zone”, note that this track is inspired by one of Omojodas’ closest (and sexiest) friends…”Nicole” (refer to track entitled “Nicole-…something to f*ck to)