Waiting on the Weeknd…

Posted in music on December 3rd, 2011 by urbanguy

“On an unseasonably warm Sunday evening in November, local Toronto radio station Flow 93.5 FM has scored somewhat of a coup ― an exclusive live in-studio with Toronto’s own Aubrey Drake Graham as he pushes his new album, the soon to be platinum selling sophomore effort Take Care. It’s more love-in than actual interview ― Drizzy is gracious but humble to a fault as he gives props to touring DJ Future the Prince, shouts out crew members (of his massive creative team titled October’s Very Own or OVO XO) such as producer/engineer Noah “40″ Shebib, and casually dials up fellow Young Money mate and hip-hop heavyweight Lil Wayne. Surprisingly, Drake also calls up one Abel Tesfaye, aka the Weeknd, who is featured on five Take Care cuts.”

Head on over to read my Exclaim! Magazine cover story on the enigmatic Abel Tesfaye, also known as The Weeknd. Despite getting ZERO response from the XO camp, it turned out pretty well methinks.

It’s undoubtedly been a huge year for the Toronto-based Tesfaye. On the mixtape front, House of Balloons was a big record. Didn’t vibe to Thursday the same way but it was cool. Many industry peeps in the city are pulling for him (and for the urban music takeover movement the OVO XO crew seem to be building). The Weeknd is an intriguing artist for sure; 2012 seems to be his breakout year.

Now there’s that Echoes of Silence at?

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It’s here: Vapors 2012

Posted in funky snob, music on November 8th, 2011 by urbanguy

Canadian hip-hop OGs Maestro Fresh Wes, Kish and Dan-e-o catch the Vapors new millenium -style with the help of DJ Mel Boogie. Revisiting the Biz Markie classic is a good look — that James Brown sample will never go stale.

Good to see that these emcees still got it — reminding us who they are and where they’ve been — in an age where Toronto is getting put on the hip-hop map (all over again) thanks to Drake and the OVO fam.


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The Slakadeliqs: Dream On

Posted in funky snob, music on November 7th, 2011 by urbanguy

Byram Joseph aka Slakah the Beatchild has been quietly doing his thing for a while now. Recently checked out a private listening party for The Slakadeliqs album “The Other Side of Tomorrow.” According to Slakah, The Slakadeliqs is a alter ego/project that’s been brewing for the last three years.

Had a chance to talk with the talented Toronto-based performance producer and multi-instrumentalist (expect a new urbanguy chronicles vid soon). Dude’s worked with people like Drake, Melanie Durrant and Glenn Lewis but this project is “nothing like anything I’ve ever done before,” he explains, with a more soul/classic rock type vibe.

Featuring special guest appearances by Justin Nozuka, Ebrahim, Tingsek, Ayah & Tanika Charles, the free-to-download project is slated for a January 2012 release. I’m particularly feeling this track:

The Slakadeliqs: Dream On



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The Weeknd: Thursday (Review)

Posted in funky snob, music on August 30th, 2011 by urbanguy

If Abel Tesfaye is feeling the pressure, he’s not saying. As the Weeknd, the notoriously enigmatic and media-shy alt-R&B act, he’s owned summer with the initial House of Balloons mixtape, which had everyone scrambling to tell their best “I heard it first” tall tales.

Full review over at Exclaim! If you haven’t already (for shame!), check out what the fuss is all about over at the Toronto-based wunderkind’s site: http://the-weeknd.com/

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VIDEO: Drake – “Marvins Room”

Posted in culture, music on June 28th, 2011 by urbanguy
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Jamie Foxx – Fall For Your Type ft. Drake (Video)

Posted in funky snob, music on December 19th, 2010 by urbanguy
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Signature Drake-penned tune. Off Jamie’s new Best Night of My Life project.

Jamie does it justice but did Drizzy do it better?

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You be the judge.

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Drake: Best I Ever Had (Video)

Posted in funky snob, music on July 3rd, 2009 by urbanguy

Yeah. Kinda disappointed in this.

While I can *ahem* appreciate the flesh on display here, Kanye is not a director.

Let’s be real…this video kinda sucks. Anyone with any type of directorial eye can see that.

While I still can’t believe the hype machine behind Drake (other Canadian rappers need to beg Team Drake for the recipe STAT) this track kinda grew on me and the video is a big letdown. This could have been a real clever vid…I can barely watch it the whole way through.

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