VIDEO: Drake – “Marvins Room”

Posted in culture, music on June 28th, 2011 by urbanguy
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Tinie Tempah – Disc-Overy

Posted in funky snob, music on May 21st, 2011 by urbanguy

“Part-charisma, part-talent and all hustle, UK rapper Tinie Tempah has managed to transmute his take on hip-hop into early worldwide buzz. Released overseas last year, the genre-bending Disc-Overy lands on these shores on the strength of party anthem single “Pass Out” and the mainstream-friendly “Written in the Stars” (featuring Eric Turner).”

Exclaim! Magazine’s got my review/interview with the emerging UK rapper. Dude was extremely charismatic and got his sh!t in order. Won’t be surprised if the Eric Turner collabo proves prophetic.

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David Banner and 9th Wonder: Death of a Pop Star (Interview/Review)

Posted in funky snob, music on January 25th, 2011 by urbanguy

You likely aren’t ready for David Banner and 9th Wonder’s Death of a Popstar, but listening to Banner’s Mississippi-baked drawl sans his beats isn’t as disorienting as you’d think. Then again, how could it be? With 9th Wonder’s sure hand on production, Banner expounds upon all the socio-political issues that have been on his mind.

Got the chance to chat with David Banner recently. Passionate dude. My interview and review of Death of a Pop Star is live over at Exclaim!

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Deaf Ears Podcast Episode 14: Kanye West

Posted in funky snob, music on January 16th, 2011 by urbanguy

It’s another episode of the Deaf Ears Podcast! Cam and Ryan discuss Kanye West with the help of Toronto hip-hop heavyweight More or Les in a spirited “three way dance”.

Listen and learn…
- Kanye vs Jay-Z: Who has REALLY paid da cost to be da boss?
- Point/Counterpoint: Is there a place for pink sweater vests in hip-hop?
- Is Kanye a lyrical lightweight?
- The terror and WTF-isms of 808s and Heartbreak

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Rapping with Toronto’s More or Les

Posted in funky snob, music on December 16th, 2010 by urbanguy

Toronto-based rapper More or Les has a lot on his mind. Right now, he’s talkin’ bout brunch. And hate. But not necessarily in that order.

His third indie project, Brunch with a Vengeance represents an old school flow with new school sensibilities — all centred about relatable pet peeves like dirty restrooms, poor hygiene or lazy co-workers.

“For this album, I wanted to create a concept album that could resonate with anyone. And nothing resonates more than hate. Plus I love brunch,” says the affable MC.

Sway Magazine’s got my recent interview with More or Les.

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Review: Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday

Posted in funky snob, music on November 25th, 2010 by urbanguy

“On one level, it’s hard not to root for Nicki Minaj. Much has been said about the lack of female MCs in hip-hop (blah, blah, blah, ad lib to fade), but it’s curious to see how the Young Money queen’s presence will shake up a moribund mainstream hip-hop scene with Pink Friday.”

Holla at my review over at Exclaim!

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Check 2:40-3:06. Have to respect this part.

The sun done
Yep, the sun done
Came up, but we still up in dungeon
The DunDun
Yep, in London
Competition, why yes I would love some
How the f**k they get mad cause they run done.
Mad cause I’m getting money in abundance
Man I can’t even count all of these hundreds
Duffle bag every time I go to SunTrust
I leave the rest just to collect interest
I mean interest
F**k my nemesis
Exclamation… just for emphasis
And I don’t sympathize, cause you a simple b***h
I just pop up on these hoes on some pimple sh*t
And put the iron to your face you old wrinkled b***h

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k-os: 4, 3, 2, 1

Posted in music on February 18th, 2009 by urbanguy

…from his forthcoming album Yes!

“Guess who’s back but never left at all…”

not bad…trademark k-os “new but old” sound.

Funny how his sound remains consistent while the hip-hop goalposts keep shifting. He’s largely considered a hipster darling these days, rather than the hip-hop presence that he is and should be.

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