88 Days Of Fortune Release 4th Annual MixTape, ‘8th Dimension’
Toronto based music and multi media collective 88 Days Of Fortune, release their 4th annual mix tape ‘8th Dimension’. The 16 original tracks featuring soulful, indie, punk and talented hip-hop artist both local and global artists. The album has tracks from THEESatisfaction, Abstract Random, L.atasha A.lcindor, Brendan Philip, KJ, Ayo Leilani, Spek Won, NeverLand, BizZarh, and many soothing artist.
Have a listen below, and visit their website http://88DaysOfFortune.com
BACKGROUND: 88 Days Of Fortune is a Toronto based, grass roots, music and multi media collective originated in 2009. As a community driven, youth-led organization, their mission is to support collective members to develop their creative and artistic practices through: Providing a platform to showcase their art, creating independent music videos, producing and recording albums, touring, creating merchandise, and more. They challenge the stereotypes that surround urban arts/music culture, and promote underground art culture in the city of Toronto and beyond. They’ve captured the attention of 100 local and international DJs, singers, rappers, visual artists, photographers producers, dancers & musicians. Growing from a mere 5 members to a current 23 collective members, mostly based in Toronto, but with some members as far out as Australia, Seattle and New York. - Via 88Days of Fortune
Sean Leon: NOTB Freestyle & Tania’s Song
Sean Leon is an artist for the people. Right on time, he knows exactly when to drop goodies for his fans in-between projects. Having launched the VLI Network recently, he released two new tracks off his upcoming project ‘Tania’s Song’ and NOTB Freestyle. I hate referencing other Toronto artist with Drake, but the Tania’s song is similar to a Drake beat, kind of like CeCe interlude. Of course, it has it’s IXXI originality though, have a listen below.
PUMA announces Solange as New Creative Consultant and Drops a new Collection
Singer, songwriter, producer and model, Solange Knowles is officially announced as the new creative consultant for Puma. She has a heavy influence on female pop culture, and she will now look to use her creativity to contribute to the brand’s Women’s Lifestyle department. Solange’s first assignment is the ‘Girls of Blaze Disc’ collection. Featuring four unique versions just for the ladies of the iconic PUMA Disc Blaze that were inspired by the sights and sounds of Brazil, each rendition was created by an up-and-coming designer that was handpicked by Solange. “Girls of Blaze Disc” Collection will release February 2014.
New Video: SZA - ICE MOON
Remember the beautiful lady with the big hair in the Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) cypher at the Hip-Hop Awards (2013)? Well, here she is! SZA is one of TDE’s latest addition to the team. Listen to her soothing voice on the beat and her utopian music video visuals to the song ‘Ice Moon’ off her latest mix-tape ‘S’. She sings “show me the way to your hiding place,” but we can’t help but wonder where her hiding place is in the video. The scenery is beautiful
Download the mix-tape ‘S’ here and follow her on Twitter @ SZA and on Tumblr @seeszarun
Drakes it down to “The Bluff City” (Tennessee) in his latest video “Worst Behaviour”- a fan favourite off the album ‘Nothing was the Same’
In the video we see his father swagged out in pimp suits and several gold accessories. Drake also unveils a 10-minute video starring his father, Dennis Graham, and a 3-minute dialogue between Drizzy’s best friends, Juicy J, and Project Pat.
Drake is currently embarking on his “Would You Like A Tour?”
Rob Ford on Jimmy Kimmel
Drake puts Toronto on the map, but Mayor Rob Ford has us on the late night map and world wide news. The Crack Scandal only gets juicier as the days progress. For those that have been following the news, I need not dive into the details. In essence he said he didn’t smoke crack cocaine… but he did. Will he resign? … no he won’t. He’s one of those infamous gangsters during prohibition era that still remain in power even though we know they’re doing the illegal stuff in the background.
Anyways, several late night shows got a hold of the Toronto scene including the funniest ( in my opinion) Jimmy Kimmel. Take a look at some of the jokes being made about Rob Ford in the video above.
To follow more of the story visit www.torontostar.com
New Music: MAUI SLIM FOREVER by Sean LeonAfter the release of his mix-tape Ninelevenne, Mr. Leon provides more juicy music for his fans to hold on to before the release of his upcoming project “Sean Leon, Canadian Psycho”. Listen to the new music with a trill beat and mini mash up of Drakes ‘Wu Tang Clang’ produced by IXXI producer J’vell Boyce
Source: SoundCloud / seanleon
In an emotional and inspiring video LIWI68 brings forth the 45years dedication video to Joh Carlos and a movement of 5 fingers,1 fist.
The message “5 FINGERS + 1 FIST = UNITY” is a ramification from the 1968 Olympic protest in Mexico City . From that day, unity has become the message used motivate, connect and inspire others to work together toward one common goal. Dr. John Carlos, Dr. Tommie Smith, Peter Norman and MLK all made a conscious effort not to remain silent to things that mattered to them. Whether it was a simple gesture of raising a clenched fist in the air, wearing an Olympic Project For Human Rights (OPHR) badge, or speaking out about injustices and prejudice in ones country, these individuals all took it upon themselves to do something.
The LIWI68 video shows local spoken word artist: Randell Adjei, Trevlyn Kay, Quentin VerCetty, Jordan Veira and Krystle Chance giving a leading voice for youth; as well as John Carlos’ contrasting voiceover giving historical recaps of the triumph through social divide and segregation in america.
The 45 years is described by LIWI as the following:
It has been 45 years since the established ruling order of the globe was shaken to its very foundations. In every corner, people were looking at the world and saying that the way things are, are not necessarily how they have to be. 1968 saw The Tet offensive in Viet Nam, prove that the US military was vulnerable to defeat. Then the assassination of Martin Luther King and mass revolts that followed displayed for the world that a country that could not keep a precious man of peace safe, had no business lecturing the world about democracy and progress. If there was one moment that crystallized not only 1968 but the era of resistance against war and racism: it was that moment in October of 1968, when two men brought this global revolt to the most unlikely of places: the Olympic Games
New Video: Raz Fresco ‘Murderous’ prod by Madlib
Raz Fresco premiered his video ‘Murderous’ off his upcoming mix-tape Pablo/Frescobar. The video was said to be a “spur of the moment”, but still gained the attention of many of his fans locally and in the states. In the video he’s posted up throughout the GTA, wearing Badhabits clothing and spitting loud lyrics
"I plan songs like bank heists / My dank nice, like it got manners / never flex for cameras / ‘lo bandana bandito, ‘cus my mind steeple / elevated, heavily melanated”
Watch the premiere of “Murderous” above, and be on the look out for Pablo/Frescobar dropping later this fall.
If you haven’t already, head to Nathan Phillips Square and see the ‘Forever Bicycle’ Monument by Chinese contemporary artist Ai Wei Wei!
Vibrant as her work is, Kanyika Yorke is ready to light up Toronto with her passion and unique paintings that capture the eyes of many… including myself. The Montreal native has always been a paintbrush-to-paper person because she’s never expressed herself any other way.
"Art is simply a visual manifestation of an individual’s thoughts, ideals, fears and experiences. It impacts me in different ways and in different contexts."
Yorke started as York University student studying visual arts and digital media, but it wasn’t until her current job at OCAD University, where she hatched from her cacoon and became a butterfly- exposing herself to new dimensions and platforms of art.
"I’ve been exposed to a variety of art and design disciplines – from illustration to industrial design, printmaking to graphic design, drawing and painting to jewellery and fibre, to name a few…I’m regularly promoting creativity. I’m constantly inspired by the work that is produced here"
OCAD’s atmosphere seemed to be affective immediately in Yorke’s life. Her vibrant art pieces (displayed above) are padded with many tertiary and secondary colours that are predominantly sculpted into faces. Yorke’s passion for facial expression is deeply rooted from her analysis of human’s mental state - a concept that doesn’t promote vanity but confidence.
"I am drawn to strong faces – male or female." says yorke "A strong face to me is one that exhibits quiet determination and self-assurance. My goal isn’t to depict arrogance or vanity, but beauty and strength. For that reason, I use bold colours and shapes to emphasize a particular facial feature, angle or expression."
Still working towards her portfolio Yorke surounds herself with art work and examples that will champion her. She attends workshops that encourage her to think outside the box, like David Kibuuka’s batik workshop- a place for her to run with great ideas and rejuvenate them into her own.
In between getting herself back into sewing and maintaing her 9-5, Yorke says she sees art not so much as a talent that will take her someplace, but an enjoyment."I don’t see my art taking me anywhere, so to speak. It remains something that I love to do for my own satisfaction."
I look forward to seeing what fresh, new colour punching material Yorke has to offer in the next few months, as she tells me her future art techniques and brainstormed designs.
"Recently, I’ve begun moving away from my “signature” style to a more loose, expressive paint application. I’ve started to ditch brushes and stretched canvas altogether and am experimenting with palette knives, spray paint and wood. There is a lot of “mess” involved in producing finished, “clean” work. I want to reverse that process and reveal some of the messy, gritty imperfection in my work."
If you’re interested in Kanyika Yorke and her fruitful designs of face, body, colour and texture; follow her twitter @Kyorke and join the line (behind me) to see what she has next in store for us.
Sweet soothing songstress Jhene Aiko is ready to seduce us with her sound even more, for her upcoming EP. Now, building much more credibility and connections to her resume she’s managed to partner up with Vince Staples, Ab-Soul, Kendrick Lamar andChildish Gambino for her 7-track EP Sail Out due to drop on November 12th (Ep Cover above). Her album Souled Out is set to release sometime in 2014. Check the Track list below.
1. The Vapors ft. Vince Staples
2. Bed Peace ft. Childish Gambino
3. Stay Ready (What A Life) ft. Kendrick Lamar
4. WTH ft. Ab-Soul
5. The Worst
7. Comfort Inn Ending (Freestyle) (Bonus Track)
This year Manifesto’s live at the square was filled with more good vibes, peace, Toronto love and this year a highlighting time for Underdogs.
The square was separated into several sectors of artistic power, graffiti artist, dancers, and vocalist. Dance Programmer Jon ‘Drops’ Reid had a huddle of youth surrounding the wooden dance floor as several dancers free-styled and felt the beat. The market place was filled with reoccurring and new faces. New merchandisers from across Toronto came to showcase their work. A few of the new brands like 5ivesontop , 400heroes, ViceXvirtue, and even project merchandise like ‘The ride or die project” were gaining consumers and making a name for themselves in the cities most favourable underground urban hip-hop festival. None the less it was the performers that held down the stage, especially headliner Jhene Aiko.