All photography By: Dipan Cheema
By: Fridae Mattas
This review was to be included with all of the other Canadian Music Week and Canadian Music Festival content but decided to split the editorials in half to give proper feature time to the artists that made the cut. After a few obstacles I am back to expressing my thoughts on these two bands.
Not too long ago I covered the headliners Hollywood Undead at a different venue but I have never seen Abandon All Ships live. They are one of those bands I always miss and the same thing almost happened again! Arrived at venue a few seconds to camera call, did not know if I missed it. Luckily for me the girl at the door was very helpful and the fabulous Live Nation escort came to get me, thank you for that! As we rushed into the pit I was scoping out the crowd, it was pretty packed already and Abandon All Ships was the second of three bands to grace the Phoenix stage that night. Abandon All Ships is a five piece Electronicore band from Toronto, they have been on the scene since 2006 and will be releasing a new record July 3rd. I’ve heard two of their tracks before “Take One Last Breath” and “Infamous” which I recognized as they played them in their set. Aita’s screaming was fantastic, I love hearing growls that you can mostly understand. When Angelo Aita is not screaming he could be a little more entertaining and personable with the crowd as could Bassist Martin Broda. His vocals were decent, he has a nice tone to his voice and there is potential but he needs to work on his breathing, enunciation. The one reason I don’t listen tot his band is I am not a fan of autotuned vocals. Guitarist Daniel Ciccotelli was the most entertaining of the band, they all could have used a little more energy but overall a respectable performance…I recommend checking them out if you want a pleasant fusion of music in your ears.
Hollywood Undead were the headliners, the house lights were dimming , the fog started to emerge and once the beat dropped the crowd was fired up and ready for the band to blow them away! HU started in with the intro “Dust In The Wind” morphing into their set with hit single “Undead”. I was expecting the crowd to be a lot crazier than they were, it was like they were fighting the urge to crowd surf and mosh. A few were brave enough to fly around but in my opinion not enough people were surfing considering how many bodies were in the venue, I was a little dissapointed in Toronto. It was good to see more females this time around, all were enjoying themselves and some were having a little too much fun! One girl in particular was escorted by security a few times because she was too intoxicated, some people just don’t know their limit or how to handle their liquor. As much as I dislike shooting in mosh pits or with crowd surfers, I love to photograph them and look forward to these shows just to get shots of the amazing crowd. Not this time…Although they were very energetic it did not compare to the crowd when I first covered Hollywood Undead at the Sound Academy. It could be because the band always comes to Toronto in the middle of cold ass Canadian winter, when most of us are hibernating in our igloos (ha ha). As I migrated out of the pit and back into the crowd area it was pretty packed for a Wednesday night where more than 300 other bands were playing across the city for the 2013 Canadian Music Week festival. Once the band began to play, the first few songs were strong but soon enough I could hear there was something off, it sounded like they were having some technical issues with the equipment. Messier and a little strained but then again it was not their fault, the sound system clearly needs an overhaul. If you have the option to migrate around and shoot from different angles, always take it! The more options the bettter but there were a few newer photographers camping out at the same place for all three tunes. I love shooting the masks especially the ones that light up, I have mentioned this before in prior reviews so I will skip the details. I do wonder if they can see in those things? I did see that they were sweating bullets under those masks, I tried my best to avoid sweat drops on me or my lens. last time there was no pit and this venue usually doesn’t have one, I came prepared ready to shoot from anywhere in the venue.On with the show! It was the same setlist as the last performance covered, the fans eagerly chanted and sang the words to each song before the beats dropped. Majority of them knew the track order off by heart. It’s always cool to watch all of this transpire after I am done photographing the band, you can feel the love the people have for their favorite musical act. The Larries of Hollywood Undead are stepping their game up every time I catch a set, Funny Man is not lurking in the shadows as much anymore however, I did see him standing in a corner taking it all in. His voice is full of bass when he flows, my ears like this sound! If keeps up the crowd visibility and confidence enhancement, he will actually embody his nickname on stage. “I didn’t expect him to sound like that, he doesn’t look like he can rap” said a girl to her friend in the crowd. How can you tell by looking at someone if they can rap or sing? Some people are seriously delayed.The whole band had much more energy at the January show, but they had the charisma necessary to deliver what the fans were expecting, a great fucking performance. They just released a new record titled “Notes From The Underground”, working on that review. I like their style of Rap Rock crossbreeding especially the beats, these Eminemabee’s are growing on me. J3T and Charlie had the tightest flow with the most conviction followed by Funny Man and J-Dog. Danny sang his heart out as the crowd was singing along with him. There were moments he sounded a little tired but kept his energy up throughout the show. The Drummers had a nice solo which is always fantastic to watch because there are two of them, Da Kurlzz who floated the stage even more occasionally shaking out his curly fro hair. And, there was D-Rock who kept the beats on lock the entire set! I always try my best to get shots of every person on stage but sometimes it’s hard getting a clear shot of the drummer. And with this band it was more challenging because there are nintey five band members on the stage ha ha.J-Dog was rocking the Axe and Keys throughout the set as was Charlie Scene and Danny. But, J-Dog took it to the next level and jammed out on the speaker with his guitar for a few minutes, the crowd loved that! J-Dog is the most improved this time, they need to do more stage antics and work on interacting with the audience. Bringing a few fans up on stage every show is a good start.During the set in January Charlie Scene’s twin Larry was chosen to come on stage. This time, they invited two little boys both of whom looked under eleven (all ages show). The little Larries were dancing around trying to rap with the big boys, that was too cute. I love it when bands acknowledge their fans even when they have mascara tears, make them feel special and they will always come back for more. Hollywood Undead closed the set with “We Are” the first single from the new album. On that note, I suggest checking both bands live if you get the chance.
By: Fridae Mattas
It has been a few years since I first saw Hollywood Undead live at the Sound Academy, they have recently dropped a new record “Notes From The Underground” released January 8th 2013, a review for that album will be published in the near future. This was the first official show of 2013 for Fridae TV, I chose to cover this band once again last Wednesday January 23rd because the people love them! From the day I published the 2011 editorial HU has been searched every day and the review is still one of the top viewed on Fridae TV. What the people want, I try my best to give. It was a sold out show and the people were already hype and ready to see Hollywood Undead in action. Too funny it was, the scalpers were asking everyone if they had extra tickets for them to buy. One scalper was so mad that this woman wouldn’t give him her extra tickets, I was laughing as he bitched about it to some chick.Once they let me in I wandered the venue to find a spot to shoot from, no pit for this one. The venue was the Virgin Mobile Mod Club which usually never has a pit. I brought different size lenses for that reason, there was no way I was going to shoot from the front of the crowd. The HU set in 2011 was insane, bodies were flying before they even hit the stage! This show was a little calmer but that didn’t stop the crowd from moshing and surfing, sometimes even a few of the band Larries dove in. As the crowd waited for the band, I was trying to find the perfect camera settings but that didn’t matter because majority of the lighting was red, I hate red lighting. Anyway, the crowd started to chant and the band eventually hit the stage kicking off the set with their hit tune “Undead” after an instrumental intro.
They mixed the tunes well in their eighteen track set with a variety of new and older material. The crowd was mostly males but I did see quite a few females and people of all ages, at the last show it was a much younger crowd. I loved the boys who were near me, so polite and helpful. They also rocked out hard and knew every word to majority of the tunes. It’s always fun seeing the fans reactions as they watch their favorite band live in the flesh. There were moments when the whole crowd started chanting the song that they were to play before they even played it! Yes, the venue was smaller but the band and the fans tore it up like they were at the ACC. Vocals by the whole band were pretty good considering this was the last show of the tour. I heard a few pitchy notes and some cracklies from Danny but that is understandable. He did throw it down with plenty of energy, truly engaging the crowd as every frontman should. All of the MC’s were on point but I wish a few would have a little more conviction. However, I must say, they all have improved vastly and I noticed they are looking healthier and have more stamina. George Ragan “Johnny 3 Tears/J3T” who I thought is the most improved wasn’t so out of breath, his flow is getting pretty slick and he interacted with the crowd a lot more. Charlie Scene – Jordon Terrel held it together by rocking that axe and rhyming! He does need to be a little tighter and give a little more attention to the fans even with the axe in hand. They had two fantastic drummers Daren Pfeifer who is always behind the kit while Matthew St. Claire “Da Kurlzz” floated around and rapped when he wasn’t drumming. I wish there was more visibility from Funny Man he was lingering in the background while the others took command of the stage, I noticed the same thing last time. He needs to gain more confidence and come out of his shell. They all have some phenomenal masks, the coolest ones being those that light up like J-Dog’s mask “Jorel Decker”. My favorite part of the set was when Danny pointed out a fan in the front who was decked out from head to toe like Charlie Scene and brought him up on stage to rap with the band. I’m sure it was the highlight of his life so far and for a little white boy he wasn’t half bad. Like all of the fans, he knew every word to the track. I love it when bands randomly do things for their fans because they are the most important part of the show and so many artists and bands forget that.The newer tracks sound pretty solid but one track they played “Another Way Out” totally reminded me of a Backstreet Boys tune and I’m scratching my brain trying to figure out which one, my fourteen year old self would have known! The last track of the set before the encores was “Hear Me Now”, the crowd was so loud I wasn’t expecting those high decibels. I watched the set from every angle of the room and once I reached the back there was one man who stood out, he looked about fifty or so and was rocking out hardcore joining the teens and twenty somethings head banging to the beats! They closed the set with their first single off of their new album “We Are”, another crowd favorite. Hollywood Undead did it again, their fans love them and I’m sure people that went to the show not knowing who they were are now guaranteed fans. They finally stopped talking about their dicks every five minutes and now can be taken seriously as legit musical powerhouses in the making. Thanks to the fabulous folks at Live Nation for being so amazing! If you can and haven’t yet, I recommend you go see Hollywood Undead live and grab their latest record here.
Toronto, ON – Canadian hip-hop artist JDiggz is set to release his brand new EP, Two Weeks Notice (Frostbyte/eOne Entertainment), on Tuesday, October 23, 2012. The highly anticipated follow-up to JDiggz’ 2010 mixtape, The Xperiment, Two Weeks Notice is the latest showing of his flow and rap finesse and features his current single “Act A Fool” featuring Leftside. The seven-track EP offers innovative sounds and raw energy and is a collection of JDiggz’ distinct style and swagger. Full track listing below.
“This record marks the beginning of a journey for me,” says JDiggz. “It’s been five years since my last album and I’m extremely excited to show everyone my growth, musically. I’m very proud of this body of work and I hope everyone enjoys it!
JDiggz’ knack for everything musical started early when he began producing his own beats at the age of 10. After his single ‘Hypnotic’ caught the attention of Toronto producer Rahmel and world-renowned video director, Little X (Nelly Furtado, John Mayer, Usher), his popularity was raised to new heights. In 2007, JDiggz went on to release his debut album Memoirs of a Playbwoy, which featured his first music video “Puush It Up” that became one of MuchMusic’s top streamed videos at the time.
Over the last few years, JDiggz has toured with some of hip-hop’s elite including Akon and Ludacris and has performed with R&B veteran Mario and rap star The Game. In 2010, he headlined a Grammy showcase hosted by LL Cool J in front of a packed house at LA’s famous Key Club on Sunset. With producer credits that include Blake McGrath’s debut album Time To Move, JDiggz’ versatility, creativity and his ability to produce soulful music are at the forefront of Canada’s thriving hip-hop community.
JDiggz recently won the 2011 MuchMusic Video Award for Independent Video of the Year for his single “This Time” featuring alternative music heavyweights, Never Ending White Lights which also went on to hit #1 on the MuchMusic countdown. His production team, Starbwoyz Music, have produced several Contemporary Hit Radio Top 40 records for artists such as Kardinal Offishal and Drake.
Two Weeks Notice Track Listing:
1. Introduction feat. Bed Of Stars
2. Act A Fool feat. Leftside
3. Can’t Deny It
4. Home for the Night
6. Comeback Story
7. It’s All Up To You feat. Slakah the Beatchild
Who else better to play Terrell Johnson than DMX? Johnson was a former Insane Gangster Disciple leader who went from making a gross fortune on the streets, to being incarcerated for 35 years to life. A couple of years after incarceration, Johnson was hired as the first convicted felon in America to become a police officer with the Memphis Gang Task force. At this point, the hardened criminal started a crusade not only to change his life, but the lives of so many others.
Today, TJ, is both an anti-violence motivational speaker as well as minister. He went from street thug to convict to being one of the only convicted felons invited by the Clinton Administration and two other bipartisan administrations to receive awards for the work both he and his wife Lisa do in communities across the united states.
Terrell Johnson beat all of the odds and has been honoured by the Whitehouse five times. Either Hollywood doesn’t know or is not interested in telling his epic story, but it’s a story that must be told. Pan Entertainment, based in Louisiana has been diligently working to bring this story to the world and the public is starting to respond. Two weeks ago, members of Pan Entertainment have reached out to their friends and 23,000 people have responded. 23,000 people have forwarded their name, phone number and email address to be added as supporters of this project. They expect to have a quarter of a million people in their database within the next two weeks, bringing them closer to their immediate goal of 2 million supporters.
The story is one of reality, hope and overcoming adversity…The message is one of positivity. Other than casting DMX (Earl Simmons) as Terrell Johnson there is one thing that makes this “Gangster Of The Gospel” stand out from the crowd and that is changing peoples’ lives for the better.
Perhaps this one issue is so blatant in the United States of America in the year 2012, that it overshadows the fact that this film has generated interest and has had pre-sales in over 20 different countries outside the United States. This prevalent issue overlooks the fact that an innovative method of distribution will guarantee any investor their principal within the first three months of premiering. The only one issue is the same one that George Lucas was up against when attempting to fund Red Tails. Yes, unfortunately, there is a myth that exists in the United States, that films with a predominately minority cast doesn’t do as well as other films. But it is just that, a myth and that myth must be broken! Marketing is the key with the success of any film or product.
Is this a case of African Americans playing the “race card”? Absolutely not, as this writer is a white Canadian Female who finds herself thoroughly amazed with this story and the people involved. I am spell bound by this tale as others before and after me have been mezmorized just the same, such as, The President of Liberia whom has issued letters requesting the film to be shown in her country as a way to inspire the former child soldiers of Liberia. Pakistan, Angola, Brazil, Dubai, Portugal, Germany, France, Italy, Canada and many more. Now comprising about 32 Countries requesting this film to be dubbed in five languages and screened in their countries.
The story itself is incredible, but the story behind the story has to be told as well. Thus the reason why DMX, who is no stranger to adversity and overcoming odds is perfect for this role, he has a passion burning within him and is capable of capturing Johnson’s essence second to none.
For more information on king Dog, the story, the cast list as well as the project plight please visit the website www.kingdogthemovie.com
FridaeTV is giving away a pair of tickets to see TECH N9NE live in Toronto September 22nd 2012 at The Rockpile! All you have to do is email your answer to the skill testing question below with your name, age and phone number before 11:59pm September 9th 2012.
Email answer to: firstname.lastname@example.org
When: September 22nd at the Rockpile (5555 Dundas St W. Toronto)
CONTEST RULES: All entrants must be 19 years of age to enter, no purchase necessary. Entry with correct answer will be chosen randomly, all entries will be accepted until 11:59PM SEPTEMBER 9TH 2012. Winner will be announced the following day September 10th 2012. The prize is two tickets to see Tech N9Ne live in Toronto at the Rockpile Saturday September 22nd 2012.
By: Fridae Mattas
Beer Fest! Once I found out when it was I had to go, I have never in my life been to the Toronto Beer Festival so this year it was a must. The minute I found out Salt-N-Pepa were performing I was beyond thrilled, they are my childhood female Hip Hop heroes, free Beer and Salt-N-Pepa who can refuse that amazing combination? Certainly not I!
It was fabulous, everyone was so accommodating and the people were having a terrific time! After our free drink tickets were used we bought some beer tokens $20 for 20, that was a serious deal because for 2 tokens you were given a full mug. The mug was given to you as you entered and that was your beer cup for the day, there were rinse stations to clean them prior to filling them up with brew. So many different kinds of beer but I stuck to the pale ale blondes because I am not a fan of the darker beer.
First day of the festival was Friday July 27th continuing on until Sunday July 29th. Kicking off the festival was Kreesha Turner, Michie Mee, Salt N Pepa and a few others as the entertainment for the 27th, we arrived just in time for Michie Mee’s set. It was hard to find the media lounge after a few beers so I gave up on looking for it and our media escort for pit access. I decided to stay in the crowd for the Salt-N-Pepa set because I wanted to enjoy myself and not rush out of the pit like usual. Another reason for crowd blending was the filming of the hits, that would not have been possible if I was in the pit.
Salt-N-Pepa were incredible, they still could throw down after twenty five years performing classic hits like ‘Push It‘, ‘Let’s Talk About Sex‘ and ‘Whatta Man‘. The crowd couldn’t get enough of the nostalgic tunes by these two amazing ladies Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton, they are working on new music coming to our ears soon! If you get a chance to see Michie Mee or Salt-N-Pepa go see them you will not be disappointed. You can find videos of the performances here and more photos at FridaeTV Facebook.
The people were having spectacular times as you can see by the photographs I shot, it was the most relaxing festival I have ever been to and I plan on hitting up Toronto’s festival of Beer again next year, as should you! Thank you so much to Sadie and everyone who helped out.
Following his sold-out 95 date “Hostile Takeover Tour” with Machine Gun Kelly, premier independent hip-hop artist Tech N9ne refuses to rest. The Strange Music recording artist has announced a headlining Canadian tour with Suburban Noize/Battle Axe Records artist Madchild, from Platinum Canadian hip-hop crew Swollen Members. The tour will kick off on September 4th in Madchild‘s hometown of Vancouver, BC and continue through early October.
Over the last decade, the Kansas City recording artist has continued to build his Strange Music brand by developing a fervent following of devoted fans captivated by his uncanny energy and relentless touring schedule. By the mid-2000s, Tech N9ne was performing over 200 shows a year in high-octane sets that have earned high-profile endorsements from the likes of Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes and many others.
In 2011, the rapper released his critically-acclaimed twelfth studio album, All 6’s & 7’s, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Independent and Hip-Hop/R&B charts, and No. 4 overall on the Top 200. Tech N9ne also delivered a show-stopping, stand-out feature on Lil’ Wayne’s The Carter IV, which sold nearly 1 million units in its first week of release last summer.
Tech N9ne‘s single, “Caribou Lou”, was just recently certified Gold, according to SoundScan, which tracks the sale of music. Singles and albums are considered Gold once they have sold more than 500,000 units.
As a member of Swollen Members, Madchild is part of one of the most successful hip-hop acts to emerge out of Canada. During their decade long career, Swollen Members has multiple Gold and Platinum selling records, won countless awards including Much Music video awards, and the group is a 4-time Juno Award winner for Best Rap Recording and Rap Recording of the Year. Madchild is touring in support of his debut solo album, Dope Sick, which hits stores on August 28th.
Tech N9ne‘s Canadian tour dates are below. For a complete, up-to-date listing and to purchase tickets, please visit www.strangevip.com.
By: Fridae Mattas
This album review is the first of 2012, I have made record reviews a part of my 2012 resolution list because I normally don’t do that many. Personally, I don’t like crushing people’s spirits by trashing their artwork but many often misunderstand my intentions. I am different than most critics because I myself am an artist, I speak truth to help guide and refine a talent. Honesty is one of the finest qualities any person can have and I appreciate KRS-One’s opinion because he doesn’t run with the wolves, he herds them. This record is pure truth from the intro to the end and then you’re like wait a minute that’s it and you play it again. The BDP Album is available on CD, iTunes or on limited edition white vinyl at the 6.8.2 Records website.
KRS-ONE is a legend; he is one of the very few Emcees’ still alive who can claim credit for the birth and creation of Hip Hop and its culture. Lawrence Krisna Parker is known for bringing his Jamaican Boom Bap flavor to his enigmatic yet straight forward rhymes. Born in Flatbush, Brooklyn he moved to the South Bronx as a teenager to pursue his dreams of being a Rapper. It wasn’t until he lived in the Bronx that he adopted the moniker KRS-One which is an acronym for (Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone). On this record KRS-One brings in the “Teacha” to school these new kids about what real Hip Hop is. As the “Blastmaster” Kris furiously spits his valid opinion on tracks like “Tote Gunz” (This track is one of three chosen by the fans), “2012” and the current single “Times Up” featuring Jessie West (Another track chosen by the fans and one of my favorites.). This record like every KRS album was overseen by DJ Scott La Rock who was murdered back in 1987, this is Parker’s way of paying tribute to his fallen friend until the end.
DJ Kenny Parker brought the old school Boom Bap beats back, varied with these relaxing yet motivational new school sounds taking me on a journey back to when music was good and inspiring. Smooth and solid, each song having a different personality and message. The production for the most part is fantastic but does need work on the mixing for a few tunes, vocals are much louder than the beat and it sounds a little off not blending as intended. It is one thing to make a hot club banger but nobody sticks with the reruns, that is why loyalty has diminished because records these days lack the quality of the past and are easily forgettable. The media, the radio, the labels we are all at fault for promoting and signing less than stellar under par artists. I believe people deserve the best and I try to filter the content on this site accordingly to give people quality entertainment. Eminem is probably the only new school mainstream rapper who brought some much needed life into the mainstream Hip Hop world after Pac and Biggie’s untimely deaths. Now auto-tune has taken over and every tone deaf fame monger is trying to be a rapper or a singer.
KRS-One is here to give everyone the knowledge of what Hip Hop really is and everyone who doesn’t already know, your ears need to perk up and pay attention to this record! Kris “KRS-One” Parker is Hip Hop! The United Nations recognizes his Temple of Hip Hop as a genuine political movement and culture that is also known as the Ministry, Archive, School and Society (M.A.S.S). KRS remains in the game because he is all truth without deception. I couldn’t stop laughing at some of his lines “My lyrics are tighter than a hipster’s jeans.” and another example from the infectious track Time’s Up “Well, when it comes to DJ’s you got the has and the has not’s, some play records others play lap tops.” He basically shreds every glam rapper and fraudulent try hard DJ out there, you all know who you are.
I love hearing Toronto mentioned in songs, KRS-One gave us some love on the “Cypher Remix”. Parker is as real as they get and with The BDP crew KRS-One will forever continue to keep Hip Hop alive! After all, he did give birth to it and has the right to take it away if he wants. Enough of my opinions, you make the decision for yourself but before you do, read what DJ Kenny Parker has to say about the record and the state of Hip Hop in the interview below.
Fridae: If you could tell me and the world, who is DJ Kenny Parker?
Kenny: I am the younger brother of KRS-One. I’ve been Deejaying for BDP since 1990 and I’ve been producing for Krs since 1992 starting with The Sex & Violence LP .
Fridae: Majority of the tracks on the new KRS-One record “The BDP Album” were produced by you, why did it take twenty years to make this album?
Kenny: Sex & Violence was the last BDP album. After that, the theme of the KRS-One solo albums have been Krs working with different producers. I’ve done remixes and some album cuts over the years and I’ve co-produced some things with Krs over the years. He and I haven’t sat down and got together on some music since Sex & Violence, I felt like now was a good time. I asked him and he said let’s do it, so we started recording.
Fridae: When you were creating the foundation did you have a certain direction in mind?
Kenny: Yes. I was trying to make music with a combination of elements that I liked in the 90’s but also would sound relevant today. I wanted to have the boom bap but also show progression.
Fridae: What was the inspiration behind the music, where did you want to take the listener?
Kenny: I didn’t want the album to sound repetitive so I really tried to make tracks that would sound different from each other on the album but stay with the theme. I want to sound different from other producers as well. It’s not easy but that’s what I had in mind as I worked on the music.
Fridae: Where was the BDP album recorded and why was it titled The BDP Album?
Kenny: The BDP album was recorded in a few different studios over the course of about a year. We did like 3 or 4 songs at a time, at different times. I called it the BDP album because it was basically just Kris And I working just like old times. Like we did on Sex & Violence, the last BDP album.
Fridae: You and Kris have been in this industry for decades, in your eyes how is Hip Hop different today than it was back in the 80’s or 90’s?
Kenny: In the 80’s/early 90’s I felt like for the most part the people at the top of the rap game were actually the best rappers in the game. The top 10 hottest rappers in the game were actually the best rappers, it made sense to me. Nowadays I feel like the hottest rappers aren’t even close to the best in the world. If you look at those MTV 10 hottest rapper specials, do you really feel that this is the most talented rappers there are in America. I don’t, I get confused. The best should be the hottest in that order, it used to be like that, not anymore.
Fridae: Where do you think it went wrong for Hip Hop?
Kenny: A decision was made to make Hip hop more accessible to the mainstream audience by simplifying the rhyme flow, the music and the subject matter. The decision was made by record companies chasing radio play and video play. When the music was dumbed down the sales went through the roof. However, the creativity suffered. Artists were forced to either change there style or they were fazed out. Not right away but over a little time, like a slow bomb. New artists had to make commercial records or they wouldn’t get a deal. Fast forward a few short years and Hip Hop as we knew it was over.
Fridae: The BDP album has cuts that are classic Hip Hop, ”Tote Gunz” is the perfect example, a few people out there think old school Hip Hop is dated and this new ”Glam Rap” is the future. What are your thoughts?
Kenny: For the immediate future, glam rap is here to stay. The 21 & under crowd doesn’t even know how to react to the classic hip hop sound now. They never really heard it before as adults. Trends move in cycles though. I think it would take newer artists that are on the radio all day or some new incredible artist to make a classic sounding album for the youth to gravitate towards it. As for the 30 & over crew. If you don’t buy or support artists making classic hip hop. The labels won’t sign it and the radio won’t play it. It’s just dollars and cents to them. They don’t care what the music sounds like, they don’t even know the difference. Whatever sells is all they care about.
Fridae: Are there any songs on the album that have a specific meaning to you?
Kenny: “Tote Gunz”, I like when Kris goes in on MC’s. I like the solution a lot too! What he is saying is so on time right now, that song was recorded a while back but the message is timeless. If you listen to that song a few years from now it’s still gonna hit home. Check out the lyrics.
Fridae: You will be touring Australia with your Brother soon; please elaborate on this unique experience.
Kenny: I’ve been performing with Kris for so long that I have a real good understanding of what he’s trying to do on stage. People don’t realize how organic our show really is. Things change so much during the course of the show based on where Kris is trying to go with the audience. People don’t even realize how much improvising is going on during the course of the show. You would have to watch KRS three nights in a row to see how things can change from one night to the next. It’s areal challenge for me to keep up but I love it.
Fridae: There’s a track titled 2012 on the record, what does 2012 have in store for Boogie Down Production and KRS-One? Will there be any North American Tour Dates?
Kenny: That’s a good question LOL. You would have to ask KRS. I basically follow his lead.. There’s a couple of songs I want to remix and add new lyrics to. Maybe a BDP 2.0. who knows?!
Thank you so much for the real talk and taking the time to answer questions for the FridaeTV audience. I hope to see the BDP crew live in Toronto sometime soon!
Happy New Year! It’s 2012 and I was going to publish this last year but I had to think about it a little more and finally I compiled a list of the top fifteen. I still needed some time to let it swirl, absorbing into my mind and reflect once again on the insanity of 2011. It was an incredible year for coverage many firsts, the two book signings which were chaotic , I am still undecided on if I or any of the team will be covering any in store signings again, only due to safety concerns, all were very confusing and clustered but nothing compared to the album signing…That was beyond insanity, it amazed me that the artist still had such an impact on his fans and how many females still cried.
After much consideration among the incredibly talented candidates the conclusion is…My most favorite live performance was Boyz II Men at the KoolHaus. I grew up listening and singing to these R&B legends but that is not why I chose them. Their set was a pure raw performance without auto-tune, stage theatrics or drama, it was just the backing tracks and their voices but it was not perfect there were some issues but there never is the perfect show, shit happens things go wrong all the time and people do make mistakes! Never the less Boyz II Men brought it back to how it used to be in music, when the real talent prevailed and the over glorified tacky redundancy was shunned. Regardless of the time period Boyz II Men were still able to draw and captivate a crowd without the need for explosives or a five minute prerecorded badly acted introduction skit. In this case less is always more and as a singer I have to give it up to them for being able to still throw it down showing everyone how it’s done. Below is my top 10 live of 2011 list and the top 5 honorable mentions. Each artist, group or band are at the top of the game when it comes to making those records come to life on the stage, electrifying audiences globally.
Thank you to everyone I have worked with over the few years, lets hope we have some amazing times again this year! And a humongous THANK YOU goes out to YOU! The FridaeTV audience worldwide, it’s all because of you I am fortunate enough to interview, photograph, film and review some of the most talented in this small yet so vast entertainment world. Thank you to everyone for actually caring about this budding little publication and I appreciate all of your continued support! Wishing you all a miraculous 2012! Much Love xxoooo ~ Fridae
FRIDAE’S CHOICE TOP 10 LIVE 2011
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