As our fellow Canadians are aware, on Friday we celebrated the 144th birthday of our nation. Here at the hill we commemorated the occasion with the release of the Gordon Lightfoot Covers compilation that was in the works for many months (with the Ack doing the heavy lifting on the project, so he’s due many kudos for that), and the response to the comp has been amazing so far. So thanks to all who took part, and if you haven’t grabbed it yet, do so.
So it only seemed right to keep the Canadian vibes flowing with this week’s OSM, and so I went looking through the archives to see if we’d done a Canada Day OSM before. Turns out we did one in ’08, that featured the cover of Maestro’s unfortunately named “Dis Kid Can’t Be From Canada”, as well as my favorite jam from that album, “Certs Wid Out Da Retsyn”, as well as some other classic Canadian tracks. But I noticed at the end I mentioned a few other songs I still wanted to find: “I looked high and low for some other classic Canadian tracks, like HDV’s “Pimp Of The Microphone”, Devon’s “Mr. Metro” or that Simply Majestic song that featured B. Kool (“Dance To The Music” or something) but to no avail, so if you have any of these send them our way.”
Well I had already managed to post the HDV and Devon jams, but the Simply Majestic/B-Kool jams remained elusive….until now. As it turns out, I stumbled across the CBC’s T.O. hip hop history doc Love, Props and the T.Dot on TV last night (which is excellent FYI, I highly recommend watching it), and the dudes from from Ghetto Concept kind of dismissively mentioned Frank Morell and Brothers From The Ghetto (who were likely, not in fact, from the Ghetto at all - I was fairly sure of this back in the day, which must tell you something considering I wasn’t sure if Shock G and Humpty Hump were one guy or not). Although I knew Brothers From The Ghetto were on the Simply Majestic album, it turns out that Frank Morell was the missing piece, because Googling him turned out to be the jackpot. Well, it’s the jackpot if you were Canadian and into hip hop and Muchmusic in 1991, because they played the videos from this album, We United To Do Dis, a lot.
So then, some Simply Majestic for your Monday AM. There’s the aforementioned Frank Morell and The Brothers From The Ghetto (including popular T.O. DJ Starting From Scratch with the addictive “Play The Music DJ”, and then the awesomely 90′s dance jam “Dance To The Music”, which has B-Kool on the raps. I loved that one back in the day, but it hasn’t aged well. I’m also throwing up “Destiny”, which features some generic vocals from someone named “Porsha-Lee” and a verse from B-Kool, but Muchmusic played it a ton (as the X-tendamix logo at the start of the video proves - shouts to Master-T!). I know I’m waaaay more excited about this 1991, dance-rap/rap-house compilation than most of you will be, but hopefully these songs jog a memory and give you a smile. Enjoy!