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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Video Hits:: Ghettosocks, Muneshine & Ron Contour

I'm not sure what I was searching for the other day, but I came across a random link to a post of ours posted somewhere with this description of our little outfit: "HeroHill.com is one of Canada's reputable hip-hop blogs." Well it's pretty debatable how reputable we are, and calling us a hip hop blog is kind of a Shawn Bradley-esque stretch. I guess it's not completely outlandish, as I do try and post plenty of good Canadian hip hop content on the site, but I'm far from consistent in that posting. A big reason why I try and get Canadian hip hop up on the hill is simply because there aren't a lot of outlets for the folks making that music here in Canada to get something written about them.

So lets write about them! It's Thursday, and that means videos here on the hill, so a hip hop edition of the Video Hits seemed like the opposite of milk on a sweltering San Diego day. If you've been here before, it should be no surprise that the Grand Wizard Ghettosocks is our MC of choice as far as Halifax hip hop goes. Socks has a fresh new video for Out For Treats, which was one of my favorite tracks on the album, thanks to nonsensically delicious lyrics like ""me & my peeps got hot eats in the grotto, fresh meat in the taco, extra cheese on the nacho". The video is a perfect compliment to the track, with Socks & crew chowing down on plenty of treats, and Haltown legend Jorun manning the decks in a chef outfit, which is enjoyable.

Toronto's Muneshine is currently working Ghettosocks on a collaborative side project called Twin Peaks, and I'm certainly looking forward to hearing some of it. For now, I'm content with Muneshine's latest effort, the video for Gotta Feeling which is featured on Urbnet's recently released hip hop compilation. It's a solid song that features D-Sisive and Shad, and the video continues Urbnet's tradition of some really well done videos. To finish, we've got Glad from Moka Only alias Ron Contour, a song from Mr. Contour's latest album with Prairie producer Factor which is delightfully entitled Saffron. This is actually a great album that I plan to write more about, but for now, you can enjoy Moka only and his very realistic fake mustache as he hangs with Sasquatch. Pretty average day for Moka no doubt. Enjoy.

Ghettosocks - Out For Treats

MP3:: Ghettosocks - Don't Turn Around f. Edgar Allen Floe
MYSPACE:: www.myspace.com/ghettosocks

Muneshine - Gotta Feeling f. D-Sisive & Shad

MP3:: Muneshine - Gotta Feeling f. D-Sisive & Shad
MYSPACE:: www.myspace.com/muneshine

Ron Contour - Glad

MP3:: Ron Contour & Factor - Glad
MYSPACE:: www.myspace.com/mokaonly
MYSPACE:: www.myspace.com/factorg

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

News:: Brockway Ent Presents: 2010 Canadian Rap Future Superstars

Listening to the 2010 Canadian Rap Compilation from Brockway Entertainment I realized something: during the last couple months of '09 I somehow stockpiled a ton of Canadian hip hop in my "ToDo" list that I really need to get posted. Some of which happens to be on this here compilation. So, you can consider this post an intro to a month that shall be filled with a ton of Canadian hip hop from your truly. Whether you want it or not.

However, back to the matter at hand. I believe this is the 3rd year I've posted on the annual Canadian Rap Future Superstars compilation put together by Brockway Biggs, aka Troy Neilson, and I'm happy to do so. It's tough business getting coverage as a Canadian hip hop artist (my current Can-hop backlog is a prime example), so when someone like Troy is putting so much effort into putting together and promoting a compilation like this, I'm happy to help spread the word. As usual, the compilation is available as a free download, and it features a host of talent from coast to coast:

1. Manafest (Toronto) - Free
2. Monark (Fredericton & Saint John) - Playground feat Phakt
3. Hellafactz (Halifax) - Thought Of U Featuring Yvette Jarvis & Michael Beals
4. Relic (Toronto) - Just The Day feat Saukrates
5. Drumbo (Def3 and Factor) (Regina & Saskatoon) - Take Me Higher
6. Mantrakid (Comox, BC & Calgary) - My Calling
7. Ricca Razor Sharp (Calgary & Clarks Harbour, NS) - Rampage
8. Iron Lion (Calgary) - Take a Breather feat King Lou
9. Joe Buck (Halifax) - Who We Are feat Jay Bizzy
10. Cale Sampson (Toronto) - C-A-L-E
11. Chris Quotes (Toronto) - Where's the Cash At
12. Eye2Eye (Montreal) - Wing Man
13. KG (Ottawa) - Megatron
14. Solid Mas (Toronto) - Ridin Dirty feat Nova Kane & Priceless
15. RahZemos (Toronto) - Bad Apples
16. HeatWave (Vancouver) - Bills To Pay (CFRO 'Urban Renewal Project' Choice Pick)
17. Josh Martinez (Vancouver) - Responsibility feat Evil
18. Brass Tackz (Vancouver) - Broken Promises
19. Ghettosocks (Halifax) - R. Kelly's Ghostwriter Skit feat Jordan Croucher
20. Dan-e-o (Toronto) - Yesterday
21. Tru-Paz (Toronto) - My Lady
22. Empire ISIS (Montreal) - Four In The Morning
23. Shaun Boothe (Toronto) - Music Man feat Amanda Diva

The first half is definitely the stongest portion in my humble, but that may just be because I'm more familiar with the folks found there (Relic is one of those folks I've been meaning to post on), but Josh Martinez and Brass Tackz also give the back end some oomph. So download the compilation and start your 2010 with a full dose of Canadian hip hop. Or better yet, if you're an artist yourself, get in touch with Troy about getting included on next year's comp - via email (troy(at)brockwayent.com) or Sonicbids.

MP3:: Hellafactz - Thought Of U Featuring Yvette Jarvis & Michael Beals

MP3:: Def3 and Factor - Take Me Higher

MP3:: Chris Quotes - Where's the Cash At

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Herohill / Music Nova Scotia Artist of the Month:: Ghettosocks

Count Sockula Esq.

December's Herohill/Music Nova Scotia artist of the month is a little late, but, in my humble, it is certainly worth that wait. Ghettosocks is certainly one of the brightest suns that the planets of the Halifax hip hop scene orbit around. While that analogy makes little to no sense in astrological terms, it is an accurate description of the role 'Socks has played in the scene here since he relocated from his hometown of Ottawa. So when you add that to the fact that we've long been proponents of this transplanted Haligonian MC champ, and considering his latest release, Treat of the Day, was such a big hit here at the hill, it seemed only natural that we bestow the lofty hill/MNS designation on the Grand Wizard Ghettosocks.

But it's not only his latest work that we've been behind, you can check our reviews for his last three projects:

Get Some Friends

I Can Make Your Dog Famous

Treat of the Day

And now some selected quotes from those reviews:

Get Some Friends (an excellent album title I should add) is a very good hip hop album. And I say that without an ounce of Halifax bias in the mix. If you told me Socks was from Porcupine Plain, Saskatchewan, I'd still be a big fan of this album.

I think he's one of the best MC's our fine country has to offer right now - I'd easily put him in my current top five favorite Canadian MC's

In fact, Socks makes the kind of hip hop I would hope to make if I weren't just some chaunce with a blog

In fact, we should make the Grand Wizard Ghettosocks required listening for any fan of Golden Age hip hip - perhaps we can talk to KRS about getting such an amendment made to the hip hop constitution he's no doubt been writing for some time.

Ghettosocks is an MC, a producer, and even a DJ (he was recently crowned DJ of the year at the 2009 Music Nova Scotia Awards), who makes the kind of hip hop that warms my curmudgeonly, golden age-loving heart. For that reason alone I'm happy we're anointing him with this Artist of the Month title, and I hope it will encourage those of you who haven't checked him out before will do so.

MP3:: Ghettosocks - Step To A T-Rex

MP3:: Ghettosocks - Ballz in yo Stomach f. Timbuktu & Pip Skid

MP3:: Ghettosocks - Don't Turn Around f. Edgar Allen Floe
MYSPACE:: www.myspace.com/ghettosocks

VIDEO:: Ghettosocks - Step To A T-Rex

VIDEO:: Ghettosocks Ballz in yo Stomach f. Pip Skid & Timbuktu

VIDEO:: Ghettosocks - Don't Turn Around (feat. Edgar Allen Floe)

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Old School Mondays:: Treats of the Day Edition

If you were on the site last week, you're likely aware that I'm a big fan of Ghettosocks' new album, Treat of the Day. There are a number of reasons for this, but one of the main ones is certainly Socks' liberal use of awesome old school vocal samples throughout the album. I'm not going to lie to you fine folks: I'm a sucker for old rap samples. If you've spent any time around this site, that shouldn't surprise you, but honestly, if you put a few songs on your album where you Premo-scratch (sure, everyone's done this, but I always associate it with Premier) a bunch of samples from classic hip hop songs for the chorus, well then you've gone a long way towards winning me over.

So, with an album full of good material fresh in my head, I couldn't resist doing an OSM that features the original songs for some of Treat of the Day's best samples. So then, a word about each song:

Jaz - Hawaiian Sophie - No better song to start with, as one of my favorite songs on TOTD is called Dreams of Hawaiian Sophie, and this Jaz tune is a Golden Age classic that I've never posted before. Luau's and high-top fades - a winning combo. And yes, it does feature a young, rather skinny version of yer man Jay-Z. Big Jaz put Jay on - it's too bad they hate each other now.

KRS-One - I Can't Wake Up - I also said this about Dreams of Hawaiian Sophie: "thanks in no small part to the fact that it samples one of my favorite KRS songs". This is that song, one in which KRS dreams he's a blunt being smoked by various hip hop personalities over a Premo beat. It's weirdly awesome.

Gangstarr - Dwyck f. Nice & Smooth - I've posted this song before, but bits of it are featured in both Ricochet and Pink Lemonade, so it appears again. Plus it's awesome, so there should be no complaints.

Joeski Love - Pee-Wee's Dance Another song that was posted a while ago, but again I refer to the awesomeness. Or perhaps some kitschy awesomeness, although I really do love this beat. It's also used in Ricochet.

Big Daddy Kane - Put Your Weight On It - Awesome, live-mix type of jam from BDK's often overlooked Taste Of Chocolate album. Kane just rips it as Mr. Cee flips the beat a few times. Forgot how great it was. Kane's "cut like a guillotine" from this song is scratched into the end of Fatal Flying Guillotine, which makes sense.

Wu-Tang - Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta F*ck Wit - Grimy classic from the Wu (seriously, go back and listen to 36 Chambers, so awesome - more so when you consider RZA made some of those beats on like a 4-track) that is also sampled in Fatal Flying Guillotine.

The B-Boys - Rock The House - This jam is a classic here at the hill because hill co-founder somehow got a semi-warped, vinyl copy of it from somewhere in New Jersey one summer when he was on tour with Thrush Hermit as their merch guy (100% true story). It's Syndicate sniper Donald-D exhorting the masses to dance whilst Chuck Chillout cuts it up on the 1's & 2's. Great stuff, and Don's voice is sample on Rock The Discotech.

Have to warn you, there some awesome songs below, so go an enjoy, but like King Tee said, it's at your own risk. Oh, and if you like these songs, go get that Treat Of The Day.

MP3:: Jaz - Hawaiian Sophie

MP3:: KRS-One - I Can't Wake Up

MP3:: Gangstarr - DWYCK

MP3:: Joeski Love - Pee-Wee's Dance

MP3:: Big Daddy Kane - Put Your Weight On It

MP3:: Wu-Tang - Wu-Tang Clan Aint Nuthing Ta F Wit

MP3:: The B-Boys - Rock The House

Jaz - Hawaiian Sophie

Joe Ski Love - Pee Wee's Dance

Wu-Tang Clan Aint Nuthin' Ta F' Wit

Labels: Big Daddy Kane, , Greg Nice, , , Joeski, , Wu-Tang

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Video Hits:: k-os, Josh Martinez, Grand Analog, Animal Nation

All right, the Ack is off gallivanting around Montreal with all the fancy music biz swells at M For Montreal, and yes, that leaves me back in Halifax minding the cyber store. And it also happens to be Thursday, so that means one thing: videos. We've had a couple of jam-packed editions of Video Hits over the last couple of weeks, and I wanted to keep that going, but I'd also been hyped on Canadian hip hop after spending the last week with Ghettosocks new album on repeat. So, guess what you're getting today? Yep, a jumbo CanRap edition of Video Hits.

Although it has been out here in Canada for ages, k-os' latest album, Yes!, was just released in the US this past Tuesday (my talking points post for it went up in March). Perhaps to celebrate this, k-os has just released a new X-produced video for I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman, which features k-os & Big Sox ripping it up Dukes of Hazzard style. I love this jam (Saukrates is awesome) and like any fellow my age, I loved the Dukes back in the day, so this is a no-brainer. We follow that up with another two-man, homage-style vid, this one from Josh Martinez and Moka, with their gonzo Fear & Loathing clip for Underground Pop (another jam I love, from Josh's excellent World Famous Sex Buffet).

Grand Analog's video for Take It Slow (Spaces and Places), is a little more traditional, the ole "let's film ourselves as we play on the back of a truck driving through Toronto", but it's no less enjoyable. Two things people love: animals and those videos where people hold signs with the lyrics on them, so I'm thinking you folks will enjoy the clip for Party Animals from Ugly Duckling-eqsue BC duo Animal Nation. We're gonna wrap up with a video that's been out for a while, but I love it and have been meaning to post for ages: Pop & Chips by More Or Les & Fresh Kils which also features Ghettosocks, Timbuktu & Uncle Fester. Enjoy.

k-os - I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman

MP3:: k-os - Uptown Girl
MYSPACE:: www.myspace.com/kos

Josh Martinez - Underground Pop

MP3:: Josh Martinez - Going Back To Hali
MYSPACE:: www.myspace.com/thejoshmartinez

Grand Analog - Take It Slow (Spaces and Places)

MP3:: Grand Analog - Electric City f. Shad
MYSPACE:: www.myspace.com/grandanalog

Animal Nation - Party Animals

MP3:: Animal Nation - Party Animals
MYSPACE:: www.myspace.com/animalnation

More Or Les & Fresh Kils - Pop & Chips (feat. Ghettosocks, Timbuktu & Uncle Fester)

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Reviews:: Ghettosocks - Treat Of The Day

There's a good chance many of you reading this have not heard of Ghettosocks. That's fine, I mean, after all, that's what we're here for, to try and remedy that situation. But I will says this: if you like classic hip hop (more specifically hip hop & hip hop culture from the early to mid nineties), and you do listen to a Ghettosocks album, I'd be willing to bet my leather Africa medallion that you're going to like it. In fact, we should make the Grand Wizard Ghettosocks required listening for any fan of Golden Age hip hip - perhaps we can talk to KRS about getting such an amendment made to the hip hop constitution he's no doubt been writing for some time.

Despite that intro, I'd like to think that if you are a regular reader of the hill, then you likely have heard of Ghettosocks, as I've mentioned him a number of times previously. This includes fairly-fawning reviews of his last two projects: 2007's Get Some Friends, and his mixtape from last year, I Can Make Your Dog Famous. As you might imagine if you check out either of those reviews, I was eagerly awaiting the chance to hear Socks latest release, Treat Of The Day, and now that I have, you can add a third fawning review to that list.

I've said words to this effect, and I'll say them again, Ghettosocks is easily one of my favorite Canadian MC's, and he would still be even if he didn't happen to live in the city the hill calls home, but rather Conception Harbour, Thunder Bay, Moose Jaw, or some other dual-named locale across this country. Any Ghettosocks project always matches his razor sharp, monotone flow and his mastery of witty one-liners with top notch boom-bapery and the finest in old school samples. The tasty Treat Of The Day is no different. Well it's slightly different, what with the delicious theme that runs through the album and the fact that this time out Socks reached out to a number of his Alpha Flight & Backburner associates to provide the production where previously he'd kept things mostly in-house (I believe he did most or all of the beats on Get Some Friends, while Socks & Jorun handled things on the mixtape). And Socks might be on more of a "killing sucker MC's and taking their chicks/snacks" mission then his last outing, but there is no change in the level of quality, if anything this is his strongest all-around work to date.

That quality comes hard and fast at the album's start as the Dexter Doolittle, Saturday morning cartoon-esque beat and the odd, Too Short-sounding chorus sample on Onlyindamornin' are the prefect kind of opening song oddness for Socks, and the Big jaz homage that is Dreams Of Hawaiian Sophie is just awesome, thanks in no small part to the fact that it samples one of my favorite KRS songs. The floaty, Jorun produced, Out For treats is now my favorite Halifax food-rap, taking the title from Buck65's Food, which was good, but can't compete with "me & my peeps got hot eats in the grotto, fresh meat in the taco, extra cheese on the nacho". If you're looking for a microcosm of the excellence found on this album, you can listen to Ricochet and go no further. Awesome horn, drum & didgeridoo(?) beat from Bix, braggadocios raps from Socks & the legendary El Da Sensei, and the best of scratched in samples from folks like Redman, Joeski Love, and hill fave Greg Nice. Awesome song.

Pink Lemonade is another soul-drenched winner from Bix, which suits Socks & Apt's laid back lady-slaying raps just perfectly, and it also uses perhaps my favorite Guru line ever ("Lemonade was a popular drink and it still is..."), and so this gets an A+. The snake charmer slink of the Fresh Kils' track on U Ain't This is a perfect foil for the sucker MC mashing raps of T.O. MC's D-Sisive, Rich Kidd & Muneshine who join Socks for this one. D-Sisive + solid posse cut = win. Anything that can bring back dual favorite memories like classic Wu and watching Kung Fu flicks in hill co-founder Shawn Lapaix's basement (he actually owned a VHS copy of Fatal Flying Guillotine) gets an old fashioned THD thumbs up from me, and Guillotine does just that. Just an FYI, when we saw Socks do Take Chains Off when he opened for the GZA, kids freaked the f out, so consider yourself forewarned that The Power mixed with the Mash Out Posse is an explosive musical concoction (as if that wasn't enough, the song finishes with the legendary Bernie Mac speech from House Party 3...RIP B. Mac). Rock The Discotech has an awesome name, fun back & forth rhymes from Socks and Timbuktu, and great samples from BDK and Donald-D/The B-Boys - that's win, win, and win if you're keeping score at home.

So, back to what I was saying at the beginning of this opus, we'd like to help create as many Ghettosocks converts as we can, and so hopefully some little bit of this has tempted a few of you to sample what Socks has on offer. Go ahead and treat yourself to Treat Of The Day.

MP3:: Ghettosocks - Don't Turn Around (Featuring Edgar Allen Floe)
MYSPACE:: www.myspace.com/ghettosocks

Don't Turn Around (Featuring Edgar Allen Floe)

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