On Friday November 23rd, Seattle emcee Macklemore made his way to the Sound Academy in Toronto to perform in front of a sold out crowd as a part of his Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Heist Tour. For Macklemore, 2012 has been a great year; he released his album The Heist independently to critical and commercial acclaim. During its first week on sale the album hit number one on the iTunes Charts and number two on the Billboard Hot 200 Charts. His videos for the singles “Thrift Shop” and “Same Love” have over 7 million views on YouTube and everyone from Ellen DeGeneres to GQ magazine to Rolling Stone have jumped on the Macklemore bandwagon. Click on the link to read the entire review
Waka Flocka Flame has “it” factor. Whether you consider that a good "it" or a bad “it” depends on which side of the rap ideological spectrum you fall on. Fan and critical opinions aside, there’s one thing all rap followers can agree on: his 2010 major-label debut, Flockaveli, completely altered the contemporary rap landscape. Buoyed by Lex Luger’s, apocalyptic 808s and slasher film synths, Flockaveli was a relentless assault, 17 songs of boisterous ad-libs, machine gun sound effects and post-crunk rage MCing - the rap equivalent of a Red Bull IV drip. The aggressive “trap” sound that it spawned quickly became monolithic in street rap. Two years after Flockaveli, Flocka is enjoying the spoils of a rapper in the midst of a full-on crossover marketing blitz – cover stories for traditional rock publications, endorsements with left-leaning interest groups, posing for hipster-baiting celebrity photographers. Whether or not these new comforts and an expanded audience will cause Waka to lose the primal urgency that made Flockaveli a gangsta rap epoch remains to be seen, but Waka's career has certainly taken a turn towards corporate synergy that's impossible to ignore. Click on the link to read the entire review
On Friday September 21, the much anticipated Sixth Annual Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture will kick-off its celebration of arts and community culture featuring our biggest and most exciting line-up of Canadian talent. Over a jam packed weekend (September 21-23) Manifesto will bring you a diverse array of Canada’s best talent in music, art, dance, food, and fashion. The festival will launch with the opening of the brand-new Regent Park Arts & Culture Center, featuring artist exhibitions, the Second Annual Floor Awards, local fashion designers and live music performances. The festival’s second day will bring the Manifesto x Fresh Arts 20th Summit to the Ryerson University Engineering Building. Speakers such as Kardinal Offishall, d’bi young, Jully Black, Director X, Pharoahe Monch, and Shad will lead the full day of panels and workshops. The Manifesto festival will then cap off with the much anticipated free outdoor concert Live at the Square, at Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square. This year’s concert will be headlined by the acclaimed lyricist Pharaohe Monch, as well as homegrown talent including BADBADNOTGOOD, Tre Mission, Raz Fresco, D-Sisive, 7 Fires and Skratch Bastid among others. The Manifesto Festival promises to once again showcase art, culture, and community in a way that is creative, diverse, and will provide a unique experience for the people of Toronto. Some of this year’s festival highlights include: Launch Party and Art Show – September 21, 2012 The Manifesto Festival’s opening night will mark the first opportunity for members of the public to take tours of the newly-constructed Regent Park Arts and Culture Centre. The night will feature artists including Gilda ‘Fiya’ Monreal and Sara Golish, creating pieces in a live art exhibition. A number of display artists including Longboard Living and Jimmy Chiale will also present their most recent works. The Launch Party will play host to the Second Annual Floor Awards, celebrating Toronto’s best b-boy’s and all-stlye dancers. The night will also showcase culinary creations by Big Norm and the Rhyming Chef as well as the new Manifesto Fall/Winter Clothing Collection. Fresh Arts 20 x Manifesto Summit – September 22, 2012 The Festival’s second day will be an inspiring array of panel discussions, keynote speakers and mentor classes. Notable speakers that will be presenting during the always uplifting So Much Things to Say discussion, including the internationally recognized poet and educator d’bi young, award winning Canadian hip hop artist Shad and the talented New York based hip hop artist Pharoahe Monch. The day also features Kardinal Offishall, Jully Black, and Director X. Live at the Square – September 23, 2012 The Manifesto Festival’s Live at the Square has always brought tens of thousands of visitors and this year will once again turn Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square into a music and arts playground. With an all-day showcase of music, art and culture this FREE event will feature live performances, Last Dancer Standing--a gripping elimination-style dance tournament, a variety of thought-provoking workshops, creative clothing collections from local fashion designers and delicious food from a collection of Toronto’s best restaurants and caterers will round-out one of Toronto’s biggest and most diverse summer festivals. For More Information: Visit our website: www.themanifesto.ca Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ManifestoFestival Twitter: https://twitter.com/Manifesto_TO
[Interview] Just Blaze talks about producing and when he know’s a song is complete, why he is never going to slow down and his thoughts on the Jay Electronica album rumors
As part of the Battle of The Beatmakers 2012 competition, Sound Supremacy accompanied by Urbanology Magazine held its annual Producer Weekend Retreat in downtown Toronto on August 24th, 2012. Each year the retreat gives producers an opportunity to network and learn from some of the industry’s top producers and executives. Through panel discussions and one on one mentoring, producers learned everything from branding, licensing, publishing and management strategies to name a few. This year’s retreat included the Pro Audio Conference with guest speakers Statik Selektah and award winning producer Just Blaze. Both producers talked about their journey into music, their first major placements, some of the pitfalls of the music industry, and advice about becoming a successful producer. The Come Up Show was fortunate enough to be invited to this years events and enjoyed every minute of it. Throughout the weekend we had the opportunity to sit down with super producer Just Blaze at The Pro Audio conference. During our interview with Just Blaze, we ventured towards many topics including his passion for photography and directing, his vision for the video Lord Knows, his previous encounter with two “overzealous” female fans in Toronto, and why, after fifteen years of success and countless platinum and gold records, he still gets up and grinds like he lives in his momma’s basement. Click on the link to read our interview with Just Blaze
The Come Up Show is giving away a pair of tickets to see The GZA perform Liquid Swords live on September 15th 2012 @ Sound Academy in Toronto. 19+ All you have to do to win is tell us “Which two members in Wu-Tang Clan are related to the Gza?” Give us the correct names and relation to him. The first person to answer correctly will win. Make sure you leave your answer in the comments section of this post Good Luck!