Ottawa's DJ 2Creamz holds it down in the wee hours of Friday morning with The Mix at CKCU, and has held his own sharing stages with giants. With that in mind, Duke went over to CKCU & handed him the programming reigns for this week's episode.
He's a graphic designer by trade, but will make fans for you if you can convince him that you're dope. And it ain't hard to do; just be dope and get him to listen to your record. I decided to hand the programming reins partially over to Sage this week, seeing as he was in the building.
Kingston is fast building a name for diverse and innovative Hip Hop artists. One such is Dan Steele, bka Dan Doesn't Sleep. After nearly 4 years of work in (and study of) the new rap game, he appears ready to slink in and surreptitiously steal some shine. All in a day's chilling.
From Mississauga, this quartet encompasses the duo "DnA," who recently found themselves famous for a great little video called "The Kids Get Around." These guys bring dope lyricism to a mix of live instrumentation and classic Hip Hop sounds, to great and funky effect.
Dollaz da Deejay has come further in recent years than most, pulling himself up by purely theoretical bootstraps to become an award-winning emcee - or in the parlance of his country of origin, deejay. A penchant for uplifting lyrics over inspiring beats, along with tireless output, has won him a measure of the respect due. More to come though, as he is just getting warmed up.
A belated Happy New Year is better than none. For Episode 60, Duke spins some new music from old friends, as well as a handful of tracks you might have missed in 2013. Required listening for anybody on the east side of the country with taste.
M.O.Littles has been laying the ground for many years already, and recently dropped his 3rd solo studio album, "No Matter What." At the time of publication, he is on nationwide tour with Machine Gun Kelly. Before that, he came by the Living Room to talk about his roots, the new album, and nearly dying in the Kicking Horse Pass, among other things.
If you were paying attention last fall (or ever since then for that matter), you know iLLvibe is an ambitious dude. From releasing a track a week, to directing 120 music videos, to founding Hollapalooza & Survival of the Illest, it has been a busy 8 months. The man comes back to talk about what has been & what will be - including the next round of SOTI, national grassroots awards for Canadian Hip Hop music, and innovative ways to run your game. Note: The Pusha T show to which he refers during the interview has been PUSHED BACK to February 2014. Other than that, everything appears to be either on or ahead of schedule.
Toronto native Dustin Wareham has been rocking crowds for a minute - first as a solo emcee, then as frontman for the rock hip hop band 85 East, and more recently as DJ DeezNutz of 80sFavoriteBabies. He's back on the solo tip, and running with G.S.D. (Get Shit Done). Duke got a chance to talk with him about his career so far & where he's headed... Spoiler Alert: The direction is up & forward.
Between Bars is a show dedicated to hip hop in Canada. Hosted (and recorded and produced) by Duke Buzzy who is himself a recording artist, the show features insightful interviews with emcees from Toronto and all over Canada played alongside new tracks from Canada's finest hip hop acts!
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