MP3/Video: Rich Kidd - "Represent" Ft. King Reign Shaun Boothe & Richie Sosa
Courtesy of Audible Treats.
The Real Frequency crew first joined forces on radio, featuring up and coming local Toronto talent and eventually becoming the premier hip-hop show on Canada's first urban radio station. Since, the collective has moved on to new, exciting endeavors with the center piece being their debut album, The New North, a project that continues the tradition the guys started on the airwaves, featuring over 30 artists that best represent Toronto's new era of hip-hop. The other week saw the release of the album's first single, Shad's Frank Dukes-produced "Flawless," and now, rapper/producer Rich Kidd is helming the album's second single, "Represent," bringing MC's King Reign, Shaun Boothe, and Richie Sosa along as the four budding lyricists put on for their city.
In addition to laying a verse, Rich Kidd's name appears again on the song's credits, having also lent his production efforts, and it's his beat - a mix of soulful string- and vocal-driven chops with a bouncing bass line and effected vocal sample on the hook - that drives the track forward, as the rappers show their hometown pride with lines like, "I can't leave /so if I ever blow this where I'm shining." "'Represent' is song where dudes from each end of our city get to lay down some fatal bars," explains Rich Kidd. "It ain't us trying to out rap each other; we're all spitting our own styles, letting you know where we got it from."
Joining the new single is a video, with Rich Kidd breaking down what Real Frequency and The New North represents for him ("To show this music to the world."), the rising talent and awareness of the Toronto hip-hop scene, and much more.
Belgium's ZBS Studio reached out to Mello Muisc Group about permission to do a video for Oddisee's "The Blooming". MMG of course was honored to have them interpret the song and apply their vision to the track. The resulting marriage of visual storytelling & instrumental perfection is a narrative work that tells the story of time's passage in the life of a boy. The video was directed, shot, & edited by Tomasz Cibulla and Wojciech Drożdż of ZBS Studios in Belgium.
Filled with rich landscapes from Belgium's countryside, smokey ambers, old typewriters, watches, clocks, and a father and son, The Blooming portrays life's unfolding through the metaphor of time. Oddisee's original track was last springs soundtrack to the rains and blooming growth of nature. Rich strings, bold piano, wood block, synth, flute, and snares that rest easy in the backdrop drive this instrumental track from Odd Seasons.
New York, NY - August 2011 - In conjunction with Power 105.1 WWPR, New York's Hip Hop & R&B, The Blue Note Entertainment Group is announcing Power Live's move from The Beach at Governors Island to the larger South Island Field on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011 at 6:00pm. Power Live's incredible line-up will feature Fabolous, Kelly Rowland, Big Sean, Meek Mill, J. Cole, Estelle, Wale and Ace Hood.
Governors Island is a 172-acre island in the heart of the New York Harbor located just 800 yards from Lower Manhattan, and even closer to Brooklyn. The concert will be accessible by ferries that will run from Battery Park Piers one and two in Manhattan. Ferries will run every 15 minutes all night long. For directions and ferry times to Governors Island visit govisland.com.
For the past year, Boston emcee @SeanHines02119 has risen in the ranks as one New England's most promising Hip-Hop stars. After releasing his debut album The Sean Hines Story", he is preparing the release of his second L.P. "The Sean Hines Theory". Already building a buzz through the leaks of "Nancy Reagan" and "I Got To Have It 2011", Sean Hines is releasing another track, this time by the name of "Up Top Boys"