Introducing: Jay “IDOL” Braaks

22 September 2010 at 9:14 pm (Downloads, Entertainment, Heavy Rotation, Mixtapes, Music, Toronto Life) (, , , , , , , , )

Jay “IDOL” Braaks is a Westland Michigan born, Windsor Ontario raised hip hop artist. He Began rapping at the young age of 12, being highly influenced by artists like Jay-Z, Nas, Tupac, and Biggie. At this time, Braaks only freestyled and used rap as an alternate to writing journals, explaining his everyday life through writing short verses. In his highschool years, Jay found himself  writing full songs, performing at small venues and battle rapping on a regular basis.

In 2007, at the age of 21, he released his first mixtape entitled “Braak N Entry” which received rave reviews from the streets alone. Off the success from the mixtape, Jay performed at countless events in Windsor, ranging from parties to clubs and high schools. Building his resume, he spent the next couple of years concentrating on releasing an endless amount of songs to the internet, performing and ghostwriting for R&B and hip hop artists, dedicated to keep a solid buzz growing.

In April 2010, with a well crafted and deep arsenal of music, Braaks released his second mixtape titled “Tha Addiction” available for free download at which has been now glorified as being a certified “classic mixtape” from many listeners and blog sites.

Now, at 25, Jay Braaks continues to work hard and has just released his latest video “On My Own” available to view on Youtube, and is off his next mixtape titled “A Proud Outcast” which is scheduled for a late October release.


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Benny ELs – Unbelievable

22 September 2010 at 11:46 am (Downloads, Mixtapes, Music) (, , , , , , )

There’s a quality to this MC’s lyricism and flow that’s unheard of in the hip hop scene right now.  Good lookin’ out to Sir Dank for putting me onto this artist. I’ll keep my eyes open.

Tru Statement Entertainment is a crew of artists based out of New York that has been making an impact on the underground scene over the last few years. In a few weeks, one of their artists, Benny ELs will be releasing his mixtape, Industry Meltdown. It’s gonna be a quick 10-track project that brings back the essence of what a mixtape was originally meant to be. Straight raw hip hop with non-stop energy that has that battle rhyme feel of excitement.This is the first track Benny is releasing to the public, as he goes in over one of the illest Biggie beats, in my opinion. I fuck with this vibe, no gimmicks, no pop bullshit, just the essence of hip hop. Can’t wait to see what he hits us with next. Industry Meltdown coming October 5th.   SOURCE

Download Unbelievable Here

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[Video]: Chris Brown – No Bullshit

24 May 2010 at 7:44 pm (Heavy Rotation, Mixtapes, Music, Videos) (, , , )

Watch me and this little boy. Mmm Mmmmm!

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Don’t Sleep On Big K.R.I.T

8 May 2010 at 9:43 am (Entertainment, Heavy Rotation, Mixtapes, Music, Raves, Videos) (, , , , , , , , , )


Remember this name, folks. Big K.R.I.T – the acronym standing for “King Remembered In Time”.  You know you HAVE to be a dope MC with a name that strong. I’ve been hearing this artists name for about a week now. I’ve had everyone telling me to listen to his work and usually I never buy into hype but southern rapper Big K.R.I.T is DOPE! I have to share him with y’all because he’s being slept on. Tho, the fact his name is spreading like wildfire all over the internet may change that. I’m gonna put up three joints via youtube that I liked literally within 5 secs of hearing them. Hometown Hero, King, and No Wheaties. Hometown Hero samples Adele’s Hometown and is ill beyond words. King is another track that K.R.I.T just murders. Anything he’s given, he murders it. GEEZ! I added in the official video for Children of the World. The album bangs and the ending is some of the nicest lyricism I’ve heard recently. I’ve also included his street album hosted by the homie DJ Wally Sparks for y’all to listen to more material from this up and coming artist. Don’t sleep on this one. Hip Hop music at it’s finest. There’s a dope freshman class being assembled – pay attention. Hip Hop is NOT dead. If you can’t tell by now … I’m excited about this artist. 1000%.

Check out the official video for Children Of the World:

Follow K.R.I.T on Twitter // Big K.R.I.T’s Myspace

Download Big K.R.I.T Wuz Here (Street Album) HERE

01. Return Of Forever (ft. Big Sant)
02. Country @*#$!
03. Just Touched Down
04. Hometown Hero
05. Viktorious
06. See Me On Top
07. Glass House (ft. Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y)
08. Children Of The World
09. They Got Us
10. Good Enough
11. No Wheaties (ft. Curren$y & Smoke DZA)
12. Something
13. Moon & Stars (ft. Devin The Dude)
14. Never Go Back
15. Gumpshun
16. 2000 & Beyond
17. I Gotta Stay
18. Small As A Giant
19. Voices

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DJ Mensa Presents: Spring Cleaning Discs 1 & 2

12 April 2010 at 6:54 pm (Heavy Rotation, Mixtapes, Music, Raves, Toronto Life) (, , , , , )

DOWNLOAD – SPRING CLEANING – DISC ONE (right click, save as)
DOWNLOAD – SPRING CLEANING – DISC ONE (right click, save as)
DOWNLOAD – SPRING CLEANING – DISC ONE (right click, save as)

DOWNLOAD – SPRING CLEANING – DISC TWO (right click, save as)
DOWNLOAD – SPRING CLEANING – DISC TWO (right click, save as)
DOWNLOAD – SPRING CLEANING – DISC TWO (right click, save as)

Please visit DJ Mensa’s WEBSITE for more info on his latest project

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Mixtape Fire: Dilla & Jay Z (The Lost Blueprint)

18 January 2010 at 9:35 pm (Entertainment, Heavy Rotation, Mixtapes, Music, Raves) (, , , , , )

HOLY SHIT. That is all. HOLY SHIT. I MUST have died and gone to Heaven.

The Lost Blueprint (Download Here)

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4 January 2010 at 10:44 pm (Entertainment, Heavy Rotation, Local Events, Mixtapes, Music, Raves, Toronto Life) (, , , , , , , , , , )

As fresh as the bed of snow that just fell on Toronto, I made this mix to complement the vibe of the season. Here in Toronto, we dealt with a snowy winter in ’08, and a fairly mild winter last year. I figured in 2010 we were due for one of those real punishing winters with the triple-digit wind chill. So to counter that deep freeze, this is my response.

This is for those that choose to stay indoors an extra day or seven. For those that are content braving the elements behind a double paned windows and a layer of weatherstripping. Break out the hot cocoa, throw another log on, and curl up under some thermal blankets to this.

Via DJ Mensa’s Facebook

Bob James – Feel Like Making Love / D’Angelo – Feel Like Making Love / Black Star – Brown Skin Lady / Mista – Lady / Rell ft. Jay-Z – Love For Free / Mary J. Blige – Be Happy (Siik Remix) / Amerie – Different People / Missy Elliott – Pussycat / 50 Cent – Ryder Muzik / Mary J. Blige ft DMX – Sincerity / Nicole – I Can’t See (Mensa Blend) / Deborah Cox – Sentimental / Cee-Lo – Let’s Stay Together / Glenn Lewis – Beautiful Eyes / Little Brother – All For You / Common – I Used To Love H.E.R. (Freddie Joachim Remix) / Hi-Tek – Git Ta Steppin’ / Bilal – Love It (9th Wonder Remix) / Janet Jackson – Spending Time With You / Snoop Dogg ft. Brandy & Pharrell – Special / Zo! – My Flame / Destiny’s Child – Game Over / Joe ft. Mariah Carey & Nas – Thank God I Found You / Glenn Lewis – The Thing To Do / Anthony Hamilton – Do You Feel Me / Isley Brothers – Don’t Say Goodnight (It’s Time For Love)

Download Here

Follow DJ Mensa on ::: Twitter :::

ALSO! Be sure to reach out to the return of Social Experiment this Thursday,
and every week after at Octopus Lounge!

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Zo! – “…Just Visiting, Too”

7 November 2009 at 10:05 pm (Entertainment, Heavy Rotation, Mixtapes, Music, Raves) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Music cannot get no righter than this right here. I think this is probably one of the smoothest EP’s I’ve heard in a minute. I just sat and played Joss Stone’s new album front to back for 2 days straight and thought music was on point but THEN, just a few mins ago, I got a treat and I MUST share it with y’all. PLEASE enjoy.

The following is from Phontigallo himself:

Friends and Family,

We are proud to present the new EP of covers from our longtime friend, collaborator, and bandmate Zo!, “…just visiting too.”


1. Perfect Angel feat. Yahzarah
2. Nights Over Egypt feat. Carlitta Durand
3. Crazy You feat. Sy Smith
4. Holding You, Loving You
5. My Flame feat. Phonte
6. Somethin Special feat. Yahzarah
7. The Highways of My Life (Pts. 1&2) feat. Darien Brockington

Working on this record has been a labor of love for everybody involved, and we hope it serves as a teaser for Zo’s upcoming full-length “SunStorm,” dropping next summer on FE Music.

Enclosed in the “…just visiting too” zip file is a digital pdf booklet complete with all the album credits, information on the album’s vocalists and contributors, as well as information on the originals.

Enjoy the music, pass it around to a friend, and as always thank you for the support.

We hope this record makes your transition into the holiday season much easier. Thank you for listening.

Team FE marches on!

One Love,
‘Te and Nic

P.S. My personal favourite of the album is “Crazy You” ♥

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23 October 2009 at 1:05 pm (Entertainment, Heavy Rotation, Mixtapes, Music, Toronto Life) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )


^^ to download: right click, SAVE AS ^^

From his facebook:

2009 has been a real hectic year for me, and I’m finally getting the chance to enjoy the comforts of home and my favorite season, fall. I get a lot more reflective and all that, and with that, I always seem to find nice batches of songs that match my mood. So in true coolout/exquisite mix fashion, I whipped up a lot of them for your listening pleasure.

Tracklisting: Melo-X vs. Maxwell – The Highest / Mayer Hawthorne – Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out (El Camino RMX) / Frank Nitt ft. DJ Quik – Love / Dennis Edwards – Don’t Look Any Further (Mensa Blend) / Tona ft. T.R.A.C.K.S. – Fast Pace / Mos Def – Life Is Good / Freeway – Flipside (DJ W Remix) / Jay-Z – What We Talkin About / Stanza – ATL / Empire – Waiting / Michael Jackson – Butterflies (Mensa Blend) / Busta Rhymes – Decision / Usher – Be / Keri Hilson – Get Your Money Up (Rob Dinero RMX) / Ryan Leslie – Something Like That / Dirty Money – Love Come Down (Rob Dinero RMX) / Spinners – It’s A Shame (Mensa Blend) / Jahvon – Class In Session / Eli Escobar – Heavenly Break / Alicia Keys – Doesn’t Mean Anything / Mayer Hawthorne – Maybe So, Maybe No / Big Boi ft. Gucci Mane – Shine Blockas / Fabolous ft. Drake – Throw It In The Bag Remix / Ghostface ft. Raheem Devaughn – Baby / Drake – Fear / Saigon – Fatherhood (Rayne Dior)

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Kia Isn’t Lying. But Neither Is Drake

20 September 2009 at 12:12 pm (Celebrity, Entertainment, Mixtapes, Music, Toronto Life, Why Is This News?) (, , , , , , , , , , , )


You know … I didn’t want to get mixed up in this foolishness. I mean, this is so dumb but after being to OVO I feel like a LOT of people need some education here. On a forum board I gave my two cents and asked if it was really that big of a deal and while I think not, for some it really seems to be. For the people unaware of what I’m referring to here goes:

Kia Shine did a track for Lil Wayne called Do It For the Boy:

Upon first listen you can RIGHT away hear the melodies (and some lyrics) are identical with regards to those from Drake‘s Best I Ever Had:

This is nothing new. Artists borrow, sample and whatever else from other artists all the time. But herein lies the main issue: BMI recently honoured Kia Shine with 3 awards that show him as a writer for Best I Ever Had. Stating he has 25% shares of this song, Kia says there is no error here. But, in the kerfuffle (yes, thats a word – lol) Drake released this statement on OVO:

There have been questions posed to me the last few days about the writing of Best I Ever Had and I figured I’d take the time to clear the air directly. I have never met Kia Shine or worked with him. I wrote the entire composition in Toronto and I borrowed one line from a Lil Wayne song that he produced the BEAT for. The claims of 25% ownership are false and for a artist to brag about splits on a song is distasteful to begin with.

So, now, with this statement comes people saying Kia is a liar (which is impossible – BMI can’t make that shit up) and Drake is a fake (which is bullshit because what is he being fake about exactly?) People then want to say that because of this all of a sudden Drake doesn’t write his own stuff and that is making me laugh because from this SMALL situation people are reading way too much into it. I’m not a fan of Kia Shine but I AM a fan of Drake (which is why I took it upon myself to find out what’s good BEFORE putting in my uneducated two cents like most of y’all did). With all that said, my love for Toronto’s Very Own isn’t going to blind myself to the facts.

What it comes down to is that Kia DOES have 25% share of Best I Ever Had because it was indeed SAMPLED from Do It For the Boy. This does NOT mean that Kia ghostwrites for Drake or is trying to damage Drake’s career or credibility or start beef. It simply means that he wants his due and he’s legally allowed to HAVE his due – period. Some people are claiming, “I dont see why Drake has to be paying him” or “He’s sitting on his ass, getting paid off Drake now” … well, put yourself in Kia’s position … if you CLEARLY have shares for a track and you werent credited, you fuckers KNOW you are gonna want your money, too. Don’t front and act like you wouldn’t want to get paid as well. If you say “nah, you’d just let Drake have that 25%” you are lying to yourself. Kia DID THE TRACK – lmao. It’s not like he is saying he did it and it was never released or something. Do It For the Boy has BEEN out there. He’s not suing Drake – the proof is in the pudding, people. Furthermore, how much is 25% really?

As for Drake, I feel somewhat bad for him because when he released the aforementioned statement, he BELIEVED what he was saying, at least that’s my hope. He truly felt that was the case and the truth – therefore you cannot call the man fake for saying what he believes to be the truth. I, DO, however think Drake got caught up in something without being able to research the facts – not that he even HAS to. People in his camp, management and whomever else need to sit him down and explain to him WHY Kia is right and NOT in the wrong. People in his camp need to not misinform him before he puts out statements such as the one above, wrongfully labelling someone as a liar or an opportunist. It makes for a crummy situation and gets ppl’s fanbases looking completely stupid and uneducated – lol.

All in all, I dont think anyone needs to apologize or back track any statements but I DO think if the fans and media are going to blame anyone, blame the ppl behind artists that fail to educate their artists on the business side of the game … without that education comes situations like these.

Now that the situation has been put to rest, can we all just calm the hell down and keep it moving?

Stans, haters? What say you?

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