Saturday, February 26, 2011

From Toronto, With Love Presents Heartbreak Collision

Emotions go through various transition due to bipolar moments in a relationship, as a single second can change the entire definitive understanding of what love is for each heart. Thus Heartbreak Collision hopes that it can help you cope with the bittersweet aspects of love and life after love.



1. Burn - Usher
2. Heartbreak Collision - Dolla
3. Deceiving - Drake
4. Strange Love - Fashawn
5. Under Pressure - Skyzoo
6. U R The One - Mos Def
7. Goodbye - Wale & Jean Grae
8. Feel So Bad - Sha Stimuli
9. Fancy Clown - Madvillain & Viktor Vaughn
10. When She Calls - Fashawn
11. Love Is Not Enough - Yelawolf

Friday, February 25, 2011

J The S: Handcuff Sex

There is no doubt that the Pornography industry definitely shares miscellaneous ties with the Hip Hop industry and because of these relations we've seen a lot of failed attempts. Yes, this is referring to the horrendous music by Pornstars such as the paper-clip-like-jewelery wearing Brian Pumper and the pink-haired-award-winning Pinky. (We in no way shape or form encourage you to listen to these two "artists")

Not all is lost because this relationship between the industries is responsible for some amazing work as well. Artists like Eminem, Nelly, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Ray-J, R.Kelly, Jay-Z and etc. have featured some of these women on their music videos. The relation that ultimately brings these two industries together is the well known fact of artist and their well known polygamous desires and objectification of women but we won't dwell on that topic because it's such a complex situation that deserve a number a discussion posts.

By the way that was Eminem's "Superman" which costarred Gina Lynn.

Fast forward a couple of years and on March 31st 2010 a video by an upcoming artist, J The S, makes it's debut on the net. The Massachusetts born artist earned the opportunities of opening shows for artists such as Kool G Rap, AZ, Fat Joe, Slaughterhouse, Brother Ali, Talib Kweli and Wu-Tang Clan ensured the young rapper respect from the hip-hop veterans. J The S's (which is short for Jake The Snake) music reflects the thoughts of someone who’s seen and experienced much during his life. He was exposed to the criminal underworld from a young age, first as a child in his household and later on his own as an adult. Though he can speak with authority about that lifestyle, his music embodies more than just a street mentality. His work as a teacher in Boston, in which he facilitated youth-oriented programs focusing on social issues and politics, reflects an intelligence and depth that defies his young age. presents, in association with Restless Films & Same Plate, a music video by Court Dunn: J The S ft. Pornstar Jayla Starr "Handcuff Sex". This video is quite simple but that fact alone makes it entertaining. The song is mellow with some intriguing lyrics. Enjoy.

Friday, February 18, 2011

From Toronto, With Love Presents I'm A Player

This second mixtape came about quicker than expected.

During the incredible reign of the Egyptian Dynasties the world was introduced to some of the most exotic rulers to ever grace this planet. We are talking about custom made pyramids, gold jewelery, monumental statues, hieroglyphics, custom designed scepters and the polygamy. Oh the polygamy.

This mixtape features some funky instrumentals and smooth lyrics. DOWNLOAD HERE!


1. Too $hort - I'm A Player
2. Tupac, Shock G & Money-B - I Get Around
3. Slum Village - Hoes
4. Scarface, Too $hort, Trick Daddy & Daz - I Luv
5. Notorious B.I.G - Big Poppa
6. Jay-Z & UGK - Big Pimpin'
7. UGK & Outkast - International Players Anthem
8. 8 Ball & MJG Featuring Shannon Jones - Straight Cadillac Pimpin'
9. Do or Die, JRP & Twista - Do U?
10. T.I & Jazze Pha - Let's Get Away
11. Snoop Dogg & Pharrell - Let's Get Blown
12. Devin The Dude - Boo Boo'n
13. Pac Div - Take Me High

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Rita Sahatçiu Ora: The Breakthrough

Rita Sahatçiu Ora is a 20 year old singer born Prishtina, Kosovo but raised in London, England. She is currently signed to Jay-Z's Roc Nation label. We mentioned the amount of talent on Roc Nation, well we retract the Sean Garrett claim (SHOTS FIRED? He should stick to song writing), and we're here to give you a glimpse of exactly what this label is working on.

At first this young singer only caught my attention because of her background. She's from Kosovo which has a lot of ties and history to my background, Albanian. On my previous posts I've included international music and have been contemplating on writing a post about my cultures music.

Who exactly is Rita? Press Play!

Craig David, Rita Ora & Tinchy Stryder - Where's Your Love

It's all about the music and she's working on her debut album. Rita is an individual. In today's pop music industry majority of artists have allowed the big marketing machine, the labels, to mold them into selfless artists. If it's not the record labels they're either emulating and pretending to be a previous icon like Madonna or Michael Jackson. Rita provides her own sound and it has a lot to do with the freedom that Roc Nation is providing it's artists with. Roc Nation’s newest signee, Rita Ora, has no fear with telling the world who she really is.

She's recorded songs with Craig David and has made cameo's in Drake's "Over" video as well Jay-Z's "Forever Young". I have great expectations from this young lady.


Last time Jonathan Emile was featured on this blog, we crowned him as Canada's next rising star. His empathetic persona and positive vibe is guaranteed to make a great impact on you. We put a stamp on this young brother because of his philosophy and his undying hustle.

Who ever said dreams are only dreams needs to have a sit down with Jonathan Emile.

Jonathan Emile on CTV News from Jonathan Emile on Vimeo.

Recently his “The Lover/Fighter Document EP” was on the nomination list for Best Rap Album at the 2011 Grammy's. Unfortunately, they failed to acknowledge the soul and the album only made it through the first round of nominations on the 53rd Grammy Entry List for category 35 – Best Rap Album.

This is his latest video titled "Heroes". It is directed by Benoit Daoust and Evan Shuster.

Make sure you check out these links:
Wikipedia, Facebook, YouTube, Label

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

J.Cole: Untapping The Potential

J. Cole, is an American Hip Hop recording artists and producer, who was the first artist that was signed to Jay-Z's label Roc Nation, management, music publishing and entertainment company. Roc Nation has expanded it's roster and has become home to some incredible talents; Hugo, Willow Smith, Jay Electronica, Rita Ora, Bridget Kelly, Alexis Jordan, Blaze Bogatinov, Sean Garret, Nebo Uyanwah and K. Koke. The label also manages Rihanna, Wale, Melanie Fiona, No I.D, Solange Knowles and etc.

Back to the German born Fayetteville, North Carolina resider who has worked his way to becoming one of the best word-smiths in the Hip Hop community. J. Cole is often compared to Nas, despite being Jay-Z's Protege, and in fact the comparisons to the Queensbridge living legend are quite right. Cole presents a confident flow packed with witty figurative speech that leaves listeners nodding their heads, pausing and rewinding his music. He finds a way to analyze his feelings that is undeniably heartfelt and create an elemental bond with his listeners.

J. Cole is quite the prospect. He is symbolized as the one artist who will finally bring back intelligence and creativity to the Hip Hop mainstream world. He still has a long way to go. He needs to find his way into the radar of mainstream with out selling out and maintaining his unique identity. He had the perfect opportunity to and here's how he passed it up.

One of my favorite songs by J. Cole is titled "In The Morning" and recently he released a remix that features Drake. The theme of the song goes hand to hand with the vibe provided by the instrumental. This is one of those songs that when you listen to it, you imagine a video for it. You visualize yourself in this video.

The video released definitely wasn't what I expected. I was in fact greatly disappointed that two artists of their potential would release such a visually weak video. Drake has a resume of releasing uncreative videos except for "Find Your Love" (we're still waiting for the continuation). I didn't think that J. Cole was going to disappoint the same way.

Is music really as strong as it's visuals? Yes, there are times where the video completes the music. Look at Michael Jackson's "Remember The Time" and understand that visuals should be as important as the actual music. I know that mentioning Michael Jackson isn't a fair comparison but J. Cole truly has the potential to be someone with a great legacy. Let's hope that his other songs such as, "Light's Please" and "Higher" receive a better treatment.

J. Cole and Drake - In The Morning Remix

I still prefer the original version of the song over the remix.

J. Cole - In The Morning

K. Vincent & Dalé: We Made It

A while back we introduced a young talented artist from Chicago by the name of K.Vincent.

Today, we present you his newest video featuring Dalé (Dah-Ley) titled, "We Made It". The song consists of a soulful instrumental with the smooth vocals of K. Vincent and Dalé reciting lyrics capturing the harsh realities that surround the hopelessness of poverty/ghetto stricken kids.

Another smooth joint produced by Sean T, Alex Cruz and T.R.I.P.

Peep the video that's shot and directed by Jeff Kolar.

K. Vincent ft. Dalé - We Made It from Paid Young Ent on Vimeo.

Who exactly is K. Vincent? Click play and you'll find out.

K.Vincent EPK from Paid Young Ent on Vimeo.

Follow K. Vincent on his Twitter Account and BandCamp

Monday, February 14, 2011

DJ M-Rock: The Culture Lingers

Since cassettes now lay six feet beneath earth, turntables on the other hand are still spinning, still making clubs go crazy and still pushing music to a whole other level of creativity.

Introducing M-Rock, a Toronto DJ and a producer, with an outstanding resume. He's received cosigns from some of the best producers of our time such as Just Blaze, Alchemist, Pete Rock, Easy Mo Bee, Keith Shocklee, DJ Neil Armstrong (Jay-Z's DJ) and performing in front of the legendary DJ Premier. He's spun records for celebrity clients such as Shaquille O‘ Neal, Drake and fashion designer Marc Ecko.

Miami‘s Winter Music Conference has asked him to host his own panel on his invention ‘Digital Juggling’ which is a style of Jing that fuses turntablism and pianist-style keystrokes on the laptop. 1.83 million viewers heard his opening music on the Juno Awards (the Canadian Grammy’s). After hearing the revolutionary Michael Jackson had passed away, M-Rock immediately re-composed and remixed 8 MJ tracks in the same week, receiving play from DJs in cities like New York, London, Goa, Melbourne, Barcelona, Athens and multiple other locations.

"It took me 3 weeks, probably between 100 – 200 hours to get it right (I’m picky). I really went deep in to give music fans something articulate: scratches, digital juggles, lots of blends, studio edits and tricks. If you play it on an iPod or in iTunes, the tracks are all chapters and there’s a pic for every chapter representing the song. I’d like people to rate this among the best tapes ever, but you guys be the judge, diss it, love it, hate it, whatever, let me know what you think." - M-Rock

The Best of Kanye West Intro (M-Rock’s Intro)
Start The Show – Common *
Heard Em Say Feat. Adam Levine
Get Em High feat Talib Kweli & Common
Run This Town – Jay-Z ft. Rihanna & KW
Jesus Walks
Dark Fantasy
The Whole City Behind Us
So Appalled
Good Life
Through The Wire
Southside (Snippet)
Homecoming ft. Chris Martin
Lucifer – Jay-Z *
Izzo (H.O.V.A.) – Jay-Z *
Guess Who’s Back – Scarface ft. Jay-Z *
We Major
Two Words ft. Mos Def & Freeway
Down And Out – Cam’ron ft. KW *
Wake Up (M-Rock’s interlude)
Good Morning
Get By – Talib Kweli *
Brand New ft Rhymefest
All Falls Down
Last Call
Drive Slow ft. Paul Wall
Put on that rough isht (M-Rock’s interlude)
The Corner – Common ft. KW
No Money Down – Jerry Butler
Dreams – The Game *
Good Friday (Juggle by M-Rock)
Encore – Jay-Z *
Can’t Tell Me Nothing
Work It – Missy Elliott
Make Her Say – Kid Cudi/ Kanye West & Common *
Charlemagne Kid – Steely Dan
Number One – Pharrell Williams Feat. Kanye West
Go – Common (samples Old Smokey by Linda Lewis)
Touch The Sky
Better Than Yours – Kanye West ft. Common
Us Placers – CRS (Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West & Pharrell)
Addiction (Terry Hunter & Kenny Dope Remix)
Gold Digger (Diplo Mix)
Gold Digger ft. Jamie Foxx
Welcome to Heartbreak ft. Kid Cudi
Flashing Lights ft. Dwele
Hey Mama
Selfish – Slum Village ft. KW *
T.R.O.Y. – Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
Be – Common *
The Food (from the Dave Chappelle Show) – Common ft. KW *
Stay The Night – Mariah Carey *
Let me prove my love to you – The Main Ingredient
You Don’t Know My Name – Alicia Keys *
Comfortable – Lil Wayne Ft. Babyface *
Talk About Our Love – Brandy feat. Kanye West *
KW Freestyle on Hot 97 (Nov 2010)
Amazing ft Young Jeezy
All Of The Lights ft. Rihanna
Overnight Celebrity – Twista ft KW *
Slow Jamz ft. Jamie Foxx & Twista
Janet – I Want You
Spaceship – KW Feat. GLC & Consequence
Distant Lover – Marvin Gaye

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

From Toronto, With Love Presents Riding With Mrs. Geller Bing

From Toronto, With Love is proud to present it's first digital mixtape featuring a variety of artists.

Monica Geller Bing is a famous fictional character on the US television sitcom Friends which aired from 1994 to 2004. Over the years Monica and her husband, Chandler, soon became the protagonists of the sitcom. The show started to slowly revolve around their lives instead of the initial group. We witnessed their love nurture and mature. Monica began to represent a perfect partner, supportive, funny, intelligent and independent.

This is for you and your significant other riding around the city.

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1.I Feel So Used Intro - Monica and Chandler Bing
2.Talk To You (Darling) - Talib Kweli and Dwele
3.The Panties - Mara Hruby
4.You (Remix) - Lloyd, Andre 3000 and Nas
5.Abrazame - Los Rakas
6.Transitional Joint - eLZhi
7.Scheming - Slum Village, J Dilla, Posdnuos and Phife Dawg
8.Mind Sex - Dead Prez
9.Love Language - Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek (Reflection Eternal)
10.It's A Love Thing - Pete Rock and CL Smooth
11.In The Morning - J Cole
12.Girlfriend - Jay Electronica
13.Closer - Slum Village and Dwele

The Art of Slick Talking II: The Break Up Song

Ever since LL Cool J said he needed love back in 1987, Hip Hop music went through a content revolution. Artists garnered the power to step into the realm of sweet talks and the dark realm of heart breaks.

Wale, no stranger to this blog, has released a visual for "The Break Up Song" off of his most recent mixtape, "More About Nothing". In recent news, Wale is now an official member of the expanding Maybach Music Group record label, which is founded by mainstream heavy weight Rick Ross.

The video is directed by Walu & DJ Omega, and features a great concept that goes hand to hand with Wale's story telling abilities. This seems like a piece of cake for Wale. His wordplay is intact which only solidifies his spot as one of the most versatile young musicians currently active in the Hip Hop industry.

Monday, February 7, 2011

What is a Valentine? February is Dilla Month

A friend of mine created this really incredible mixtape celebrating the birthday of the late great J. Dilla. This mixtape is a must have and there is no way, I was going to let this one not make it's way into this blog. Peace, Love & Unity.

Rest In Beats Dilla.

Make sure you check her out RuggedTranquiltiy.

"(Insert countless praises, statements of how Hip Hop was influenced and transformed, and how your life has changed because of James Dewitt Yancey aka Jay Dilla aka Jay Dee aka Dilla Dawg.) In no way is the aforementioned supposed to be disrespectful, I just figured any sort of introduction isn’t needed — just let the music speak for itself.
Aired on Denz: Jay Dilla Tribute Mix Part 1 and 2, download here."
Photo courtesy of  Deadlydelmundo and Iris Clothing

1. Dilla’s Instruction Manual - Jay Dee - 0:53
2. The World’s Full Of Sadness - Slum Village - 3:21
3. From Detroit With Love (Intro) - J-88 - 0:40
4. The Look Of Love Pt.1 - J-88 - 3:36
5. Eve - Spacek Feat.Frank ‘N’ Dank (Jay Dee Remix) - 5:41
6. Got Til’ It’s Gone - Janet Jackson Feat.Q-Tip - 3:52
7. Me & Those Dreamin’ Eyes Of Mine - D’Angelo (Jay Dee Remix) - 4:35
8. Stakes Is High - De La Soul - 5:30
9. Let’s Ride - Q-Tip - 4:07
10. Antiquity - Dwight Trible & Life Force Trio - 2:58
11. Beat 24 - Jaylib - 1:25
12. The Message - Jaylib - 2:46
13. Keep It On - J-88 - 3:02
14. Genesis - Busta Rhymes - 3:56
15. Sat It Bag (Instrumental) - Jay Dee - 1:43
16. She Said - Pharcyde (Jay Dee Remix) - 4:10
17. Find A Way - A Tribe Called Quest - 3:22
18. Come Closer - Common Feat.Erykah Badu, Q-Tip & Pharrell (Jay Dee Remix) - 4:40
19. B.B.E. (Big Booty Express) - Jay Dee - 2:12
20. Gravity - Bush Babees Feat.The Ummah - 3:54
21. Tomorrow Never Knows - Jaylib & Quasimoto - 3:40
22. Reminisce - Bilal Feat.Mos Def & Common - 4:33
23. As Serious As Your Life - Four Tet Feat.Guilty Simpson (Jay Dee Remix) - 4:43
24. Think Twice - Jay Dee Feat.Dwele - 3:52
25. Follow Me - Jaylib Feat.Madlib & Quasimoto - 2:33
26. Peace, Prosperity & Paper - A Tribe Called Quest - 4:01
27. Runnin’ - The Pharcyde - 4:55
28. Track 13 - J. Dilla - 1:09
29. 4th & Back - Slum Village - 3:39
30. This Is It (Instrumental) - Jay Dee - 2:28
31. Love (A Thing Of The Past) - Frank ‘N’ Dank - 3:39
32. Players - Slum Village - 2:26
33. Don’t Nobody Care About Us - Phat Kat - 4:18
34. Dilla Beat ..2 - Jaylib - 2:48
35. Get A Hold - A Tribe Called Quest - 3:35
36. 2 U 4 U - Slum Village - 3:09
37. Dollar - Steve Spacek - 3:36
38. U & Ur Smile (Instrumental) - Jay Dee - 2:14
39. Fantastic (Demo) - Slum Village - 2:42
40. Always Find A Way - Nine Yards (Jay Dee Remix) - 3:58
41. Fall-N-Love - Slum Village - 3:47
42. It’s Your World (Part 1 & 2) - Common Feat.Bilal - 14:02
43. Gobstopper - J Dilla - 1:05
44. Dilla Says Go - J Dilla - 1:16
45. U-Love - J Dilla - 1:00
46. Last Donut Of The Night - J Dilla - 1:39

The Happy Unfortunate: The New Old School

This duo consists of childhood friends, Malcolm-Jay(Malcolm Jamal Wilson) and DJ Envoy(Daniel Caneda), hails from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and they provide the sound waves with some smooth lyrics and some really enjoyable instrumentals.

There is no doubt that this group has a distinctive taste in music and are inspired by the late 80's and early 90's state of the Hip Hop era. Never shy of experimenting is what makes this group really enjoyable. They pen down words that find their way into listeners hearts, with their sentimental yet relate-able subject manner.

Picture riding around in 88' with your 80' Mercedes-Benz 560SL listening to the year old Paid In Full by Eric B. & Rakim. This is the type of vibe that this Canadian group instills in their music. Cool, Calm and Collective.

Besides everything already mentioned, this group possess substance and that's what makes them easily a great group.

Their new album, No Time To Sleep, is now available for download. I recently contacted the group and they supplied me with an advanced digital copy of the album. I've been listening to it ever since I synced it to my iPod. It easily made its my way to my daily playlist.(Keep your ears open for Running Back)