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  • Contests: Win a Copy of Chrisette Michelle – Epiphany

    May 6.09 @ 12:03 pm
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    Chrisette Michelle - Epiphany Album Cover

    Chrisette Michelle released her sophomore album Epiphany yesterday (May 5th) which is available in stores and on iTunes. Universal Music Canada & the Young, Fresh & New blog wants you to WIN a copy of Christelle Michelle – Epiphany. It’s simple – Just answer the question by submitting your answers to contests@theyoungfreshnew.com no later than May 9th (12:00 am EST). Winner will be chosen on May 11th.

    Which rapper plays Chrisette Michelle’s boyfriend in the “Epiphany” video?

    Be sure to get a copy of Epiphany and Good luck!!!!

    Concert Announcement: 2009 Ice Cream Summer Festival @ Molson Amphitheatre on June 27th 2009

    May 6.09 @ 11:36 am
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    The third annual Ice Cream Summer Fest in BACK on June 27, 2009 at the Molson Amphitheatre. While the lineup is still being confirmed, here is the list of possible performers for this year’s festival – Shabba Ranks, Faith Evans, Jon B, MC Lyte,  Salt-n-Pepa, and Mint Condition. Rumor has it that either R. Kelly, Missy Elliott or The Dream will be headlining this year. To be quite honest, I’m not sure how The Dream fits in. As I can recall neither R. Kelly or Missy Elliott has perform in Toronto, so this year actually looks a bit promising. Details are still being finalized so we will see what the final outcome will be. Tickets are not on sale yet but I will have the information as soon as it becomes available.

    The past two years, the Ice Cream Summer Fest have featured many artists including  Donnell Jones, Carl Thomas, K-CI & JoJo, SWV, New Edition, Jagged Edge,  Monica, Joe, Ginuwine, LL Cool J, Dru Hill and others.


    Music Videos: Page “Still Fly” featuring Drake

    May 5.09 @ 4:22 pm
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    Page “Still Fly” featuring Drake video is FINALLY here. TORONTO stand up! Be out on the look for Page’s “Things Young People Do” mixtape coming out real soon! Peep the video!

    Directed by Andre Barnwell

    Concert Announcement: Classfied at Phoenix Concert Theatre on May 15th

    May 5.09 @ 4:04 pm
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    Classified will be LIVE in concert on May 15th at the Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne Street, Toronto, ON) Tickets are $20 via Ticketmaster or by phone: 416-870-8000. The Young,Fresh & New team will be there to cover the event to get the exclusives.

    Today Classified is filling another chapter in his book with the digital release of Self Explanatory in the U.S through Sony Music. He released this album in Canada last month hitting the #25 spot on Canadian Soundscan. To purchase the album – visit iTunes.

    Check out the video drop that Classified did for the Young, Fresh & New blog.

    Classified shows the Young, Fresh & New blog some love! from Young, Fresh & New on Vimeo.

    Also, if you are in Toronto – catch Classified on MTV LIVE on Tuesday May 12th. For free tickets call 1.888.491.6888 or email liveaudience@mtv.ca

    On Air: Keri Hilson performs “Knock You Down” with Kanye West

    May 5.09 @ 4:15 am
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    Miss Keri Hilson and Kanye West made it over to David Letterman show last night to perform the hit single “Knock You Down”. This is absolutely one of my favorite songs and its nice to hear Kanye rapping again, although I am a HUGE fan of 808s & Heartbreak. I love Kanye-to-the but have you ever see him without the denim jacket lately? On another note, I’m not feeling current hairstyle and I can’t keep up to date with it. Did anyone notice that Kanye slapped Keri’s ass at the end. First Lil Wayne and now Kanye West? Wow. She got it like that!!!! I ain’t mad girl. Do your thing! Peep the performance below.

    In a Perfection… is available in stores NOW!


    Mixtape Special: Busta Rhymes “I Bullshit You Not”

    May 5.09 @ 1:21 am
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    Bussa Bust has been preparing the release of his eighth album Back On My B.S. which comes out two weeks from today. He just released his mixtape I Bullshit You Not featuring all original production from DJ Scratch. This prelude mixtape features collaborations with Spliff Star, Maino, Show Money, Raekwon, Reek, Uncle Murda and Lil Fame. Some ear catchers are Director’s Cut featuring Uncle Murda and “Bounce Back”.

    I am patiently waiting to hear what Back On My B.S. will sound like. Will it top The Big Bang? I don’t think so but we will see. Back On My B.S. in stores on May 19th. Cop that!



    1. Fate of the World
    2. Director’s Cut featuring Uncla Murda
    3. Let’s Do It featuring Spliff Star
    4. Foreign Currency featuring Maino
    5. Piano Man featuring Spliff Star & Reek
    6. Death Wish featuring Raekwon
    7. Try Your Hand featuring Show Money
    8. The Game Room featuring Lil Fame
    9. Victim
    10. Give A Damn featuring Show Money & Reek
    11. Bounce Back
    12. Feel My Pain

    Listen to Busta Rhymes’- “Director’s Cut” featuring Uncle Murda

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    Music Videos: Lil Kim “Download” featuring T-Pain & Charlie Wilson

    May 4.09 @ 11:09 pm
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    Here is Lil Kim’s anticipated first single “Download” featuring everyone’s favourite collaborator T-Pain and Charlie Wilson. T-Pain wasn’t able to attend the video shoot due to a golf cart accident. This track has not grown on me yet but maybe it will after watching this video a couple of times. (NOT!) The video also features a cameo appearance by Lisa Raye. I love Lil Kim’s attempt to regain her status as one of the baddest female rappers in the game but she has some mean chicks to compete with including my favorite Nicki Minaj (That’s my girl – no homo).

    It is not clear if  “Download” is the first official single for her upcoming album Vintage that is slated for release next year. The Young, Fresh & New blog will keep you posted with her projects! Who knows what Lil Kim will have in store. Check out the video & Enjoy!

    What’s Young, Fresh & New: Wale “Chillin'” featuring Lady Gaga

    May 4.09 @ 4:45 pm
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    wale chillin single cover
    What’s Young, Fresh & New today? – Wale.

    Wale “Chillin'”  featuring Lady Gaga has been on repeat for a few weeks on my iPhone and Zune Player. Who knew that Wale & Lady Gaga could work. “Chillin'” is the first single from Wale’s debut album Attention:Deficit. The HOT production is produced by the Miami duo Cool and Dre. It has been a minute since we have last heard from Cool and Dre. Radio stations and mixtapes have been picking up the track and hopefully we will hear more of Wale in the upcoming weeks.

    Last week, Wale stopped by Toronto for his ADD tour along with Toronto’s own Colin Munroe. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to check out the show but I heard some great feedback. Wale is still on tour, so be sure to check him out in your city.

    • 7 May 2009 -Attention Deficit Tour w/ UCB and Colin Munroe @ LA POISSON ROUGE New York, New York
    • 8 May 2009 -Attention Deficit Tour w/ UCB and Colin Munroe @ HARPERS FERRY Boston, Massachusetts
    • 8 May 2009 – Attention Deficit Tour w/ UCB and Colin Munroe @ PRIVATE SCHOOL SHOW Boston, Massachusetts
    • 9 May 2009 – Attention Deficit Tour w/ UCB and Colin Munroe @ SNEAKER PIMPS SHOW Houston, Texas
    • 10 May 2009 – Attention Deficit Tour w/ UCB and Colin Munroe @ PEAR STREET NIGHTCLUB North Hampton, Massachusetts
    • 12 May 2009  -Attention Deficit Tour w/ UCB and Colin Munroe @ GYPSY HUT Cincinnati, Ohio
    • 13 May 2009  – Attention Deficit Tour w/ UCB and Colin Munroe @ FRANKIES Toledo, Ohio
    • 14 May 2009  – Attention Deficit Tour w/ UCB and Colin Munroe @ SHELTER Detroit, Michigan
    • 15 May 2009  – Attention Deficit Tour w/ UCB and Colin Munroe @ THE HUB Peoria, Illinois
    • 16 May 2009 – Attention Deficit Tour w/ UCB and Colin Munroe @ CARLETON COLLEGE Northfield, Minnesota
    • 17 May 2009  -Attention Deficit Tour w/ UCB and Colin Munroe @ FINE LINE MUSIC CAFE Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • 19 May 2009  – Attention Deficit Tour w/ UCB and Colin Munroe @ HOSS Indianapolis, Indiana
    • 21 May 2009 – Attention Deficit Tour w/ UCB and Colin Munroe @ SKULLYS Columbus, Ohio
    • 22 May 2009  – Attention Deficit Tour w/ UCB and Colin Munroe @ SHADOW LOUNGE Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • 25 May 2009  – Attention Deficit Tour w/ UCB and Colin Munroe @ SONAR

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    Wale performing “Chillin'” at the Mod Club in Toronto – April 26th, 2009

    Album Reviews: Ciara “Fantasy Ride”

    May 4.09 @ 4:38 pm
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    ciara fantasy ride cover

    With constant push back and struggling image and lead singles, Ciara’s long overdue third album Fantasy Ride hits stores tomorrow (May 5th). With singles like “Never Ever” featuring Yung Joc and “Love, Sex & Magic” featuring Justin Timberlake, Super C brought out her alter ego and took it up a notch displaying more of a softer yet sexier side. However, the collaborations featured on this album was an immediate fail. She continues to work with the same artists like Ludacris, Missy Elloit, Chris Brown and so on. I would of love to hear Ciara collaborate with Snoop Dogg, Lloyd, Ron Browz or maybe even Busta Rhymes.

    Fantasy Ride supports many promising tracks with dance-driven, booty popping beats and slow 80’s r&b inspired tracks. “Like A Surgeon” is stamped and benchmarked with influences from the late great Aaliyah and Ginuwine. I know I will be hearing this track on an upcoming DJLissaMonet‘s mixtape. On the other hand, the track featuring Chris Brown “Turntables” is B-A-N-A-N-A-S. It’s a shame with all the drama that Chris Brown is dealing with, this track could of been a potential single. Joints to look out for: “Ciara to the Stage,”  “Like A Surgeon,” “Work” featuring Missy Elliott, “Turntables” featuring Chris Brown,

    Overall, Ciara – Fantasy Ride is a good listen. I am a bit disappointed that Zomba didn’t do a better job of promoting and getting everyone excited about this project. Maybe picking better collaborations for the next album should be looked at carefully. Check out the Ciara “Turntables” featuring Chris Brown track below (Special thanks to 5starhiphop.com for the track) and read the tracklisting.

    Also, how many records do you think Ciara will sell in the U.S.? Canada? Check back next Wednesday with the Soundscan results.

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    Taken from Wikipedia

    Standard edition

    1. “Ciara to the Stage” (Christopher “Tricky” Stewart, Blade, Rodney Richard, Jasper Cameron) – 3:45
    2. “Love Sex Magic” (featuring Justin Timberlake) (The Y’s) – 3:40
    3. “High Price” (featuring Ludacris) (Tricky Stewart, Terius “The-Dream” Nash, Kuk Harrell) – 4:02
    4. “Turntables” (featuring Chris Brown) (Nate “Danja” Hills, Marcella “Ms. Lago” Araica, The Clutch) – 4:31
    5. “Like a Surgeon” (Tricky Stewart, The-Dream) – 4:27
    6. “Never Ever” (featuring Young Jeezy) (Jamal “Polow da Don” Jones, Esther Dean, Elvis Williams) – 4:32
    7. “Lover’s Thing” (featuring The-Dream) (Carlos “LOS” McKinney, The-Dream, Kuk Harrell) – 3:27
    8. “Work” (featuring Missy Elliott) (Danja, M. Araica) – 4:05
    9. “Pucker Up” (Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins) – 3:52
    10. “G Is for Girl (A-Z)” (The Y’s, The Clutch) – 3:37
    11. “Keep Dancin’ on Me” (Tricky Stewart, The-Dream, Kuk Harrell) – 3:33
    12. “Tell Me What Your Name Is” (Luke “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, Benny Blanco) – 3:38
    13. “I Don’t Remember” (Polow da Don, Shaffer “Ne-Yo” Smith, J. Cameron) – 3:47

    Limited deluxe edition

    1. “Echo” (Danja, The Clutch) – 3:38
    2. “I’m On” (DropZone) – 3:56
    3. DVD with exclusive video content.
      I. Behind the scenes at: Photoshoot, Rehearsals, Recording Studio
      II. The Making of: Go Girl, Love Sex Magic, Never Ever
      III. Music Videos: Love Sex Magic, Never Ever, Go Girl

    Music Videos: Eminem “3 A.M.”

    May 4.09 @ 3:00 am
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    Eminem is back with his third single “3 A.M.” off his upcoming release The Relapse. “3 A.M.” has a more darker and in depth tone compared to his last single “We Made You”. Directedby Syndrome,  this video committed to bring back Eminem’s craziness and edge. Who comes up with lyrics like these?

    It’s 3 a.m in the morning/
    Put my key in the door/
    There’s bodies laying all of the floor and/
    I don’t remember how they got there, but I guess I must of killed em, killed em/

    Eminem does!! According to Wikipedia, Eminem will be releasing another albumThe Relapse 2 later on this year as a continuation. Be sure to pick up The Relapse will be available in stores on May 19th. Go get it!

    Peep the video & enjoy!

    Live Performances: Drake performs “Successful” featuring Trey Songz

    May 3.09 @ 11:45 pm
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    Last night, Toronto Rapper Drake was in Atlanta to perform at Loft. Tickets have been sold out for weeks leaving a lot of fans without access to the concert. Concert performers Shameless Plug (Fadia Kader, Bem Joiner, Jerald McBride and Jabari Graham) came up with a brilliant idea to broadcast a live feed of the event for free via XIUniverCity.com. and other websites affliliates. Unfortunately, the live feed was experiencing some technical difficulties but no worries. For those who wanted to see what went down last night, there is always YouTube. I found “Successful” feautring Trey Songz and one of my favourite tracks – A Night Off  (which has been on repeats on my iPhone for months). Check out the videos and let me know what you think.  If you attended the concert, let me know your thoughts.

    Drake “Successful” with Trey Songz

    Drake – A Night Off/Every Girl

    What’s Young, Fresh & New?: Melanie Fiona – Unplugged in the Staircase “GIVE IT TO ME RIGHT”

    May 2.09 @ 1:02 pm
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    What’s Young, Fresh & New is going to be a daily segment of various things that is Young, Fresh & New to me. With that said,  I gotta answer the question:

    What’s Young, Fresh & New????

    Melanie Fiona is.

    Check out her latest YouTube video: Unplugged in the Staircase “GIVE IT TO ME RIGHT” which features the “Human Orchestra”. I love that Melanie is getting recognized for her talent. What more do you need from her? She CAN sing and is a incredible songwriter. She PUTS on for Toronto!!!