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  • New Music: Jay-Z “DOA” (Produced by Kanye West & NO ID) CDQ

    June 5.09 @ 11:48 pm
    Posted By: admin


    (Source: Miss Info)


    We have been waiting patiently for his new single to drop and here it is. Today is a HOT day for HOT 97. First, DJ ENUFF dropped the Mary J. Blige track and now Funk Flex released Jay-z track called “DOA” (aka Death of Autotune) – produced by Kanye West and No ID. A few days ago, it was confirmed that Jay-z will be releasing BluePrint 3 on a FRIDAY- September 9th, 2009 with Warner Music Group.

    I am not going to say anything about this track because it is HEAVYYYY.  Goodbye Autotune – I hope you are gone for GOOOOD! Now where can I get a ribbon? So who will respond to the Death Of Autotune? I wonder if Jay-z will do a remix with Death Cab For Cutie? Peep the track!!!

    NOTE: What’s with everyone using the Steam single “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” sample?

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    Download: Jay-Z “DOA” aka Death Of Autotune

    New Music: Mary J Blige “I’m The One” featuring Drake

    June 5.09 @ 7:00 pm
    Posted By: admin


    Source: Miss Info.tv

    Here is a leak from Mary J. Blige called “I’m The One” featuring Toronto’s own  Drake. DJ Enuff premiered the track on Hot 97 earlier today. It’s a dope song minus the auto-tune. I don’t think auto-tune is going to ever die. Mary J. Blige who clearly doesn’t need it, is using auto-tune. (blah) Drizzy sounds dope as well. Also there’s a track floating around without Drake on it. Not sure which one is official.  Peep the track.

    Do you think the song would sound better without auto-tune?

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    Download: Mary J. Blige “The One” featuring Drake


    Contests: Win a Universal Music Prize Pack (Black Eyed Peas, Electrik Red, Just Dance

    June 5.09 @ 6:30 pm
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    Universal Music Canada +  the Young, Fresh & New blog will be giving away Universal Music Prize Pack (Black Eyed Peas – The End, Electrik Red – How To Be a Lady: Volume 1 and a Just Dance Compliation). To enter the contest – Just answer the question by submitting your answers to contests@theyoungfreshnew.com. The contest will end  on June 11th (12:00 am EST). The winner will be chosen on June 12th.

    Which members from Electrik Red are from Toronto, Canada?

    Black Eyed Peas – The End is out this coming Tuesday and Electrik Red – How To Be a Lady: Volume 1 is out now! Get your copy now!

    New Music: Justin Bieber “One Time”

    June 5.09 @ 5:41 pm
    Posted By: admin


    I have been hearing a lot about Usher’s protege Justin Bieber, a 15 year old is from Stratford, Ontario (Yes he is Canadian). He has been tearing up the YouTube channels that led him to get notice among the industry’s finest – including Usher.

    #6 – Most Subscribed (All Time) – Canada
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    #24 – Most Viewed (This Month) – Musicians – Canada
    #6 – Most Viewed (All Time) – Canada
    #3 – Most Viewed (All Time) – Musicians – Canada
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    Currently, he is working on his new album which includes production from The Dream, Midi Mafia and many others. Here is Justin’s first single “One Time” which is produced by Tricky Stewart. Can you guess what he is talking about without listening to the track? Of course, Puppy Love. Awww So Sweet. One thing I do like about Justin that he can really sing. Not to mention that he can hit notes most women can’t hit. He is someone you should not sleep on. Check it out! Let me know what you think?

    Do you think Justin Bieber is the NEXT Pop/R&B Artist?

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    Download Justin Bieber – One Time


    Events: Blake Carrington LIVE at MANNING (574 College St.)

    June 5.09 @ 3:01 pm
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    Blake Carrington will be performing LIVE at the College Street Bar on Wednesday June 10th,2009. He will be performing tracks off his well received mixtape “Welcome to my World”.  The event will be raising money for the REMIX project and for the video shoot of Blake Carrington’s  new single “Dream Girl”.

    Below is the information.

    Come out and show your support, there will will also be a surprise guest!

    So here is the Rundown:

    Location: 574 College St @ Manning

    Date: Wednesday June 10th,2009

    Spinning will be 2009 Stylus Nominated for Rated Next , Dj James Redi

    Surprise Guest

    Hosted by Ron D


    What more can you really ask for?!

    To download the Blake Carringtons Mixtape “Welcome to my World

    Be sure to check out:

    Presented by RME, TorontoFresh & Valid Point Productions!


    Editorial: Is Screwface The New Face of Hip Hop?!?!?!

    June 5.09 @ 2:55 pm
    Posted By: markdyer

    Written by Mark Dyer

    As I walk into the Sound Academy anxious to catch the newest upcoming artist to start off the Spring/Summer edition of concerts in Toronto. I look around the room and I realize how mixed the crowd is from young to old, women and men are all here for the same reason I decided to dress fresh and purchase this concert ticket. They are all here to witness the full-scaled concert from a Canadian-born artist “Drake”. I found this pretty interesting, seeming that Toronto has been known for being the Screwface Capital. As DJ “Charlie Brown” spins iconic classic records to warm up the crowd, I started to think over how long it took for Toronto to be the pinnacle arena for new artists. Is Toronto becoming the New Face of Hip-hop? Are We really marching behind our “OWN” Artist(s)?


    Say What Now: Spectacular Dancing With A Chair?!?!?!

    June 5.09 @ 2:54 pm
    Posted By: admin

    Spectacular from Pretty Ricky is back with ANOTHER video to prove that he can show the ladies how he can move. Last week in an interview with Kendra G, he did mention that he would be doing more videos and there’s many more to come. (smh). For those who didn’t see the first video, he made a challenge to Day 26, Omarion, Chris Brown, Trey Songz  to see who is the BEST r&b singer around! – Peep the first video here

    In this video – you will see Spectacular wearing black underwear and black socks. Where did the socks come from? But what makes the video very funny is that he is seen having sex with a chair. A CHAIR. Who does that?!?!?! I can’t forget to mention that he has a routine like it’s Gymnastics at the 2008 Summer Olympics. This is a big cry for help that you NEED someone in your life. I wonder what is next..

    Peep the video and vote. Who do you think is the person behind the video? I think it’s the new guy – Lingerie (Why is your name Lingerie anyways?)

    Who do you think is the person behind the camera?

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    Album Sampler: Empire AKA The Fifth Letter Fam – Get It

    June 5.09 @ 2:22 pm
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    A few days ago, Empire aka The Fifth Letter Fam released a sampler for their upcoming album Get It. The sampler features 5 tracks with major productions from Big Sproxx, Amir, Y-Not, Rich Kidd and many more. Last night, I got the chance to finally listen to 10mins sampler which gives a small taste of what’s to come from their album.They really brought the HEAT on this one which compliments the production!! B-A-N-A-N-A-S! Remember Hip Hop is NOT Dead – it lives in the NORTH! (Real Talks) Empire Get It will be available this summer via HHC AKA HIPHOPCANADA DIGITAL/E1/A.W.O.L. Music Inc.

    1. Boom and Pound (First single) (Prod. Big Sproxx)
    2. Co-Sign (Prod. Amir)
    3. One Thing Wrong (Prod. Y-Not)
    4. S.A.R.S. (Prod. Big Sproxx)
    5. Run Up In Da Spot (Prod. Rich Kidd)

    Download: Empire Album Sampler for “Get It”

    Say What Now: Fake Drake Album Sold On iTunes..

    June 5.09 @ 1:31 pm
    Posted By: admin


    Source: Billboard.com

    According to Billboard.com, Fake Drake Albums have been sold over iTunes. (Say What Now?) People are trying to capitalize on Drake since he is the #1 unsigned artist of 2009. It’s been a minute since an artist of his caliber has been making MAJOR waves and a major record label isn’t the one supporting him right now. Actually, it sounds like some NBA draft pick. Drake said it best “Rookie of year, ’06 Chris Paul shit”. Everyone is patiently waiting to see which major label he will call home.  Read below.

    An unauthorized album, “The Girls Love Drake,” which features selections from the Toronto rapper’s mixtape “So Far Gone” and other tracks, was released May 28th by a label called Canadian Money Entertainment and distributed by the Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA) on iTunes, Rhapsody and Amazon.

    Drake’s camp, which is still trying to clear the samples on “So Far Gone” and his two other mixtapes in hopes of selling them in stores, says it didn’t authorize the release.

    If it hadn’t been disqualified on the grounds that it wasn’t confirmed as being an official album, “The Girls Love Drake” would have debuted this week at No. 101 on the Billboard 200, NO. 16 on the Digital Albums chart and No. 1 on the Heatseekers tally. “Best I Ever Had” and “Every Girl” (credited to Young Money), two tracks on the mixtape that have previously charted, appear on this week’s Hot Digital Songs chart thanks to downloads of “The Girls Love Drake.” Additionally, “Best I Ever Had” jumps 60-18 on the Billboard 200, while “Every Girl” leaps 75-35, although chart experts predict they will both drop again once the unofficial album is no longer available.

    After finding the album on iTunes, Drake’s management sent a cease-and-desist notice to the retailer, which has since removed it. At press time, the album was still available on Rhapsody and Amazon, although Drake’s manager Al Branch says he’s having it removed from these retailers as well.

    Read the rest of the article here

    Mixtape Special: J Cole – (The Warm Up To) The Warm Up Mixtape

    June 5.09 @ 1:16 pm
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    A few days ago, I got a chance to listen to this upcoming rapper J Cole who is currently signed to Jay-z’ Roc Nation. Jermaine Cole aka J Cole, a native of North Carolina recently released his mixtape – (The Warm Up To) The Warm Up. Now you know if Jay-z co-signs someone, this person has to be HUGE. And you are right! J Cole is NEXT up. In a recent interview with Complex Magazine, he starting rapping at the age of 12 with a similar style to Master P. As he got older, he was in influence by 2Pac, Nas & Canibus. Now at the age of 24, he is on his grind to do “By Any Means Necessary” Read more on the interview on Complex Magazine – here

    J Cole released his video “Grown Simba”. The video is directed by BB Gun. Love the video!!! It’s makes you understand what he is really trying to say. Pay attention people!

    Watch the video below & download the mixtape! NOW!

    Light skin is backkkkkkkkkkk!!!

    Track Listing:

    1. Grown Simba
    2. Serenade
    3. Til Infinity
    4. Dollar and A Dream II
    5. Just to Get By
    6. I Get Up
    7. Royal Flush
    8. Song for the Ville
    9. Really Mean It
    10. In The Morning
    11. Show Me Somethin
    12. I’m Comin
    13. BONUS – Jazmine Sullivan -“I Need You” featuring J Cole.

    Download: J Cole – The Warm Up Sampler – Mixtape

    That’s What’s Up: Krys Ivory @ Ryan Leslie & Drake Show – Cal State University

    June 4.09 @ 2:33 pm
    Posted By: admin

    Next Selection Artist and Cancer Survivor Krys Ivory made a special appearance over the weekend at the Ryan Leslie & Drake show at Cal State University. She is a native of Los Angeles and she described this performance to be very emotional. Not only did she perform in her hometown but it was the first time performong with Ryan Leslie. Krys has a beautiful voice and I can’t wait to hear more of her music.

    Be sure to keep up to date with Krys Ivory on her blog – krysivory.com & Twitter – twitter.com/krysivory

    Ryan Leslie Intros Krys Ivory @ Cal State University from Ryan Leslie on Vimeo.

    Events: Calling All Urban Artists.. UMAC Wants You! (Canadians Only)

    June 4.09 @ 2:18 pm
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    UMAC (The Urban Music Association of Canada) has partnered with Nettwerk Music Group to present Urban X-Posure: Triple Threat.  The winner of the event will get an opportunity to sign a digital singles deal with Nettwerk Music Group and will go on a Canadian Tour. What a great opportunity right? Peep the details below.

    In 2007, 2 of the very first performers to make it to the final 3 of UMAC’s Urban X-Posure were Young Drizzy, ya man Drake, and Isis of ThunderHeist! Look at them now! The Association is not resting on its laurels & either should you! Back again is Urban X-Posure, bigger, stronger & better than ever!

    UMAC, The Urban Music Association of Canada, creates a partnership with Nettwerk Music Group to bring you Urban X-Posure: Triple Threat. Call for submissions begins Monday, June 1, 2009 & ends 12:00am, Monday, June 15, 2009, NO EXCEPTIONS!

    Upcoming and emerging artists nationwide will have the chance to exhibit their talent to industry heavyweights and consumers at large. The winner of Urban X-Posure will have the opportunity to sign a digital singles deal with Nettwerk Music Group and embark on a cross country Canadian tour.

    Be sure to take part in Urban X-Posure by sending in one mp3, a photo, a short 100-word bio and your contact information, as well as a $25 submissions / processing fee for non-UMAC member solo artists & $50 for non-UMAC groups to uxsubmissions@umacunited.com for an opportunity to compete in the national competition. Urban X-Posure: Triple Threat offers free submissions to current UMAC members.

    Payment can be made by PayPal & e-banking Interact only. Those who absolutely need to send hard copy submissions, inclusive of applicable payment via money order, can do so at UMAC, 675 King Street West, Suite 210, Toronto, M5V 1M9.

    UX takes place on Saturday July 4, 2009 inside Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Toronto.

    You Can’t Complain If You’re Not In The Game!!!

    Supported by UMAC Strategic Partners:

    Hip Hop Canada, Fusicology, The Real Frequency, OTA Live & Droppin’ Dimez!