Episode 38: Rappers in Fashion

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Tune in to Part 1 of Episode 38: 

1:00-4:45 Good Drank by 2 Chainz ft. Quavo and Gucci Mane

04:53-08:55  Sneakin’ by Drake ft. 21 Savage

08:45-12:00 Fade by Kanye West ft. Post Malone

13:55-18:25 We caught Post Malone’s show, sponsored by Red Bull and we discuss how tours differ, when they’re sponsored by brands.

18:25-21:42 Majid Jordan has a predominantly female fanbase, and they were out in full force at their Vancouver stop. We review their show and try to decipher what makes them feel like boybands in the ’90s.

21:43  Make it Work by Majid Jordan

Tune in to Part 2 of Episode 38: 

00:00-02:55  Strive by A$AP Ferg ft. Missy Elliott

03:20-9:30 A$AP Ferg is one of the more popular members of the A$AP Mob, and his latest album “Always Strive and Prosper” was a nod to the group that was founded by deceased leader A$AP Yams. We attended Ferg’s concert a few days after the mob released Cozy Tapes: Vol. 1 Friends, and his show was definitely a high octane party.

9:35-14:55  A$AP Rocky is definitely a fashion rapper, who’s been embraced by high fashion, and who reciprocates by dropping brand after brand into his raps. We delve into the history of high fashion and rap, and the artists who paved the way for Rocky and the like. We also discuss whether this is a fad, or here to stay.

14:55-17:50 Bachelor by A$AP Rocky ft. MadeinTYO, Lil Yachty and Offset

17:51-21:02  Art Hoe by Tommy Genesis

21:00-We discuss Tommy Genesis’s appeal as a fashion rapper. She’s just come off of a Calvin Klein campaign, as well as appearing in Teen Vogue and in Carine Roitfield’s fashion book.

23:00 Our next show is on December 14th and it’s all about the holidays. We hope you tune in live from 11:00 PM-12:00 AM

23:55-28:55 A declaration by Clairmont the Second

MAJID JORDAN RELISH IN THEIR SEX SYMBOL STATUS

MAJID JORDAN’s performance reminds us of boy bands in the ‘90s. There’s no synchronized choreography, or cheesy harmonizing, but there are hordes of screaming, wanton women in the audience, and the duo seemingly can’t get enough. The duo feed off of the feminine energy, and Majid especially so, as he gyrated on stage with longing looks, that every audience member thought was to them. The entire OVO brand seems to be based off of catering to a female audience, and it keeps the fans coming back in droves, every time they’re in town to perform

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Majid Al Maskati is a Bahrain born and raised singer/songwriter who moved to Toronto to pursue a business degree. A chance meeting with Jordan Ullman at a bar during Majid’s 21st birthday party, led to them working on music, as a duo under the name Good People. After renaming their act Majid Jordan, they began releasing their synth heavy, downtempo R&B, which caught the ears of producer Noah Shebib. Majid’s vocals sounded ethereal on Drake’s Hold On We’re Going Home off of his Nothing Was The Same EP. It was a breakout track for both Majid and Jordan and fast tracked them to releasing their own music under Drake’s OVO label.

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Jordan Ullman is a Toronto born and bred producer extraordinaire, and one half of Majid Jordan. He’s responsible for the moody sound that has become a signature for the duo, and he was creating for Drake since he was a teenager. Jordan is a classically trained pianist and as he stood up on this futuristic, star-trek looking platform that housed his keyboard, he stood with all the confidence of a maestro.

With the release of their self- titled debut album this year, Jordan and Majid are stepping out from the OVO shadow, and crafting their own vibes.

Tune in to Episode 38 of TSG:OA for a recap of Majid Jordan’s show at the Commodore Ballroom.

 

CHANCE THE RAPPER DELIVERS BLESSINGS ON TOUR

In 2016, Chance the Rapper has: performed at major festivals like Bonnaroo, and Made in America, thrown his own Magnificent Coloring Day festival in Chicago, landed a global ad campaign with Kenzo X H&M, and petitioned the Grammy awards to include streaming only music. This would be a monumental year for any artist, but it’s historic for an artist that has remained independent.

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“Are you ready for your blessing!” is how Chance begins his show, telling more so than asking his audience. Receiving blessings was the them of the night, as Chance recounted his own torrid path before he reached his own blessing. All the talk of blessings, newfound redemption and higher powers gave him the feel of a preacher at his pulpit, and his message wasn’t lost on the sold out crowd in Vancouver.

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Chance the Rapper’s concert felt like an off Broadway revival of Avenue Q, as he was joined onstage by puppets that bantered, flirted, danced, and sang with him on stage. His inclusion of the characters in his live show was a nod to the childlike innocence and optimism in his raps – optimism that is very needed in hip hop right now.

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For a full recap of Chance’s performance, check out Episode 37 of The Screen Girls On Air

DANIEL CAESAR REDEFINES THE R&B CROONER

Oshawa born, Toronto based artist DANIEL CAESAR was on our radar after he released Praise Break in 2014. We were instantly hooked, by his lulling falsetto and his range, as much gospel and soul as contemporary R&B. We saw him perform live in Vancouver, and the album came alive under the bright lights of the Biltmore Cabaret as he began to sing Violet, backed by a live band.

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Last year, DANIEL CAESAR followed up Praise break by releasing Pilgrim’s paradise, in which the cover art depicts him free falling into nothingness. The existential tone of the cover carries over into the material, as Danny explores coming of age and questions the religious overtones of his upbringing.

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Daniel Caesar performs with the animated prescience of an artist who’s already released two platinum albums, won a Grammy, married an actress and divorced her in a very public way. Perhaps his confidence stems from his realization of his gift and the emotions that his powerful voice can elicit. Whatever it is, it was palpable in the room, as we watched him command a packed room, in his his olive green jumpsuit.

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Catch a review of his performance on Episode 36 of TSG:OA 

Day 3 Osheaga artist highlight: Skepta

Skepta has a seen a banner year, since his album Konnichiwa was released in May. He’s been one of the most recognizable names in grime for nearly a decade, but the state side crossover of North America began to take shape when grime gained traction globally over the last two years. Co-signs from American rapper Kanye West and Drake exposed him to hip hop fans, and the masses were quick to accept Skepta into the fold as one of 2016’s most exciting rappers to watch.

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Skepta took the Green stage (Scene Verte)  on the last and hottest day of Osheaga weekend.  Skepta at Osheaga

Skepta performed of the tracks from his latest album Konnichiwa, which has resonated well globally.

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Skepta stayed true to his casual style in grey sweatpants and a white tee.

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Skepta’s show set off a party vibe, which perhaps was more suited to an evening slot, as the sun was still bearing down on Parc Jean-Drapeau, and fans definitely needed a cool down, after moshing along to his raps.