Episode 37: The Halloween Episode

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Tune in to Part 1 of Episode 37: 

00:11-3:05 Monster Mash by Boris “B” Pickett

3:05-6:01 Back From The Dead by RiFF RAFF ft. Skepta

6:03- 9:38 Blessings by Chance the Rapper ft. Jamila Woods

9:40-13:09 Lost by Chance the Rapper ft. Noname Gypsy

13:20-15:00 HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! We chat about why Halloween is a lifestyle.

15:20-23:30 We went to Chance The Rapper‘s Vancouver tour stop for his “Colouring Book World Tour” and we chat about the broadway influences of his show, and Chance’s uplifting music.

23:45-28:00 They Cum They Go by Tommy Genesis

28:04-30:58 Classic by Jviden ft. K Forest

31:59-34:10 Devastated by Joey Bada$$

34:11-37:32 LIT by John Orpheus

Tune in to Part 2 of Episode 37: 

02:18-10:15 Halloween always creates some controversy, when people cross cultural boundaries, by borrowing from cultures for their costumes. We discuss what we believe is appropriation for costumes and what is cultural appreciation.

10:20-15:20 Is it possible to exploit your own culture? We chat about whether using your culture to get ahead is seen as exploitative in the same way as appropriation.

16:55-17:15 John Orpheus is a Toronto based artist, whose music makes a statement on pop culture, and our modern ideals in the West. He just released Goldchain Hennessey, a mixtape follow up to his last effort John Orpheus is Dead.

17:16-Toronto area artist Jviden also released some new music this past week. He dropped Pure, which features frequent collaborators like K.Forest and Ashton. The project feels deeply personal, as Jviden takes us through his life over the last few months.

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 

Episode 36: The Birthday episode

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Tune in to part 1 of Episode 36

00:00-4:59 Birthday Song by 2 Chainz ft. Kanye West

5:02-8:16 Celebrate by Anderson Paak

8:17-12:17 Get Uugly by Duckwrth ft. Georgia Ann Muldrow

12:20-17:16 Rare Panther/ Beach House by Duckwrth

17:45-22:05 We both celebrated birthdays in September – under the spell of Mercury Retrograde. We talk about our experiences over the last few weeks, and the ups and downs another year brings.

22:06-23:40 We attended Anderson .Paak‘s “Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals” tour, with special guest Duckwrth. We talk about Anderson .Paak’s musicality, and how he’s more of an entertainer, than a rapper.

23:41- 25:17 Duckwrth has been everywhere lately! Nowness premiered his latest video Rare Panther/ Beach House and he’s toured across North America with Anderson .Paak. We’re so excited for him, and we discuss seeing him perform for the first time.

25:20-31:25 We attended the opening of Witness at the New Media Gallery, and during our time there, we pondered whether electric cats dream of robotic fish?

Tune in to part two of Episode 36

 

00:00-3:09 Violet by Daniel Caesar

3:16-7:07 Death and Taxes by Daniel Caesar

7:33-9:36 We’ve been playing Daniel Caesar on the show since we heard music from his second EP Praise Break. We saw him perform for the first time, and were so excited to hear the music come to life during his performance.

9:46-11:05  Digital artist Pencil Fingerz held an art exhibit showcasing many of his portraits and commissions from hip hop artists. His exhibit was aptly titled “My Creations” and featured works of Frank Ocean and the Underachievers. We discuss checking out his portraits IRL.

11:08 We attended the Vancouver stop of the “Summer Sixteen Tour” featuring Drake, Future, DVSN and Roy Woods. We were most impressed with DVSN’s performance, vocalist has brought the best of ’90s R&B back to life, and it was a nice slow down before Future and Drake turned things back up.

11:18-14:26 Too Deep by DVSN

14:27-19:58 Sept. 5th by DVSN

19:59-24:11 Do It Well by DVSN

24:12 Summer’s Over Interlude by Drake

Summer is over! Tune in to our first fall episode, the Halloween episode on live on October 26 on CiTR 101.9FM in Vancouver. Stream live at citr.ca on the day of the show.

 

 

 

PENCIL FINGERZ PRESENTS HIS PORTRAITS IN “ALL MY CREATIONS”

Pencil Fingerz first caught our attention with his renderings of celebrated rappers and influential figures of our time. He’s been working hard, building up a roster of rapper clients, who are fans of his drawings, done by Wacom tablet. He put on his exhibit “All My Creations” at Fortune Sound Club, and we were treated to an up close look at his art over the past few years.

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Yelawolf is one of PENCIL FINGERZ longest collaborators. The pair have worked on the Slumadian and Slumerican Made your posters, and merchandise. A drawing of Yelawolf, his middle finger prominently on display during Pencil Fingerz art show in Vancouver.

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It’s been less than a year since Pencil Fingerz moved from rural Chilliwack, to Vancouver, and he’s been busy making moves since. His first art show in the city, marked his presence as a Vancouver artist, and it was touchingly well attended by friends and family who came out to show love for their hometown boy.

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Check out review of his debut Vancouver show 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.