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Check out part two of E's latest 'Queens Chronicles' video blog. Seriously. E and Sav's net game is stupid vicious. Inspiring.
So y'all know that Eternia is one of our favourite people/MCs/Canadians, so any time folks take the time to interview her, we gonna post that. Dope interview, as usual. E is an inspiration.
So Toronto turned it out for Manifesto this Sunday just passed. I wasn't able to check out most of the events during the week, but I heard great things about the film festival and the Jean Grae gig.
The main event was on Sunday 26th September, an all ages, all day affair at Yonge & Dundas Square, the largest public square in the city (Toronto's equivalent of Times Square). The line up was incredible...but I'll get to that.
I rocked up late to unfortunately miss our landlord Suundjaye and soul vocalist Aria kill it in the early afternoon with the sun blazing and a solid crowd already forming. We also missed the homegirl Masia One rocking with Miss Jessica Kaya, but managed to be front and centre for one of my favourite MCs (and human beings), Eternia murder her set with DJ Law, and special guests Tona and Maestro Fresh Wes (with Crazy Legs even making a guest appearance). When she jumped off stage and made her way through the crowd Moses-style, folks just lost it. Powerful.
The headliners were incredible. With the entire square packed solid (check the photo above, taken from the Jack Astor's patio), Jay Electronica took the stage with most of the crowd mouthing the words to every jam. Both 'Exhibit A' and 'Exhibit C', performed as a medley at the end of his set, went retarded crazy with Jay performing from the middle of the crowd, and the beat dropping out at the end of each song so dude could spit acapella. Clearly the 30 minute set allotment wasn't enough for Jay, as he was pushing to keep performing but it would have cut into Black Thought's set, so he jumped off (I later heard that there was some negativity towards Jay's cussing at a family friendly event).
Black's set was more of a party b-boy thing, but he still kicked it off with 'The Next Movement' and proved why he's one of the illest in the game, period. Every time I've seen Tariq perform, he's been incredible, so there's not much more to say except that witnessing this legend perform his craft is never anything short of amazing.
I gotta shout out the organisers of Manifesto - to organise a week-long Hip Hop/urban festival, and top it off with a free, all day concert (11 hours!) at the largest city in Canada's biggest public square is nothing short of incredible. Cannot wait til next year, and fingers crossed The Movement Fam will be involved...
Check some of the performances after the jump.
Extremely glad we here for this right now. WHAT UP, E? Peep the info after the jump...
"You know that face you got, when a real gritty, rugged track came on and you just mean-mugged to the rhythm of the track? Like, you were feeling it, but you were feeling the rapper’s disgust for whatever it may be. Well, Eternia, one of hip hop’s elite female lyricists, can and will make any listener do that. Why? Because she’s mean on the mic, fierce with her poetry, and relentless with her assault.
Always representing Toronto to the fullest extent, E has enjoyed quite the successful year as herself and MoSS (producer) finally released their much anticipated album At Last on the legendary Fat Beats Records. The album has a variety of features ranging from Rah Digga, Rage (Lady of Rage), Jessica Kaya, Tona, Maestro, Joell Ortiz,Termanology, Reef The Lost Cauze, as well as Tiye Pheonix, Jean Grae and Ras Kass on remixes.
Not jaded by the critical acclaim and fan satisfaction, E stays real with it, “I do one thing, and one thing only, and that is emcee. That’s it.” And that she does well. Always on the cusp of being undoubtedly one of Toronto’s finest, Eternia has definitely garnered plenty of attention in her other hometown, New York. A scene where the underground is big, if not bigger, than the mainstream facet, Eternia knows the importance of showing T Dot talent to the world. “People weren’t watching Toronto until recently,” E says with Manifesto TV, “Our artists are different.” While Manifesto attempts to bridge the two hip hop communities of New York and Toronto together, Eternia is living proof that it is accomplishable. Catch her at the Manifesto Main Event, September 26th, 2010 at Dundas Square in Downtown Toronto."
Y'all know we got MAD love for E at TheMovementFam.com. Check this latest video and the jump for the details:
"She jumped the fence in a miniskirt!?!? Now THAT's Hip Hop!"
Eternia w/ DJ Boo performs new "AT LAST" tracks, offers an intense accapella, & jumps into the crowd at Rock Steady Crew's 33rd Anniversary Concert this past Sunday (Lincoln Park, NJ). Much Respect to Big Zoo & Vice Verses of the EoDub Fam for hosting all of RSC & holding E down on stage!
"AT LAST" Digital CD on iTunes:
(or Key Word Search 'Eternia MoSS' in iTunes Store)
"AT LAST" Physical CD at Fat Beats:
ALL MEDIA & BOOKING INQUIRIES:
Video is blazin', the track is a straight up banger. But on the real, I'm after those introspective real joints where E shines the most. I love a bit of shit talkin' raps, though. Can't wait for the album. Hope it drops Down Under in late June, Silky!
I've been maaaaad lazy and didn't even post the two joints Eternia & MoSS leaked from their upcoming album 'At Last', so my bad on that. First up, shouts to E and MoSS for inking a deal with Fat Beats for their album! Been a long time coming.
So the decision was made; we’re going overseas. Awesome. Just saying it out loud made me excited as all hell. I didn’t wanna come home when we lived in Toronto and travelled for 12 months, so since then I’ve always been jealous of folks saying ‘Yeah, I’m going overseas next month’. Shit killed me. Now I was that annoying prick going on a holiday. Boom. Happy campers, we were.
But this wasn’t just a regular holiday. When the haze of excitement eventually passed, I realised how much work it would be to actually put this together. Not only did we need to arrange the logistics, but we had appointments to arrange. Where the fuck do we even start? That was the first thing that came to mind. So I thought logically. We were only going to visit cities where we had contacts; like I said, this wasn’t no umbrella-in-your-drink vacation. So we knew we had folks in Miami, Toronto, Atlanta (DJ Grain, now part of The Movement Fam, is in the A-Town) and New York that would be worth visiting. That’s a good starting point.
Emailing time. This is where my networking skills (or lack thereof) would really come into play. I hit up damn never everyone I knew to get them to put me in touch with damn near everyone they knew. Now, being that this is the music business and I was dealing with artists, producers and the like, I knew this could take a long ass time. Lucky it was like May and we didn’t plan to leave until September. This was a useful exercise, as it really showed who my friends were. I know that if I had some folks overseas who were coming out here, I’d do my best to put them in touch with everyone possible, so I was hoping for the same.
I gotta shout out Eternia, who probably spent a good hour or two of her precious time (the girl is busy!) putting together a list of damn near everyone she knew in Toronto and New York. That list was one of the most useful tools that I had at my disposal in planning this trip, and I can’t thank her enough. She’s a true friend, big ups! Also, my dudes Kevin Nottingham and Travis Glave (Wake Your Daughter Up! Blog) were invaluable, as they worked real hard to put us in touch with a gang of folks that came through the goods in the end.
So already, after talking with three main friends in the business in the US and Canada, I had things moving. Wow, this wasn’t looking to be so difficult after all. Or so it seemed. I would estimate that in total, I probably hit up around 100-150 individuals in all sectors of the music industry, all over Canada and the US (including Hawaii). I must have spent a week staying up til midnight after work every night sending emails like a crazy person. Not only to the folks I had been put in contact with, but hitting up random radio stations in cities all over the place (which I got a list of from Wikipedia, of all places). Once I had contacted everyone on my lists, all there was to do was wait.
Of course, this wasn’t just a once off activity. This was a constant thing from May until right up to when we left, and even while we were on the trip we were still trying to arrange meetings and stuff. I reckon I probably got a 5-10% response rate, which is probably better than most direct mail campaigns. So I was happy with that. Plus, you can’t really expect random folks to really wanna help out unknown artists from Australia on a whim (or an email); although that was how it panned out at times.
So with the contacting industry heads side of things underway, we had to get the logistics issues sorted (which we couldn’t do much with until meetings, radio spots, etc were locked in), and of course, finalising two mixtapes in the space of two to three months, all the while working full time. Goddamn.
Plug of the week: The homie DJ Hyphen in Seattle has a dope ass blog, The Audacity of Dope, and he featured both our mixtapes after we appeared on his show:
Notion – World Domi-NoTiOn (http://www.theaudacityofdope.com/2008/09/16/notion-world-domi-notion-mixtape/)
Cee & Bekah – The Soul Movement Volume 2 (http://www.theaudacityofdope.com/2008/09/17/cee-bekah-the-soul-movement-vol-2/)
So until next time, listen to Raheem DeVaughn. I am right now. He’s soothing. Pause.
The Movement Fam.
So I slept on this for a week or so. E is my homegirl, and she is a damn beast on the mic. Can't wait for the MoSS album.
Oh it's here!! The homegirl Eternia dropped her first free mixtape in a minute - possible ever? - Get Caught Up. Presented by 2DopeBoyz and the big homie Kevin Nottingham. Tracklist and link after the jump.
These are not ‘pop’ songs. These are not video singles. These are not Top 10 hits.
This is the heart and soul of why I do what I do when I do it. This is a personal offering.
It’s my huge THANK YOU to all of the people who have supported the Eternia & MoSS: “ROAD TO RELEASE” video episodes online over the last 6 months. I hand-picked these songs from the past decade, b/c I felt they are overlooked, they are the most personal to my life, and they reveal my growth as an artist.
To those that this mix was made for: ENJOY.
Please feel free to spread this content freely! Special Thx to DJ Sav One, DJ Law, Kupiart, 2DopeBoyz, KN & B. Fresh for makin' this happen!
This project is exciting for us for a couple reasons - one, it's through our big homie Kev's site; and two, it's for the homegirl Eternia! Vibed to have some new tunes from one of my favourite MCs on the planet. 'Foul Child' is a banger, and uses the Big L sample how it's s'posed to be done. Stay tuned for the full mixtape on December 15th!
Check out Eternia on Twitter.
What up, E? Check my girl out on Twitter!
"In Episode #13 the world is introduced to super-producer MoSS. Admittedly an elusive cat, MoSS appears w/ Eternia on FLOW 93.5 FM in Toronto to debut the world premiere of a song from "AT LAST". DJ Premier, Termanology & Statik Selektah speak on why MoSS is that dude, & MoSS gets excited over some banned vinyl from Chile. Just another day in the studio...
Man, Eternia has got to be one of the hardest working people in the game right now. Check her latest move...
"We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Programming for a sneak peak into the making of the music video "GENDER BENDER" feat. Eternia & Miz Metro. A lead single off J.J. Brown's forthcoming album "Connect the Dots", "GENDER BENDER" is a playful look at gender roles in Hip Hop & on the road. J.J.'s album also features Gym Class Hero's frontman Travis McCoy, rap legend Craig G., Reef the Lost Cauze, Poison Pen, Louis Logic & more! In Stores Nov. 10, 2009! "