Once again curated by Cee and Tiffany Alexis, the mixtape takes you on a journey that perfectly complements the most romantic night of the year. With synth pop from UK alt R&B baritone Kwabs to trap soul from Bryson Tiller, smooth future soul from IAMNOBODI to reggae-infused rock from Joss Stone, minimal indie pop from Banks to moving slow jams from Aussie Jarryd James, thug love songs from Sean Price (RIP) to island vibes from Jonathan Emile, 'The Valentine's Day Mixtape Volume 8' has something for every taste.
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So on March 15th, 2011, myself (Cee), Notion and Bekah (as The Movement Fam at the time) filmed our first music video for the tune 'Ain't No Mountain', from Cee & Bekah's 'The Soul Movement Originals' album. After constant setbacks and delays, last year I managed to retrieve the footage from the cameraman, and this year I finally found an editor to put it all together for us. And even though this tune is from an older project and the video was delayed, the message and the song itself hasn't dated a bit. We feel it's only right that on the two year anniversary of shooting the video, we release it for y'all.
"What better way to wrap up 2012 (the world might even end tomorrow, who knows?) than to drop an original track for y'all? This song was originally written and recorded in 2007 for my boy's compilation album. It kinda kicked around since then; I tried to finish it a few times, it just never worked. Until now. Weapon X is prolly my favourite MC out of Australia, and one of my biggest inspirations, so it was a blessing to work with dude. Stoked that it came out how it did. Enjoy." Free Download: Cee - My Dreams x Weapon X (Produced by Mack Sitty)
Ah yeah. Time for October's new goddamn joint. 'ATLiens' is one of my favourite albums of all time, so I cut up the two illest joints from it and made them into a new one. This is the first track I've recorded in my new studio in Montreal, and it was dope to be able to speak on some of the shit I've been dealing with in the move from TO to MTL.
Ah yeah. I STAYS late, pimp. This is my September joint. It was from the Cee & Bekah 'The Soul Movement Volume 3' sessions, but we ran out of room on the tape for it. I really wanted to find a way to get it out, so this seemed like the perfect fit. 'The College Dropout' is one of my favourite and most influential albums of all time, so I had to go in on this one.
It's up on iTunes right now and it's only $0.99 - bargain, eh. Maybe $1.69 in Australia. Bastards stay jackin' up prices.
Yeah, son. So in the span of four months, I managed to drop three volumes of my debut mixtape series and create a piece of art with both the music and the visuals that were solely conceived of by myself (of course with the help of Nosh [mixing/mastering], Josh [photography/art] and Tiff [model/support] to make it happen). I'm really proud of this shit. I've only ever been in groups since I started recording and performing 10 years ago (goddamn, time flies eh), so to go solo was a huge step for me. This third and final volume sees the culmination of the 27 songs of the series, completing The Indie Experiment. There's a bit of a mix of tunes on this one; about my girl, my city, my art, my stories, some shit talking, and some truth. I think it caps it off nicely.
Yup, late again on these posts. But I just moved to another province so that's my excuse this month. Aight so I dropped a joint with my brother Notion last month over this cut that Miguel released on his 'Art Dealer Chic Volume 2' mixtape called 'Broads'. He left the verses open so we just went in. The quality of the beat was pretty shithouse, so Nosh did what he could with it. Good for a laugh, anyway. Cop it free from www.ceetmf.com, cunts.
Of course, even though the blog has been out of action, the hustle hasn't quit. June was the last month of my monthly cuts leaking from 'The Indie Experiment' series, so get ready for some fresh shit come July.
Sigh. Once again, my bad on the extremely delayed post... This is the first volume of a three volume series of mixtapes where I try to do something that I haven't heard anyone else do; rap over indie rock/electro/dubstep/alternative/folk/indie songs, while leaving the original tune intact and integrating my rhymes with the theme of the tracks. It's also my first ever solo mixtape release, so I hope y'all dig it.
My project is called 'The Indie Experiment'. Over the last couple of years, I picked up the guitar again (I've been playing on and off since I was 9) and discovered rock/indie/electro/alternative music, and it had a huge affect on me. I decided that I wanted to undertake my first ever solo project by adding my vocals to some of my favourite indie tunes, but instead of chopping the songs up like most rappers tend to do, I left the original song intact and placed my vocals around those of the artist, creating a whole new dichotomy for the song.
Shouts to the homie LE for putting me onto Toronto native The Weeknd. Dude reminds me of The-Dream something crazy. I've been bumping this all day and it's growing on me the more I listen to it. Here are some of my faves, but be sure to download the free album 'House Of Balloons' from The Weeknd's website.
Marsha is incredible. This is the second single from her upcoming solo album 'Late Nights & Early Mornings', and one that is really personal. The video tells the story of her friend who committed suicide due to bullying for his sexual orientation. It's an extremely powerful song and the video is nothing short of moving. Can't wait for this album.
Who says Aussies don't make hot R&B? Check out the homie Mutu's video for his debut single 'Familiar', which should be all over Aussie radio by the time you see this...
I've been in love with Ms Sullivan since I first her wail a couple years back. 'Fearless' was my favourite album of 2008, so I'm understandably excited about her new joint, 'Love Me Back', which drops November 2nd. Check the tracklisting and cover art below, and of course the video for the first single 'Holding You Down (Goin' In Circles)' above, which utilises the awesomeness that is Ms Blige.
Tracklisting: 1. Holding You Down (Goin’ In Circles) 2. 10 Seconds 3. Good Enough 4. Don’t Make Me Wait 5. Love You Long Time 6. Redemption 7. Excuse Me 8. U Get On My Nerves 9. Stuttering 10. In Vain 11. Famous 12. Luv Back