One of the highlights of 2014 for The Fam was headlining the All Canadian Port Hope Jazz Festival at the tail end of the summer. On September 6th, Cee, Notion and Digital Junkie were blessed with the opportunity to rock for the entire Saturday night in a large tent in the park. An hour outside of Toronto, Port Hope is a small town with a huge appetite for music - and a three hour headlining set from a couple of rappers from Australia was most definitely something the townsfolk don't get to see too often.
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'Pride On My Cufflinks' is a milestone in the now 30 year old MC's career. The EP showcases both Notion's lyrical prowess and his production skills, all the while soaking up his rollercoaster ride experience of leaving his life in Australia and moving to Canada to pursue his music. The often dark yet sparse soundscapes make way for his potent, thought provoking narratives, garnished with equal parts optimism and concern for the future. Production comes courtesy of the USA's Remot (Kidz In The Hall, K-Os), Hungary's Diaz & Sima, Sydney's P.R and of course, Notion handles the vast majority of the work. The guestlist is as international as Notion himself; Ohio's Copywrite, Southern California's Gravity Christ, Australia's NeeQ, Toronto's iLLvibe and B3auu, the legendary DJ Grouch, and Notion's older brother Cee. This project is the perfect appetizer before Notion drops his debut LP, 'Heart On My Sleeve Music', in summer 2014.
The Movement Fam proudly presents Notion's debut music video for 'So Cold'. Directed and shot by Andrew Pierce in Toronto, Canada, shouts to the homies Eric, Ian and Jesse for making it happen, and much love to Shauna and Tiff (our lovely ladies). Y'all can cop the audio of the song free on Notion's Bandcamp.
On Wednesday August 15th, I finally dropped my debut music video as a solo artist. Made in conjunction with the folks at Horse Bliss, we knocked out the video for my first solo cut 'Pot Of Gold' in a few hours in Toronto, Canada, and I'm stoked how dope it came out. We hit more than 400 views in like 5 days, which was amazing. Thanks to everyone who made this happen - Dave Dunville, Josh Telfer, Notion, Tiffany Alexis, Iskander Ben Amor, Eric, Shauna, Karsten and the rest of the crew. Watch 'Pot Of Gold (Horse Bliss Exclusive)' at the Horse Bliss Vimeo page.
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.
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.
Aight, for those who haven't signed up to The Fam eNewsletter (chuck your email addy in on the right side there), here's what just went out yesterday: Notion - Some People Hate
The homie from Balitmore, Tokyo Cigar, just dropped a new album called 'Operation: Remix The Remix (The Devastator Prequel)'. Both Cee and Notion laced joints on here; Cee collabed with Tokyo on 'The Layer Cake', while Nosh rocked it solo on the freestyle tip. Another free download from Tokyo's Bandcamp!
Now off to the other side of the pond. Straight outta the UK, the homie FlamesYall dropped his anticipated 'InternationYall' album, featuring MCs from the US, Canada, UK, Luxembourg and Australia. Cee contributed a solo cut 'SatisfiedJust...', his first solo joint since 2002 (shouts to Tiff). Of course, this is yet another free download from FlamesYall's Bandcamp page.