September 30, 2009

On My Retro Ish!!!: Mr. T Cereal

Who Sampled???: Ramon Morris

Quote Of The Day: Fate

“Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.”

- Franklin D. Roosevelt
American 32nd US President

September 29, 2009

Who Sampled???: Marvin Gaye

Quote Of The Day: Defeat

“Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.”

- Wilma Rudolph
First American woman Runner to win three gold medals at a single Olympics

September 28, 2009

Props Due: Buckwild

When it comes to that classic boom bap production names like Primo, Pete Rock, and The Rza come to mind but I think props are due for one of my personal favourites. DITC's own Buckwild. On the low the BX representative has laced everyone from Big L ("Put On"), to O.C. ("Time's Up"), to Jay-z ("Lucky Me"),to Notorious B.I.G ("I Got A Story To Tell") and so on and so on. His resume can only be described in one word "Legendary". It's on my "dream list" to work with Buck but until that happens here are a few of my favourite joints.

Monday Mood Music: Inner City

Who Sampled???: Grover Washington Jr.

LOL!: Mr. Hat Hair

I've heard of bed head but this guy takes it to the next level. LOL!

Quote Of The Day: Forgiveness

“He who is devoid of the power to forgive, is devoid of the power to love.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.
American Baptist Minister and Civil-Rights Leader

September 26, 2009

Homegrown Classics:

Quote Of The Day: Friendships

“Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great.”

- Mark Twain
American Humorist, Writer and Lecturer. 1835-1910

September 25, 2009

On My Retro Ish!!!: New York Undercover

Back On my ish! Okay back when I used to worship the crack that is television the one show that I "NEVER" missed was New York Undercover. Every week Detectives J.C. Williams and Eddie Torres would go undercover fighting crime on the mean streets of New York City. NYU was a show that broke stereotypes often associated with Hip Hop. Williams & Torres represented individuals driven to their call of duty who also embraced the style, the music and the diverse culture of Hip Hop. Before I could hit up the club the place to see the flyest wears and the hottest artists of the time was New York Undercover. The cameos were some of Hip Hop's biggest stars such as Ice-T, The Notorious B.I.G, Mary J. Blige and so many more. Fox had it locked every Thursday. And the Soundtrack!? Strictly classic material. Unfortunately NYU's run was cut short after four years (1994-1998) but if you're lucky you can still catch the show in syndication.Times change but As always I'm "On My Retro Ish!"

Take notes, you might just learn something.


Future Flashback: Wrecks-N-Effect - New Jack Swing

The Power Of Words - Marvin Gaye - What's Goin' On

Mother, mother
There's too many of you crying
Brother, brother, brother
There's far too many of you dying
You know we've got to find a way
To bring some lovin' here today - Ya

Father, father
We don't need to escalate
You see, war is not the answer
For only love can conquer hate
You know we've got to find a way
To bring some lovin' here today

Picket lines and picket signs
Don't punish me with brutality
Talk to me, so you can see
Oh, what's going on
What's going on
Ya, what's going on
Ah, what's going on

In the mean time
Right on, baby
Right on
Right on

Father, father, everybody thinks we're wrong
Oh, but who are they to judge us
Simply because our hair is long
Oh, you know we've got to find a way
To bring some understanding here today

Picket lines and picket signs
Don't punish me with brutality
Talk to me
So you can see
What's going on
Ya, what's going on
Tell me what's going on
I'll tell you what's going on - Uh
Right on baby
Right on baby

Quote Of The Day: Power

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any”

- Alice Walker
Author, The Colour Purple

LOL!: Homey D. Clown

"Homey Don't Play That!" LOL!

Nike SB - Blazer Premium - Aquamarine - Electrolime

Who Sampled???: Debarge

September 24, 2009

Video - Tupac Shakur: The Lost Footage pt.4

Quote Of The Day: Pressure

“No matter how tough, no matter what kind of outside pressure, no matter how many bad breaks along the way, I must keep my sights on the final goal, to win, win, win -- and with more love and passion than the world has ever witnessed in any performance.”

-Billie Jean King
Tennis Player, considered to be one of the greatest female tennis players in history

Late Pass: Fashawn

Representing the West Coast Fashawn has been on the grind for minute. Here is the video for "Life as a Shorty." Be sure to support his debut album "Boy Meets World.", in stores October 20th.

September 23, 2009

Quote Of The Day: Fear

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

- Marianne Williamson
Author and Lecturer

Video - Drake feat. Kanye West, Eminem & Lil’ Wayne – Forever

Who Sampled???: Issac Hayes

September 22, 2009

Video: Tupac - The Lost Footage Pt.3

Lost Footage Pt 1

Lost Footage Pt 2

Quote Of The Day: Luck

“Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.”

- Oprah Winfrey
Television personality,Actress and Producer

Who Sampled???: Soul II Soul

September 21, 2009

Quote Of The Day: Time

“Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

-Steve Jobs
Entrepreneur Apple co-Founder

When I Can't Sleep I Play This:

September 20, 2009

Who Sampled???: Teddy Pendergrass

Sean Price - Kimbo Price Artwork

Quote Of The Day: Sacrifice

“There are plenty of teams in every sport that have great players and never win titles. Most of the time, those players aren't willing tosacrifice for the greater good of the team. The funny thing is, in the end, their unwillingness to sacrifice only makes individual goals more difficult to achieve. One thing I believe to the fullest is that if you think and achieve as a team, the individual accolades
will take care of themselves. Talent wins games, but teamwork and
intelligence win championships.”

-Michael Jordan
NBA Basketball Player,

September 19, 2009

LOL!: In Living Colour - Music Videos

I'm in the Barbershop today when my boy kev brings up the infamous In Living Colour music video parodies. So of course I come home and had to hit up Youtube. Here a few of my personal favourites. LOL!

Quote Of The Day: Hardships

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”

- Arnold Schwarzenegger
Actor, Professional Body Builder and Governor

The Power Of Words: Donny Hathaway - Someday We'll All Be Free

Hang onto the world as it spins, around.
Just don't let the spin get you down.
Things are moving fast.
Hold on tight and you will last.

Keep your self-respect your very bright.
Get yourself in gear,
Keep your stride.
Never mind your fears.
Brighter days will soon be here.


Take it from me someday we'll all be free (Yeah)


Keep on walking tall, hold you head up high.
Lay your dreams right up to the sky.
Sing your greatest song.
And you'll keep, going, going on.

Repeat Chorus

(Hey) Just wait and see someday we'll all be free. (Yeah)
Take it from me, Someday we'll all be free.
(It won't be long) Take it from me someday we'll all be free.
Take it from me, take it from me, take it from me.

September 18, 2009

Quote Of The Day: Challenges

“If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.”

- Pat Riley
Former NBA player,coach and current team president of the Miami Heat

Future Flavas TV: Don Von Jovi - The Truth

September 17, 2009

Future Flavas TV - Ox Showing Love

Future Flavas TV in the building!!!

Homegrown Classics:

Who Sampled???: Sade

Video: Tupac Shakur - The Lost Footage pt.2

Lost Footage Pt 1

Quote Of The Day: Hope

“Through humour, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.

- Bill Cosby
Actor, Comedian and Producer

September 16, 2009

When I Can't Sleep I Play This:

The Power Of Words: Pat's Justice - Innocent Criminal

Quote Of The Day: Discipline

“Nothing can be more hurtful to the service, than the neglect of discipline; for that discipline, more than numbers, gives one army the superiority over another"

- George Washington
1st US President (1789-97), 1732-1799

On My Retro Ish!!!: Nike commercials

September 15, 2009

On My Retro Ish: Electric Circus & Xtendamix

Back on my ish!!! During the early nineties Much Music was one of the few channels (Ch. 30 in Scarborough)that represented Toronto's growing ethnic diversity. Before the advent of reality TV no two shows represented Hip Hop, House, R&B, and Soul better than Electric Circus & Xtendamix. Electric Circus was essentially Toronto's own Soul Train and Xtendamix was the show to see all the latest videos. Every Saturday I'd tune in excited to see the best of what the world had to offer. Young and wide eyed these shows made me hip to all the new trends,fashions and dances of the time. I would dub over moms videos and keep an archive each week. Hosts Monika Deol (my first celebrity crush) and Tony "Master T" Young always kept their shows fresh and entertaining by having live performances and engaging conversations with their audiences. Master T and his assistant "Roxy" would keep me glued to the tube dying at the fact that "Roxy" was a talking keyboard. Master T also kept it live by creating crazy characters like Taurus T. Electric Circus was a trip! Imagine a club full of rhythm less people dancing. 'Nuff said. I can't lie I watched the show for Monika (wink). I thought she was the flyest big hair and all. Unfortunately both shows have gone to TV heaven but they will always bring back fond memories.


Electric Circus ( 1988-2003) & Xtendamix (1990-2001)


Quote Of The Day: Life

“Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don't complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don't bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality . Wake Up and Live!”

-Bob Marley
Singer, Composer and Guitarist. 1945-1981

September 14, 2009

Video: Kanye West Apologizes On Leno + Run This Town

Don Von JoVi - Generals (Produced By The Rez Dogz)

With 80's Baby coming around the corner I thought I'd drop another gem on 'em. "Generals" is the story of the underdog. My most personal track to date "Generals" is a look into my life and the obstacles I have faced up to this point. The Rez Dogz produced track became a canvas to paint my pain, my passion, and my vision upon. I blacked out, the final result was a release of years of pent up fire, anger, and frustration. Take it in.

Don Von JoVi - Generals (Produced By The Rez Dogz)

Video: Curren$y - Elevator Musik

Video: Ghostface - Stapleton Sex (NSFW)

Trailer - More Than A Game

Who Sampled???: Herb Alpert

Video: Mick Boogie x Peter Bjorn & John - Stay This Way (Remix)

Sha Stimuli - My Soul To Keep Artwork

Quote Of The Day: Creativity

“Sometimes you've got to let everything go - purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything . . . whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you'll find that when you're free, your true creativity, your true self comes out.”

-Tina Turner

On My Retro Ish: Michael Jackson - Pepsi Commercial

When I Can't Sleep I Play This:

September 13, 2009

LOL!: Yo Joe! I Got That Yak!

LOL!: Blame It On The Henny

LOL!: Kanye-gate


- Kanye West

LOL! : A Picture Worth A Thousand Words

Don Von Jovi - Summertime (Produced By Bassline)

With 80's Baby about to drop I figured I'd drop some vintage material to get you familiar. This brings me back. I love my city. I dedicated this track to Toronto and it's unforgettable Summers. Unmixed and completely raw but the message is a timeless. Shout to Bassline.

Don Von JoVi - Summertime (Produced By Bassline)

Who Sampled???: Eddie Kendricks

Video: 2Pac - The Lost Footage, Pt. 1

R.I.P Tupac Amaru Shakur
(June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996)

LOL!: Kung Fu Joe

Timeless. LOL!

The Power Of Words: Tupac Shakur - In The Event Of My Demise

In the Event of My Demise

In the event of my Demise
when my heart can beat no more
I Hope I Die For A Principle
or A Belief that I had Lived 4
I will die Before My Time
Because I feel the shadow's Depth
so much I wanted 2 accomplish
before I reached my Death
I have come 2 grips with the possibility
and wiped the last tear from My eyes
I Loved All who were Positive
In the event of my Demise

Tupac Shakur
(June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996)

Quote Of The Day: Victory

"Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory.”

-Arthur Ashe
Social Activist, Tennis Player, the first black winner of a major men's singles

September 12, 2009

Don Von JoVi - Dear Toronto

When I wrote this I was in a period of frustation. Not sure if I wanted to continue doing music. Never one to run from obstacles I decided to vent the best way I knew how and this was the final result.

Don Von Jovi - Dear Toronto

Don Von JoVi - Dear Toronto

Behind The Lens: Works Of Hype Pt. 1 - The Early Years 92-95

When we talk about individuals who have changed the face of Hip Hop we need go no further than director Hype Williams. By pushing the envelope and creating larger than life images Hype took the medium to new heights. As a true fan I've dedicated this first installment of BTL to the legend and visionary that is Hype. Here are a few of his earliest works. Enjoy.


Quote Of The Day: Vision

“Champions aren´t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision.”

- Muhammad Ali
Retired American boxer and three-time World Heavyweight Champion,
considered to be one of the best heavyweight boxing champions ever

Who am I ? : Don Von JoVi

We are born with innate gifts, our duty is to embrace our gifts and share them with the world. For Toronto's own Don Von JoVi this means provoking an emotional response through his music. Raised in Toronto's Glendower Circuit housing complexes at an early age he began soaking in every detail of his surroundings. He began honing and fine tuning his writing skills as a hobby. Listening to the messages of a wide variety of musical styles (Reggae, Soul, & Hip Hop) he became inspired to write of his own experiences. Music became the opportunity to speak on the plights he a faced on a day-to-day basis. With a talent for scripting clever metaphors and acute attention to wordplay Don Von took his passion from looseleaf pages to stages sharpening his craft by performing at various shows and open mics through out the city. He soon earned the reputation of being the next fresh face on the come up. Don Von JoVi's sound; a fusion of Soul, Hip Hop, and Rock is what makes him stand out from the pack. With no limits to the imagination, his music can be described as universal and eclectic. Aside from handling writing duties Don Von JoVi, plays the roles of vocalist and producer. A man of few words his star quality shines brightly through his music. With the release of the single; 80's Baby (Bring It Back!) Don Von JoVi is poised to bring that feel good music back to the masses.

"Let the music speak for itself and the rest will follow" - Don Von JoVi

September 11, 2009

TONA - Fast Pace (feat. Saukrates & T.r.a.c.k.s.) [Alternate Video]

Nike Delta Force High AC

Don Von JoVi - 80's Baby Artwork

Who Sampled???: Marvin Gaye

Quote Of The Day: Change

"Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future."

—John F. Kennedy
35th President of the United States, 1917–1963

September 10, 2009

Who Sampled???: The Blackbyrds

Def Jam x adidas Superstar II – 25th Anniversary Collection – Redman

Brick-City icon Redman has long been a favorite among hip-hop heads, and now Adidas has given the Funk Doctor his own version of the iconic shell-toe Superstar. Most of the upper is blood-red, while the collar, laces, and small band around the thick rubber sole is a lighter, almost orange colored red. A comic-styled likeness of Redman adornes the tongue, his name is on the sole of the heel, the painted “R” appears on the heel in what appears to be a clear gel print, and the silver logo on the heel says “Funk Doc”. Providing some nice updates on the Superstar, the sole bottom has a nice splatter pattern, while the shell toe stays with the traditional white. Black appears on the lining, laces, and on the three stripes. A matching t-shirt is releasing as well that pays direct tribute to the artwork on the debut album, “Whut? thee Album”.

September 09, 2009

Quote Of the Day: Goals

“To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there.”

- Kofi Annan
seventh secretary-general of the United Nations,
2001 Nobel Peace Prize

Mixtape: Willie The Kid - The Fly

Willie The Kid - The Fly

Gangsta Grillz own Willie The Kid has finally dropped the much anticipated mixtape "The Fly" Check it out!

Who Sampled???: Dexter Wansel

Play Cloths presents Bagging Up: “A Sticky Business”

KiD CuDi - Day ‘N Nite (Crookers rmx) (Alternative Video)

Directed by BB Gun

September 08, 2009

Video: Dirty Money (Diddy x Kaleena x Dawn) – Angels


A dope track from a good dude. Toronto's own Tona. Be sure to cop that Direct Deposit LP out now!

*Bonus* Tona - Street Of Dreams

Another track from the Direct Deposit LP. Check out the cameo from yours truly at the beginning.

Video: Raekwon - Walk With Me

Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 available now!

Trailer - Precious

November 6th, 2009

Mixtape: BJ The Chicago Kid - The New Beginning

1. Intro
2. Sky’s The Limit
3. Lights Off feat. Young Chris
4. I’m Doing Me
5. We Can Make It
6. Take It Off feat. Harold Lilly
7. 911
8. Good 1
9. If I Had U Now
10. Skate
11. Edge
12. Freak
13. Money Talks feat. Young Chris
14. Personal Super Model
15. Still Parker Brothers feat. Parker Brothers
16. Like We Do It
17. Can’t Get Me Down

BJ The Chicago Kid - The New Beginning

Shout to 2DopeBoyz

Who Sampled???: The Brothers Johnson

Quote Of The Day: Success

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”

-Colin Powell
The first African American secretary of state

Video: Curtis Presents The 50th Law

Curtis and Robert Greene’s book The 50th Law, drops today.

Nike Sportswear The IAM1 Journey Buenos Aires Trailer

A trailer for the Buenos Aires leg of the IAM1 Journey Exhibition has surfaced from Nike Sportswear. The exhibition is travelling through 6 major cities including Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, Paris, London, Milan and Berlin and takes whatever form local artists have given it; all inspired by Nike’s Air Max 1, to support their new model the Nike Air Maxim.

Video: Video: Novel - Fuck With My Mind (co-starring Angela Yee)

Directed by Rik Cordero. Off the Inside A Change soundtrack.

September 07, 2009

The Power Of Words: Black Ice - Imagine

Scribe “Mundo De Papel” Commercial by CRU DE LADIES

Paper will never be the same. LOL!

Quote Of The Day: Ambition

“Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.”

- Salvador DalĂ­
Spanish painter, 1904-1989

Who Sampled???: Gene Harris

Gene Harris - Summer Rebato