Track Review :: Anthony OKS “TBA”

by Nigel Webber

Anthony OKS has achieved certified banger status with “TBA.” OKS, a member of long running Winnipeg hip-hop group the Lytics, has a new single from his solo project that features his brother and fellow Lytic, Andrew O. The beat for “TBA,” produced by Paalsh, is driven by a pulsing bass guitar riff, allowing OKS’ vocals to reinforce the urge to head nod. Continue reading “Track Review :: Anthony OKS “TBA””

Northern Touch Music Fesival

by Nigel Webber

“It’s hard to conceive that you can be something when you had nothing” – Choclair

Northern Touch Music Festival enters their sophomore year in 2018 expanded and with results on the promise of furthering local hip-hop, R&B and soul acts. The festival, taking place June 29 to July 1, draws their name and inspiration from a touchstone song in Canadian hip-hop. “Northern Touch” by Rascalz featuring Kardinal Offishall, Choclair, CheckMate and Thrust was an important record when released in 1999. Continue reading “Northern Touch Music Fesival”

Winnipeg State of Mind

By Nigel Webber

“Rap is something you do, hip-hop is something you live.” – KRS-One

2017 was the year hip-hop took over the music industry. With huge hits by Cardi B and Kendrick Lamar among others, it seems only natural for Vulture Magazine to call 2017 “the year hip-hop won the music business.” Through streaming platforms like Soundcloud, Spotify and YouTube, hip-hop now reaches it’s biggest audience ever. The music has come a long way from DJ Kool Herc throwing jams in Cedar Park in the Bronx, but hip-hop still struggles to find acceptance in the mainstream pop radio world. Continue reading “Winnipeg State of Mind”

Heavy fOnk and high vibrations :: Finding peace with Dudley Perkins

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by Harrison Samphir

Before I spoke with Dudley Perkins (aka Declaime), the emcee from Oxnard, CA, I was half expecting the sort of humdrum discussion a music journalist typically shares with an interviewee: those unambiguous conversations about new records, inspirations and touring schedules. After all, I thought, Dudley’s been in the rap game for nearly twenty years. He helped solidify a West Coast hip hop resurgence with neighborhood friends Madlib, Oh No, DJ Romes and Kankick. There can’t be a question he hasn’t heard before.

As it turned out, however, the interview – like Dudley – was anything but ordinary. Over the course of an hour we talked about his unique style, the universe and how sonic vibrations influence the way listeners think and behave. Together with his wife, soul singer and songwriter Georgia Anne Muldrow, Dudley operates SomeOthaShip Connect, a California-based independent record label. His latest release is called Dr. Stokley, an 18-track, funk-infused album released through the Mellow Music Group. Continue reading “Heavy fOnk and high vibrations :: Finding peace with Dudley Perkins”

Chivas N Kream :: Q & Eh with local hip hop duo

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by Sheldon Birnie

Since the early 1990s, Winnipeg has boasted a prolific and diverse hip hop music scene. Today, that scene is still thriving. One crew that continues to perform and promote underground hip hop, with a bent towards enjoying the good things our cold, hard city has to offer is the Deafwish crew. In November, Deafwish’s Chivas & Kream dropped their latest album, Secret Ingredientz, at the Windsor. On NYE, Chivas Brother, aka Carter Hanke, and Kream, aka Aaron Karlson are performing alongside their rec hockey teammates in Clipwing and Propagandhi at the most sought after NYE event of the year. Chivas & Kream, “just two guys from Dauphin who got together and started doing music,” sat down with Stylus over a few pints at the Toad recently to talk hip hop, skateboarding, booze, and hockey. Here’s a little taste of those ingredientz. Continue reading “Chivas N Kream :: Q & Eh with local hip hop duo”