Archive for the ‘Jully Black’ Category

Late Pass: Seven Day Fool

December 13, 2007

Jully Black – Seven Day Fool via Revival

When I was babbling on about Jully Black, I totally forgot that a majority of my readership probably doesn’t know of, her. When her first album dropped in ’05, it got “illegally downloaded over 2.8 million times.” That means 2.8 million people, logged on, searched out, and downloaded her album. Pause for a second and analyze her situation. A Black Canadian songwriter and RnB upstart immediately captures a viral following, yet only translated it into 15,000 sales. Which of course once again showcases the ineptitude of the Canadian Music Industry. Anyways, here’s her latest. It’s the voice. It’s powerful. And she’s got that 2007 Tina Turner meets Jill Scott’s homegrown-ness thing going for her here. Which is kinda hot. Because of the positions I hold and/or get myself into, I’ve actually had chances to meet her on several occasions, and she’s incredibly funny, sassy, extremely down-to-earth, and I hope big things happen for her in ’08. Peep other things on the interweb of her. I actually got off my ass and bought her new album because of those encounters; great people deserve great support.

The Circle rocks the spot…

November 25, 2007

Rascalz – Northern Touch (remix) (Feat. Kardinal Offishall, Choclair, Checkmate & Thrust) via Northern Touch 12″

And why not? Jully Black and k-os we’re going to hop on the track and couldn’t because of scheduling issues. But this was the anthem 10 years ago. Sort of a timeline moment of, “yes Maestro did his thing, but it’s our time now.” Couple of things to point out before I get to some backstory. Familiar sample eh? Just remember that this song came out first. Peep a young Eaton Centre shopping, bartending, still looking fine as ever, and 100% Canadian, Melyssa Ford chillin on Choclair’s lap. So wait who’s directing this video you ask? Mr. Protégé of Hype Williams himself, Little 3rd Last Letter. And then imagine performing this at the Junos the following year after boycotting the award? PRICELESS. And they TORE IT DOWN. Too bad flash in the pan has-been late night talk show host(at the time), and host of the awards that year, Mike Bullard (google him, he exists and at the same time gets no link love.) opened his fat mouth and simultaneously poked fun at them and the canadian hip-hop industry as a whole, immediately after the performance kinda backhandedly. But for the youth of TorontoCanada, it was a quiet triumph and although small, there was a market, an audience, and talent.