by on Oct 3, 2012 in The Shine |

I’m a put my old-fart hat on and reminisce for a spell before I open a box of digital chocolate on y’all.

As a teen in the ’90s, I had to work all kindsa angles to get my hands on the music I wanted: hanging around the weirdos at Mars for an hour to talk down the price of a Beastie Boys bootleg cassette by two bucks; dipping to Dutchy’s in my sweaty private school grey and maroon to cop a Specials record; spending dumb amounts of money special-ordering “imports” (read: poorly distributed indie records) at HMV stores.

One of the things that used to kill me was opening that new prize and having a 16-panel label mail-order pamphlet fall into my lap. Damn! I just spent 30 bucks on this Pharcyde CD or 20 on this Dead Kennedys tape, and you’re telling me that there is all this other cool shit out there I had no clue about, that I can’t possibly begin to think about hearing any time soon?

Then again, we did have these awesome shits called “blank tapes” and “radio.” They were handy, and if you had friends who knew how to use them, you could cover a lotta ground.

Now, most old farts will tell you the whole experience of going out and discovering and sharing was magical and blah, blah, blah. Face it: it sucked.

And as for local music, if someone decent put out an album, trust me, you bought it (or used those “blank tapes” I mentioned, because someone bought it). It didn’t come up often enough back then.

It’s good to have a foot in that era because it allows me to fully appreciate this one. When local acts take the time to put something together and then give it up, it ceases to be “local.” It’s out there for everyone.

With that, here are a few ill Montreal rap projects out now that you can’t say you weren’t able to get your hands on.

Milli Millz, S.O.A.L. Scrapbook of a legend, true story.

Loe Pesci, Expensive Heat Vol.1 Pesh can’t sit still. Hot off Good X2 , seven more gems.

DJ Midas, Meet me in the TRAP This shit is like a sexy earthquake in a hurricane ballroom.

Les Michel Chartrand, Le Mitchtape Aspect Mendoza and Ben aka Lindien live la révolution.

Vincent Pryce,Trapped in the Dark EP The MurderFace in-house Teknition gets spookier than Halloween.

Shash’u, Automne Four fly fall follies from a provincial treasure.

Shelz, Cereal street tapes for breakfast from another ‘Faced God. While you’re there, cop this other fine release from Scynical.


Yours truly is featured this month in’s Monthly Mix Series:

October is officially here both literally and figuratively as our second volume of our Mix Series drops courtesy of DJ Midas’ Meet Me In The Trap mixtape. Midas has so much bass in this mix, the leaves are turning color and people everywhere are reaching for their down-filled coats, he commands that much power.

Following the footsteps of our inaugural mixtape, Sweet Life, our second volume is fresh from the turntables of the Montreal native and 2012 Redbull 3Style runner-up.

The 60-minute Trap mix comes complete with chest-rattling bass remixes from everyone in the business (read: Baauer, Klever, Serafin, Thugli, A-trak and more) and several of Midas’ own blends, this thing knocks.

Consider this a MUST DOWNLOAD. Click here to grab this for your iPod, iPhone, Android or other MP3 player.

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Goin’ Down (Milo & Otis Unoriginal Mix) – Young Joc
Piss Test – A-Trak feat. Juicy J
Mercy – (Triple Six Sound Club Rmx) Kanye West
The Don – Nas (Tom Wrecks Rmx)
Space Junk (SimpLoFi Remix) – Wolfgang Gartner
Harlem Shake – Baauer
Who Da Neighbors – Juicy J & Lex Luger
Draped Up Trap Shit – UZ X Bun B
You Ain’t No DJ (DJ Slink Rmx) – Big Boi
Jaw Dropper
Grove Street’ Theme – Waka Flocka X Samir
Look At Me One More Time – Busta X Daft Punk X Slim Thug
One More Trap (Serafin Trap Rmx) – Daft Punk
Sandstorm (OH SNAP!! Trapstorm Remix) – DaRude
What You Know About The Trap – TI X OH SNAP!!
3 Kings Trap Shit – UZ X Slim Thug
Swimming Pools (Drank) – Kendrick Lamar
I’m Out Here Remix (Dirty) – Dusty McFly feat. Danny Brown
Coin Power Fly – Sinden & Skinand Bone5 X Three 6 Mafia
Eleanor Rigby (Scoop Deville Remix) – The Beatles
Thuggish Ruggish (Sliink Rmx) – Bone Thugs N Harmony
Dead Wrong In My Moment – DJ Drama X Biggie
Pacha On Acid (RL Grime Trap Rmx) – Afrojack
Make It Work on Acid – (Dainjazone Rmx) – Young Fame & 2 Chainz
Heads Will Roll – (Kid Kamillon Trap Edit) – Yeah Yeah Yeahs/A-Trak
Satisfaction (Xmind & BeatBreaker Trap Remix) – Benny Benassi
Money Makin’ (Oliver Twizt Trap Remix) – A-Trak
Too Close (Klever Rmx) – Alaex Clair
I’m From Texas – Trae The Truth Ft Z-Ro, Kirko Bangz, Bun B, Slim Thug & Paul Wall
Technologic (Serafin’s Trapalogic Rmx) – Daft Punk
Pop That (Styles & Complete Bass Bootleg) – French Montana
Snap Backs & Tattoos 2 – Driicky Graham
Roll Up (Baauer Rmx) – Flosstradamus
Clique (Gladiator Remix) – Kanye West
Clique – Kanye West feat. Jay-Z & Big Sean
Ugh – Yong Joc feat. Rick Ross
My Favorite Song – Wiz Khalifa feat. Juicy J
Loud (prod. Big Jerm & Sayez) – Mac Miller
Dial Tone (Prod. Twan Da Beatmaker) – Que Rich
Bueller ft. Chuck Inglish – ETC!ETC! & Brillz & Diplo
A Zip And A Double Cup – Juicy J & Lex Luger
We Bout Dre – Dr. Dre X THUGLI
We Bout It – THUGLI
Party – ScHoolboy Q (Prod. Kenny Beats)
I Run This (Original Mix) – Luminox
Brick Squad Anthem – Mayhem x Antiserum

Photo: Jeffery Chan; Model: Rhiannon Willetts for What’s Really Good™.




Red Bull Thre3style Montreal Regional Final

On Saturday May 5th, Montreal got a large dose of Thre3style, with the Quebec Regional Final stopping at the Corona Theatre. Starting the night off was DJ Hatchmatik (former 2011 Canadian Red Bull Thre3style national finalist) to warm up the crowd.

DJ Fade Wizard from Quebec City was the first DJ to hit the stage. Fade showed great technical skills and put the crowd in the party mode, which earned him 3rd place. There were solid performances and mixes from all the DJs, not to mention Shaydakiss (the only female in the Quebec final) giving us some dance moves at the end of her set.  That didn’t get her any extra points, but definitely won the crowd.

Second place went to Midas for his impressive scratching skills. Dr One (judge for the evening) from Team Canada, said he was one of the best scratchers he had seen in years.

DJ Henward let his originality and wicked song selection send the crowd into a frenzy.  The set was so crazy, he was crowned the best party rocker in the province! To close the night, MC D-Shade gave a world champion introduction to DJ Hedspin (2011 Red BullThre3style World Champion) who played his 2011 Thre3style winning set and left room for the judges to deliberate. Skratch Bastid closed the night and as it usually goes, kept the party goin’! FULL STORY