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Canadian Music Week.

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Music Conferences… They often get a bad rap, mainly because of the expectations of attendees. Smart people will tell you to always do research. Know what the possibilities are and devise a plan to exploit them. I had no time to prepare as it was less than 24 hours before I found out I would be going. Going where you may ask?

Most in the industry have certainly heard of SXSW in Austin, TX or A3C in Atlanta, GA. Yet, are you familiar with Canadian Music Week In Toronto, Canada? It’s celebrating 36 years in the game. It brings together sound recording, new media and broadcast for a jam packed week of events. A combination of panel discussions, exclusive interviews, trade exhibition, awards shows, film and comedy alongside Canada’s biggest new music festival leaves you to wonder what more you could you ask for. ESPECIALLY UNDER A 4 HOUR DRIVE FROM DETROIT!

Diversity is what I loved most about this week. People from all over the globe joined in attendance. One on one meetings with people from Japan, Mexico and Italy. People here were ready to do business, discover new music and learn.  The panels were great and it was interesting to hear the perspectives of executives from another country. If you want to do business in a new country, it may be a good idea to understand how the ecosystem works there right? There was a heavy interest on publishing which is one of the main revenue streams for a person in this business as a artist, producer, or label. A Spotify master class, how to turn followers into buyers, Blockchain Music, the power of the playlist, there was something to learn about every hour of the day.

Learning new skills and gaining information that can put you ahead of your competitors is always good. But there is something to be said about relationships. This industry as with most is built on the power of your relationships. Once in a lifetime opportunities often come from a simple relationship. I got to meet and hear some great people while in Toronto. Early in our time we met up with IRINI. A German born singer songwriter with Greek roots traveled to London where she is currently based to perfect her craft. DJ Speed had to run her set for her first performance at Canadian Music Week so she came by the spot to go over her show for the upcoming day. While rehearsing a natural bond formed and before you knew it she was apart of the gang for the rest of the stay. Her feel good single “6 In the Morning” is doing exceptionally well on streaming services and her 40 minute set was great on energy and brought you further into the singer songwriter named IRINI.

UNCLE P & IRINI

Got to spend a couple days with the man behind Canada’s biggest website for hip hop MOE of HipHopCanada.com. Reminding me so much of myself I’d have to say PASSION for this hip hop game is what connects us. Where most people want to have a competition and immediately start spitting out accomplishments to prove worthy I started by asking him a couple questions. His answers told me real quick this was a guy who had high integrity, morals and the desire to see people do well by doing good business. I did a lot of listening and its rare that someone in his shoes would be willing to share. By the time we were leaving he was sharing some tips that let me know he genuinely wanted to see me succeed. You will definitely see some international things going down between DetroitRap.com and HipHopCanada.com in the future.

Moe (HipHopCanada.com) and DJ Speed (Detroit Digital)

Real ones connect quickly. Especially when on unfamiliar turf, game recognize game. When we were told we needed to connect with Liroy from Poland it was a chance to build another relationship. Liroy is one of the first true EMCEES from Poland. Not only is he a beast on the mic this man has taken his fame all the way to becoming a politician with aims of presidency in the next 5 years. Changing long standing laws in his country that often target the young and less fortunate LIROY is for the people! A new generation has begun in his country. A very smart man, but from the streets, we had a great time kicking it in Toronto. He has hit stages with the likes of Wu Tang Clan and the legend Ice T. My big WOW moment came with him while outside one of the many venues hit during the week. We are outside talking and a guy walks up and his face looks like he just saw Jesus Christ. He said something to Liroy in a language i didn’t understand and the guy went crazy! Ran back in the club and brought out 3 more friends. They asked him to say something. Liroy did and they went crazy again. “What is going on here” I’m thinking. Liroy goes on to tell me they were amazed at his speech. Like the culture in Canada is watered down and he was AUTHENTIC!!! They started talking about music so long i figured I’d let him kick it with his fans from way across the ocean. You never know how your music can affect people and travel to places unknown now in the digital era. LIROY HAS MY VOTE FOR PRESIDENT!!!

Uncle P with LIROY


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The Finest Radio Show Presents Dear Music Friday, June 14th @ D-Tribute

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The Finest Radio Show Presents Dear Music Friday, June 14th @ D-Tribute

This Friday The Finest Radio show presents Dear Music performances via Clear Soul Forces, Finale, Leaf Erikson, 3269 Chise, Aweseome Dre, Moe Davon, Joe Commisso (COMMi$$ION), Tru Klassick, Queen Breyon, and Josef Coney Island. It’s quite the night of hip-hop in store for you at D-Tribute on 18830 Woodward Ave in Detroit, MI. Doors 10PM-4AM $10 ENTRY. Hosted by Chris Walker!

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Detroit’s Own Lazarus Kicks Off National Tour With Wu-Tang Clan in Detroit!

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Detroit's Own Lazarus Kicks Off National Tour With Wu-Tang Clan in Detroit!

Following last years mega-hit “Decapitation Chamber” feat. Ghostface Killah along with multiple performances worldwide with the legendary Wu-Tang Clan Detroit’s own Lazarus is back on the road with the group. Kicking things off this time around at home you can catch Lazarus with Wu-Tang Clan Friday evening at the Freedom Hill Amphithe36 Cater for the Wu-Tang Clan: 36 Chambers 25th Anniversary Celebration Tour.

Tickets are still available here: https://www1.ticketmaster.com/wu-tang-clan-36-chambers-25th-anniversary-celebration-tour/event/08005653C9023F2C?camefrom=CFC_313PRE_313web_Wu_Tang_Clan 

After kicking things off in Detroit eleven more stops are on the list across the US. For our national readers be sure to catch the tour in your local area!

May 31Detroit, Michigan

June 1Chicago, Illinois

June 2Cleveland, Ohio

June 7Simpsonville, South Carolina

June 8Raleigh, North Carolina

June 9Nashville, Tennessee

June 12Boston, Massachusetts

June 14Uncasville, Connecticut

June 15Atlantic City, New Jersey

June 16Brooklyn, New York

June 21Seattle, Washington

June 22Mountain View, California

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Valid – “Mihajlo” + Release Party on May 11th at Underground @ DIME

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Valid - "Mihajlo" + Release Party on May 11th at Underground @ DIME

This Saturday at Underground @ DIME join Valid for the release party behind what I can honestly say is one of my favorite full-lengths to drop in 2019. I’ve had a bit of time to soak in all that is “Mihajlo” and although I want to spend a little more time before dropping my formal review I can definitely say off early impressions that it’s quite a fantastic project.  The eleven songs that grace “Mihajlo” take you on a personal journey in getting to know Valid on a deeper level in a powerful and cohesive way.  The minimal features fit in perfectly such as Elzhi, Mahogany Jones, DJ Los, & Aaron Taylor among others providing their talents in an effective way. I’ll have my full review of the project here in the next couple weeks but besides that this Saturday, you can take in “Mihajlo” live as you celebrate alongside Valid himself plus star-studded performances via Clear Soul Forces, Supa Emcee, & A Minus. Preview the album above & come out this Saturday, May 11th at 9 PM for “The Mihajlo Album Release Party” at 1265 Griswold, Detroit, MI. $10 ENTRY.

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