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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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Lazarus Joins GZA For A Legendary Performance January 28th, 2020 at El Club, Detroit

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Released on November 7, 1995, GZALiquid Swords” has stood the test of time in a way very few hip-hop records will ever come close to. Critically acclaimed out the gate, “Liquid Swords” has cemented its legacy in the hip-hop books forever. The Wu-Tang Clan members solo album sliced its way into history and now a celebration of the iconic offering arrives this January 28th, 2020 at El Club in Detroit, MI! That’s not all though, as GZA joins forces with one of Detroit’s own legendary emcees who just finished having one of the most monumental years of his career after hitting the road with Wu-Tang Clan for the 25th Year Anniversary of Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers tours as well as dropping the mega-hits “Leatherface” with Bizarre, Hopsin, & King Gordy as well as “Decapitation Chamber” alongside Ghostface Killah. Yes, Lazarus is coming home for a night not to be missed as he performs alongside GZA for a celebration of “Liquid Swords”. Get your tickets now!

Tickets are on sale now at El Club’s website here: https://www.elclubdetroit.com/e/gza-liquid-swords-year-anniversary-tour-86371476411/ but act fast before you miss out on this legendary evening of performances.

Venue Information:
El Club
4114 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI, 48209

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Viola celebrates Heartsgiving turkey giveaway event with Al Harrington, Kash Doll, Icewear Vezzo and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan

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Viola celebrates Heartsgiving turkey giveaway event with Al Harrington, Kash Doll, Icewear Vezzo and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan

Photo Credit: Bre’Ann White

November 24 premium cannabis brand Viola, founded by NBA veteran Al Harrington hosted a Heartsgiving turkey giveaway event in partnership with The Detroit Rappers Organization owned by Icewear Vezzo of Motown Records.

Waves of Detroit locals flooded the historic Hart Plaza, where the quartet of hosts and 313 volunteers banded together to connect with the city’s attendees, while small bites and hot chocolate were served at Spirit Plaza across the street.

The turkey giveaway event precludes Viola’s first official flagship store coming to the city of Detroit, which officially opens today. The grand opening marks the beginning of Viola establishing a national retail footprint with two more retail locations in California set to open in the second quarter of 2020. A 40,000 sq. ft processing and distribution center inside the Viola Provision Center is set to debut the first quarter of 2020.

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Angela Yee’s “LIP SERVICE” Stops in Detroit! By: Krissy

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LIP SERVICE with ANGELA YEE

Written by: Krissy

Power 105.1’s Breakfast club host, ‘Angela Yee’ tours her podcast ‘Lip Service’, and brought the experience live, here in Detroit, this past weekend at the Garden Theater, located in midtown Detroit. From having A-list celebrities debut on the show, Yee gets to tour with her co hosts to connect with their fan base, radio show lovers, fellow media influencers, and sex enthusiasts. The live podcast/talk show starred co-hosts GiGi Maguire, Lore’l, and Stephanie Santiago, with special guests Kirby Gwen of WJLB, A’Real, and Chris Carsyn. The show also included Comic J. Will of The Weed Bar, podcast, and recording artists Sada Baby, and Motown signed, Icewear Vezzo.

 

Dressed down in their Detroit Vs. Everybody branded hoodies, Yee and her crew share laughs, Dusse’, girl talk, business advice, and candid relationship and sexual experiences. Special guests Sada Baby and Icewear Vezzo gifts Yee and her crew with a bottle of Champagne, and other personable items. Vezzo and Sada both share their personal opinions on how a healthy relationship should go, on top of humorous sexual preferences, in between Sada’s puffs of a backwood. Angela Yee’s Lip Service gave Detroit a live experience of our hip hop culture, and sexual appreciation all in one setting. With the Detroit’s favorite acts tastemakers, and Yee’s close knit relationship with the city, Lip Service was a huge success. Angela Yee’s Lip Service is streamed on Tidal, IHeartRadio, Soundcloud, and Youtube. Catch Lip Service live in a city near you!

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