What up party peoples...already into the second half
of March, and almost at the quarter mark on the
2-0-0-2. Where is the time going? Felt like I just
wrote all you beautiful people just yesterday...like I
blinked and 'BAM!', another week goes by like water
dripping down the sides of my bathtub in my apartment
(no fear, Kia, there hasn't been that much
But yes indeed, another fine week has gone by in the
city of T-Dot, where the music freaks come out at
night, every night, and til LATE, too! What! Drinking
on Mondays like it's Friday...crazy.
Hell yeah! Another edition of the 'BEST KEPT SECRET'
is about to grace the airwaves tomorrow night. Lock
it into CHRY 105.5 FM from 6-8 PM EST, or online at
http://www.yorku.ca/chry and behold Dalia and Venus,
caressing many a record and telling many a bad joke
each and every Wednesday. You dun know.
We're especially excited for this week's show, as two
of Toronto's roughest female emcees will be gripsing
up the mics with excellent wordplay and chatting about
their projects and plans for world domination. Yeah
yeah! The talented and beautiful MASIA ONE and ETERNIA
will be live in the studio all show long, so call us
up with questions, kudos, and bad puns if you're so
416-736-5656 (if you're calling long distance *yes,
you too, PP!*, you get much love!)
Let's give you a bit of info on these gyals so you why
you should be listening and picking up any wax or CDs
with their names on it...
MASIA ONE is one the dopest gyals you'll ever meet,
and one of those peeps that will astound you onstage
with her wit, grace, and skills. I first checked out
this gyal at the Subway Tour back in December, and I
can't tell you how refreshing it was to see a sister
rip into the boys like it's no one's business. This
girl's been in love with hip hop for years, dabbling
into some b-girl breaker action and writing lyrics for
a good while. Her epiphany to enter the stage and
show people what's up came last May with her debut at
Cyberkrib.com's all-female urban showcase 'I Still
Love H.E.R' featuring dope L.A.-based emcee Mystic.
Since then, she's performed at several hip hop events
and showcases, and is well on her way to drop rhymes
on wax with beats backed by people like Yokura Saki,
Count Rockula (I love that name) and Moonstarr. An EP
is floating around, so cop it when you see it coming
your way. Also keep a lookout on MuchMusic, as they
were down at 'In Divine Style' at the Hooch last
Thursday filming her performance. Whaaaat!
Now, ETERNIA...the first time I heard this girl was on
'The Real Frequency' here in Toronto one grey Saturday
afternoon, and I actually stopped what I was doing and
got real close to my speakers to hear her get
absolutely wicked on the mic with the illest freestyle
I've heard in a while. Dope dope dope! She's blown me
away every time I've seen her onstage...yeah, she's
one of those performers who gives all her energy out,
and gets much love from the crowd for it. Intelligent
rhymes delivered with confidence and strength
...guarenteed if you step to her, you're getting
SHREDDED. Girl's been doing this emceeing thang for a
good while, honing her mic chops since '94 and
performing with everyone from Common to Blackalicious
to Aceyalone to Jurassic 5 to Sauks to...it goes on.
Check for previous releases with Jedi Mind Tricks,
Demigodz, Atomz Family Prequel (where do people come
up with these names?). Her latest track 'Work It Out'
has been getting much rotation on many a hip hop show
around town, and she's currently working on a
full-length project for the Tough Dumplin camp...with
Collizhun on beats, it's going to be rough for sho.
Lots of info, but trust it, you'll be hearing more
about these ladies in the future. They'll both be
performing at Chicks Dig It on Monday April 8th...more
info will come your way about that in a couple of
Speaking of the ever-fab Monday night madness...Chicks
Dig It is coming up on its 4th week at our new home
the Apothecary (340 Adelaide St. West at Peter)! Time
goes fast when you're having fun, and the night have
been absolutely incredible! Much props to everyone
that's been making it a great time...She Bang! dancers
were in the house this past Monday bringing the
breakin ruckus with Dalia RIPPING up the decks behind
them...I don't think I've rhymed like that in a
while...damn! This coming Monday March 25th, we
present a special edition of CDI entitled 'Chicks Drag
It', where some of our favourite DJs with the XY
chromosome count take over the decks wearing dresses.
Alongside Onastic, Sara Scruton, and Zuzana Grimm
bringing the dirty and sexy electro and warm techno
biznizz, we've got Moonstarr aka Moonsparklez and Dan
Lui doing it up in fine and proper ladylike
fashion...please don't shave, boys. Admission is an
incredible pay-what-you-can, so dig deep (props to
Miss KLC for that one).
This Friday March 22, everyone needs to be down at Jai
Bar (214-216 Adelaide St. West) for a night called
'Ma d a m EMAIL souljazzmes in the Mix' where Dalia will be tearing up
the decks (yes, she's an underground turntable
technician) on that house tip alongside Sydney Blu and
Ray Prasad. Ladies are finally getting their due.
About freakin time...sheeeaaat. Cover is $10
(methinks) and it should be tres dope. Everytime Dal
steps to the decks it's absolutely madness, so you
don't want to miss it!
And likle young moi, Venus, does it up in a jazzed-out
stylee every Tuesday evening at Tempo (596 College St.
at Clinton)...props out to all the staff and Rob and
Greg. Beautiful sushi spot and a nice place for
drinks...get the selectah one too, will ya? Saketinis
and Venus on Tuesdays...what else ya gonna do? Free
free and free.
Playlist comin at you next week...
Ok, time to get glasses...
'BEST KEPT SECRET'...hell no, we can't keep it under
Peace and Much Respect
Tash aka the one Venus*Woman about town and co-host of* "BEST KEPT SECRET"*Wednesdays 6-8 PM EST*Live in Toronto on CHRY 105.5 FM*Worldwide on http://www.yorku.ca/chry
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