Toronto hip-hop collective Notes to Self return with another visual from their project Target Market [RECOIL].
Yep, you read that right. Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh combine for the first time in what feels like eons on producer/songwriter/singer Bird’s upcoming debut album La Notte, out July 9th. SHAKE UPDATE: As expected, the song is old. Says Pooh…
FYI: The song recently released with me and Phonte on it is years old. That is NOT a recent recording.
— Rapper Pooh (@RapperBigPooh) June 5, 2013
Directed & Edited by Benjamin Young Hart
Notes To Self’s debut LP, Target Market [RECOIL], drops February 26th.
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The Toronto crew has been missing for a minute, but now they’re back with the first single from their upcoming DECON Records drop Target Market [RECOIL] dropping February 26th.
Feeling like Frontiersman, we grew our beards and arrived in Mactier at 7:30pm. Cold as fuck. 4 hour drive North. Pitch black outside. Cabin smelled like pine and rosé. Dropped our bags, chose our beds, Bronze took the air mattress. Half hour till the NBA Dunk-Off. Donk was geeked. Flat screen, satellite, middle-of-nowhere. Heats on. Lee is lit. Drunk off Timbits. Blake Griffin jumps over a car. Here to shoot a music video.
Eric suggested we charge the equipment. Didn’t knock on wood. Inexcusable in a cabin. Power went out. Cold as fuck. Pitch black inside. Cabin smelled like weed and sulfur. Dropped our plans, went to bed, Bronze froze on the air mattress. 5 hours till daylight. Rosh is lit. Left-over Timbits for breakfast. Last night Blake Griffin jumped over a car. Here to shoot a music video, with Ben to direct. A take on rap’s pioneers, we planned to wear fur. The events that followed were captured on camera; “All of the Above” took place. This is a true story. *No animals were harmed in the making of this video. – NTS
Used to be Dark [RECOIL], the upcoming project from the Toronto-based crew, is slated to drop in the first quarter of 2012.
Directed by JR of Motioneer & Matthew Bronson
Remember back back in the day when you had that 1 Homie who would video tape & record every rap video on TV, or every rap show on the radio? Fast forward 15 years, the Homie has a box of 30 or so VHS cassette tapes sittin dusty in a drawer with things like “Rap City”, “Summer Jam”, “The Box”, “In Da Round” scrolled on the side of’em in some youthful hand styles fit for a wall or 2 – and you’re like, I need to watch these, takes you back, rappin along with every word like it was yesterday. But you ain’t mad raps evolved, cus you fuck with the new shit, cus back then “this was the new shit”. You were at home thinking, “How can I rap like that?”
Art by Elicser.
The Toronto-based group join forces with the LA native for the latest release from their upcoming project, Used To Be Dark (Recoil).
I didn’t know that Black Squirrels were rare – not until EV told me that they don’t have black squirrels in California. EV had seen a program about the black squirrel on the Discovery channel and was really surprised to see one for the first time in person. I guess when you see something everyday it doesn’t seem unique at all – this is the kind of stuff we talked about the first time we all met. Evidence is an interesting guy. He was in town on tour with Little Brother at the time when we first hung out. Bronze had met him earlier that year as EV had started working on a solo project – discussing beats – and found that they had both been in touch with DJ Khalil with whom put in a good word. Ev had heard Bronze’s beats and agreed to do a track with us on the strength of them – so when he was in Toronto, we got him in the studio as planned, picked him up only to go work on a joint that we’d been crafting with him for a couple of months over the phone and online – something we were excited to play for the label at the time – and we knew we needed something like this for the project. Not the most original concept per say, rap about rap, but something personally historic, that relied on a consistency in delivery between every rappers angle – the early days, the firsts. Our verses were done and recorded, and I thought EV had written his verse already, but when Bronze put the beat on, EV talked about how much he was looking forward to writing to it – and then proceeded to knock a verse out like only a writer of his caliber can, on the spot, staying true to our concept of the song for the whole 16 – asking us what we thought of his last 4 bars before throwing to Rakaa. Shit was fire – and clearly cemented the Brotherhood we now have with EV. What was it like when you first started rapping? An honest question that helped to create “NOBODY” – the song that sorta started all of our west coast collaborations for Notes – the song that led to becoming real family with Dilated – opening the door for us to do more with EV, Rak & Babs, and of course Fash – It was the genisis for our tours and sessions with Dilated and Babu here in Canada – as well as more joints with the Dilated family yet to be released – shouts to EV & ALC. – Swamp
Produced by Bronze One (of Notes to Self) & Book (of Beatface) aka Book & Bronze.
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