Category Archives: Hip Hop

Artist Spotlight: Keys N Krates

The next big thing out of Toronto? I might be late on this one but f***k it, this s*!T is dope.

Dynamic Adam Tune on the drums, World Champion turntablist Jr‐Flo on turntables, and the eversoulful
Matisse on the keys are doing nothing short of “re‐inventing the remix.”
Like nothing you’ve ever seen before, Keys N Krates combine live instrumentation, turntablism and live
sampling to remix existing pop music and samples from MGMT to Jay‐Z right before your eyes. Pushing
the envelope beyond the ideals of laptop‐centric remix culture, this unique trio changes the game by
bringing an explosive live analog presence to their sought‐after sound and performance.
The live re‐mix trio was featured in Urb Magazine’s “Next 100” issue and continue to receive countless
co‐signed features by Urb Magazine, Vapors Magazine, (AOL’s premiere music site), Beyond
Race Magazine, Evil Monito, Hip Hop Official, Format Magazine, Discobelle and more.
Sharing stages with Kid Cudi, Steve Aoki, Questlove and Timbaland, KNK maintain a non‐stop tour
schedule throughout all of North America. The trio has recently taken their live re‐mix sound to the
studio crafting live compositions into signature recordings, slated to release new music mid 2010.

Artist Spotlight : First Class (Ace Gifted, Jo Biggs & Just)

First Class is a hip hop group composed of rapper Ace Gifted, Jo Biggs and producer Justin “JUST” Lindsay. The group was formed in late 2009 after the three collaborated on a mixtape(“Popular Demand”).
In 1998, Ace Gifted (A.J. Everett) and Jo Biggs (Jovar Bell) met in 7th grade at William S. Hackett Middle School in Albany,NY. When they entered Albany High School Biggs was already a part of a rap group which Ace would later join. Members of the group changed over time but the two remained. All members would eventually go solo in 2005. In mid 2006 Ace joined Kloq:worK Ent.(a montage of the most talented local artists,producers and engineers). Biggs would also join Kloq:worK Ent. in late 2006. At this time Justin “Just” Lindsay was the head of Kloq:worK Ent. This is where the three would first work together.
Together the three form First Class and aim to put Upstate New York into the eyes and ears of the mainstream media. First Class fits well into the main stream hip hop scene as they pave their own way. Their versatility allows them to make radio-friendly music while maintaining their status among today’s top lyricists.
In 2010, First Class signed with 1 Luv Music Group, they are currently working on their debut album (untitled) with their first single “Dont Blame Me”. DJ Iroc (Official DJ for Alicia Keys) stated, “…these boys got it! As far as I’m concerned I would put them up there with J. Cole, Jay Electronica and Drake!” Album scheduled to be released early 2011.

heres new music from the group, called “PUSH“. This is certified heat! It’s already made its way into our rotation, soon to become a favorite of yours.

Shout out to the homie DJ Show for putting me on.

This Weeks Good Friday Drop.

So as most of you know Kanye West will be releasing exclusive songs every friday (G.O.O.D. Fridays) this week he unleashes the apply title track Good Friday featuring Common, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Big Sean & Charlie Wilson…check it out tell us what you think…if you like it, it might make it into the CDB rotation

Kanye West ft. Common, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Big Sean & Charlie Wilson – Good Friday