YZ, Pioneer of Conscious Hip Hop | Down With The Kings


YZ is a product of the Golden Age of hip hop and is considered by many to be a pioneer in the realm of conscious rap for his socially intelligent lyrics combined with street loyal razor sharp hip hop beats. “Thinking of Master Plan” was released in the early 90’s and fans to this day are anxious to hear what the New Jersey born rapper has on his mind.

YZ stops by “Down With The Kings” and touches on his early days in the hip hop game, his top 5 MC’s and new projects on the horizon.

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Toronto Hip Hop History with Don Carlito | Down With The Kings


Don Carlito aka B-Kool is one of the pioneers of the Toronto hip hop scene that was part of a movement that elevated rap and hip hop culture to new heights north of the border and helped put the genre on the centre stage. This former Juno award reflects on the early days of the Toronto hip hop scene, his music and what to expect from him coming down the pipe next on this special edition of Down With The Kings!

The Incomparable Wordsworth | Down With The Kings


1471471498261(1)Brooklyn-born rapper and former Lyricist Lounge All-Star Wordsworth joins  The Audman on Down With The Kings courtesy of Maximum FM Hip Hop.


Words touches on his successful solo career as well as his work with EMC and Punch & Words. He also speaks to the importance of building a legacy and his upcoming solo projects.


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Max TV Industry Launch Party | The Audman Media

Max TV Launch

MaximumFM.ca launches  a new platform under the brand MaxNow.TV. MaxTV is a new outlet for Canadian artists to release music and other creative content which will be available to Canadians coast to coast and around the world 24/7 on their smart phones, tablets, computers and other IPTV devices. Max TV will have 6 separate branded channels of which 4 are music video channels. Hip Hop, Dance, Pop and Soul while 2 other channels airing special events, concerts, movies, series and documentaries.
Along with playing music videos, MaxTV will also create and develop it’s own programming some of which are inspired by MaximumFM.ca’s current on air programming and developing them for TV.

DJ King Shameek Still Doing It To The Crowd | Down With The Kings


Legendary DJ/producer, King Shameek has been doing it to the crowd for more than two decades. The New Jersey native first came to prominence in 1989 as the DJ for Twin Hype (Do It To The Crowd & For Those Who Like To Groove), and later appeared on records with classic artists such as Naughty By Nature, T La Rock, King Sun, Lisette Melendez among others. The veteran DJ rolls through Down With The Kings to reflect back on his impressive production credits, his time with Twin Hype and the current state of hip hop.

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Monie Love Is In The Middle | Down With The Kings

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UK born hip hop artist Monie Love stops by the program and talks about her career in the industry industry and also touches her journey to North America as a young teenager to pursue a hip hop career,   She’ll also discuss the signficance of the smash hit Ladies First done in collaboration with Queen Latifah.

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T Dot Fest 2015

The TDOt Fest 2015 was held on Sunday October 4th at Yonge & Dundas which celebrated some of Canada’s young up and coming talent making noise in the music industry today. Some of the 28 artists who rocked the mic in with their biggest hits: Multi-Platinum Canadian R&B artist Karl Wolf & his new Group BAE MuchMusic Video Award Winning Recording Artist DRU Juno Nominated Rapper and Lyricist JD Era Hip Hop Artist Gee Wunder Hip Hop Artist & Music Producer Jay Evans US Latin Billboard Chart Topper Fito Blanko!

Canadian Urban Music Conference 2015



Canadian Urban Music Conference 2015

The 4th annual Canadian Urban Music Conference is Canada’s first city-style music conference with intimate and interactive seminars, A&R feedback sessions, VIP events at Private Members Clubs and live concerts for cutting edge music including Hiphop, R&B, and Pop. It provides music professionals with the tools to create, communicate and participate in this global multi-billion dollar music industry. It consists of a series of intimate and interactive workshops, A&R meetings, live concerts, networking lunches and private VIP cocktail events. CUMC is committed to giving professionals a competitive edge and a truly revolutionary way to Network… Learn… and do Business.

Paris: Not A lot of change at all…

parisParis is a San Francisco Bay Area rapper who first broke on the scene in 1990 with his hit single and album The Devil Made Me Do It and quickly earned the reputation as being one of most politically charged MC’s in the game who didn’t shy away from putting issues on the forefront.

His first single from that album, “Break The Grip of Shame,” illustrated this as MTV made the decision to ban the video for being too controversial. Since then, his uncompromising stance on political issues, police brutality, gun violence and systematic oppression and racism haven’t wavered and confronted on his latest album, “Pistol Politics”.  After more than 25 years in the industry, the Black Panther of rap told me as a guest on Down With The Kings that he has seen very little advancement, “Not a a lot has changed at all, honestly. Police brutality is still pervasive, government malficence is still pervasive.  This really is a way to speak out to what’s going on in a way that’s entertaining”

Pistol Politics is described as a a musical statement of solidarity – and a much needed united front – against oppression and institutional racism in an age almost devoid of meaningful commentary in urban entertainment.

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Is NWA The Hip Hop Version of The Beatles?

The Beatles were an iconic rock group from Liverpool, England. They are frequently cited as the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed band in modern history, with innovative music, a cultural impact that helped define the 1960’s and an enormous influence on music that is still felt today.

If you take the millions of record sales out of the equation, Is NWA The Hip Hop Version of The Beatles?

Big Hutch AKA Cold 187um of the west coast hip hop group Above The Law definitely seems to think so.  While he was a guest on “Down With The Kings”, the godfather of the G-Funk sound expressed his heartfelt appreciation for what the mega group, NWA did for his career, “To me, they’re like my Beatles. I got the whole blue print from them. A lot of people got the rock and roll blueprint from The Beatles, to me in hip hop – they’re my Beatles”

Much like The Beatles, NWA took the direction of hip hop into new frontiers by shining a spotlight on gangster rap and hardcore hip hop and as Big Hutch said, provided a “blueprint” for others to follow.  They made their own rules, did what they want and weren’t going to let anyone tell them how to do it.  The impact of NWA is still felt to this  was going by  is still felt to this day which was evident by the recent success of the biopic smash feature length film, “Straight Outta Compton”.

In addition, Big Hutch also speaks on the current state of gangster rap, Ruthless Records and his work on the Tupac tribute album, “Until The End of Time”