BORDER PATROL™: LIFESAVAS

January 30, 2009

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After a 6 hour ordeal at the border, ABORT’s Amalia Nickel gets her  “interrogation on” with the Lifesavas crew to break down the  bullshit behind the badge while on tour.

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Aceyalone shrugs, and credits the use of binary images in his lyrics to being a Libra. His sheepish response seems odd given that his music has been pushing the boundaries of hip-hop for nearly 2 decades – breaking convention doesn’t happen by accident and it seems to me that his creative process is divided between mind and man….[read more]

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Live Review: MNL feat. Lifesavas w/ Cool Nutz, Emotionz, Greg B and East Side Magik
Monday, January 26, 2009
The Modern, Vancouver BC

As the snow gently stuck to the sidewalks, minds at The Modern were miles away, falling into the funky grooves of Lifesavas with Chief Xcel.  The Portland duo Vursatyl and Gumbo (aka Bumpy Johnson and Sleepy Floyd) were hard-pressed for audience participation – it took several tries to get the crowd to answer “hold on” with an adequate “wait a minute” – but this dampened neither their performance nor the spirits of the sparse crowd. [read more]

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By Amalia Nickel

Coming Soon…Amalia interviews Jumbo and Vursatyl of the Lifesavas to talk about their new album, a new president and old friends.

Mixtape Report: Heatwave
The Masses Volume 1
Killawatt

Heatwave, Vancouver’s self-proclaimed “Fresh Prince of the City” does indeed bring a little heat to The Masses of Raindrop City with his new mixtape. It’s not all good, but it’s a solid effort chock-full of epic beats, sincere sentiments and the ballsy self-hype young rappers tend to spit: at times his slightly off-kilter flows sound like a less refined Nas.

Perhaps the most successful track is “Say the Word”, featuring Heatwave’s Killawatt counterparts Red 1and Lamar Ashe: Heatwave keeps sound company and it’s a good look for him. His drawling vocals on this track, combined with Lamar’s crisp melodies, display West Coast flavor at its finest. On “Fallen Star” sublime scales back Heatwave’s earnest lyricism – “if it’s knowledge that I got, I need wisdom” – it’s a little gushy but emotionally affective. “Paper Paper” is equally grandiose with its choral-based beat and thoughtful rhymes: “Paper, paper, tell me how you feel…Tell me why you make the poor people feel ill”. [read more]

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Live Review: Monday Night Live’s “WOMEN IN HIP-HOP” Event
Monday, December 2, 2008
The Modern, Vancouver BCMonday Night seemed extra live this week with its “Women of Hip-Hop” show at The Modern in Gastown. Emotionz, who puts the Monday Night Live showcases together, admitted that this all-female show was in fact something he did with his “little sisters” The Genetics in mind. Even so, a wide range of hip-hop artists proved their skills and gave a uniquely feminine touch to a largely masculine genre. [read more]

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CD Review – Kardinal Offishall
Not 4 Sale
Konvict/UMG

“The Kardinal’s” fourth album, Not 4 Sale, comes with a hint of irony.  Already Canada’s hip-hop darling, the quintessential T-Dot rapper now reaches across the falls to the much more potent market of the U.S: “if you’re looking for me, I’m three hours from Michigan.”

The album features everyone from Akon (the executive producer of Kardi’s first full-length album on Konvict Muzik) to Rhianna to The Clipse.  Although some of the collaborators overshadow him, Kardinal Offishall generally stays true to the Toronto sounds, which he helped create; heavy dancehall synth beats, drawled rhymes and distant religious connotations. [read more]

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By Amalia Nickel

CD Review: Raphael Saadiq
The Way I See It
Sony BMG

Raphael Saadiq’s third solo album does not merely revisit the sounds of Motown, it adds to the catalog.  It refuses to fall under the usual neo-soul genre by accurately emanating the rhythm and blues classics in tone, form and content.

Saadiq keeps it simple: bass, keys, tambourine and a smattering of strings and horns swell to his straightforward crooning: “No matter how good you are to people you know, they’ll make you cry sometimes.”  The simplicity of The Way I See It does not affect its versatility and Saadiq pays tribute to a variety of sounds. [read more]

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Live Review – Ill Bill, Sean Price, R.A. The Rugged Man w/Snak the Ripper, Quoted Motives and Neato
Monday, October 13, 2008
Richards on Richards, Vancouver BC

Monday Night was indeed live as the ABORT sponsored show featured R.A. The Rugged Man, Sean Price and Ill Bill graced Vancouver with their unorthodox flows.  Opening was local acts Neato, Quoted Motives and Snak the Ripper, after which R.A. The Rugged Man took the stage.

And Rugged he was. From his sweaty stripping, to his inappropriate comments to the audience – “If you were 17 I would’ve had you, I don’t fuck with no 19-year old shit” – the man is a bit of a brute.  Nevertheless, he can sure spit.  R.A. the Rugged Man rhymed with such eloquence it was easy to forget the crudeness of his words.  Performing such cult classics as “Stanley Kubrick“, “Lessons”and his verse from Jedi Mind Tricks’ “Uncommon Valor (A Vietnam Story)” R.A. sent the crowd’s testosterone levels through the roof. He even convinced some girls to show off their tits on stage then had the audacity to ask if there were any prettier girls around. [read more]

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Only one year into his career, Vancouver MC Snak The Ripper stays sober long enough to chat with ABORT’s Amalia Nickel to discuss his self-titled debut (currently available online) and his tour with R.A. The Rugged Man

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