(Photo – Amalia J. Nickel)

GZA (The Genius) w/ Red 1 and guests
Tuesday March 24 2009
Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver BC

An above average Tuesday brought legendary lyricist The GZA to a crowd of mellow hip hop heads at the Commodore Ballroom. His on-point and thought provoking lyricism on striking beats is the reason this MC is called the Genius. [read more]

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ABORT EXCLUSIVE:

VANCOUVER, BC – Violence erupted  toinight (March 21) at Richards on Richards nightclub in downtown Vancouver, when controversial NYC rapper Necro, failed to make his headlining appearance at a local hip-hop event, sponsored by ABORT Magazine.   Police showed up within minutes of the disturbance and used excessive force to control the crowd as shouts of “police brutality” rang out from the patrons gathered outside. [read more]

BORDER PATROL™: J-LIVE

March 15, 2009

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As an emcee, dee jay, producer and CEO of his aptly named company Triple Threat Productions, J-Live’s music has been a staple of inspiration for listeners of underground hip hop from New York to Cali and around the world.

On his recent stop in Vancouver, J-Live took a timeout with ABORT’s Amalia Nickel, to drop a dime on the shady Canadian Border Patrol. Upon discovery of absolutely no drugs or weapons, the boys in green decide to  accuse the famed NYC producer, of possibly having child porn on his hard drive. Get a life, you motherfuckers.

Welcome to Canada.

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Our fave Brick City Renegades Naughty By Nature, are back in fine form with a new album and tour, and Vin Rock took a time out to drop a dime on our illustrious Border Patrol, who of course gave them a hard time coming to play our fine city.

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Live Review: Killawatt Records Release Party feat. Red-1, Plazma Crew, Heatwave, Lamar Ashe w/ guests
Thursday, February 19, 2009
The Hennessey Lounge, Vancouver BC

Thursday night saw the launch of HeatWave’s The Masses Volume 1 mixtape as well as Touch Thursdays, a new hip-hop night at the Hennessey Lounge.  And if there’s one thing that Killawatt -the label owned and operated by Red 1 of The Rascalz – proved, it’s that it knows how to throw a party.  From the quality hip-hop to the red shots sent out to all the ladies by Red 1, it was a classy affair. [read more]

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Live Review: Kardinal Offishall with Shaun Boothe
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver BC

Kardinal’s latest album of collaborations did not necessarily translate well into a  live set, and though it was a little choppy,  there was still a fine dance party to be had at Kardinal Offishall’s “Tour Of Duty”  in support of his latest release “Not 4 Sale” (UMG).

Alongside Black Jays members Solitaire and Ro Ro Dolla, the Kardinal sang, danced and represented the Caribbean sounds of T-Dot. [read more]

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Evil The Root of All Evil
By: Amalia Judith [contact]
Date: February 16th 2009

http://www.myspace.com/evildraftdodgers


Evil

Vancouver, B.C. – Evil’s not as sinister as he seems. The pale, sunken-eyed character on the cover of his new album The Wanderer may look like something out of a Dickens novel but his brand of villainy is more mischievous than depraved. [read more]

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(Photo – Amalia Nickel)

Live Review – J-Live w/ Groundbreakers and P-Butta
Monday,February 23, 2009
The Modern, Vancouver BC

The founder of Triple Threat Productions proved to be just that: the legendary J-Live rapped, DJed his own set, kept the crowd happy and made it all look effortless.

Vancouver’s own Groundbreakers opened; they are a creative ensemble of MCs, a beatboxer and a bassist.  Their beats tend to be organic and their style classic, accentuated by Babie Paul’s rhythmic rumblings about dead prime ministers.  The darker sounds of P-Butta of ILL-Legitimate followed, leading into the main act. [read more]

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TOP: Paying respects at Main & Hastings

BOTTOM L to R: Saluting the VPD, ABORT’s Amalia Nickel, Reminding the boys in blue, BWSS’s Angela Marie MacDougall

(All photos by Scott Alexander | obsidianfoxphotography.com)

VANCOUVER, BC – Spirits lingered on Main and Hastings as hundreds of people gathered on Valentines Day to remember the women lost and murdered from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). The 18th Annual Women’s Memorial March maintains that “their spirits live within us” and indeed their presence was felt in the smoking sage, cyclical chants, and ubiquitous drumming. [read more]

ABOVE : Joose and Talk-S.I.K of Plazma Crew

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Live Review – Black History Month Showcase
Friday, February 13, 2009
BSS, Vancouver, BC

Friday the thirteenth of February, Britannia Secondary School’s hundred year-old auditorium was host to the ancient rhythms and oral traditions of hip-hop.

As proof that there are rappers in Vancouver who care, Killawatt’s HeatWave and Plazma Crew shared the stage with Discreet Da Chosen 1 of Snake Eyes Crew to entertain and educate hundreds of enthusiastic teen-agers about Black History Month.  Hosted by Scruffmouth the Scribe, stories of injustice and resistance were told as DJ D-Rec’s pounding beats flooded the space. [read more]

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By Amalia Nickel

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