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[Interview] Saba shares on what is unifying Chicago artists, how “Notorious Thugs” inspired him to rap, and why first day of high school was weird

It’s funny how I first discovered Saba, when I was going through the year lists for 2014, I noticed a project coming up more than a few times. Saba’s mixtape ComfortZone on more than few blogs and I decided to download it.  I don’t know if this happens to you, when you download a great deal of new of new it might take you some time to get around to it and that’s what happened with this mixtape. A few weeks later, I get an email from Martin who is part of The Come Up Show team, and he introduced me to Saba’s manager via email. Saba is going to be in Toronto in May to play Canadian Music Week and they wanted to get exposure before they came down to the city.

I’m happy to present my interview with Saba, I caught up with him in his Chicago home while he was cooking chicken tenders. He tells me the one song he heard by Bone Thugs that inspired him to want to be a rapper, why his first day of high school was hella weird and you might notice Chicago music scene is on fire right now, Saba shares breaks it down why that is.

Peep the full post to read the highlight points of the interview.

[Interview] Quake talks new album Rap Music, getting shouted out by Drake, and things happening for a reason

I apologize if you were missed us last Wednesday when a new episode was supposed to be released but I experienced technical issues. So as a thank you, I’m releasing a double dose of The Come Up Show Podcast. This episode features Quake Matthews and make sure to check out our 2nd episode with Chicago emcee Saba.

Quake Matthews flew down from Halifax to Toronto to support the King of The Dot Blackout 5 and his homie Pat Stay who was battling against Charrone. We talked about the shoutout Quake got from Drake, the fourth studio album Rap Music, the story of how his producer and drummer got signed to Waka Flocka, and so much more. Enjoy!

Peep the full article to see the video of Drake shouting out Quake Matthews and to view the highlight points of the interview.

[Album] Drake- “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”

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The boy keeps doing it. A couple of weeks ago we thought there would be a mixtape dropping and it turns out to be an LP titled If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. Features include Lil Wayne, PARTYNEXTDOOR, and Travi$ Scott. Let me know what you think!

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Buy: Drake- “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”

[Interview] DeJ Loaf shares what she learned from the success of “Try Me” and why you should quit your day job

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Hailing out of Detroit, Michigan, DeJ Loaf released a mixtape titled Just do It in 2012 that encompasses the struggles she went through in college. Balancing school and music she dropped out of school to pursue the latter while working as a custodian at the Chrysler Factory. In a funk she quit her job and she was seriously contemplating if music was her calling, then one day while shopping in a mall these girls were giving her a dirty look and that’s when she decided to go home and record the song “Try Me”. Her only goal was to hit 5000 listens, if the song didn’t she was going to upload another song until something caught on. After a few youtube and Instagram posts “Try Me” went viral. Artists like Wiz Khalifa wanted to do a remix, “6” God Drake posted a lyric from the song on Instagram and the rest as they say is history.

I caught up with DeJ Loaf to talk about what kept her going when she was struggling, what she learned from her hit single “Try Me”, what she would have done if it didn’t succeed, why you should quit your day job, and so much more. Comment below on your favourite part of our interview with DeJ Loaf.

Peep the photography of the event after the jump.

[Radio] The Come Up Show Radio Broadcast Jan 24, 2015 (6-8:00pm ET)

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The team is back strong in today’s episode of The Come Up Show Radio. J.R. is back and Michael Kivell is the co-host. Due to technical difficulties the webcam feature is down. Join us at the links below.

JOIN US EVERY SATURDAY:
Radio. You can tune in on 94.9FM CHRW and Rogers Ch 943 if you live in London, Ontario, Canada.
Desktop computers and smart phones. For the rest of the world listen to the audio stream on the music player.
Request songs.You can request songs by tweeting us @thecomeupshow or call us by phone  1+ 519 661 3600.
What: The Come Up Show Radio is an award winning Hip-Hop and R&B radio show playing the best of up and coming music from all around the world!
When: Regular show is Every Saturday 6pm-8pm Eastern Time Zone.

[Radio] The Come Up Show Radio Broadcast Jan 17, 2015 (6-7:25pm ET)

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Our show is only an hour and a half today because of Western Men’s Hockey game. These links are only up for two weeks as of today! You can stream the show on CHRW Website or download them directly.

Playlist
Clipse- Grindin
Scarface- Guess Who’s Back
Relic- Wink and Nod
Dustin More- Only the Best
Saukrates- FYOE
Childish Gambino- Pop Thieves
J. Cole- Power Trippin
Tasnatta Interview
Tasnatta- Say Goodbye
Arys Dejon- The prelude
Rich Kidd- Brick
Jeezy & Kendrick- Holy Ghost
royceBirth- The Shining
Nelly- Roc the Mic
Snoop Dogg- What’s My Name
Big Sean- IDFWU
Def-3 Shad-The Truth
ASAP- Pretty Lord Floco
Jay Z & R.Kelly- The Return
Gangstarr- Ex Girl to Next Girl
Childish Gambino- All Ya’ll

JOIN US EVERY SATURDAY:
Radio. You can tune in on 94.9FM CHRW and Rogers Ch 943 if you live in London, Ontario, Canada.
Desktop computers and smart phones. For the rest of the world listen to the audio stream on the music player.
Request songs.You can request songs by tweeting us @thecomeupshow or call us by phone is 1+ 519 661 3600.
What: The Come Up Show Radio is an award winning Hip-Hop and R&B radio show playing the best of up and coming music from all around the world!
When: Regular show is Every Saturday 6pm-8pm Eastern Time Zone.

[News] Toronto vs. L.A.- Battle of The America’s Feb 5 2015

Toronto-based Beat Academy Producers Head to Los Angeles During Grammy Week to Do Battle
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Toronto, Canada – It’s no longer the North American urban music industry’s little secret. When today’s journalists and influencers are tasked with seeking out album producer credits on numerous major award nominated and winning albums, there is always Canadian content. In fact, the phenomenon of there being so many producer success stories emanating from Toronto is no accident, and was arguably catalyzed by rapper Drake’s Award-winning beat-making team of Noah “40” Shebib,Boi-1da and T-Minus, among others, and which has left some wide scale residual effects in Torontothat are too hard to ignore. 

Toronto’s Beat Academy has taken, nurtured, innovated and incubated these energies, and have created workshops and “live” beat making events that encourage Toronto-based music makers to explore their passion and discover ways to turn music production into their career. Last year marked Beat Academy’s first international festival and battle appearance at the world renowned SXSW 2014 music festival in Austin, Texas, where a motley crew of Team Toronto producers led by Grammy winner Boi-1da defeated Team Houston in a nail biter for beat making bragging rights. In the lead up to Austin, the sheer amount of buzz surrounding Toronto’s youth-driven producer movement prompted former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to attend their February 2014 SXSW fundraiser at The Rivoli and attempt to program some “live” beats on an Ableton live system with MIDI controller. This time around, it looks like the Beat Academy might have outdone themselves.

On February 5, during Grammy week, the Beat Academy will be participating in the Battle of the America’s at club Los Globos (3040 Sunset Blvd) in Los Angeles. This year’s battle includes a new class of eight producers flying down to Los Angeles and representing Team Toronto featuring 2015 Grammy-nominated producer Lord Quest (Schoolboy Q), 17 year old female phenom producer WondaGurl (Jay-Z), Rich Kidd (Drake, Raekwon, Talib Kweli), T. Lo (Juno-winning rapper Shad’s DJ + former Canadian DMC champ), and rounded out by Juno-nominated Prezident Jeff, FrancisGotHeat (Tre Mission),Moose Beats and rising star Sevn Thomas (Mobb Deep, Kelly Rowland). Team Toronto will be battling a stacked Team Los Angeles line-up that includes 2015 Grammy-nominated producer Skhyehutch(T.D.E) one-half of production duo Weirrd People, Angel Ramirez, The Beat Brigade, Dert Beats, Trak D, BoomerDidIt and Snoop Dogg’s drummer Nick Smith (Brandy, Ciara). Special guest judge (also spinning a DJ set) will be the legendary DJ HouseShoes. Can hip hop’s newest kid on the block show the city of rap legends a thing or two about making beats? 

Battle of the America’s Los Angeles is produced and curated by the Beat Academy, a Toronto-based non-profit exclusively dedicated to the creative and economic advancement of producers from around the globe

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