Hip Hop In A Hat Vol. 1

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Hip Hop In A Hat Vol. 1

Introducing Hip Hop Synergy’s First Event:

Hip Hop In A Hat Vol 1.

We have a great lineup for our very first kick off show including the following incredible Calgary artists:

1. Nerds In Cool Clothing
2. Damion Jones
3. Bishop Kongolo
4. Kirby Smallz
5. T-Bear
6. Newsense
7. J Thaddeus
8. Kian Clifton
9. Sinzere
10. Freeze
11. Adam ‘8em’ Miller
12. Red Music
13. Ryan The Rapper

Here’s how it’s all going to go down. We’ll kick off the night with some dope vibes from Calgary’s premier DJ Richie.

The nights live entertainment will start at 9:30 SHARP. The master of ceremonies will introduce the crowd to the artists that are playing the night. But here’s the twist, no one knows the order there going to be playing until their name gets drawn out of the hip-hop hat!

Each artist will be selected randomly from a hat using volunteers from the crowd. But that’s not where the crowd participation ends! After each artist performs you can log onto the hip-hop synergy website and place your vote for who you think was the best artist of the night by grading each one out of five stars!

Winning artist of the night gets the hip-hop synergy prize pack that will include all types of swag including gift certificates, a photo shoot, and even recording time!

For tickets to the event talk to anyone of the artists in the list above so they can hook you up and you don’t miss out on this unique event!

For questions or other inquiries feel free to leave a comment on the event page or contact Devon from hip-hop synergy through Facebook email or text message.

Devon’s email is ThreeEinc@live.com
Phone number is 403-585-5132

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Hip Hop In A Hat Vol. 1 First In Calgary!

For the first time ever in Calgary, Hip Hop Synergy brings you the event of the century! Ok maybe not that epic but still, if your looking for the best way to spend your friday night and you’re a closet hip hop enthusiast like most Calgarians are, you need to come out and support this brand new movement!

The night will unfold in the most peculiar and chaotic way ever imagined. First Calgary’s premier DJ, Ritchie will kick off the night spinning the best hits of hip hop to set the mood just right. Everyone will gather ’round the stage to watch the host make a fool of himself by offering puny quips and out dated jokes. Before you know what hits you the event will kick off at precisely 9:30 PM with an unpredictable start. A member of the audience will draw the first artist to perform out of a hat!

The artists will continue through the roster in this exact fashion, creating an energetic and incredibly involved environment unlike any other hip hop event to hit this city! Audience members will be responsible for choosing the best artist of the night using a new voting system created and developed by the Hip Hop Synergy team. The artist with the best performance of the night will be awarded with a certificate and hundreds of dollars worth of prizes donated by local business who support the original and upcoming stars of YYC.

Other businesses and artists have offered up door prizes for the guests as well which will be randomly thrown out at the audience members who show the most enthusiasm and involvement in the event. The organizers hope to make this event an ongoing monthly debacle for the hip hop community to continue growing in a positive and reinforcing environment.

If you want to attend the event you can purchase tickets from any of the artists listed in the roster for the evening. All the money from the tickets is going to be divided up among the artists to help them support their growing career in the music industry! There will be a merch table offering some of the artist’s fine apparel and CD’s and on the Hip Hop Synergy site a page has been set up to provide the audience with a digital compilation of the music for them to continue to enjoy and support the artists they love.

This just might be the best Hip Hop event born in the city full of secret Hip Hop lovers! The only way this event can continue to grow, shed light on the artists and their music, and positively re-invent the image of the Calgary urban scene is through the continuing support of the fans so if you want to learn more about the event, RSVP on the Facebook event page, or purchase tickets from the artists to help support them, visit any of the links below! See you there!




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OZMC at the abandoned show!


Check out the set from OZMC tonight at the abandoned show! 

For more music from the aussie boss click HERE!

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calgary hip hop review on aye

A.Y.E. – The Review

I was cruising the Calgary artist playlist and stumblde upon a unique voice I haven’t yet heard. I have to admit the playlist is incredibly diverse. The records ranged from the heavy sampled old school flavour all the way to the early 90’s Jay feel. This guy flows with an old school tongue giving you the impression that hip hop oldie goodies aren’t dead yet.

I found myself actually listening to each of the songs in the playlist he has on Reverb and genuinely nodding along trough the whole thing. His vocals generously compliment the fluidity of the instrumentals. The melodic choices are nothing short of genius. A lot of artists are self proclaimed classics but this one right here actually lives up to the claim.

Just the right amount of braggadocio flows mixed in with the humility of a real down to earth humble artist who was born to create. Songs to inspire, songs to vibe with, and songs to get the party started. Overall this guy’s a real inspiration for anyone looking for a creative mentor. Take a listen our Choice Track share your thoughts!

If you like what you hear check out the rest of his playlist right here: A.Y.E. on ReverbNation

Stay tuned for more news, reviews, and everything else Hip Hop Synergy!

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blackalicious alphabet aerobics daniel radcliffe rap

A Weird Dream, Harry Potter Raps, & You Need More Fans

This is going to be weird for both you and I but you’ll have to bear with me as we travel the road less travelled. About a year ago I had a rather pleasant and unnerving dream. After spending an evening attempting a harry potter marathon, which ran about one and a half movies and a few beers long, something rather peculiar was absorbed into my subconscious, that I haven’t quite been able to put a finger on. Until now of course. And so I give to you a quick glimpse into the asylum which is my sleeping mind. Allow me to preface this whole story with a short interlude. There was a point at which the self reflection took a new turn and I realized what it all meant. This video clip right here:

Okay, so back to my stupid dream. It started off with a third person view of myself wandering about a train platform. Cliche I know; and who do I run into but Mr. Daniel Radcliffe himself. Who apparently was a good friend of mine. We went for coffee, toured the cookie cutter dream sequence city we were in, and all the while I couldn’t help but notice how much attention he was getting. I kept asking him questions like “Bro, your gonna make me famous right?” (Shut up I was dreaming) Eventually as time passed, as it so randomly does in sandman’s land, I realized that my inquisition had turned into a nagging of sorts, and eventually I had become a caricature of the side kick, coat tail rider. I kept looking to the dream state Harry to give me the break I thought I deserved. Never actually giving any real contribution to the success I dreamed I had wanted.

Well, as you know with all good things comes a history of hard work, dedication, and determination. In my dream I wasn’t the one doing any of those things. I was hoping and wishing that someone else would do it for me so that I could become the icon I believed I could be. Of course my waking self understands that, but somewhere deep in my subconscious, part of me must’ve believed that if I could pretend to work hard enough, something might happen. I have grown a great deal since this dream and understand the fact that good things don’t come to those who wait. It is rewarded to those who want to work hard to truly achieve their goals. I speak from a place of experience when I say that my Plan B has taken so much away from my Plan A.

Yes, it is true that in order to get somewhere you must work to survive, invest your earnings, and focus as much spare time and energy as you can on your Plan A, all the while excelling at your Plan B. But in hindsight I find it way too easy to look back and find all the places where my Plan B took more than it deserved. I’ve personally spent the better part of 8 years working at what I do as an entrepreneur. Real estate photographer is the title. The perks aren’t all that great but at least it pays the bills. The thing is, I can’t help but think about the countless hours I’ve wasted on trips to cancelled shoots, time spent developing great industry relationships that ultimately can’t and won’t pay off in the future I aim for, and every second that ticks by while I’m sitting in my car waiting for someone whose priorities are not the same as mine. My aim is not to be negative but only to reflect on my experiences so stay with me here.

In short, all I can say is, take advice from someone who has been here. You’re not going to get rich investing in a stock tip from a hobo. But a wall street guru might have some valuable information is all I’m eluding to. All of this is kind of a long winded way of saying, here: have this piece of crucial information I have found, and see if it can help you in your journey, chasing the dream I think we all share. This guy might not be the industry top but he’s the only one who’s willing to share the information the rest of them won’t. If you can make it through these rantings then you might as well sit through an hour of someone who actually knows what he’s talking about. Have fun, and take notes. Remember: Synergy is Unity. Together we can take over the world. Or at least the new landscape of the music industry.

If you have anything you think might add value to the idea feel free to post below and lets get a conversation going! I truly believe that in order to progress and succeed we must share, learn, and grow together.

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DJ Craze

Everyone Can DJ

I’m ashamed to admit that there once existed a younger me that believed this statement. DJ’ing was overrated to me and I never thought it took much skill to accomplish becoming one. The demand was there, after all, for any novice with a turn table to attend a party and ensure steady streams of music poured through the speakers. Guests wouldn’t pay much attention due to the heavy amounts of intoxicants they were consuming so it was easy to get away with “pretending to play with something”. Basically “an overrated iPod controller”.

If you haven’t heard what these quotes are from yet then pause for a quick second and enjoy a laugh with me as Daniel Tosh of Tosh.0 explains this principle in a much more elaborate and entertaining way.

Although funny, this sketch stirred up a lot of polarizing feelings within as I’m sure it does for you. So much so, that another, legendary, entertainer used a snippet of the rant for the intro of the next video I’m about to show you. But let me prelude this with slightly off segway. I do believe there are DJ’s out there with mad skill. Just few and far between. So I guess you can see how contrasting the feeling is when you see the young guns trying to pretend to be something that falls short of a hyped up play button man. All I have to say is, if you want to be a spinner, learn how to spin. Pay close attention kids. This is how it’s done.

So as you can see. Boy’s got skills. The YYC hip hop scene is filled with talented DJ’s too, they just all seem to be hiding in the basement mashing up Diana Ross records with that new Jay Z joint. My challenge to all of you is simple. Step up the game and get out here and prove your worth! If you’re a YYC scratcher and you have something worth sharing let’s see it! Comment a link below so the people get a chance to hear you. If you’re all too bashful then let me start naming a few names and see what happens. These are guys I’ve seen spin with my own eyes and let me tell you. They are some of the most talented dudes to ever grace the needle folks. They deserve a little recognition. Peep them and let me know what you think!

DJ Dex One & DJ Rico Drummond

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Calgary Monthly Event Image (november)

This Month In Calgary Hip Hop

Everywhere I turn or click I hear about how dead the rap, hip hop, and r’n’b scene is in Calgary. Unfortunately it’s the voices of the crusty, armchair peanut gallery, hipsters out there, who sit behind their laptops and tablets and spew out nonsensical musings filled with an elaborate, yet uninterpretable vernacular, that we keep hearing; And all they’re really looking for is revenue generating “click pieces” to stir up a few more peso’s. Are you with me so far?

Well frankly, I’m sick of it. I’m tired of hearing all the negative reviews, garbage editorials, and outright outrageous claims these so called “hip hop heads” keep coming out with. So instead of writing another one of this types of “I Hate Hipsters and Calgary’s Hip Hop Scene” articles I’ve decided to do something a bit different. Hip Hop Synergy is about joining forces to create something bigger than what we can accomplish alone. That’s where this piece comes in.

Instead of bashing and badgering we’re going to come together and bring you a monthly event list so you don’t get bored. We’re also going to start reviewing urban artists in Calgary to help shed the light onto the glowing scene that actually exists in the places most of these doofus hipsters are afraid to look. Artists beware! Check back for an update on the review. If you want us to do an honest review of something and we haven’t yet found you then feel free to let us know on our Contact Page. Sound good? Are you with us? Good. So here we go.

For the month of November in Calgary Hip Hop Events you should look out for:

HIP-HOP KARAOKE Till November 18 @ Fortune Sound Club

Sonreal Nov 21 – 8:00 PM @ SAIT

DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist Nov 23 – 9:00 PM @ Flames Central

FRENCH MONTANA November 27  9:00 pm @ TEN Nightclub

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10@10 3 Year Anniversary

If you’ve been a part of YYC’s hip hop scene then you already know about the 10@10 phenomenon. If your new to the wonderful city of Calgary, good old Cow Town, then you should get yourself well versed in whats going on around town and who’s who. The amazing team at 10@10 have been building something that has, so far, been paralleled by none. A real, down to earth, atmosphere of community and culture that sums up the heart of Calgary’s hip hop scene. The team at the heart of it all, including the few I’ve met, Beni J, Rico, and, Ryan, have been nothing but absolutely charitable in their endeavours to bring life to an otherwise salty and diminished underground scene. Jaded as I may be, Calgary doesn’t really have a lot going for it when it comes to the hip hop underground and without the 10@10 crowd it would seem to be almost lifeless.

Recently the 10@10 team has celebrated its third year in rotation in the Calgary Hip Hop scene and for that we should all be raising a glass. A toast to those as truly dedicated as this team to bringing a warm atmosphere, good vibes, and amazing talent to the forefront of our great city’s profile. Hat’s off to everyone involved from the organizers to the artists without you all it would never be possible. In the words of the 10@10 team, Let’s Build, and continue building until we get our city on the map as one of the true hubs of hip hop and urban art, culture, music, and dance!


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Obsidian Awards Show

This years Obsidian Awards Show was an incredible success. The administration was inspiring, to say the least, in bringing light to the stars of our city. While there were several nominees that truly stood above the crowd in the ceremony few made it to the front line. Among the nominees were amazing people like entrepreneur of the year candidates Jasmine Jefferies-Siria and Joyce Jebose, but taking the winning spot was Justin Toge. Several other categories were listed including: Professional of the year winner Evelyn Ackah, Business leader of the year Margaret Adu, Philanthropist of the year Nii Tawiah Koney, High School Student of the year Azeria Telesford, Peoples Choice Promoter of the year One Entertainment, and Media Personality of the year Will Haze.

Some of the other mentionable nominees included Apparel designer of the year Cash Bradshaw, Rapper of the year Jay Thaddeus, and Singer of the year Nadi Downz.

We’d like to give a big thanks to all those involved with putting together such an amazing event! If you’d like to see the rest of this years nominees and award winners just click over to Obsidian Awards Home Page right here.

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