Thursday, December 31, 2009

Thanks, 2009

Melbourne New Years Eve

So, it's New Years Eve, 2009. Damn this year went quick.

It's been a hectic one for the Fam; we inked a deal with Kevin Nottingham's HiPNOTT Records in March; released Cee & Bekah's 'The Soul Movement Volume 3: The Final Chapter' with Mick Boogie & Terry Urban in November; Notion and I lost our grandfather in August; Bekah and I sold our crib; we had the first full, successful calendar year at The Movement Fam blog; we've had dramas, highs, lows and everything in between.

We want to thank EVERYONE for their support of the site and our music all year, it's been phenomenal.

So thank you 2009; it's been real. What the fuck up 2010?? LET'S FUCKING GET IT!

Happy New Year folks!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Lil' Wayne's crib in Miami

Stacks pimpin'. Looks like a display home though. Ain't nobody livin' there.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 Presents: G.C. on the Beats, Volume 1

G.C. on the Beats, Volume 1

The big homie G.C. done came with a special gift for y'all to lead in the new year with...G.C. on the Beats, Volume 1. This is a really solid collection of a bunch of his favourite joints from the various artists he's worked with. Cee & Bekah's 'Ven Aqui' makes an appearance here in full, the only place you can get it for now (until The Soul Movement Originals drops next year)...

From Kev:

"We have one more exclusive mixtape that we are dropping today and this one is a personal fav as it is from the sole producer that I manage.

2009 has been a very productive year for G.C., who we first heard of in our weekly remix contests at Since then, he has worked with quite a handful of artists, such as MaG, K. Sparks, Trav Williams, Jermiside, and Punchlyne & Fokis. We decided to put together a collection of some of G.C.’s best work thus far. This is G.C. on the Beats, Volume 1!

Any support is greatly appreciated!"

DOWNLOAD G.C. on the Beats, Volume 1

G.C. on the Beats, Volume 1

Monday, December 28, 2009

A Day In The Life of Birdman - Part 2


So I just got done watching part 1. Wow, dude fucking hustles. No wonder they at where they at. Inspiring. Just made some Strawberry Tang, finna get into part 2...

A Day In The Life of Birdman - Part 1


So this is a long one. And I know a lotta folks think Birdman is a dick, but he's one interesting character. About to kick this one off now over some dinner...

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Olympic Torch Relay - Toronto

Check out the recent Olympic Torch Relay in T.O. in preparation for the Vancouver Olympics next year. Look out for Kardinal Offishall towards the end. Such an amazing city...

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Behind the scenes - 'On Fire' from Lil' Wayne


Peep this one...I'm feelin' the Rebirth leak thus far, video looks dope.

"Above is a behind the scenes look at the On Fire music video by Lil Wayne. Derick G shows us the set where you can see Weezy F Baby rocking out with the group MayDay. This video was directed by Chris Robinson and it was shot in Miami."

Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Karate Kid trailer (2010)

For those who give a shit...this looks pretty interesting. Word to Will's kid holding it down. Jackie doesn't look too slick as Miyagi though.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Black Thought Live @ The Silk Room

So if y'all didn't already know, The Roots' Black Thought is about to drop a solo album. Here's some footage of dude rockin' the classic 'Respond/React' in his hometown of Philadelphia.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Candy Slice - Money To Blow (parody)

Check out Candy Slice’s parody of NBC’s The Sing-Off performing “Money To Blow” by Birdman Ft. Drake & Lil Wayne featuring singer/songwriter Wynter Gordon. This is fucking hilarious.

Jay-Z feat Mr Hudson - Young Forever (video)

Not even a fan of this joint at all; clearly dropping this as the third single for the throwback value. Video is cool though.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Model Mondays Feature: Carla'Alana Balasso

Aaaaaand we're back once again with another model feature - the Aussie's have been reppin' lately! This week, we have the pleasure of introducing a stunning local gal by the name of Carla'Alana Balasso. I stumbled across Carla on Facebook recently, loved what I saw and here she is. Carla is a model about her business, too - and this is what we celebrate here at The Movement Fam: Entrepreneurial, independent young women. Check out the pics and interview!

Where are you from?
Carla: Melbourne, Victoria.

Cee: How many years have you been modelling?
Carla: Two years.

Carla'Alana Balasso

Cee: What are the misconceptions people commonly have about models that are untrue?
Carla: That they all don't eat and that they look perfect all the time.

Cee: What shows, videos, magazines, etc. have you been featured in?
Carla:, also little things here and there.

Carla'Alana Balasso

Cee: What photographers have you worked with?
Carla: Charles Bamford and Bobbi Zandi.

Cee: What photographers would you like to work with?
Carla: George Favios, Nigel Barker and plenty more...

Carla'Alana Balasso

Cee: Can you describe the grind of a model trying to break into the industry?
Carla: It's not easy, and harder than some people think.

Cee: Any words for the ladies out there that have aspirations of entering the modelling industry?
Carla: You have to love who you are and be comfortable and confident to be successful in this industry. It comes with a lot of perks but also a lot of pressure.

Carla'Alana Balasso

Cee: What's your plans from here?
Carla: I honestly don't know. I'm just sort of going with the flow and see where it takes me.

Cee: Hit us with your contact details for folks who want to see more!

Carla'Alana Balasso

Statement Clothing x The Understudies: We Out Here! Ep. 1

BIG shouts to The Understudies!

Statement Clothing & Study Music bring you "We Out Here!" Ep. 1, a video series about touring...and stuff. We'll be posting new episodes as we lead up to the release of our new project. CC4: We Out Here! Video Episode 1 features Welsed, DJ MRC, Cobbo, Citizen, Self Advocate, Aesop (Living Legends), Ro Knew & Influence.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Robin Thicke performs "Sex Therapy" on Ellen !

Dude is a genius. Period.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Jadakiss bringin' Coogi back

Jadakiss' Coogi Shoot from Coogi on Vimeo.


B.o.B. - I Am The Champion (ESPN Bowl Week)


Friday, December 18, 2009

Big Wax in the studio with Nottz

This is dope. Shouts to Wax and the homie EOM.

Sha Stimuli - Change (video)

Big Gunnz put me onto this one. Shouts to the homie J. Master @ Same Plate. presents in association with Restless Films & Same Plate a music video directed by Court Dunn ONE SHOT: SHA STIMULI “CHANGE”.

Record produced by Jaywan off Sha Stimuli “My Soul to Keep” LP in stores now from Chambermusik/E1 Records.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Raekwon - Pyrex Vision (video)

Rae is killin' it. Dope video.

Alicia Keys - Empire State Of Mind (Live on The Colbert Report)

This is ridiculous. The album is amazing, plus Colbert even gets on the mic!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Eternia - Get Caught Up mixtape


Oh it's here!! The homegirl Eternia dropped her first free mixtape in a minute - possible ever? - Get Caught Up. Presented by 2DopeBoyz and the big homie Kevin Nottingham. Tracklist and link after the jump.

Download Eternia - Get Caught Up

From E:

These are not ‘pop’ songs. These are not video singles. These are not Top 10 hits.

This is the heart and soul of why I do what I do when I do it. This is a personal offering.
It’s my huge THANK YOU to all of the people who have supported the Eternia & MoSS: “ROAD TO RELEASE” video episodes online over the last 6 months. I hand-picked these songs from the past decade, b/c I felt they are overlooked, they are the most personal to my life, and they reveal my growth as an artist.

To those that this mix was made for: ENJOY.


Please feel free to spread this content freely! Special Thx to DJ Sav One, DJ Law, Kupiart, 2DopeBoyz, KN & B. Fresh for makin' this happen!


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Lloyd - Like Me: The Young Goldie (FreEp)

Lloyd - Like Me

Man I mess with Lloyd (pause). Downloading as we speak, but dude dropped a free EP this week. That's pretty real seeing as it ain't from an indie artist and he has mad features on there. Get it after the cut.

Download Lloyd - Like Me: The Young Goldie (FreEp)

1. Like Me featuring Bun-B
2. Pusha featuring Lil Wayne & Juelz Santana
3. Take It Off ft. J. Holiday & Nicki Minaj
4. What You Want feat. Mack Maine
5. Think of Me
6. Everyday featuring Rich Boy
7. Pro In the Game
8. A Night Off featuring Drake (Bonus Track)

Robin Thicke & Nicki Minaj perform – “Shakin It For Daddy” on 106 & Park

I've been bumpin' this album all day. Great performance; Rob is the fuckin' man.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Ghettosocks :: Dont Turn Around

Whats more hip-hop than Adidas kicks and a Kangol hat? I'll tell you. Its golden era inspired hip-hop from a funky canadian white boy who rocks Cazals.

Ghettosocks has been doing the rounds in Canada for a little while with his crew Alpha Flight, along with releasing two LP's and a well received mixtape under his own name he has worked with a few of Canadas best including D-Sisive and Classified.

Don't turn around is a soul-laden boom-bap banger featuring the artist with probably the best emcee name in history, Edgar Allen Floe.

I know you don't hear from me much, but best believe when you do Ima bless you. You know it.

Timbaland feat Drake - Say Something (video)

Since the first Shock Value album, I ain't even messin' with Tim no more. However, I don't mind this joint.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Pharoahe Monch :: Live @ Prince of Wales 11.12.2009

It's not often in Australia we are welcomed by true legends of this Hip Hop game, but recently over the past month we have been blessed with some of the all-time greats. GZA. Nas. Wu-Tang Clan. Not bad huh? My bank account may have taken a beating but I was still convinced at online checkout point that every cent was worth it, in a time where quality Hip Hop artists seems to be on the decline and entering extinction. It very well could of been the last time I would get to see some of my all time favourite MC's.

But things didn't get off to a healthy start. GZA's consistent but albeit unexciting show at Prince of Wales, just didn't have much sense of atmosphere to really call a great gig. Nas's short versed, plastic performance featuring skinny jeaned punk & Lil Wayne look-a-like distracting guitar players at the old Metro. Or perhaps Wu-Tang-Part-Clan's horrid over bass'd live sound mixing, or the large infestation of rats into Festival Hall, and a men's toilet which felt like Barwon prison. My faith for live Hip Hop was being seriously tested!

-> ENTER our saviour - PHAROAHE MONCH!

This man knows how to move a crowd. A show I put right up there with Common and also Gang Starr at Prince of Wales before him. Backed by two powerfully voiced soul singers, an official X-Ecutioner behind the decks (playing some seriously dope instrumentals between tracks mind you) and a packed energetic Prince of Wales crowd, the night had a truly fantastic vibe.

Possibly one of, if not the best Hip Hop shows I have ever experienced. With a performance time of just over 1hr, it was an example of pure quality over quantity in every aspect. Tracing back over classic tracks like 'Stray Bullet' from Organized Konfusion, or solo material from Internal Affairs, Desire and the well known popular singles - 'My Life' from Soundbombing IV & 'Oh No' ft Mos Def & Nate Dogg.

But of course as we knew it always would, the night ended at an absolute climax with 'Simon Says' as the encore performance. I've never seen the Prince of Wales shout, jump, bounce and rhyme in unison like it did that night and at that moment. With the packed crowd yielding there guns aka hands in the air with the raps of Pharoahe: "Simon Says get the fuck up! Throw your hands in the sky" Crowd: "BUK! BUK! BUK! BUK!"

My faith restored....

The Leftovers Unmixedtape :: eLZhi

For a free release of supposed 'leftovers' this is better than 90% of releases in 09'! Not much needs to be said of El's first class lyricism, but look out for some very nice beats by the Black Milk, Jake One and DJ Dez. Nice to see DJ Spinna back on the production credits too!

Listen for the dope electric guitar sample utilised by Oh No on 'The Great'

14KT – Nowalataz

One for the beat junkies...

A Day with Robin Thicke

A DAY WITH ROBIN THICKE... from Andre' Wright Jr on Vimeo.

Can't wait for the new album...

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Eternia - Foul Child (audio)

Eternia - Foul Child

This project is exciting for us for a couple reasons - one, it's through our big homie Kev's site; and two, it's for the homegirl Eternia! Vibed to have some new tunes from one of my favourite MCs on the planet. 'Foul Child' is a banger, and uses the Big L sample how it's s'posed to be done. Stay tuned for the full mixtape on December 15th!

Check out Eternia on Twitter.

Download Eternia - Foul Child (audio)

Wale - Say Something Freestyle and Beautiful Bliss with J. Cole LIVE

I effs with both of these cats.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Emilio Rojas - Tic Toc (video)

First up, this is The Movement's 600th post. Pretty decent achievement for a blog that's run predominantly by a bunch of cats who work 9 to 5 and are trying to build a music career in every other spare minute. And I believe we did this in less than a year, too. So big shouts to all the contributors to the site, thanks to our regular visitors, and we're looking to build and expand in 2010 so stick with us! Oh and you may have noticed the FanBridge email sign up to your right - we're starting a regular e-newsletter so sign up to stay up to date with what the Fam are up to!

And now down to it looks like we on Emilio's jock but really, dude is just sick and keeps giving us shit to talk about. Peep the video for his latest single off 'The Natural' mixtape, 'Tic Toc', which features Melbourne's own DVS.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Emilio Rojas interview and live spot on HipHopAtLunch

Aaaaaaand more Emilio for ya. Dude is effing everywhere. My new homies at caught up with Emilio before his live set in Times Square recently, plus we have some live footage of E rippin' 'Bold & Arrogant'. Peep after the jump.

" met up with Emilio Rojas before his performance at last night’s Faces In The Crowd event in Times Square. We spoke about upcoming projects, how The Natural’s success exceeded his expectations, and his views on Twitter."

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Chromeo - Night By Night

Straight up, I fuck with these dudes. Dopeness.

Drake interview with Rolling Out

Peep game.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

David Dallas feat. Niko - "I Get The Feelin"

The homie David Dallas has made some serious noise with his debut solo album 'Something Awesome'. A few major blogs in the US have gotten behind it so big ups to the dude. Check the video for the latest single, 'I Get The Feelin''. Heat.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Justin Bieber covers "Lose Yourself"

Lol. Real.

Idle Warship - Bedroom Lites

I fucks with these cats. Really unique music.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Lil' Wayne 'rocks out' with Mayday


'Rebirth' is on the way...

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Married on Facebook

Too much awesome.

Friday, December 4, 2009

R. Kelly speaks on Trey Songz

Hilarious. I fucks with Trey, but don't dis Kels, kid.

Artist Feature: TaylorMade

We back on that Canadian Hip Hop shit again...where else? So this time around, we linked up with the homie TaylorMade, representing Toronto (Scarborough in particular, so dude is speakin' to us). Made has a bit of a rep in his 'hood as a dude who speaks for the locals; I remember my boy Scott telling me about Made while Bekah and I were living in Scarborough, and quoting me his raps coz dudes there related (the one that comes to mind is 'Liquor store looking like a parade on Friday' off Made's 2004 shit). That's real to me, and that's why I reached out and connected with the homie.

We caught up with Made to talk about his third and latest mixtape, 'Hustler's Wit', Canadian Hip Hop and what's next with the man. I'ma let my dude speak on it...


Cee: What up, Taylor? How's things fam?
Taylor Made: Things are good homie. Jus' out in the T-Dot tryna do my thing.

Cee: Aight, you've recently dropped your latest mixtape, 'Hustler's Wit'. Tell the people about this joint.
Taylor Made: 'Hustler’s Wit' is for people of all demographics and different walks of life. I tried to balance the project by not only addressing street issues but life issues. I try to touch on feelings that everybody has been through at some point. After playing the CD in its entirety, each and everybody has to have heard something they can identify with. I’m happy with that.

Cee: How has the response been so far to the mixtape?
Taylor Made: The feedback has been positive. My peers respect my skills too which is also a plus. It’s the people who enjoy my music that keep me going in this cut throat business.

Cee: This is your third mixtape, right? How do you feel you've grown over your releases?
Taylor Made: I feel I’ve grown by different experiences I’ve been through during the timespan of the 3 projects. The fast life, drivin' luxury vehicles, the hustler’s paranoia, loyalty, betrayal, love, beautiful women, triumph, pain. I went through all that and that’s what fuels the music I make. The more I gained experiences the more I gained newer perspectives which translated into new songs.

Cee: Are you planning to work on a full length album any time soon?
Taylor Made: A real album is looking very likely. I usually do mixtapes rapping on industry beats just for practice and to stay sharp, but I think its time to give the people something completely TaylorMade. But I do wanna expand my brand considerably before releasing an LP.

Cee: Who have you been working with lately, as far as producers and MCs?
Taylor Made: Jinx Beatz outta Hamilton gave me a couple joints for this project. I also worked with Set2 who’s another great artist outta Toronto. I usually do my own thing because I’m tryna pay my dues and put in my work on my own first. I called couple producers for some beats but they ain't holla back. Politics as usual. It is what it is, I just keep working.


Cee: Have you been doing any shows lately?
Taylor Made: I got some things I’m linin' up, stay tuned for dat.

Cee: Do you think the Canadian scene has had a lot more shine on it since cats like Drake and Kardinal blew up?
Taylor Made: I think the Canadian scene is bigger than its ever been. People are watchin' so let’s give em something to see. There’s a lotta hate in the city but as far as I’m concerned doors got opened so there’s no time for non-sense, just walk through.

Cee: What's next for you?
Taylor Made: Whats next for me, I got a daughter coming into the world shortly so I’m gonna be getting some barf on my shirt for a while and will be watching alotta Treehouse. In a while though be prepared to see me bring that lyrical, witty, smart ass rap to the microphone again.

Cee: Hit the people with your contact details and where they can get the mixtape!
Taylor Made: My contacts are:


I can be emailed at (with two r’s). Most of the mixtape tracks can be found on the YouTube page. Big up to The Movement Family for bringing the real Hip Hop to Australia and abroad. Big up all my supporters, I’m nothing without you. Shout out Kitty Kat my angel investor. Signin' out. TaylorMade. L.O.T. Records.


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Illmind’s Blaps, Rhymes & Life Release Party

Shouts to the big homie Illmind. This release party looks sick. We gon' be on one of these maaaaad soon!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Muhsinah - Always (video)

Muhsinah // "Always" - The Oscillations:Triangle from Rock Slinger Incorporated on Vimeo.

Y'all might know the name from Little Brother's ish. Muhsinah is on her grizzy, check the jump below, spotted @ Illroots.

"Brand new video from Muhsinah, for the self produced song entitled “Always,” which is off of her latest project “The Oscillations: Triangle” released today as an iTunes exclusive. The album is mostly self produced by Muhsinah, but has guest production from Flying Lotus, Exile, Oddisee, and Mike Slott."

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Model Feature: Eboni Sade

This week I am proud to present the beautiful Ms. Eboni Sade coming reppin Jersey City, NJ like no other. Luckily, I was able to catch with Ms. Sade during one of her rare free moments. I will tell you this don't be shocked if see Ms. Sade on television and also in some of your favorite magazines.

Check the interview below.

DJ Grain: What's your name?
Eboni: My name is Eboni Sade.

DJ Grain: Where are you from?
Eboni: I am originally from Jersey City, NJ. But I spend time between NJ, NY, and DC.

DJ Grain: How many years have you been modeling?
Eboni: I've been modeling for approximately 2 1/2 years now.

DJ Grain: What are the misconceptions people commonly have about models that are untrue?
Eboni: One of the misconceptions people commonly have about models is probably that we are not people. Models are human, we deal with insecurities, triumphs and setbacks like anyone else; heartbreak included.

DJ Grain: What shows, videos, magazines, etc. have you been featured in?
Eboni: Most recent, I am in the Spring 2010 Harley Davidson Catalog. I've also done Beeing Clothing catalog, Hype Hair, HIV Awareness Print Ad, Jazmine Sullivan's "I Need U Bad" video and was a featured model at the Make-Up Show NYC 2008 for Big Girl Cosmetics.

DJ Grain: What photographers have you worked with? Some of the photographers that I've worked with include Jerris Madison, Dallas J. Logan, Itaysha Jordan, and E. Hinn
Eboni: What photographers would you like to work with? I've always wanted to work with Bruce Talbot, Maya Guez, and Matthew Jordan Smith.

DJ Grain: Can you describe the grind of a model trying to break into the industry?
Eboni: It is a continuous, never-ending grind. It consists of constantly updating your portfolio and promoting yourself. It involves being told "No" and coming back a few months later, bigger and better. As with anything, breaking into the modeling industry involves progression and perfecting your craft.

DJ Grain: Any words for the ladies out there that have aspirations of entering the modeling industry?
Eboni: Research. Know Your Market. Stay Aware... Research the industry; especially those looking for agency representation. Know your market; are you a commercial, high fashion, or glamour model? And Stay Aware; be mindful that there are scams and scam artists out there. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

DJ Grain: How can people contact you for booking?

KiD CuDi Surprises Toronto with Drake - November 28th, 2009

Dope. Murkin' it.

PNC - Bazooka's Theme (video)

Here's the final video from NZ MC PNC's (acronyms, son) latest album, Bazooka Kid, called 'Bazooka's Theme'. Dope video.

I gotta say, I slept on this one. Rookie Card was my joint, though, I've just been lazy. I'm on it.

Maxwell - Help Somebody LIVE on CNN Heroes

Can never have enough Maxwell. Pause. Smooth.