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Slakadeliqs album listening party reveals a new side to Slakah The Beatchild [Interview]


Toronto, ON – Last Tuesday, March 6th musician, rapper, director and producer Slakah The Beatchild held an invite only listening party for his latest album The Slakadeliqs inside Drake Hotel. While Slakah is known for his past work alongside D.O. in Art of Fresh, this album is decidedly less hip hop. That being said, Slakah’s conversation with host David Dacks of Exclaim Magazine revealed his new outlook on defining music by genre. Slakah, who collaborated with several musicians including Mike Olsen said “I wanted to create something that was genre-less almost because, I think the more we get caught up with genres the more diluted music becomes and less pure it becomes. Music is music period.”

Click the jump for the full Q&A along with more photos of the listening party and the album teaser. The Slakadeliqs album can be purchased here.

HipHopCanada: “Do you think Toronto is a good place to be to sell music like this?”

Slakah: Yeah, Absolutely. Toronto is amazing because, Toronto means mosaic. People come from all over the place. Their parents come from all over the place, what’s great about Toronto is I love being on the TTC and seeing a bunch of school kids come on. A Sri Lankan kid, a Chinese kid, a Black kid, a White kid, and there best friends. From kindergarten to college they’re best friends, being best friends they understand each other’s cultures. They’re being exposed to a bunch of different cultures and I think as a whole that’s what Toronto is. We’re so open to it, there’s no other place like that in the world. London comes very close to that, but Toronto is very special. And we’re open minded and I think that really translates to how we perceive and accept music. It’s a cultural thing you know.

I got the opportunity later in the night to sit down with him and ask him a couple of questions. I was amazed at how humble and easy to talk to he is.

HipHopCanada: Where do you get your inspiration for your music in general?

Slakah: In general, I get it from good music that is hard to find. Some artists that inspire me off the top of my head are ‘Spiral Beach’, a Toronto group. ‘The Zombies’, you know just good music. I think good music’s not hard to find but when you find it, you really cherish it. It’s out there you know, and that’s what really inspires me. Beyond that, just being myself and not thinking too hard about it and letting my environment and my real feelings influence the music. I think that’s pretty cool, just being real, natural, and organic about it all.

HipHopCanada: So do you like your fans to be able to connect with you through your music? Is that a goal, or is it really just to make good music?

Slakah: Just good music. If they connect they connect. If they don’t they don’t. I don’t think it should be the most wading factor.

HipHopCanada:You said music is music. Toronto compared to the States, is it different in the direction we’re going or do you see us as being parallel to each other?

Slakah: I think its way different. I think Canada is surpassing the States as far as creative artists go, as far as artistry. I think we’re at the top of our game on an international level.

HipHopCanada: In 5 years from now where would you like to be with your music?

Slakah: Five years from now I want to be three Slakadeliqs albums in, I want to tour it. I just want the world to hear it. I want to be touring it, performing it. Simple, you know I just want to make records.

HipHopCanada: In a couple of words describe yourself in relation to your music?

Slakah: Mosaic.

Words and Photography by Alyxx Moore for HipHopCanada

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@ThatsBizz is a Senior Contributor for HipHopCanada and a member of the Central Canada team. The nuts and bolts of Jonathon “Bizz” Brown are impressive, but it’s his ability to apply his skills, identify opportunities, adapt to new environments and get the job done that makes him who he is. An engaging combination of education, experience and vision, Brown continues to make his mark on many fronts and plant his flag as a professional on the rise. Entrenched in the urban music scene for more than half a decade, Bizz launched Crack House Radio in 2004. Over the next four years, the online radio show would evolve into a major outlet for Canadian music and hip hop culture in general. Over that time, Bizz interviewed countless artists and professionals including Belly, Bishop, Drake, Classified, Guru, Joell Ortiz, author and gang specialist Michael Chettleburg, Brent (owner of Just Ent) & many others. In 2007, Bizz joined Urbanology Magazine as a staff writer and would go on to contribute dozens of articles over the next three years including a cover story on Classified in 2009. 2007 also saw the launch of Bizz' line of t-shirts reading "Hip Hop Ain't Dead It Lives In The North." Since then, he's toured with Peter Jackson, Busta Rhymes, DJ Dames Nellas, Bishop, Slaughterhouse & Pharoahe Monch and secured a strong following with his column on called "The Fine Print."

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