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Young Astronomer Releases Hype New Track “On!” Produced by Utility Beats

By Matthew Kyazze

Young Astronomer Releases Hype New Track “On!” Produced by Utility Beats

Young Astronomer is back at it again and releases brand new single
titled “On!” | produced by the same producer that brought you the
conjoined hit collab with Young Astronomer x Utility Beats “Cloud 9”. That
dropped recently on 170+ major digital platforms & has since
accumulated over 10,000 streams on Spotify & SoundCloud altogether!

The young emcee is working on getting his name out worldwide, bringing together a new sound and vibe + creating a fresh catalogue of
prominent singles and videos throughout this coming year. This is a
true up and coming artist, so watch for his drops!



Young Astronomer starts out very trap inspired, bringing bars with
real subject, rhymes unheard of and the hard sounding signature
delivery from the 26 year old artist that we’ve come to expect. This
single was lightly mixed by Trenchfoot (Ottawa Bass Music) recorded by
Young Astronomer himself and produced entirely by Utility Beats, this
is a real banger! We suggest you take a listen! With more new
music to come, show announcements and features about to release.. we
just had to write this one up and set it in stone!

SONG REVIEW & RATING: 9/10

Presave link for - Young Astronomer - ON! ↓

https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/youngastronomer/on

Soon to be on all major digital platforms including Spotify, Deezer,
Apple Music, Tidal, Amazon Music, Google Play Music, iTunes etc. with
official lyrics posted on various lyric websites - listen for now on
SoundCloud & YouTube ↙

SoundCloud link for - Young Astronomer - ON! -
https://soundcloud.com/youngastronomer/on-prod-utility-beats

Follow Young Astronomer on Instagram: @y.astronomer

Follow Young Astronomer on twitter: @yoastronomer

Like Young Astronomer on Facebook: facebook.com/youngastronomerhiphop

Search Young Astronomer on Spotify, Tidal, Amazon, Apple Music etc.
for instant streaming of all songs

Latest News, Release Info, Show Announcements be sure to check his
verified Google Page: https://g.co/kgs/iDWZg8

Check out Utility Beats and his latest work here:


https://soundcloud.com/utilitybeats


https://www.facebook.com/UtilityBeats1/

Follow Trenchfoot on social media for his latest tunes:


https://trenchfootdubs.bandcamp.com/releases


https://twitter.com/trenchfootdubs?lang=en

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Am I Next? Being A Black Father In The Year 2020 (Written by: Jonathan Ferreira)

By Jonathan Ferreira

Am I Next? Being A Black Father In The Year 2020 (Written by: Jonathan Ferreira)

It was shortly after midnight on February 1st, 2015 when my girlfriend Lindsay (now fiance) gave birth to our first child, a beautiful baby girl we named Aaliyah Marie. Being a young man in my early 20’s with no siblings or any real experience in terms of parenting, the adjustment into the wonderful world of fatherhood came with challenges and was ultimately quite scary at times. Nonetheless being a dad is undoubtedly the greatest thing to ever happen to me. As cliche as it may be, it’s difficult to describe the emotional connection and unconditional love you have for them “out the gate” but it’s immediate. All of a sudden your personal wants and selfish desires don't matter so much, everything takes a backseat and they instantly become your main priority.

5 months after celebrating our daughters 1st birthday, a 32-year old black man from Minnesota by the name of Philando Castile was driving with his girlfriend and her 4-year old daughter. When he was pulled over during a traffic stop and fatally shot 7 times in front of his loved ones for explaining to the police officer that he had a registered firearm in the vehicle. Being a bi-racial father in North America, I am absolutely terrified to walk outside and carry on with my daily routine over concerns that I may not make it home to my wife and kids one night. The events which transpired that day resonate with me and instinctively my primary thought is; how is this going to affect that little girl in the backseat who just witnessed her mother’s boyfriend get murdered in broad daylight by a police officer? Her life will never be the same after experiencing something that traumatic at such a young age. I couldn’t begin to imagine the challenges she will face growing up, all of which emerged from this terrible although realistic first impression of the world we live in.

 
 Jonathan Ferreira and his son Malakai 

I now find myself nervous commuting to and from work on the daily basis, looking over my shoulder for no particular reason. Going out on a limb, I can confidently say that I am not the only coloured individual whose heart has sunk into their stomach while being behind the wheel and passing a police cruiser or hearing the sound of sirens approach, that adrenaline eventually makes you paranoid. My fiancé drives our vehicle whenever we go out as a family, mainly to relieve my own personal anxiety and to ensure we take every precaution to avoid a confrontation with law enforcement. Not because we’re committing a crime or performing illegal activities, but because these days you don’t have to go to jail to receive the death sentence. You could get killed in your vehicle, house, even on your own front lawn by the same people appointed to serve and protect you. Asides from enforcing the law and investigating crimes, the role of a police officer is to keep the peace and protect the people. All people! I’d do anything for my kids, it’s my job as a father to ensure their safety and well-being but instead of doing your job, you’re making mine harder. 

What do you tell your kids?

I remember as a child my mother sitting me down and explaining, “you can go out with your friends just be home before dark and if you run into trouble call 911,” I couldn’t imagine myself having that same conversation with my kids today. Instead, am I supposed to tell them the truth? Since you're a member of the black community, and considered a person of colour, you will unfortunately in most cases be viewed as a suspect, regardless of the situation. Furthermore, expect to get judged, abused (mentally and physically) not to mention labelled throughout the course of your life. Being a person of colour, not only is it every man and woman for themselves but you’re ultimately considered the underdog in society and given limited opportunities compared to others whether that be in the form of education or within the workforce and beyond. 

 Jonathan Ferreira and his daughter Aaliyah Marie

Segregation is real! For example, my mother is the 1st child of 13 others and had a significantly lighter complexion in comparison to her siblings. I’ve heard of racism within black people, family members like my mom’s who shunned her out for being different and insisted my grandfather had an affair with a white woman. With that being said I think it’s important to note that racism comes in many forms, although we’ve seen a large number of incidents stem from white supremacy groups and corrupt justice systems, (undoubtedly leading to trust issues between members of the black community) these aren’t the only sources of discrimination. According to the 1860 census, an African-American cotton gin maker and blacksmith by the name of William Ellison Jr. owned 53 slaves making him the largest of the 171 black slaveholders in South Carolina alone. 

There is only good vs. evil regardless of skin colour, what we need to understand as a minority is that classifying a group of individuals is ultimately what created this divide and you can’t fight fire with fire. There are good people throughout the world, who are ready to stand together for equality and put an end to the violence we’re experiencing today, within our communities. We need to encourage and support one another regardless of race, colour or background to get the message across - it’s everybody vs. racism! In my lifetime I’ve accumulated my fair share of racial encounters making me question some people’s morals, beliefs and up-bringing as racism isn’t born, it's taught. Since becoming a father I’ve begun to question our position in society as a black community and realized that nothing has changed in 100 plus years, as Will Smith said, “racism isn’t getting worse, it’s getting filmed.” 

The movement and phrase “Black Lives Matter” is not denoting members of other races or ethnicities but was created as a cry for help by the black community who continue to lose sons, daughters, husbands and wives because of the colour of their skin. I don’t want my children to be the next it’s time for change, if not now then when? What if Ahmad Abrey was your son? What if Regis Korchinski-Paquet was your daughter? How many more do we need to lose for it to matter? How close to home does it have to hit before you decided to stand up and speak out? I’m not willing to wait and find out, neither should you! Enough is enough. 

Aaliyah Marie & Malakai
June 1st, 2020 

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Mutabazi the Hip-Hop/R&B vocalist based out of Orange County, CA.

By Matthew Kyazze

Mutabazi the Hip-Hop/R&B vocalist based out of Orange County, CA.
Mutabazi is a Hip-Hop/R&B vocalist based out of Orange County, CA. His vocal versatility and impactful lyrics have made him one of the most in demand independent artists in Southern California. He's cultivating a unique style while appealing to the masses. His presence in the studio proves he's a force to be reckoned with. He first caught our attention with his song "What's Poppin". 

Cover art by FFA member James Wrinn. 

Mutabazi only started considering the possibility of music as a career in 2015, while residing in Denver, CO. “I used to just mess around and do different voices with friends before I figured out I can sing and switch melodies to how I wanted. I later figured out I was pretty good at it.”

Mutabazi is not only an artist but a partner at the Independent Record Label, Voltron Independent Productions, with co-founder Nick Smith. “We are building something very special and it's completely organic. Although I am mostly on the West Coast and he is in Denver, we are getting a lot of love throughout the whole country. We've had songs played on the radio in the UK. Once Covid is over we want to be able to travel while doing what we love most. I want to entertain the world! I want everyone to feel like a VIP!”
We are very excited to see what's next for the artist, for now stream his new song "Self Sustained"!

 

 

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Eva Shaw's new responsibility in the Hip Hop industry.

By Matthew Kyazze

Eva Shaw's new responsibility in the Hip Hop industry.

For those of you who don't know Eva Shaw, she is a Canadian artist from Toronto. She has had success in the fashion industry, and has marked her territory in the music industry. Known for Djing, song writing, and producing. 

The boys from FFA first met Eva back in 2018, when Ottawa Native City Fidelia performed at the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest. To take things to a whole other level, they unveiled some unreleased heat, with great reception from the crowd.

Instagram Post from @hashtagffa:  

https://www.instagram.com/p/BmMOsMfg3Qi/?igshid=rh0h0vhve9ka

They released the official music video for one of the songs, on March, 29th, 2019, with DB Bantino.

Snakes by: City Fidelia & Eva Shaw feat Db Bantino from LA. 

Now in 2020 she is taking hip hop to a whole level. Dropping banger after banger. One of our favourite projects this year from Eva Shaw is with Montreal artist Nate Husser, titled I Been Doing Great. They dropped a 4 track project and didn't hold back one bit. Check out the official Cover Art & Music Video for the tape below.

"I Been Doing Great"

 

We're excited to see what else she has in store for the year 2020. Who know's maybe we can get an official FFA collab going as well. But for now, watch her latest video below featuring Swagger Rite, Just John, & Lord Afrixan.

Splash GOD (Official Quarantine Music Video)

 

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Nathan Miles is ready for his summertime drop!

By Matthew Kyazze

Nathan Miles is ready for his summertime drop!

Nathan Miles is back and ready for summer, with his new single "Crash"! He has teamed up with Kyazze once again, after the success and positive feed back from there last single "Bon Appetit," it only made sense for the two to link up again. To add to the mix they have collabed with Dreamland superstar Hevve! The energy these 3 have, is something you don't see often. This is exactly what the city of Ottawa needs to get everyone in the summer groove.

This song was recorded at the Dreamland Studio owned by the legend Quest. Mixed and mastered by the OG himself. The instrumental was created by Toronto producer Casket Jones. Once the Covid restrictions are lifted, these guys will be filming the music video with 3fiftyco and Scott Vanasse from the 4reign/FFA team. Crash drops this Friday, May 22nd, on all streaming platforms. Pre save the song today! 

https://unitedmasters.com/m/nathan-miles-crash

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Ottawa Rapper Young Astronomer & Producer Trenchfoot Come Together & Release New Single “IDK

By Matthew Kyazze

Ottawa Rapper Young Astronomer & Producer Trenchfoot Come Together & Release New Single “IDK

613 rising star Young Astronomer and prominent Ottawa bass music producer/artist Trenchfoot, join forces to release a brand new single. With high hopes to bring some dark experimental trap/dub vibes to light, the song is now out worldwide in 170+ digital stores and is available for instant purchase on Amazon Music, iTunes & Tidal including many more! Check the song out today, you won’t be disappointed - link is provided below

https://soundcloud.com/youngastronomer/idk-prod-trenchfoot

 Let’s get down to the details ~

SONG REVIEW & RATING ⤦

The song starts out robust in nature with a very dark sounding repeating echo of Young Astronomer from the shadows with his signature raw vocals, a mixture of ambient noises - build up & trap sounding 808’s make this song super unique in its own lane, local up and coming bass music producer Trenchfoot (Big Tooth Records) showcases his versatility in both making/mastering a professional track & showing how easy it is for him to play around and instantly make a hit, I think they made a deadly combination with this truly original sounding production.

 

With the catchy repeating hook of, “I be rolling don’t really know where I’m going, I don’t know I don’t know where I’m going, passed the store the liquor store I am so emotional breathe the dro and gain control I be in my zone I be in my zone”. It’s safe to say Young Astronomer is clearly out of his comfort zone and looking to emerge as not only a Hiphop Artist, but as a musical artist just the same by trying out new genres and tweaking the sound, working with new acts & trying to stay consistent in a ever-growing industry.

I think Young Astronomer’s latest singles “IDK” and his earlier release “Cloud 9” both have great potential to chart within its own suited playlists, and rightfully so! - Congrats on the successful release guys, can’t wait to hear new music.

 | RATING 8/10 | 


LISTEN NOW - “Young Astronomer - Cloud 9 (Prod. Utility Beats) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhuOkAr29oY&feature=emb_title

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LISTEN NOW: LINK TO TRENCHFOOT’S NEWEST RELEASE “WAR DUB” 

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GHVSTZ & CGB DROP- D.4.T.S.

By Matthew Kyazze

GHVSTZ & CGB DROP- D.4.T.S.

D.4.T.S. is a 2-side collaboration EP from Canadian artists Ghvstz & CGB. Inspired by a life of luxury and making it out of bad situations. The dark and suspenseful production covered by Ripvctr sets the perfect atmosphere for the duo to melodically balance the perfect chemistry they have together. Avaiable on all streaming platforms, hit the link below to hear it now!

http://www.smarturl.it/D4TS

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A Message From The Senate Tavern

By Matthew Kyazze

A Message From The Senate Tavern

Life since Covid-19 has been something none of us will ever forget. A big group of us first heard about the virus back in December 2019. We didn't think too much of it, because it wasn't here in Canada. Then it quickly took over China. All the memes kicked in and it still seemed like nothing to stress about. After Asia it finally hit Europe, and has taken over 12,000 lives in Italy. At that point we still weren't active enough in North America, businesses were still opened. Until Covid-19 finally arrives in Canada and changes our everyday routine forever. 

Now all the Provinces are really pushing Social Distancing and telling everyone to stay at home. Which is a good a thing. A lot of Canadians are waiting to receive there EI, but what's happening to our Small Businesses we all love and support? We've all seen a few things in the media, some small businesses are opening for take out. But a lot of them are still staying closed. If you're interested in helping out Small Businesses, please read the email below. This will give you a understanding on whats happening, sent from the owner of the Senate Tavern, Steve Ryan.

First, let me start by saying we feel for everyone during this truly trying time. It is taking a toll on the personal lives of many, and our sympathies go out to all that have been affected.

Although we typically stay far away from the realm of politics and social policy, we feel compelled to address some concerns that will undoubtedly affect our business and many of our industry colleagues.

We understand that there is no road map for what is happening right now and many small to medium sized businesses have been faced with a wide variety of challenges and decisions on how to handle what is being thrown their way.

 When it comes to the restaurant industry, some have decided to provide take out, some have made changes to their model in an attempt to keep core employees on the payroll, while others have made the difficult decision of closing altogether. Although we have decided to be close entirely, we strongly support those who have found a way to make things work in these desperate times. 

 I would like to commend everyone in their efforts to help keep people safe while trying to remain resilient.

 Over the past two weeks, the government has attempted to provide various solutions to many of the obstacles this situation has created. They have spoken a great deal about providing Canadians with the support necessary to get them through this crisis, and I applaud them in these efforts.

 The government has also put forward quite a few programs that are aimed at helping small business. At face value, these may seem to solve some of the problems that are being thrust upon our business community, but when you take a closer look, it provides little to no help for small to medium sized restaurants.

 To paint the picture effectively, I will give you the situation we are facing at our Bank Street location:

 On March 1, we paid rent. On March 15, we closed our doors, and they have remained closed since.

Although The Senate on Bank Street was open until March 15, business was down close to 40% in those first two weeks of March, as customers began to feel uncomfortable with the emerging health crisis. From March 15 onward, we have had no revenue.

We paid our employees up to their final day, and then were forced to lay off our entire staff to allow them to apply for employment insurance (at the guidance of government). Therefore, in March we have incurred expenses of 50% payroll and 100% rent in a month where we saw little to no revenue.

Let me stress that this is not only about our business. I’m using The Senate’s experience as an example to provide insight as to what the restaurant industry is going through as a whole. Many of the restaurants we all love and include in our daily, weekly or monthly routines are in the exact same situation—without a clear plan, they will not have the means to make it through this crisis.

 We are now seeing many restaurants partially opening to offer take out, pick up or delivery. These are establishments that do not have the resources to offer these services, but are doing so simply because they are fearful of the unknown.

If we cannot protect the restaurants that employ the people in our community, then our loved ones, friends and neighbours will not have a job to return to once this is all over.

 We are now facing another rent payment tomorrow which will put further burden on our financial situation. I know many other institutions are in the same position. The government has decided to let individual landlords and tenants work out payments on their own, and with varying opinions on what should be done a great deal of animosity will fester between both parties. Is it right for a landlord to expect rent from a property that is no longer legally able to operate under the terms it was originally leased? Is it reasonable for the landlord to not receive rent, forcing them to be unable fulfill their own obligations and incur unwanted financial stress? I would say it is not.

 Although it is NOT being offered, is it reasonable for the government to ask a small business to take out a 100k loan to pay rent and utilities for 3 months while not being able to operate? It would take a restaurant with a yearly revenue of $1,000,000.00 a full year to repay that debt before it would be in the black and that’s if everything returns to normal immediately.

 I implore the government to address this situation head on and to do what is right for all small businesses—and in turn, all Canadians.

 If all commercial mortgages were to be suspended interest free until the government feels business can open again, landlords could then pass this benefit on to their tenants.

Mortgage Deferral – Rent Deferral – Zero Interest 

There needs to be a clear conversation about this issue and it needs to happen now. It is the single most important conversation surrounding small businesses today.

 If you would like to help restaurants and other small businesses get the support they need, please share this message with others, and contact your local councillors and MP.

 There is also a very worthwhile movement started by restauranteurs that is gaining a lot of momentum. It speaks to the challenges we are currently facing and provides solutions that could help lessen damages to the hospitality industry. 

Head to https://www.savehospitality.ca for more information on the movement and how you can help!  

 Stay safe everyone, and we look forward to serving you once this is all over!

Sincerely,

Steve Ryan

The Senate Tavern

Cell: 613-882-1022

steve@thesenate.ca

www.thesenate.ca

 

The Senate Tavern on Clarence

33 Clarence Street, Ottawa 

ON, K1N 5M4

Work: 613-695-5523

 

The Senate Tavern on Bank

1159 Bank Street, Ottawa

ON, K1S 3X7

Work: 613-731-9191

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