The Foultone Crew on The Dope Joints

        On December 21st, 2o11, the Foultone Crew (Dj Kutdown, Ismaila Alfa, Influence, Mikel Rondeau and myself, Rob Crooks) took to the University of Manitoba’s campus radio airwaves as guests of Winnipeg’s longest running hip-hop mix show, the Dope Joints. A huge thank you goes out to Dj Kinteik, Dj @Large and Dj Stress for their hospitality and good humour. It was the second Foultone Christmas special that we’ve done in three years, and I for one, would like it to become an annual tradition. So hopefully next December we’ll be back on the air at 101.5 fm, to wish everybody a happy holidays. Just like the 2009 edition, the 2011 Foultone Christmas special included live on-air performances and freestyles by all the emcees, and mixing and scratching from Dj Kutdown. Download or stream the podcast here and tune in to the Dope Joints every Wednesday night, 10pm-12am, 101.5 UMFM.



This Friday, the 13th!

        As I mentioned in a previous post, I will be performing at Golden City Fine Arts in Winnipeg’s Chinatown this coming Friday! It will be Friday the 13th, so try not to get brutally murdered or anything.

In addition to my solo-set, there will also be the triumphant return of Two Rocks of Stone! I love these guys. If you are unaware, Two Rocks of Stone are an experimental hip-hop duo from Winnipeg, who perform their beats live on a set up of samplers, drum machines and effects processors, while taking turns rapping about insane things. It’s pretty awesome. For a more concrete idea of what they are all about, check out one of their youtube videos here.

In addition to myself and Two Rocks of Stone, there will also be Dj Aaron Bragar. So, this will be a fun-packed night for sure. The atmosphere at Golden City is always very chill. I don’t think there is a cover, and as always, it’s BYOB. If you forget to BYOB, it’s no problem, as the McLaren is just across the street. The party starts around 11, performances will start around midnight, and go ’til late. Again, it’s at Golden City Fine Arts,  211 Pacific Avenue, in Chinatown.

For more information check out Golden City’s Facebook page here, or their blog here. See you there!



Masters Are Back!

Rob Crooks - Hearts

Today I got the masters to my upcoming album Hearts back. So, I’m that much closer to releasing the album! However, there are a few details that still need to be worked out before I can announce a release date and start planning the party. But it shouldn’t be too much longer! In the meantime, you can catch me performing some of the tracks from Hearts next Friday, the 13th (!) at Golden City Fine Arts Gallery, 211 Pacific Avenue (Chinatown), Winnipeg. That show will also mark the return of one of my favorite hip-hop groups to ever come out of Winnipeg, Two Rocks of Stone. (More on this show to come.)

Much thanks to Tom DeGeeter (aka SpeedDial7) of Marathon of Dope for the master, and Greg Arcade for the recording and the mix.