YouthandHysteria – On Hiatus

June 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

Hey guys,

Due to a virus that shut down my laptop, I won’t be able to update the site until it gets fixed.

Hopefully I’ll be back in less than two weeks.

This sucks…

New Music: Hit-Boy – “Jay-Z Interview”

June 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

After making beats for Kanye West & Jay-Z (“N**gas in Paris”) and A$AP Rocky (‘Goldie”), producer Hit-Boy takes his turn at the mic with his debut song “Jay-Z Interview”.

The producer-turned-rapper thing does work out – just look at Kanye West and Swizz Beatz – but does it work for Hit-Boy?

Listen below:

Fashion Bite: Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen Win Big at 2012 CFDA Awards

June 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

Ashley Olsen & Mary-Kate Olsen, designers for The Row.

Last night, the fashion industry’s elite came out to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the well-respected CFDA Awards!

Hosted at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in NYC, designers were honored for their hard work and innovation. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen won the most coveted award of the night – Womenswear Designer of the Year while Billy Reid and Reed Krakoff won Menswear Designer and Accesory Designer of the Year, respectively.

Johnny Depp (who was not in attendance) was given the Fashion Icon Award. Anna Wintour also gave the Geoffrey Beaee Lifetime Achievement Award to Tommy Hilfiger.

Read on after the jump to see the full list of winners, plus a gallery of attendees!

Keep reading…

New Video: Kanye West ft. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz – “Mercy”

June 6, 2012 § 1 Comment

When Kanye West’s “Mercy” hit the radio a few weeks ago, it shook up the entire hip-hop scene. Now, the banger has a dope video to accompany it!

Yeezy & his all-star crew (Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz) look nonchalantly cool in this cleanly shot Nabil-directed video.

Enjoy below:

Look out for G.O.O.D Music’s compilation Cruel Summer dropping soon!

YouthandHysteria Artist Spotlight: Nadia Kazmi

June 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

In the midst of music and fashion news, my goal for this blog is to highlight talented artists who are on the come-up. So for my second installment of Artist Spotlight I chatted with upcoming artist Nadia Kazmi, a Calagary, Alberta-bred singer who has big wishes of making it in this tough music industry.

Kazmi found her passion for music at age 9. She said she started writing poetry from a young age, and her love for music and lyrics stemmed from there – “My inspirations are artists who have been successful despite many obstacles and those who have a quirky/unique artistic approach.”

“I have spend a lot of time in New York, Toronto, L.A. and Vancouver. I think moving around has given me a very eclectic sound,” she said.

Due to the influence of her travels, Kazmi’s sound holds no boundaries – with the singer transitioning from classic rock to soul with ease. She said, “I think my eclectic approach to songwriting is a defining character. I can write a reggae tune or a rock song and not think of them as drastically different because it comes out very naturally in either case.”

When asked about which song best showcases her as an artist Kazmi chose “Mother”, a emotional song that hints at a late 90’s Fiona Apple influence: “[‘Mother’] is a song about how we as humans treat the earth and other living beings. I am lyrically driven as a writer and the song’s metaphorical message with the dual literal meaning is a hallmark of my writing.”

Keep reading…

Music Bite: Drake Annouces OVO Fest Lineup

June 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

It’s no secret that Drake always shows love for his hometown of Toronto, and this summer he will be returning the love with his 3rd annual OVO Fest.

The lineup – which was announced last night via Drake’s Twitter – features Drake himself, A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz and fellow Toronto native The Weeknd. More artists are sure to be added.

Look out for the OVO Fest on August 5 at the Molson Canadian Ampitheatre!

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