Sunday, May 31, 2009

Deep Thought: Living and Learning

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Growing up in Scarborough a young male of Caribbean descent was not an easy task to say the least. I was blessed enough to live in a regular sized house, with both of my parents, and with a decent financial support system. What made growing up so difficult was my own bad decision making. Going through elementary school I was never truly interested in anything else other than sports. Due to an honest belief to make it to the NBA and a firm passion of the sport I had all the drive one needed to excel and develop within the sport. It was high school that changed everything; I went to a Scarborough Catholic high school that was populated by 60 percent blacks, 30 percent Asians and 10 percent whites. In my first year I was less focused on sports and more on the female physic. I quickly realized that if I wanted to be noticed by the all the females I would have to align myself with the right people (the popular kids), which in turn meant I had to gain their respect. I worked hard at it; I listened to the latest hip hop, acquired all the dopest clothes, and never followed the rules. I did everything and anything it took to be respected by my peers. It ultimately worked; in my second year I was an established male in my school. I was a part of a popular clique, played a leading rule on my school basketball team and dated the females that were on top of every males “I’d hit it list”. This process to the top came with plenty of trouble. I found myself smoking weed at an early age, getting into many violent disputes which usually left me in dangerous situations, robbing and stealing the clothes that my parents couldn’t afford to buy me, and my marks were atrocious I became satisfied with just passing each class instead of actually excelling in it but I was socially “cool” which was all that actually mattered to me at the time...

After attaining my number 1 goal which was to be popular I created new goals; lose my virginity and make money by all means. Once basketball season was complete (finished junior boys champs, with an undefeated season) I focused on searching for my 1st sexual relationship. My search didn’t take long I started a relationship with a girl one year younger than myself and shortly after a couple months and a few failed attempts I was “gettin’ it in”, literally. I dated this girl through the end of my second year and into my third, during this time I said farewell to basketball and hello to money. I started to sell weed and sold stolen clothes or bicycles, this obviously got me in more trouble since things don’t always go as planned. At the end of December 2004 I was slapped with some life changing news as I learned that my girlfriend of 7 months was pregnant with my first son. It hit me harder than I could imagine, having no true potential in anything at the time since my marks were horrible and my life was in shambles.

It wasn’t till my son’s actual birth (August 28th 2005) I slowly began to realize that I had to change my ways. Returning for my last year of high school as a brand new father wasn’t the greatest situation in the world but it was exactly what I needed. It forced me to mature. I had to learn how to take care of someone else other than myself which wasn’t one of my strengths. I remember going to my guidance counselor in the first month of school, he asked me what I wanted to do after high school? I responded “go to university I guess” he laughed in my face and replied with a smirk, “Harbans, let’s be realistic”. I knew it wasn’t the most rational answer due to my educational history but when he laughed at me in my face I felt disrespected. It got me so enraged that knocking him out cold and then watching him snore like a child was my initial response. Then I thought for a second maybe working hard and proving him wrong would be much more satisfying in the long. So that’s exactly what I did, I created a new goal...University. I grinded out getting used to doing homework and studying hard, while learning how to change diapers and making baby formula. Just like my other goals I attained this one as well and by the end of the year I was accepted to all the Universities I applied for.

I currently have a new goal in life and that's to achieve true success and whenever I feel like I can't do it I just think back to the past. In true honesty I have lived a life that would be considered sweet compared to many other people, it was my own bad decisions that were my downfalls but I learned from those downfalls and let them fuel me to better myself. I have a lot of hard work ahead if I want to be a better person and a better father but at the end of the day learning and growing from my mistakes is where I believe true success lies.



Photo snapped and edited by Made in the City's very own:
Cristhian Ramirez




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More meets Mojo: The Big Ticket

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With the infrequency of authentic parties in Toronto I knew this party would not disappoint... simply because of the DJ lineup for the night. Top 40 and boring/horribly flowing sets that can easily be imitated with the shuffle songs command in iTunes do not excite me the least bit.

However, this experience was on a different level! The party was definitely good vibes and good peoples with a mature crowd. It was also a good getaway from the atmosphere at club district into a refreshing setting in Little Italy @ Revival on College St. ALL of the DJ's absolutely ripped it. The setup of the individual sets were in a battle-type form, with each DJ battling it out with the opposing team. All I know is when Creep Slow Pt. II - Big Black Lincoln came on.... I was GONE.

"On my way to Georgia... I'm leaving on the next plane. Like conversation with autumn, the leaves ain't the only thing changed. My emotions like water have naturally turned to ice. It's getting late and I think I ought to leave you with this advice..."


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The NBA Finals begin June 4th on ABC HD

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Will the shooting of the Orlando Magic continue to flourish and actually be able to compete against the triangle offence of the Los Angeles Lakers? As for D, the lane-clogging tactic won't work against the Black Mamba... sit three people in the lane and it will be lights out.

"We gonna play until June, I love you... Now let's get this party started!!"


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"Special shout out to..."

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My boy Christian over at UNLKLY for designing our blog. Dude took the time out of his busy schedule to fix up our blog and make it have a more appealing look to it... So once again thanks alot bro and it means alot to us over here at MITC.


You can also check out his blog at http://anunlikely.blogspot.com/


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YEEZY!

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The final colorway of one of the most highly anticipated sneaker releases of the year is right around the corner. The Nike Air Yeezys in the Tan colorway is releasing this Saturday June 6th at most of our local sneaker boutiques and at Footlocker on Yonge St in Toronto. I think this colorway will be just as popular as the first 2 colorways that came out a couple months back. So expect long lineups and dudes camping starting this Wednesday afternoon. If you didn't get your wristband yesterday morning at Footlocker on Yonge St. then dont bother even going there on the release day because you will not get a pair. Your best bet is to go to Livestock on Spadina early Saturday morning if you're not going to camp for them. I've also heard that Stolen Riches on Queen St. West will also be getting a couple pairs of Yeezys this Saturday.

Good luck on getting your pair this Saturday.

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Rawseee

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Banger! Had this shit on repeat for the last hour. This should have definitely been on the album.

Tyga been going hard too these days





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"Enjoy Every Sandwich..."

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Self-admittedly, I am aware that I often ignore some of the minor things in life, throughout the course of attempting to achieve my goals. Although this results-driven approach has served me well in terms of attaining some of those targets, I am conscious of the fact it has caused some of the other aspects of my life to lag. 

Last night I came across a quote by rock singer-songwriter Warren Zevon. In the final stages of his battle with terminal lung cancer when asked if there was anything about life that his imminent death had allowed him to gain a better understand about, he replied, "... just how much you're supposed to enjoy every sandwich." 

Hearing his response did not induce an immediate epiphany followed by a sudden change in attitude. Rather, it allowed me to better realize that ambition in many cases is not without consequence. In my view, if an individual understands and accepts these consequences then any lamenting about the lost opportunities down the line should fall on deaf ears. That being said, the subjectiveness of the quote leads to a number of different interpretations. Whether it caused you to think like I did, or think nothing at all, just thought I'd share.

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Caught my Attention

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Unique version of the Knight Rider theme song...


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Friday, May 29, 2009

Greed is Good

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One of my favourite scenes from one of my favourite movies of all time. Wall Street.
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Thursday, May 28, 2009

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Think Outside The Box!
I strongly believe that thinking outside of the box and bringing a new approach to what you're trying to accomplish in life is the best way to go. NO, I'm not saying that following the rules is wrong...that might be the best way to achieve your goal...but if you want a name for yourself and be looked at differently in this world you will need to think differently and come up with a new approach to your mission in life.... me as a person appreciates art and i believe that there are professions out there that are overpaid....i strongly believe that art is not one of them...which brings me to Pablo Picasso...The reason why i chose Picasso other than the fact that he is well known is because he is one artist that inspires me to look at life through my own eyes and not through anyone else...i believe that the approach my group and i are choosing will be much different than anyone else and i strongly believe that this group will be very successful in the years to come....I hope you as our viewers will join us on our success and help Toronto come up and be the city we need it to be....


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Stress Relief: Can I talk my shit again?

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Breathe easy...
Intentional runs in the rain are quite relaxing, as long as they're genuinely intentional from the instance of commencing.
- Just Millz

P.s.  Minus the miscalculated guessing of puddle depth, of course.

P.p.s.  Gotta take that hoodie off for the homestretch (No need for an iPod if you're a true beast).

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Guess what time it is....

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This is exactly how to come back on the scene. Now, just switch up that iPhone line to Crackberry and he back.




bonus:
Throw it back to '02

Way back before D'Antoni the Imbecile ruined Starbury and the NYKs.

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Blue Jays Officially Suck

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Jays lose 9th straight.
All 9 losses have come on the road at the hands of Boston, Atlanta, and Baltimore.

Blue Jays current record 27-23.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Soccer's Superbowl

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Manchester United vs. Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League final from the Olympic Stadium in Rome, Italy

To all you soccer fans I'm sure you're full aware that this is the dream finale. It would probably be equivalent to a Laker/Cavs showdown with Mamba vs. LBJ (which won't be happening). Actually, scratch that... this is BIGGER.

Kick-off @ 7:45 pm/ 2:45 pm Eastern Time


So who you with?

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Mood Music

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Recently I came across an album I have been scouring various music blogs to find. Many critics herald Elohim Marino's album Son of Hip Hop as one of the best underground albums released in a while, and after taking a close listen, I would tend to agree. Although some (including myself) haven't experienced much of the subject matter covered on the album, the vivid imagery and heartfelt lyrics make it easy for any listener to appreciate the vantage point from which Elohim delivers his stories from. I would encourage that you also take a listen and share your opinion of the album. It can be found here.





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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

"With the 9th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, the Toronto Raptors select...."

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As I patiently wait for June to roll around for the 2009 NBA Draft, I can only hope and pray that the Raptors make that important pick that will solve the problems that our team has, but knowing that will never happen I can only continue to pray and tell myself “ anything is possible”. The Toronto Raptors don’t really have a good history of drafting great players, I think the last All Star the Raptors drafted(besides Chris Bosh) was Tracy McGrady but he wasn’t so amazing back when he was a Raptor and he doesn’t look that great right now, I cant even remember the last time I’ve seen him on the court, I don’t even think Tracy McGrady himself can remember the last time he hes been on an NBA basketball court. June 29th is only about a month or so away, with the Toronto Raptors receiving the 9th pick there really isn’t much hope of us getting that player that we need. The Raptors General Manager Bryan Colangelo says he has his eye on someone in the NBA Draft this year but we will have to wait and see who that is. He has also stated that he is interested in signing the likes of Rasheed Wallace from the Detroit Pistons and Ron Artest from the Houston Rockets , but with the history that those 2 guys have had do we really want players like that being apart of our team? I’d say we don’t have a choice, the Raptors need help immediately. Just last year we could have called the Raptors a “playoff team” but with a season that they just had I don’t know what to call them. We can only wait and see what happens on June 29th and how this summer is going to turn out and what off season moves the Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo will make.


Just below you can see the Toronto Raptors draft pick history.





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Classic Moment in History

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Today around 3: 50 pm, after working out a bit and cleaning my room I decided that I would roll a little joint before posting something on the blog, you know for the inspiration. Once I finished smoking I returned back to my house.


While I was walking towards my room I could hear what was playing on my TV. It was the sounds from game 4 of the 1995 NBA Eastern Conference Finals; Orlando vs Indiana. I took a step into my room; the game caught my full attention as I watched Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway steal a pass from Reggie Miller took a few steps and then did this.......



...LMAO thats Raptors Ex Coach Sam Mitchell........

p.s. Penny was a beast...


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"Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings."

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Salvador Dali

Aside from sports, fashion, reading and music… art has become one of my most recent interests. I’m well aware of more than a handful of Salvador’s works and his abstract imagination and influences from Freudian psychology have certainly sparked my eagerness to start understanding his works. What puzzles me is that this man was actually still alive in our recent history. Usually, with a man of his stature and brilliance you would most likely be persuaded to believe he was a part of the Renaissance Era with the likes of Donatello, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael (think, “Ninja Turtles”, that’s how I remember them).

Born in Spain, in 1904, this surrealist artist is probably most well-known for his work, The Persistence of Memory (1931). He passed in 1989 from heart failure.

The Persistence of Memory, 1931

A few of my personal favs include:

The Three Sphinxes of Bikini, 1947

“The experimental atomic explosions on the atoll of Bikini, as well as the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki inspired this DalĂ­ work. Two human heads and a tree become hallucinatory double images of the mushroom cloud produced by a nuclear explosion.” (Explanation from: dali-gallery.com)

Ballerina in a Death's-Head, 1939
Living Still Life, 1956
Perfect irony created in this painting. Using the minds subconscious perception of gravity to create a sense of movement in what would traditionally be a still life portrait.

Metamorphosis of Narcissuss, 1937

And here is a short video displaying some of his works as well. The music in the video is from Clint Mansell - Requiem for a Dream, which is coincidentally my favourite music for basketball player highlight compilations (I’m sure you’ll recognize it).



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Monday, May 25, 2009

Melanie Fiona: Ready For Love (Cover)

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I just had to add this after Trumen's post.  She absolutely captures the essence of India Arie's track:


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Aint it cool......Terminator salvation
In the highly anticipated new installment of The Terminator film franchise, set in post-apocalyptic 2018, Christian Bale stars as John Connor, the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators....In my honest opionon the movie was great for a first time terminator watcher...because i dont know the history of Terminator i do not think i can make a big enough judgment on this movie ...But for a first time viewer i thought it was well done and had all the right actors as well as directors to make this movie the best movie of 2009...it was jammed with action and had my eyes wired on the big screen....Hence, i've never watched Terminator in the past but i strongly believe that Salvation has my mind thinking to go back and capture what i've missed.....


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Sunday, May 24, 2009

"Karate's Back"

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Last night in the MGM Grand Garden Arena a change of champions occurred. In the UFC 98 main event Rashad Evans attempted to defend his Light Heavyweight Champion title against the very dangerous Brazilian Karate fighter, Lyoto Machida. Unfortunately for Evans and his fans (which includes me) in the second round of the bout Rashad was hit with a vicious straight left followed by a fury of punches knocking the champ to the canvas and eventually forcing referee Mario Yamasaki to end the brutality at the 3:57 mark.

On a personal note I knew coming into the fight Rashad Evans was going to have serious problems defend against the unorthodox style used by Lyoto Machida but I still envisioned Evans as the victor. Being a long time Evans follower to witness the beating he was delivered was quite uncomfortable and honestly a little painful to watch. But one most give respect when respect is due and Lyoto Machida definitely deserved a show of respect after last night’s performance.


Karate's back” shouted by Lyoto Machida.

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We Are L.A.S.E.R.S.

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Lupe Fiasco has been one of the few artists in hip-hop to successfully balance the very difficult task of delivering thought-provoking content while simultaneously maintaining his commercial appeal. In a recent blog posting in relation to his forthcoming effort entitled, "L.A.S.E.R.S" he released a manifesto which may be an indication of the underlying themes the album will touch on. Although I'm sure most would agree the list includes all noble causes, I just don't see some of them happening in my lifetime. In any event, I am still anxiously anticipating the album's release. You can check out the manifesto below.


THE L.A.S.E.R.S. MANIFESTO

To Every Man, Woman & Child...

1. We Want An End To The Glamorization Of Negativity In The Media.

2. We Want An End To Status Symbols Dictating Our Worth As Individuals.

3. We Want A Meaningful And Universal Education System.

4. We Want Substance In The Place Of Popularity.

5. We Will Not Compromise Who We Are To Be Accepted By The Crowd.

6. We Want The Invisible Walls That Separate By Wealth, Race & Class To Be Torn Down.

7. We Want To Think Our Own Thoughts.

8. We Will Be Responsible For Our Environment.

9. We Want Clarity & Truth From Our Elected Officials Or They Should Move Aside.

10. We Want Love Not Lies.

11. We Want An End To All Wars. Foreign & Domestic (Violence).

12. We Want An End To The Processed Culture Of Exploitation, Over-Consumption & Waste.

13. We Want Knowledge, Understanding & Peace.

14. WE WILL NOT LOSE BECAUSE WE ARE NOT LOSERS, WE ARE LASERS!!!

Lasers are the opposite of losers. Lasers are shining beams of light that burn through the darkness of ignorance. Lasers shed light on injustice and inequality. Losers stand by and let things happen. Lasers act and shape their own destinies. Lasers find meaning and direction in the mysteries all around them. Lasers stand for love and compassion. Lasers stand for peace. Lasers stand for progression. Lasers are revolutionary.
Lasers Are The Future.

We're Not Losers...We Are L.A.S.E.R.S.!!!

Love Always Shines Every-time Remember 2 Smile!
-LF





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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Taking back home: The X-Factor

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Trevor Ariza
Some might see it as "just" 16pts, but I see it as all the right shots at the right times (unlike a fading Fisher). Combine this with a clutch steal in game 1 and another one in tonight's game and you get the X-Factor. (Please leave him in the clutch next time Phil, I didn't understand the decision to sub-in Luke last game)

In other news, Lakers center Bynum and coach Phil Jackson disagree/when scrubs get ahead of themselves: "Andrew Bynum wants to play more minutes, and Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson has just the solution: Play better defense." (quoted from the Denver Associated Press)

Just have pride on D young fella before asking a seasoned veteran coach for more time on the court. At least he didn't get ahead of himself and bring his negativity to the game like Houston guard, Von Wafer.

And you know I couldn't end the post off without mentioning Mamba's numbers: 41, 6 and 5 on 12-24 from the field and 15-17 from the line. Just a few words of advice to the Denver faithful, don't point fingers in Kobe's face or chant profanities to him while he's at the line... his favourite shots are accompanied by the comforting silence of the crowd on the road.


Didn't work the last time and it won't work this time either.



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Creative Thinking: Time to get it

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I got a severe cough, a terribly sore throat, and an incredibly uncomfortable high fever, in others words THE FLU. As I lay here HIGH off the combination of Buckley’s and Cannabis Sativa, each passing minute feels more like an eternity. I begin to realize this must be what the urban musical genius Weezy F must have felt like when he recorded the infamous track “I feel like dying.” With my thoughts all jumbled while listening to The Dream’s uniquely distinctive sounds my mind slowly begins to drift:

I’m getting higher and higher, farther and farther away. I’m now in and out reality, half awake, half asleep. My eyes begin to close almost like I’m losing complete control. When my eyes eventually shut I witness a flash to the past, a distinct collection of all my failed POTENTIAL. My eyelids quickly rise but I have no time to catch myself, the BUZZ off the meds and hydro drift me back, force my eyelids to seal for the second time. I see a flash of my present, my current destination in life’s erratic ride. I unbolt my eyes for the last time, inhale deeply before the dark force grasps me once again. My eyes squeeze tight. This time I see a flash to nothing, nothing but a modern rich mahogany wooden desk. When I look closer at the desk I see a shiny golden plate with my name luxuriously engraved in the centre and beside that lays a distinct pair of lavish keys designed only for a MAYBACH.


I wake up with a smile and know what time it is...



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Still in shock...

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This had me sitting in my basement with chills for at least five minutes after everything was said and done. Usually, I would get excited with fist pumping and screaming as well, but this was different. Throughout the entire commercial break I was convinced Lebron would be used as a decoy in order to get the ball to Delonte... not the case at all. This will stay stamped in my memory bank for quite some time...

LEBRON JAMES AT THE BUZZER!




In the post game press conference Lebron stated that the ball was set to go to him no matter what. The first option was surprisingly a lob pass for him and the second was basically him getting open no matter what it took.

So where does this shot rank in your top playoff buzzer beater moments? Here’s just a few of my favourites that come to mind:

Robert Horry’s greatest hits tour:



Derek Fisher 0.4 second shot:



I’m pretty sure at this point you already know who I’m cheering for tonight... The Black Mamba & my main man Lamar Odom.


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Let me introduce you...

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Newest addition to the madeinthecity.blogspot.com team:

Trumen aka The Chef

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Friday, May 22, 2009

M I T C: Humble Beginnings…

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First of all we'd like to welcome you all to witness the makings of a genuine success story. We hope you enjoy the experiences of our steady progression from turning our dreams into realities.

MadeintheCity.ca (MITC) will be composed of articles, weekly features, daily posts, reviews/critiques, photos, and anything else of interest. This is your open invitation to acquaint yourselves with our city, through our eyes. Each post will have a representation of the individual members’ interests and characteristics that as a cumulative will ultimately be a reflection of MITC.


The Introduction.


We are a brotherhood influenced by the culture of our society, our environment, and surroundings; all of which are true elements of the City. Made in the City can be taken literally as being individuals who are born & raised in a metropolis. However, the deeper meaning of our name mirrors our passion into being one day, made men within the great city of Toronto.

The Future.


The MadeintheCity.ca is just the beginning of the unified dream of five young males utilizing the opportunities that arise in an expanding city. MITC will actively be involved in building the framework for various business ventures that’s purpose will essentially be rooted in the hunger to taste success.


“A brotherhood’s rise in the City, struggle in the City, development in the City…


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Daily Music Updates

Monday, July 13, 2009

Baseball Sex - Lil Wayne feat Mack Maine
Do It Now - Drake
Stunt On You - Drake
Somebody Else - Ne-Yo

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Imma Do It Snippet - Fabolous feat Kobe
Salute - Fabolous feat Lil Wayne
Mr. Gangsta Remix - Lil Wayne feat Smitty
Chameleon - Christina Milian feat The Dream
Diamonds - Rick Ross
Thats What I Thought - T.I.
Bread Up - T.I. feat Trick Daddy & Keri Hilson
Magic - T.I. feat Robin Thicke
Welcome Back To The Trap - T.I.
Don't Give Up - T.I.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Get It - Mase feat Cam'ron
Juice - Drake
The Winner - Drake
Something - Drake
Press It Up - Sean Paul
I'm So Wavy (Jay-Z Diss) - The Game
Look 4 Ya - Andre 300

Friday, July 10, 2009

Don't Trust Me Remix - 3Oh!3 feat Mike Posner & Kid Cudi
Hatin On Him - R Kelly
Welcome To My Workplace - Fabolous

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Slow Down - Drake feat Tommy Stars
Fallen - Keshia Chante feat Drake
Most Wanted Rockstar (Snippet) - Lil Wayne
Sacrifice - Lil Wayne feat Gudda Gudda, T- Streets & Channel

Wednesday, July 8, 2009