This week’s episode of Down to the Beat is kicked off with a brief discussion about how sticky the current Ottawa heat wave has the hosts with the mosts and Bossman, who joined us in the form of fact guy this week. This leads us into an even briefer discussion about Fixxx’s shower habits and our favourite soaps. Riveting stuff, we know.
We then let y’all in on three of the notable birthdays on August 24th, those being Rupert Grint, Vince McMahon and Dave Chappelle. None of these relate much to hip hop other than Chappelle but Fixxx is a huge Harry Potter fan and I am a big fan of the WWE so we figured we’d throw those in there as well. However, Dave Chappelle has made his way into a couple of our episodes when talking about sketch comedy in the Dave Chappelle Show and his block party in 2005.
After this aimless intro, we move into a conversation about the young legend Cole Bennett. Cole Bennett is someone who has flown under Down to the Beat’s radar in years prior solely due to the fact that Fixxx and I may have been a wee bit salty of his dopeness.
But we swallowed our pride, and gave Cole Bennett the flowers he rightfully deserves after seeing the coverage of his third annual Summer Smash festival in Chicago this year. At the ripe age of 25 Cole Bennett has done more than most people in his position have done over their entire lives.
Hailing from Chicago, Cole Bennett has made waves that have rippled into tsunami size when considering his reach in the music game. Bennett began his career by making music videos for smaller artists around the Chicago area that eventually catapulted him into a place where he was creating and directing videos for some of the biggest names in the game. At one point the bug-eyed and CGI heavy videos turned Fixxx and I off of the young entrepreneur but have now made us believers. After working with some of the biggest names in the industry such as Post Malone, Lil Durk, Juice Wrld and even Eminem. Needless to say, Cole Bennett has gotten the honorary tip of the cap from us lads here at Down to the Beat.
After this, we shed light on some serious news from the hip hop scene here in Ottawa. The capital’s very own City Fidelia dropped the music video for the single off his album “Painkiller”, “College Dropout”. To accompany the video, Fidelia held a viewing party for the video in the parking lot of Haitian restaurant, Margo, on Rideau St. The event was attended by anyone who is anyone in Ottawa’s music scene, so you best believe the entire Down to the Wire team was there.
There was punch, there was a big screen and there were a lot of great people in effect. Now I’ve held my tongue long enough but I can’t help but gloat now, Racco and I were in the music video. I know, I know, hold your applause. But just know our IMDb pages are ready for any new additions you may have. Also know that City is taking 20% of anything you offer so make sure you make them offers high because this talent doesn’t come cheap.
All in all it was a beautiful night spent surrounded by beautiful people sharing a beautiful experience with one of the city’s favourite person doing the most for us. Shout out to City Fidelia and all he does for us and the city. You are the man. And that’s all I’ll say about that.
We then cap off the episode with a quick look at the beef forming around the eminent drops from two of the industry’s greats, Drake and Kanye West. If their albums are anything like the hype they are building around them, then we are in for a treat. And that’s all I’ll say about that.
Written by: John Balser