From the frozen tundra that is Toronto, Canada, DJ Mensa single-handedly keeps the streets hot. In a city where the biggest acts are humbled by unforgiving T-Dot audiences, Mensa brings nothing but his A-Game on every occasion.
From the smallest of lounges to thousands in attendance, Mensa has brought parties to life across Canada, the US, and his native Philippines. Smooth mixing paired with a turntablist’s sensibility make his sound hard to duplicate, and has quickly made him one of Toronto’s favorite DJ’s.
At every party, Mensa makes it a personal affair, creating on-the-spot mixes tailored to the vibe of every occasion. As the DJ behind such acts as Cesar Comanche, Masia One and up and coming R’n’B artist Ayah, Mensa has found himself in nearly every venue across the city, opening for such acclaimed recording artists as
– Lil’ Jon
– DJ Premier
– Robin Thicke
– Black Moon
– Heltah Skeltah
– DJ Riz
– DJ A-Trak
– The Foreign Exchange
and many more.
– Pharoahe Monch
– Masta Ace
– Maestro Fresh Wes
– Kid Koala
– Kardinal Offishall
– Digable Planets
– Black Milk
– DJ Klever
– DJ Neil Armstrong
Having already made guest appearances on MuchVibe, Rap City, MTV Select and CBC, the word has spread about DJ Mensa. His Coolout brand mixes have gained notoriety both locally and overseas, and a slew of side projects and shows will have him occupied indefinitely.
But what is most important to Mensa is keeping the vibe. From the warm-up to cooldown, and everything in between, Mensa is always fully in the know.
2010 RedBull 3Style Toronto Champion
2009 Stylus DJ Awards Nominee: Best Underground DJ
2009 RedBull 3Style Canadian Runner-Up
2009 RedBull 3Style Toronto Champion
2006 Justo’s Nominee: Best Canadian Mixtape DJ
2004 M1 Academy Soundclash Champion
2002 York Mixoff Champion
MENSA REPS FOR:
The Prizefighter Imprint
The Legends League
For more info and to download more mixes.Check out DJ Mensa’s Official Site Here
For better or for worse, this has been the winter everyone’s been waiting for. The one we were bound to get because we’ve been getting it too easy with global warming the past two years. The east coast’s been Pacquiao’ed with packed snow for two months straight. My city’s about to be tucked in another 30cm blanket of it tonight, and bumpers everywhere are going to be bruised over the next week. No fun for most.
Unless you have a reason to stay in.
Which is where this mixtape come out to play.
Following up where Cabin Fever left off, Hibernation is an exploration in lo-fi: soft keys, warm bass, and all kinds of intimacy. Look out for some amazing remixes of R’n’B standards, left field covers of others and, of course, The-Dream. Far from a slow jam tape, but definitely a gateway to foreplay, or something.
Use your sick days up wisely.
The Roots ft. George Benson – Breezin’
Oliver Daysoul – Finer Things In Life
John Legend – Live It Up
Ayah – 4:15 (Apollo Brown Remix)
J*Davey – No More
J. Cole ft. Drake – In The Morning
Terri & Monica vs. Elephino – Sexuality (DJ Mensa Blend)
Slakah The Beatchild – Something Forever
Aaliyah – Rock The Boat (Mawkus Remix)
R. Kelly – Number One Hit
Avila Bros. ft. Shelea – Let It Go
Teedra Moses – Be Your Girl (Siik Remix)
Sade – Love Is Stronger Than Pride (Paul Nice Remix)
Brittany Rosco – It Was You
Mara Hruby – Alright
Foreign Exchange ft. Jesse Boykins & Median – Make Me A Fool
Peven Everett – Testin’ Me
Janet Jackson – That’s The Way Love Goes (Acapella)
Zhane – Crush (k15 Remix)
Quadron – Horse
Sonnymoon – Houstonlantavegas
Mayer Hawthorne – Thin Moon
Saidah Baba Talibah – Good Morning Baby
The Dream – Fancy
DOWNLOAD HIBERNATION: www.djmensa.com/mixes/djmensa_hibernation.mp3 (FOR PC, right click, save as | FOR MAC: control + click, save as)
THE MAIN INGREDIENT & MANIFESTO present
BILAL: A Best Of Mixtape
by DJ MENSA
At 22, Bilal Oliver’s debut album “1st Born Second” showed the maturity of an artist light years beyond his young age, earning the adoration of new fans and seasoned music vets alike. His vocal range had no bounds, and his production tore down pre-conceived notions of what R’n’B and soul at the time should sound like.
Despite label red tape and crafty bootlegging, Bilal’s “Love For Sale” reached fans’ ears and strengthened his fan base to rabid cult status. His latest LP, “Airtight’s Revenge,” is more than a collection of crooner’s tales, but also touches on politics, the music industry, and his young son living with autism.
To celebrate Bilal’s show for Manifesto, I put together a “Best Of…” mix showcasing one of the purest artists working today. From his breakout hits and standards, to his ubiquitious guest appearances, and his legendary slow burners, Bilal has created a body of work that deserves a king’s ransom Yet, he remains a loyal servant to the craft of making timeless music. A pure artist, indeed.
RIGHT CLICK, SAVE AS: DJ Mensa – Bilal: A Best Of Mixtape
Something To Hold On To
You’re All I Need (Just Like Heaven)
High & Dry (with Pete Kuzma)
Love It (LP & 9th Wonder Remix)
Reminisce (feat. Mos Def)
Remember (with J. Dilla)
Dontstop (with Musiq)
It’s Your World (with Common)
The 6th Sense (with Common)
Play Your Cards Right (with Common)
Certified (with Guru & J. Dilla)
Waiting For The DJ (with Talib Kweli)
I Can’t Wait (with Jaguar Wright)
Cheeba (with Shafiq Husayn)
Star *69 (with Common)
Sweet Sour You (with SA-RA)
ERYKAH BADU Speaks…
All That I Am (Something For The People)
Hands Of Time
Master Blaster (with Dresden Soul Symphony)
All Matter (LP Version)
All Matter (Robert Glasper Version)
Best Friend (with Tweet)
All For Love
DJ Mensa – The Best Of Waajeed & Platinum Army (circa 2006)
In 2005, I was put onto what would turn out to be my favorite album of that year, Triple P , by the Platinum Pied Pipers . Consisting of Waajeed and Saadiq, Triple P was a cross-genre showcase of their production was forward thinking but still banged hard across hip-hop, soul, latin, and everything else in their sonic grasp. Waajeed was cut from the same cloth as Dilla, frequently collaborating with him and releasing his own instrumental vinyl.
After Dilla’s passing, one could say that PPP and Jeed was one of the torch bearers for the Detroit sound in much the same way that Village was declared the continuation of Native Tongues by Q-Tip himself after Tribe’s demise. A bold statement, for sure, but the then relatively unknown Jeed and his discography were solid and seemingly endless. He continues on to this day, operating out of Brooklyn, NY, as an amazing remixer, artist, and even DJ (his guest set at the Rivoli in 07 has been decribed as “legendary” by many).
In July 2006 my crew was very much excited when we locked down Waajeed and vocal ingenue Tiombe Lockhart for their first Toronto date at our Academy of Sound showcase. To beef up promo, a mixtape of Waajeed’s notable past production was quickly whipped up. The homey Rod Skimmins pulled an all nighter in Jesse Ohtake’s humid as f*ck apartment getting this playlist and mix down pat. The final product became one of my personal favorite mixes. Triple P material, obscure remixes, and related artists from his native Detroit. Since I’ve lost a lot of the source music, I keep this mix around to enjoy great work of the man like Waajeed. Hope you enjoy it too.
RIGHT CLICK, SAVE AS: DJ Mensa – The Best Of Waajeed & Platinum Army (circa 2006)
PPP ft. Nico Redd – 1Luv2U
PPP ft. Tiombe Lockhart – I Got You
PPP ft. Tiombe Lockhart – Stay With Me
RES – Ice King (Waajeed Remix ft. Same)
Patty Hearst Beat Tape Selection
PPP ft. Zeno – Fever
Roy Ayers – Funk In The Hole (PPP Remix)
Domu – It’s You ft. Tiombe Lockhart (Waajeed Remix)
DJ Mitsu and the Beats – Right Here (Seoul City Waajeed Remix ft. Nico Redd)
DJ Mitsu and the Beats – Right Here (Rock City Waajeed Remix ft. Dwele)
PPP ft Lacks – The P’s
Marc de Clive-Lowe – It’s You ft. Tiombe Lockhart (Waajeed Remix)
PPP – Shotgun (Orig ft. Jay Dee & RMX ft. Invincible)
Guilty Simpson ft. Low Down – Git Up (prod. by Waajeed)
PPP ft. Jay Dee – Act Like U Know
Dilla ft. Nottz & Boogie – Fight Club
PPP – Detroit Winter ft. Invincible
Invincible – Place Where We Dwell (prod. by Waajeed)
Dabrye & Waajeed – Jorgy
PPP – Look of Love
PPP ft. Rogier – Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover
Greyboy – To Know You Is To Love You (PPP Remix)
PPP – Ridin’ High (Remix ft. Dwele)
PPP – Deep Inside ft. SA-RA
Tiombe Lockhart – Tip of My Tongue
Waajeed ft. Monica Blaire – Knives Out (Radiohead cover)
For more info and to download more mixes.Check out DJ Mensa’s Official Site Here