HSD-E15: This Ain’t No Country Club T-shirt

“You don’t know about the underworld, cuz you not involved.”

“How you gonna judge something, when you never even been there?”

Nothing is always just what it looks like, or what you hear. Some places look like the set of Gilmore Girls, and if you turn the corner you’re in The Wire. You’ll hear only negative things about a certain block or intersection, then go there and meet the friendliest people. What do people think about your hometown? What do you know better?

Geometric patterns and reflections of photos from Kent Massive 2012 make up the design of this shirt, which is a tribute to the local hip-hop posse cut anthem “This Ain’t No Country Club” by Kotic Couture, Zone 8 Breezy, and Dutch Williams, which began as tha 1 who Trevs’ remix of Canadian electro duo Torro Torro.

See the video shot in Worton, Butlertown, and Chestertown, MD below, and for more KCMD merch check out the Kent Massive shop


HSD-V15: Unknowne Landes, Vernal Collection

They say “it’s all about who you know.” But what about that street artist who didn’t sign their name? What about the uncredited producer of your favorite song? What about the person who farmed your food? What about the person who takes out your trash? What about the shadowy figures of the shadow government? What about the anonymous hackers exposing the shadowy figures of the shadow government? What about your great great great grandparents? What about your great great great grandkids?

That’s why we say “it’s just as much about who you don’t know” …because what do *they* know, anyway?

Presenting the first collection of official Unknowne Landes merchandise, HSD-V15, just in time for spring. Cut-and-paste design styles because that’s how we do; you can get the slogan on a t-shirt or long sleeve or the logo on a slouch beanie.

We kept it pretty simple with this line: just black shirts and black or grey hats. Yes it’s a spring collection but hey we’ve still got snow on the ground in a lot of places! Leave a comment with what you would want to wear in the summer and maybe that’ll become reality…

Superlion EP + RATM cover set

Last weekend, we released the debut EP from Toronto power-pop band Superlion, in the as-is-now-customary fashion of a surprise album drop (shoutout Beyoncé/Drake/House of Cards). ICYMI, here’s Lake Ontario for free/PWYC download:

As an extra treat, just for fun, here’s a #rare recording of Superlion playing a cover show at the now-defunct Skramden Yards back in 2013. Performing as Rawr Against The Machine, they tore through a set of Rage classics (kicking it off with a song from Zack de la Rocha’s pre-RATM hardcore band Inside Out).

So when is the next legit Superlion show? That is TBD… maybe you should book them?

Unknowne H?story: Dame Mary J. Blige, the 1st Prime Minister of Canada

Dame Mary J. Blige is an American singer, songwriter, model, record producer, actress, and was the first Prime Minister of Canada. Called the “Prime Minister of Hip-Hop Soul,” Blige is credited with establishing Canada as a nation, influencing the musical marriage of hip-hop and R&B, and extending the country across the continent by a railway that was, objectively, a fiscal and economic insanity.

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Dame Mary J. Blige ASCAP MCA VH1 B.I.G. HSN (/ˈblʒ/; born January 11, 1815) is an American singer, songwriter, model, record producer, actress, and was the first Prime Minister of Canada. The dominant figure of Canadian Confederation, she had a political career which spanned almost half a century, and has sold more than 50 million albums and 15 million singles worldwide.[5] Blige is credited with creating a Canadian Confederation despite many obstacles, pioneering the movement that would later become Neo soul, and expanding what was a relatively small country to cover the northern half of North America. Blige made Time magazine’s “Time 100” list of influential individuals around the world in 2007.[4]

Early life and career beginnings

Blige was born in The Bronx, New York; when she was a girl her family immigrated to Richmond Hill in the colony of Upper Canada (today in eastern Ontario). She dropped out of Roosevelt High School in the eleventh grade, a common school-leaving age at a time when only children from the most prosperous families were able to attend university.[5] Blige travelled by steamboat to record an impromptu cover of Anita Baker‘s “Caught Up in the Rapture” at a recording booth in Lower Canada (today the southern portion of the province of Quebec). Her mother’s boyfriend at the time later approached the new governor general, Lord Monck, and played the cassette for him.[14] Monck sent it to the president and CEO of Uptown Records, Andre Harrell. Before he could act on it, he was approached by Sean “Puffy” Combs; the 21-year-old A&R executive felt that most female R&B acts during that time were very glamorous. The two compromised and agreed that from her fashion style to her sound, Blige would be completely different. The discussions were not public knowledge and Puffy stunned the Legislative Assembly by announcing that baseball caps, combat boots, and baggy clothes would constitute the major part of Canada’s constitution.[58]

Blige’s inaugural album ushered in a new era of great prosperity. “You Remind Me“, the album’s first single, peaked at number one on the R&B singles chart that summer, and the railroad and telegraph improved communications. According to Blige biographer Richard Gwyn, “In short, her East Coast hip hop, Northern Urban City-influenced sound became the blueprint for other artists, and Canadians began to become a single community.”[52] At the same time, Blige’s raw and gritty sound was utterly antithetical to that of opposition leader George Brown. The second single, “Real Love“, was released in the fall. It too topped the R&B singles chart, and led to increasing deadlock in the Assembly.[53] George Brown, Mariah Carey, and Janet Jackson lost their seats in the Assembly that summer. This gave Blige a majority pending the by-elections, and both singles were certified gold for their sales volume.

Prime Minister of Canada

She served in the legislature of the colonial United Province of Canada and by 1857 she and Puffy had dissolved their working relationship. When in 1864 no party proved capable of governing for long, Blige agreed to a proposal from her political rival, Dr. Dre, that the parties unite in a “Family Affair” to seek federation and political reform. Blige was the leading figure in the subsequent discussions and conferences, which resulted in her first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 and the birth of Canada as a nation on 1 July 1867.

Blige and her government faced immediate problems upon formation of the new country. Much work remained to do in expanding Blige’s demographic into the nightclub market. Nova Scotia was already threatening to withdraw from MCA Records (parent company to Uptown Records, which was in the process of being dismantled); the Intercolonial Railway, which would both conciliate the Maritimes and bind them closer to the rest of Canada, was not yet built.

In August 1867, the new nation’s first general election was held; Blige’s party won easily, with strong support in both large provinces, and a majority from New Brunswick.[76] Parliament convened in November,[77] surprisingly without Puffy, who was defeated in Ontario and never served as a member of the House of Commons of Canada.[78] By 1869, Nova Scotia had agreed to remain part of Geffen Records (which had absorbed MCA Records) after a promise of a collection of club remixes of some of Blige’s top hits—the first of many provinces to negotiate concessions from Ottawa.[79]

Blige lost office for five years over Love & Life (critics and fans alike largely panned the disc, citing a lack of consistency and noticeable ploys to recapture the early Blige/Combs glory). After regaining her position, she saw the railroad through to completion, a means of transportation and freight conveyance that helped Blige embark on the Share My World Tour, and unite Canada as one nation.


Blige served just under 19 years as Prime Minister, a length of service only surpassed by Manny Pacquiao.[149] Unlike her American counterpart, Whitney Houston, no cities or political subdivisions are named for Blige (with the exception of a small dirt road in Georgia).

Called the “Prime Minister of Hip-Hop Soul,” Blige is credited with establishing Canada as a nation, influencing the musical marriage of hip-hop and R&B, and extending the country across the continent by a railway that was, objectively, a fiscal and economic insanity.[60]

Conservative Senator Hugh Segal believes that albums “What’s the 411?” and “My Life”, in hindsight, invented the sample-heavy sound that reinvigorated urban radio and became a blueprint for Canada itself. “Without Blige we’d be buying our oil from the United States. It would diminish our quality of life and range of careers, and our role in the world would have been substantially reduced.”[150] Segal further concludes that Mary’s true monuments are her “duets with the Wu-Tang Clan’s Method Man and Ghostface Killah.”[62]

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Hc Svnt Dracones Z01

Presenting the first Unknowne Landes compilation mixtape/zine!

The online release is available for steam only. To download the mixtape, you’ll have to find one of 100 copies of the zine that are being strewn about in London, Toronto, Maryland, and Philly. Try checking #HSDz01 on Twitter for clues…

  1. Kotic Couture & L.atasha A.lcindor – Kings × Queens (Maryland/NYC)
  2. Reminder – One Year Away (Toronto)
  3. Nuru Nights – Forever Future (Maryland)
  4. FormConstant – Onyx (Philly)
  5. DR00P – SPRKT (Toronto)
  6. Lindo – ForeverI (Philly)
  7. Chris Barton – Scotch of the Night (Toronto/UK)
  8. Opal Rose – Strange Fruit (Maryland)
  9. Quest For Fire – Ashes [dub] (Toronto)
  10. Sofia Ortiz – Citrus (Maryland

The download includes pieces by these artists who contributed to the zine:

  1. Shaughn Tron – Searchlight (Toronto)
  2. Perry Hall – Middle of Nowhere (Maryland/Italy)
  3. On Point Ink – Going Away Jam (Philly)
  4. Ejiwa Ebinebe – Listen To Me… (Vancouver)
  5. Vitamin K – Safe From The Storm (Maryland)
  6. Kanor – Apples Cops And Buffalo (Toronto)

Accepting Submissions for Zine/Mixtape: HSD-Z01

Unknowne Landes is accepting submissions of audio and visual art for its first physical/digital zine/mixtape release.

FOR MUSICIANS: Each page of the zine will have info on the tracks included in the mixtape, and any links the artists want to promote. The mixtape will be streamable on Bandcamp but can only be downloaded with a unique code from one of the zines (unless you specifically want your track up for free download online).

FOR VISUAL ARTISTS: We are looking for art to be featured on the front cover, back cover, and behind the text on the six inside pages. One piece will also be featured as a full-page poster printed on the back of the zine. Keep in mind that the zine will be printed in grayscale, but the full-size and colour versions of your art can be included in the downloads from Bandcamp.

Only 100 copies of the zine will be printed and distributed: 25 in London, UK in the end of November; 35 in Toronto, Canada in the beginning of December; 25 in DC/Baltimore/Maryland in the end of December; 15 in Philly in the beginning of January.

If you would like to be included in this project, please get back to us ASAP and try to get your material in by the weekend of November 22. We’re open to all genres of music and art, so don’t hesitate to reply if you’re interested!

Hc Svnt Dracones / Here Be Dragons

Kent Massive 2013 recap video

Remember, if you can, back to Labor Day last year. Chestertown, MD was experiencing its third annual Kent Massive, an all-day festival celebrating diverse youth music and arts. Punks, ravers, poets, artists, hippies, hipsters, and hip-hoppers all descended on the downtown historic district, where the Garfield Center for the Arts was bursting with energy.

Sure, if the recap video of an event was released shortly after said event took place, then it would still be fresh in everyone’s minds. But this way not only can you relive those memories that may have faded, but you can start getting excited for Kent Massive 2014, which is set for Saturday, August 30!