10 Things KING DAVIID Can’t Live Without

10 Things KING DAVIID Can’t Live Without

We weren’t lying when we said we went to school with swarms of SoundCloud rappers.

Releasing his new EP, STUNNINOSTALGIA, earlier this month, KING DAVIID has made clear his intentions to create meaningful and influential music. As creatives ourselves, we thought it would be interesting to hear about David’s experience navigating the music industry to learn more about what it entails. Thus, we decided to create our own take on GQ’s infamous “10 Things” YouTube series, where rappers and celebrities alike compile a list of ten things that they can’t live without– except our version comes with significantly less clout. So, we asked David to send us a list of his everyday essentials, along with funny anecdotes and stories that relate to these objects.

What kind of technical equipment does David use? How does his skin stay so moisturized? Did Drake’s producer recently reach out to him? All of your questions about David will be answered below– but you’ll have to DM him to find out the answer to that last one.

In the meantime, feel free to browse this GQ knockoff and learn a little bit more about up and coming rapper and producer, David Akinyemi.

1. Apple Farm (iPhone, MacBook, and iPad)

This is basically the core foundation of all my daily activities. Where would I be without my farm? Obviously, I chose the Apple brand because all their devices work seamlessly together, which makes transferring files and photos so easy– especially since I make music and need to transfer music from my Mac to my phone very often.

I currently have the MacBook Pro, iPhone 7, and iPad air. Of course, I have the Apple Pencil too and take all my lecture notes with it. My favourite app to use is my Bible app and I have an iPhone 7 because 7 is the number of perfection.

2. Glasses

I’ve been wearing glasses for nine years now. My left eye is quite messed up and I can’t read that well without them, but I can see you making fun of me. I used to have these thick black ray bans when I was obsessed with Ray Bans, but they always blocked my peripheral vision, so in 2019 I got these random glasses from the optician. I don’t even know the brand, but I like the slimmer frame. It also has a blue (or green) filter because I spend a lot of time on my laptop everyday.

3. Presto Card

If you live in Toronto, or even Ontario, you should know what this is, and how important it is. There’s one thing for certain. I can never get lost in Toronto. Even though I’m quite lavish when it comes to food, I’m relatively frugal when it comes to transportation. I only take an Uber if it is absolutely necessary.

A Presto card is basically a bus or subway pass. I load money onto it often, so if I need to make a quick TTC trip I’m always assured. I pride myself on the fact that I still have the older green colored one.

4. Both of my Speakers

I consider myself an audiophile, and I own Apple earphones, mixing headphones, wireless earbuds (mostly for running), Anker bluetooth speakers, and a pair of Kali Audio Studio Monitors (6”). I consume twice as much music as the average person, so I need to have my bluetooth speakers with me so I can bump something really loud in any environment I find myself. I mostly use it in the shower though.

My studio monitors, however, are mostly for my music production. For me it’s not really about the loudness but the clarity that makes me love them so much. Come to my home studio one day and you’ll know what I mean.

5. Hard Drive

This baby is a lifesaver. The most annoying thing is working on a song, or downloading something and not having enough space on your Mac. I’ve entered that ‘free up storage’ dark hole many times and it’s not fun. I got this recently after my older hard drive bailed on me when I needed her the most. Now, I have the Lacie Rugged Mini which is industry standard for musicians and it’s 2TB, and I still have 1.9 TB left. I hope that lasts long.

6. Nike Shoes

The ones I have right now are the grey Nike React Element 55s. My sister got me these for my 19th birthday and they’re basically my go-to shoes for quick outings. They’re comfy, flexible and good for multiple purposes. I’ve worn them in the snow, to play soccer, for running– pretty much anything. They’re starting to chip a bit in the front but that’s normal. I’ve had them for a year and a half and they’ve been through a lot.

I’ll wait till these get wrecked before I get a new pair.

7. Nutrition Bars

Remember when I said I’m frugal with transportation but lavish with food? Well, I eat a lot, and I have a bad habit of just eating random things in sight, so to make sure I’m getting good nutrients while still randomly snacking, I usually take my nutrition bars which have a balanced nutrient makeup of proteins, carbs and vitamins, so I have no guilt. I like the ones from Nutrilite a lot for the reasons I mentioned above.

8. Moisturizer/Hand Cream

If you’re really close to me, you’ll know that I generally have dry skin. Hence, the reason why I moisturize my face and hands well. I have a whole skincare routine but my moisturizer is my favorite element. I like the one from Artistry Men because it’s really light on my face and it lasts really long. The hand cream I use is from G&H and they have two different versions based on the weather. The one I’m using right now is the G&H: Nourish which is lighter on the skin especially because it’s summer. That way my hands are not sweaty when I shake people, nor are they dry every other minute.

9. Cargo Pants

These are the real OGs right here. I recently started wearing loose-fitting pants after a long dedication to skinny pants. The cargo pants from H&M work with almost anything and any weather. I’m not kidding. I wear them comfortably in both summer and winter. Of course, they’re primarily casual but they go with my air forces really well so that’s a plus for me.

I actually ordered them online and mistakenly got one size too large because my theory is that I’d rather wear something that’s too big than something that’s too small. But, I still rock them even though the waist is too big for me.

10. Power Bank

I don’t even need to brag much about this one. Your friends will love you if you’re the guy who gives them power when you’re going out and their phone is almost dead. This really comes in clutch at concerts. I got the one from Anker which can charge my phone fully up to five times which is pretty sweet and it can charge two phones at the same time. I wish it had a smaller casing, but I can’t really complain.

If you want to hear more from David, head over to iTunes or Spotify to check out his EP and browse his socials below:

Instagram: @david.akinyemi

Twitter: @hailkingdaviid

Jona Hildreth’s All-American Summer

Jona Hildreth’s All-American Summer

Written by our friend, and proud American, Jona Hildreth, whose summer was heavily affected by the U.S-Canada border closure.

With this extra time in quarantine, he decided to try and become the next Joe Rogan, creating a podcast entitled Joking with Jona. We had the privilege of being on a brand-new episode of the podcast entitled Episode 13: Ft Mira Hallock and Natalie Brown. For some extra fun, while listening to the episode, drink every time either of us says “like” or “um.” It’s truly a big character flaw of ours, we get it. We’re working on it.

Without further ado, here is Jona– uncensored and as patriotic as ever.

Coming home in March after my hockey season concluded, I had high hopes and big plans for this summer. Naturally, they included coming over to Canada to visit all my friends, whether we were hanging out in St. Catharines, taking a trip to London, or making a quick stop to party in Guelph. 

However, every plan I had came crashing down on me when this global pandemic hit. Being from America, I found myself constantly watching the news in hopes of everything calming down so the border would reopen. The two-sided media we have here made it almost impossible to gauge what was actually going on. I would click one channel and they would make it seem as though if you stepped outside you were going to die, and the next channel didn’t even seem to care that the world was in the middle of a pandemic. After a couple of weeks of this, I kept my hopes up but realized that I probably wouldn’t make it over the border to visit most of my friends this summer.

I knew eventually that I had to get through this summer in other ways, and much like the progression of society becoming normal again, my summer can be described in the following three phases:

When the pandemic hit, I entered the first phase of summer, which was staying home all day, every day, quarantining. This was the time when I, along with many others, watched shows, read, did house chores, or played board games. Of these shows, I was most intrigued by “Tiger King” and “Outer Banks”. Although watching “Tiger King” made my eyes bleed, it was so unorthodox I couldn’t look away. And Carole Baskin most definitely killed her husband. That’s not even up for debate.

I then moved on to “Outer Banks” in which I went through every human emotion possible. However, I could not look past the question of why these kids don’t have phones. The whole time I was screaming that they should whip out their phones and record some of this so there is some proof.

Finally, this phase also included a lot of FaceTiming friends to stay in touch. Unpopular opinion: HouseParty is better than Zoom. I know it can’t have as many people but it is way easier and better quality in my opinion. 

This was when I could no longer just sit in my house reading and watching TV all day, so I moved on to outdoor activities such as walking my dog, playing hockey in my driveway, or I would even meet up with a friend at a park to chill with him. Not the most thrilling of activities I know, but better than being indoors all day long. 

I started working at a hockey clinic and restaurants started to open up, so I was able to experience a little bit of what life was like before the pandemic. I was reminded that there is nothing like going into Chipotle only to have someone breathing down your neck as you’re trying to order.

What I did find though is that the masks make it a lot harder to talk and people can’t hear you as well, so I found myself shouting to try and communicate with someone. Isn’t it the best when you are trying to talk to someone and you only pick up half of what they say, or you have to say “What did you say?” every two seconds?

Through all of these phases, one positive that came out of not being able to make it over to Canada this summer was that I started a podcast, called Joking with Jona. I got the idea when I heard the border closure was getting extended for another month, so I wanted something cool to do to stay in touch with my friends. It was originally going to be called Tea Time with Jona, but I felt that gave off the wrong vibe.

Now, I use my podcast as a platform to allow people to talk about themselves and share anything they are passionate about and have learned a lot about people that I never knew before. Additionally, it has been something new and I have enjoyed reconnecting with people whom I haven’t talked to in a while. Side note: If anyone who reads this wants to come on shoot me a text or DM!

To conclude, this summer has no doubt been terrible and barely any fun–especially when you can’t even see a vast majority of your closest friends. If this ever happens again, which it better not, I’d recommend thinking outside of the box. Try to find fun things to pass the time and maybe dive into stuff that you wouldn’t normally try! I definitely miss everything north of the border and all of my friends, but I know that we’ll meet again soon.

This is a message to look forward to the future and be ready for my return, Canada! I’ll be back.

Songs You Forgot Existed

Songs You Forgot Existed

I’ll say it louder for the people in the back: Listening to Kiss Me Thru the Phone by Soulja Boy doesn’t make you edgy. Literally everyone and their mother knows that song.

I know what you’re thinking. Did I make a brand new Spotify account for the sole purpose of creating a playlist to upload to this blog? Yes, I did. For a good reason.

I made my personal Spotify account when I had a minor obsession with the band 5 Seconds of Summer. I happened to be staying in the same city as the band members and thought that if I created a cool and edgy Spotify username and changed my Instagram handle to match it, they would notice me and I would get to meet them. Clearly, this never happened nor would it ever happen to anyone. Nonetheless, in an attempt to spare what little dignity I have, I created a new Spotify account for this blog to save me from eternal embarrassment from my old usernames.

After creating this new account, I decided to create a playlist of throwbacks. This playlist is filled with songs that are all bangers in their own way- some that are more sombre and others that will definitely hype you up. These aren’t your typical throwbacks, however. Whether from the 90s or 2010, each of these songs indefinitely slaps and is certainly under-appreciated in society today.

Before you listen, I’ll highlight some of the most meaningful throwbacks to me and some of the memories that go along with them.

Whatever You Like- T.I.

This song is the ultimate throwback. Coincidentally, it was also my most played song last year in 2019, with a whopping total of 92 plays. While this alarmed me at first, I now understand why I listened to it so much. I don’t think I can ever get sick of it. Truly. I think this warrants an intervention?

With You- Chris Brown

As I was moving out of my dorm after finishing my first year of university, I listened to the same six songs on repeat for days- With You and five other Akon songs. Not sure why this was such a phase, but it was. This song just reminds me of packing boxes and being one of the last two people left in my dorm. Honestly, this song really gets you in your feels.

I Don’t Mind- Usher ft. Juicy J

After seeing the Hustlers movie last year, I realized that I had been sleeping on Usher for so long. This man has given us banger after banger for decades. At one point, I literally hated this song but it goes hard and has a great message. Secure the bag in whatever way you can.

Mrs. Right- Mindless Behavior

I can’t be the only one who remembers seeing this probably a thousand times on the Family Channel (Disney Channel for you Americans). Not only does this song slap, but watching the music video back, I can see that they literally all dance so well. I’m impressed. One Direction WHO?

Eenie Meenie- Justin Bieber and Sean Kingston

In a time before Apple Music, back when each song on iTunes cost $1.29, my nine-year-old self decided to ball-out and spend my parent’s hard-earned money on this Justin Bieber classic. Let me say, there are no regrets there. This song screams 2010 pop with its simple melody sung by Justin Bieber’s high-pitched voice, and the music video is almost as good as the song, as well. The message is clear and relatable even to audiences today- sometimes shawty really do be an eenie meenie miney mo lover.

Gives You Hell- The All-American Rejects

Not sure how I became familiar with this song, but all I can remember is my childhood best friend and I screaming this at the top of our lungs at the ripe age of ten. Not even in the backyard. In my front yard. We would dress up and blast this song in the front yard of my house where my neighbours and all our peers could see us. It’s a damn good song though.

My Best Friend’s Girl- Diego Gomes

If you’re not familiar with the Canadian reality TV show The Next Star, you missed out on some quality television. Basically, a bunch of Canadian kids sing and compete to become the next music icon, so to speak. The top six contestants get makeovers, work with professionals to write and record their own songs, and create music videos. This song by the winner of season three of the show, Diego (a Justin Bieber knock-off), has a questionable message but is one of the catchiest songs I’ve ever heard. I recommend you listen to the entire season three album because Insane (Thru with U) by Mimoza goes kind of hard, as well.