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Music Clip of the Month/ 4-11

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Cousin's "Champion Song" (2011)

BY EMIL TIEDEMANN

GROWING up in the northern Alberta town of Slave Lake--population 6,703--Mouhamed Mouallem was practically forced to get used to the twang of Dwight Yoakam, John Michael Montgomery, and fellow cowboy hat serenaders. But Mouallem, now 27, broadened his musical palette, soon taking in the beats & flows of Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, Common, Emilio Rojas, and others.

By 2008 Mouallem, later christening himself Cousin, started writing his own raps, storytelling alongside hip-hop beats and via his own personal brand of "braggadocio and self-deprecation." The end result of the Lebanese-Canadian's diverse and evolving antics were finally realized in this summer's Martyr's Circus: The Freequel, which features the handiwork of Canuck producers/ artists like Omar "A.O.K." Mouallem, Nidal Mourad, Metawon, Sample Jockey, and Engineer.

The "pizzeria owner by day" is also piecing together the tr…

Over the Top Swap 2011

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"Spring is the season of inspiration and renewal. It's the perfect time to de-clutter and start fresh"

BY EMIL TIEDEMANN

What: City-wide fashion swap
When: Saturday, April 30 (10AM-6PM)-Sunday, May 1 (11AM-5PM)
Where: Telus Field (10233-96 Ave.)

THE other day at work I wore a Doors T-shirt that my buddy had intended to toss out, simply because he'd begun to stretch Mr. Morrison's facial features beyond recognition. If you're in the same boat, exaggerating the threads of your old shirts or pants, then you've now got another option, rather than re-gifting 'em to your thinner friends.

Anyone is welcome to bring in their "no longer needed, but still fashionable" clothing and accessories to swap for "swap tokens," which can then be traded in for anything from the swap. Not a penny spent! It's called Over the Top Swap, and it's Edmonton's only city-wide premium clothing swap for both men and women, now in its second year.

"Yo…