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Richie Blackz x Casper – Small Town [Audio] #Premiere

London, ON – HipHopCanada has teamed up with the homies Richie Blackz and Casper to bring you this freshly-cooked audio premiere for the track “Small Town.” Richie and Casper are both from London, so they use this joint to give a nod to their fellow small-town rap cats staying on the grind: “Pass the blunt to my n**ga/ Then I pass the drink to my bitch/ Then I pass ‘Go’ and collect 200/ We monopolizing this shit.”

Y’all might remember that joint Richie put out titled “London Town” that got him some serious shine. I feel like people tend to assume that “Canadian hip-hop” and “Toronto hip-hop” are one in the same. You feel me? Cats who don’t follow the scene assume that anything relevant that ever happened in Canadian hip-hop came out of Toronto. This isn’t the case, though. If you follow HHC – you know that there are cats bubbling to the service from all over the map. Richie says it, himself, on that first verse: “They said I was local/ I told them I’m loco/ And one day I promise you’ll get it.”

Richie Blackz x Casper - Small Town [Audio] #Premiere -

This song bodies the hungry rap hustle. Richie and Casper go in over some turnt Mazur production and hit us with all the flex: “I be on that small town shit/ With my small town clique/ And my small town bitch/ I aint stoppig ’til we all get rich.”

While Richie’s verse glorifies the small town squad mentality, Casper’s verse dives into the darker side of the small town come-up. He takes us back to when he was 11 years old and ended up in a group home, as well as his struggles with unemployment. Then he wraps it all up with some swank: “Tell your boys that we’ll destroy them/ Tell your girls that we’ll employ them.”

Twitter: @richnoir | @wehatecasper | @mazurmuzik

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Sarah Jay is based in Calgary and works as a freelance journalist and photographer. Sarah is also a former A&R talent scout for the Universal Music Scouting Program, and runs a vintage store during the day. Sarah has juried the JUNO Awards, The Polaris Music Prize, and The Prism Prize. She has been fortunate enough to interview and photograph some of hip-hop's greatest influencers including Future, ScHoolboy Q, Ghostface Killah, Moka Only, Maestro Fresh Wes, Shad, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, and more. Follow Sarah on Twitter: @ThisIsSarahJay

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