Toronto vet Tona premiere’s album Carpe Diem on iTunes [News]
Toronto, ON – This is one release we’ve had on our radar since sometime last year. Since Tona first revealed he’d be releasing an album in 2015, we’ve been waiting patiently along with a legion of loyal fans that have been checking for him since back in the “Circulate” days, or longer.
Of course, in the meantime Tona has been as busy as he can be, perfecting the album and taking in part in several other major releases that have only broadened his fan-base even further. He’s released several promo singles as well as projects like the Freedom Writers album NOW, and the recently JUNO-nominated project, Naturally Born Strangers, with fellow Freedom Writer, Adam Bomb, as well as producer/MC Rich Kidd. But Carpe Diem is here and you can download it via iTunes. Click the jump for the official press release or click the official artwork below to download.
Official Carpe Diem Press Release
“Though the saying dates back to the year 27 B.C., ‘Carpe Diem’ is an exhortation to live fully in the moment without brooding over the past or worrying about the future.” – DJ Booth
Toronto-native, Tona, returns with ‘CARPE DIEM’, his first solo project since the release of Silversrping Crescent in 2013. Heralded by the single “Long Winded Road”, the 13-track album features hard line yet harmonious production courtesy of longtime collaborators Lyve and Rich Kidd, as well as Grammy-nominated Paperboy Fabe and Tona himself. Etched with personal tales of self-accomplishment, relationships and hometown pride, CARPE DIEM shows a side of the Toronto vet that has yet to shine. In classic hip-hop bar-stacking form, this album shows growth in content and lyrical maturity that seizes the musical landscape yesterday, today and tomorrow. It’s a rare window into the complex artist and person that is Tona.
Tona has had an illustrious career in the Canadian and international hip-hop market over the past several years, both as an independent artist and in associated groups Freedom Writers and Naturally Born Strangers. Tona has consistently created a body of work and professional foundation worthy of media attention from outlets such as Much Music, Exclaim!, the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC)., Source and XXL Magazine. Additionally, Tona has also shared the stage with critically acclaimed hip hop greats – M.O.P., Nas and Wu-Tang duo Redman and Method Man to name a few. Currently, Tona is a key collaborator in the legendary Billy Danze’s (of M.O.P.) We Build Hits movement, which is an international coalition of artists and producers chosen for their drive, creativity and ability to stand strong in today’s competitive music market.
Most recently, Tona has been recognized for his contributions to a 2014 JUNO Award nominated ‘Rap Recording of the Year’, acknowledging his commitment to artistic and technical excellence in all aspects of music. With ‘CARPE DIEM’ in the stores today, Tona will continue the year with touring and collaborative projects throughout 2015.