Toronto, ON – Hosts TRA and DJ Law return for another episode of SARS Radio. The mix features new music from Blacka Da Don, Tory Lanez, Peter Jackson, Yung Tory, Nav, Pressa and more. The post also contains DJ Law’s not to be missed Check it out below.
New Jersey, NJ – Based in Northern New Jersey, artist/producer thefame recently dropped his third project titled, Summer At Midnight. The project caught our attention with its’ dark production and emotionally conscious lyrical content. The singer/rapper easily uses samples to create a storyline that will draw you in on “Aguamarine (Intro)” and keep you listening until the end of “Midnight Love 4 U.”
While we don’t usually cover content south of the border, but the sounds on the project are similar to what’s going on in the Canadian industry right now. With slowed down and chopped up instrumentals like the ones on “Pressure” this is a project that is worth a listen (and will find itself at home among your library of Roy Woods and Derek Wise tracks). Thefame has created an ambiguous identity for himself on Summer At Midnight that leaves us intrigued, and waiting for what’s next. Stream the full project below, and get acquainted.
Brampton, ON – 22-year-old Brampton-based rapper and For The Moment Collective founder, 5HEV is one of the underrated emcees coming out of the area. A songwriter and rapper, his recent work are diverse in sound, and considerably ahead of his counterparts in musical intuition. Recently he dropped his latest addition, the “Politics” which proves his versatility as a competitive rapper (and one who is made for something bigger than the status of a local act).
On “Politics” the rapper notably explores different tempos and rhyme schemes, and offers witty catchphrases that warrant attention. 5HEV credits using his point of view to describe Brampton’s cultural relevance as part of the GTA, and the overall growth of musical potential coming out of the area. It’s his confident banter that has us looking, and we think that after a listen you’ll be as well. With production by Murda Beatz, “Politics” comes in hard with additional verses by 5HEV’s recruited feature, Donnie.
Toronto, ON – Falling somewhere in the middle of genres like rap, electronic, and neo-soul, no genre is the third sound collection composed by the boys at Beat Boutique. The creative collective was originally manifested on the Canadian West Coast before recently moving their base to Toronto, and taking the coastal influence with them. This latest collaborative album pays tribute to their characteristic style of straying away from any ‘characteristic style’.
No genre moves against the status quo that define these various genres, exactly as described by their chosen title. Featuring 8 tracks of sonic balance curated by Jagger Loeber, Hugh Henry and Adam Odehnal, there is little that is missing for the fresh listener. You’ll find a mixture of impactful beats, haunting hooks, and stunning vocals on the various tracks. Respectfully, following the collective’s absorbed theme of ‘fuck-a-genre’, the common similarities between songs are in the high quality of the music rather than the genre.
Toronto, ON – In gearing up for his debut EP, Toronto’s Mutari drops one of his most versatile tracks yet. Coming off a strong performance at UNCRWND this past January, where we first heard this track, it is clear that Mutari has no signs of stopping any time soon. The single “Switch Up” pushes the autotuned rap/sung sound that Mutari has been developing to the limit and shows a more vulnerable side of the rapper. The Travis Scott influences in Mutari’s music are evident through past releases like “Feelz” or his “Pick Up The Phone” remix, but with his recent release, it seems as though Mutari is experimenting with the sound and coming into his own with it.
In “Switch Up,” Mutari outlines an experience that he had after falling for a woman and having her switch up her feelings about the relationship. Production was handled by SASCHA who gives Mutari the perfect canvas to paint his picture. With moments of beautiful melodies, guitar riffs and autotune, the single is definitely one of Mutaris most multi dimensional releases. Listen to the track on SoundCloud below and catch Mutari live at the Mod Club with PRYDE on May 10!
Toronto, ON – Teddy Fantum’s debut project Help Me is an open cry for those battling with mental demons and past scars. The 28-year-old Toronto rapper has been a hidden gem in the scene since 2011, where he toured with the likes of Mac Miller and his friend The Weeknd. Since then, he’s been in and out his city’s after-hour party scene – trying to figure out his place and identity as an artist.
Help Me is a strange, dark yet transparent dive into Fantum’s world. From the opening track “Darkest Hour,” the Toronto-native begins a sonically-booming downward spiral of mental unrest. Fantum rides this wave of vulnerability with the psychedelic-airy track “Moments” where he raps “Don’t go following the light, it’s a trap.” The album breaks off to a more trapped-out, romantic tone with tracks like “On Me” and “Cyberia,” both featuring fellow Torontonian G Milla. The closing track, “Like A Star” features an eerie, drugged out monologue of Fantum which closely resembles something of a Kanye-Cudi auto-tuned cutaway.
Listening to Help Me feels like trucking through the murky waters of addiction and loneliness only to arrive at a golden gate of ultimate understanding. For Fantum, Help Me is a giant leap into piecing together his personal and musical journey while establishing himself as a new force in the Toronto scene.
Toronto, ON – Luu Breeze is undeniably one of the hottest talents to come out of Toronto and he has a deep catalogue of records to prove it. The 1st Party Music artist is gearing up for the March 31 release of his new Love Don’t Live Here EP and the single “Felt So Good (Fireplace)” has been building anticipation. The track features Craig Cooper along with production by Mike F. The Hitman and S.L.M.N. Stay tuned for an exclusive interview with Luuie.
Other producers contributing to the project include Beatsbytallen, BurdxKeyz, Daniel Worthy, Chef Byer, and Lefty. “Felt So Good (Fireplace)” is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day. Check it out below.
Toronto, ON – Toronto artist Jay Rukas teamed up with producers MLJ Tha Beatmaker and Tre Richmond for the hot new single, “Switched Up.” Check it out below.
Toronto, ON – We try to limit the amount of remixes we post when a big artist drops a new single, but this new take on “No Frauds” by Man Like Reez aka Dot Boooy Reezy is money. Check it out below.
The original “No Frauds” is by Nicki Minaj, features Drake and Lil Wayne, and comes in response to the seven-minute “shETHER” diss Remy Ma released a week earlier.
London, ON – Battle of the Beatmakers founder Clifton Reddick and budding star Khalid are the special guests on the latest two episodes of The Come Up Show podcast. Check them out below and make sure to subscribe to The Come Up Show on iTunes. Shouts to Chedo and TCUS team.
The Come Up Show (featuring Clifton Reddick)
This week, we interviewed Clifton Reddick, founder of Battle of the Beat Makers, to talk about his new book Toronto Sound Vol. 1. Clifton used his experience from created with BBM, a global competition for producers that have birthed superstars like Grammy Award Winner Boi-1da, WondaGurl, and T-Minus. Spanning over the course of 30 years, Clifton (also known as KLFTN) compiled his experiences in a book for all producers to read in order to better understand the evolution of Hip-Hop in Toronto.
In our talk, Clifton gave us a short history lesson on the evolution of Toronto’s Hip-Hop Scene. He told us about the rise of Drake and Boi-1da and many other great Toronto artists that came out of BBM, how BBM got started, and why it’s important for there to be a platform for artists.