Toronto, ON – Up-and-coming Toronto artist Nahom kicked off this week by hitting us with a brand new single titled “Has It Been That Long?” (produced by Dean Vision). This track comes to us as Nahom gears up to release his 15-track debut project Every Moon later this summer.
“Has It Been That Long?” is a downtempo, PBR&B ballad about that one person who’s always in your heart and always on your mind. When you’re with them, you’re trying to hold the relationship together. When you’re without them, you’re trying to hold yourself together.
The track is backed by a melody-driven instrumental with a very subtle drum line. There’s a very minimalistic approach to the production. It’s completely stripped down, and gets even more sparse as the track progresses. Which makes sense. Because Nahom is straight baring his heart and soul on here. By the time the track reaches its end, it’s just Nahom singing over top of that one instrumental melody as the song fades out.
If you didn’t think you missed your ex, you probably will after hearing this song. Check it out below.
Vancouver, BC – 18 year old rapper/singer/songwriter/producer JMØN may be young, but his flow is advanced and musical intuition uncanny. Based in Vancouver, the rapper is repping a new movement of young artists who are revamping the West Coast scene with heavy trap beats and a new-age rap dynamic. His sound is current and youthful, but his energy is raw – meaning it’s sure to attract fans of all ages. His newest single “You Can’t Hang” features Vancouver artistsKR and 2Hunnit with production from Penacho.
This uprising of new energy is inspiring the West Coast to take on a greater leadership role in the Canadian music scene, and JMØN hopes his weirdness and unique persona will set him apart from the sounds we’ve typically heard from the area. The West has taken on the identity as “The Couvv” from these young artists, and we’re excited to hear where they take things next. Catch the single below, and keep an eye out for his EP WØW this summer 2017.
Flatbush, NY – Courtesy of a new interview from our Canadian colleagues Montreality – The Underachievers were open and telling as they spoke on Socialism, an Utopian society, and Kendrick Lamar being the most talented artist in hip hop. The Flatbush, New York-originated artists got real with fans about their perspectives on religion, meditation, and our collective greater purpose.
Reflecting on some of the most iconic minds in rap, AKTHESAVIOR and Issa Gold paused to reflect, explaining, “ScHoolboy Q told me stay true to yourself, you can still make it big because the game will adjust to you.” Check out the new video after the drop. The Underachievers toured Canada not too long ago, but we’re hoping that this interview will encourage them to come back our way in the near future.
Toronto, ON – Toronto artist Jordan Solomon just dropped a brand new summer island jam titled “Piña Colada.”
“Piña Colada” is an upbeat, low-key booty bounce song about summer love and catching feels. It so perfectly captures the vibes of summer romance, because love is basically just one big Piña Colada: it’ll cure your thirst, it’ll give you all sweetness you can handle, and then it’ll get you tipsy AF.
The song is so catchy that I can’t stop replaying this right now. The beat is such necessary island vibes. That, and Jordon also throws a few great little one-liners into his verses. Like when he drops the Derrick Rose bar: “Like I’m Derrick Rose/ Baby I don’t play.”
Toronto, ON – Toronto artists Dutch Revz and Stevie Davis recently got together to release this brand new collaboration titled “Link Up.” The track was executively produced by Kevin Rolly and Dutch Revz, and produced by Yonas-K.
“Link Up” is a summer vibes anthem anchored by tropical, downtempo production and bouncy drum line. It’s a song for all those times you want to hit someone with the “WYA?” text and link up. And the other person might not be as into the idea as you are. But you got liquor and the vibes are right, and you know what’s about to happen.
Basically, this track is the predecessor for everything that’s about to go down for the night after you slide into the DMs: “It’s been a while/ Baby I miss ya/ Let’s celebrate/ I got some liquor/ I said oh baby girl let’s link up.”
Brampton, ON – Earlier this weekend, Brampton R&B artist K. Forest dropped a brand new single titled “Reverse” (produced by dF).
“Reverse” is a downtempo summer anthem that’s intended as a double entendre. It’s a track about both love-making and regrets: “I want you to reverse/ I want you to reverse/ Slow/ Let’s see what we can earn / Make sure that we take it slow.”
On the one hand, it’s a song for anyone caught up in regrets. It’s a track for all the moments when you wish you could just press a rewind button and take things back a few steps. But it’s also an incredibly intimate song about the heat-of-the-moment when you know if you touch a female’s button the right kind of way, she’ll back it up and reverse it on you.
This track comes to us as the third official K. Forest single release since the Eyes Of Taiga album dropped six months ago. Two months ago, K. Forest released “Low Low” and “On Deck” as a double release, and now he’s back at it again. Check it out below.
Ottawa, ON – “Facts” is the latest video release from Ottawa’s Neeco PosterBoy in support of his album, Lost In My Notepad. The video for the Hadji The Great-produced tune was directed by Creative Chaos. Check it out below along with the album stream via Spotify.
Ottawa, ON – YNR aka Youngn Restless enlisted Gutta Rock for his latest visual offering, “Another One,” directed by Banzo Films. The LJ-produced record can be found on the Lost In The Sauce mixtape, which came out in December. Both the tape and video are available below.
Ottawa, ON – West end Ottawa’s Ritchie Boyz (RB) have been gearing up to release the pile of records and videos they’ve been sitting on for a minute. Now back with another visual release, group members BH, JB and Sir Wavy join forces for “Bout It.” The song was produced by ReUpBeats and the video was shot by various members of RB, with Taylor Miles taking care of ediitng. Look out for more new material from the Ritchie Boyz, coming soon.
Toronto, ON – Earlier today, King of the Dot released new details about their highly anticipated #MASSacre3 event going down July 22 in Worcester, MA. The card already included Bigg K vs. Pat Stay, Arsonal vs. Iron Solomon, and Daylyt vs. Mickey Factz. Today it was revealed that Illmaculate will take on Chilla Jones in what should be a great battle. Easy to see why KOTD co-host Bishop Brigante is calling it “the best card of the year.” Check out the promo videos below and visit the KOTD website for even more #MASS3 information. It all goes down July 22 inside The Worcester Palladium (261 Main Street, Worcester, MA, 18+ with ID).