Toronto, ON – Following a brief hiatus from the rap game, The 20/20 Project trio returns with a new six-track EP titled Tapes And Crates (download here), as well as the August-released video for “Nevermore.”
“Nevermore” is a black and white visual (videography by Dylan Neild and music production courtesy of DJ Unknown) that follows D-Squared and Idrees as they take us through a very heavy, introspective walk in the park. The song itself seems to nod to the poem titled “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe. If you’re not familiar with the poem, Poe’s poem is about a depressed man and a raven who responds to all of the man’s questions with the response, “Nevermore.” The raven serves as a symbolization of the man’s own depressed and despondent psyche.
The 20/20 Project use this song to show us that same depressed and despondent psyche, and how it’s taken over society. We live in a world fuelled by material possessions, money thirst, addictions, and an overwhelming need for constant validation. It’s hella grim, but The 20/20 Project shows us how it’s possible to free oneself from the cycle of “Nevermore.”
Toronto, ON – Toronto’s hip-hop community is in mourning today with the sudden passing of veteran DJ Son of S.O.U.L. aka Masimba Kadzirange (aka Sims). In a grief stricken post on Facebook, David “Click” Cox, friend of Sims’ and President at CLK Creative Works, indicated that Sims passed away in his sleep sometime between Monday night and Tuesday morning:
“Last night my friend Masimba Kadzirange aka Son of S.O.U.L. passed away in his sleep. He was a very talented DJ that has been in the mix in the Toronto music scene for very long time. He is also pretty much the nicest, warm spirited, kind loving and super cool kat around. Hands down one of Toronto’s best DJ because of his skills, but also his wealth of knowledge when it came to music. Dude was funky with it! His family are are need of your support and we would appreciate it! Sol Breddah Brother Son Of S.O.U.L.”
No further details are available for posting, but a GoFundMe campaign has already been established to raise money for funeral expenses and support his family. The official link is: http://www.gofundme.com/dj37au3s. Also, a tribute page has been created on Facebook: Celebrating Son Of SOUL. Please show your support with a ‘like’ and stay tuned to the page for more information.
Toronto, ON – More new visuals coming out of ShotByDolo’s impressive catalogue of work. This time the director teams up with Em $heezy, representing Jane & Weston, of IceLand Entertainment. You can check out the video for “I Wanna Bang It/I Hustle” after the jump link below.
Toronto, ON – K Sizzle drops off fresh visual support for his self-produced single, “City’s Too Small,” with a sample of his tune “Damage” (featuring SP) tacked on at the end. “Damage” was also produced by K Sizzle. The video was directed by Toronto mainstay, ShotByDolo – check it out after the jump!
St. Catharines, ON – Psy Fly Records producer (and Nightmare Klub / UTVMG affiliate) Deek The DJ dropped off his new project, DER!US. The release features appearances by Chavis Chandler, Earlly Mac, Lo Sport, Thoby G, Marcel and Reaz. Check out below via Bandcamp.
Brampton, ON – Brampton artist, 21-year-old Anderson recently enlisted the help of Pryde (formerly D-Pryde but apparently he’s dropped the D) and Serious Beats for this new single release titled “Supposed To.”
Anderson comes out of the woodwork on this joint to take us back to the basics of Hustle 101. Featuring Pryde on the hook, Anderson walks us through his humble footing in the rap game. Instead of cocking off about how special he is for putting in work, Anderson lets us know that he’s just doing what he’s “Supposed To”: “Everybody wanna rap/ Everybody wanna trap/ Everybody wanna live that life/ I put that work in for the people showing love in the city all the motherf*cking time/ All my dudes on the motherf*cking grind/ And I can’t stop until we all motherf*cking shine.”
Atlanta, GA – Akonis no stranger to the spotlight. As a musician he has made his mark on an international level with countless hits on both solo records and as a guest feature, but his presence projects much further than his music. Along with being a record breaking artist, producer, label owner and Grammy-winner he can also add businessman, philanthropist and visionary to his resume.
As he prepares to tour Canada in support of some new upcoming material we had the chance to get on the phone with Akon to talk about some of his most recent ventures including his approaching album release, Stadium, his humanitarian work in Africa and his fall tour across Canada.
Toronto, ON – New music from the trio of Adam Tune (drummer), David Matisse (synthesizer/keyboardist) and Jr. Flo (turntablist), better known as Keys N Krates. This is “I Know U.”
“Hot on the heels of their knockout single ‘Save Me (feat. Katy B),’ Canadian trio Keys N Krates brings another hit to Dim Mak with their new single ‘I Know U.’ Preserving their unique instrument-driven, glitched out sound, the trio flawlessly swirl melodic chords and beautifully-chopped vocals into a buoyant, percussive backdrop.”
Keys N Krates came together in 2008 and sought to combine their wide range of inspirations, from early house music to a strain of southern U.S. rap production that got them tagged as a trap act. Putting their own club spin on the latter with booming bass, double- and-triple-time hi-hats, thick synthesizer lines, and samples, they released an EP on YYZ in 2012 and then issued a series of singles and EPs for Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak label. Among the most popular was the frantic, hard-hitting “Dum Dee Dum,” which reached number 17 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Digital Songs chart. They took pride in their performances, appeared at Electric Zoo, Lollapalooza, TomorrowWorld, and Sónar festivals, and staged their own tours.