New York, NY – Our boy Joon Jukx dropped off some new heat backed by some slick vintage sounding production by KillaVicBeats. “The Same” is a nonchalant boast of Jukx’s lyrical superiority which sees the gifted MC reflect on the past, make observations about his day-to-day dealings and the obstacles he’s looking to overcome. The introspective single is sure to gain Jukx some new fans as he works towards a full-length release. Check out “The Same” below.
We first introduced Joon Jukx to our viewers last year with the catchy and smooth banger, “Good Time,” produced by Canis Major. Definitely another great record to check out if you’re looking for more from the South Bronx MC. Stay tuned for more to come.
Toronto, ON – Earlier this week Toronto artist Eternia released a new track produced by Apathy entitled “Keep U.”
“Keep U” is a nostalgic throwback to first love, and a nod to all the oldschool music we came up on. It’s a track that’ll (probably) take you back to thinking about your first sweetheart and leave you feeling some type of way.
This track is also super dope because of the process behind the track’s inception. Eternia and Apathy linked up at Apathy’s studio in Connecticut and built the song together. In the age of the Internet, it’s really rare for vocalists and producers to actually get together IRL to make a track. We almost never see that anymore.
It started off with a skeleton beat. Then Eternia wrote a few bars. Then Apathy built the beat a bit more. Then Eternia wrote some more. Then Apathy wrote the hook which was sent off to Tiffany Paige who assisted with the backing vocals. The end result is this beautiful end-of-summer nod to fond memories and first love. Check it out below, and peep our Q&A with Eternia after the jump.
Toronto, ON – Toronto artist Flex The Antihero (of SmashMouth Music Group) just released a new track titled “Pray” as the lead single off his forthcoming Born Rebels album.
It’s been a pretty quiet year for Flex so far. But he’s been grinding away and we’re super excited to see the launch of this new body of work. Flex was one of the first SMMG artists I actually got into, so I’ve always been a huge fan of the dude. He’s got one of the most identifiable and unique sounds in the rap game. Too punk rock for rap. And too rap for punk rock. That’s his deal.
At first listen “Pray” may seem to be about giving in and giving up. But it’s actually more about the importance of self-reliance. Flex isn’t waiting for handouts or relying on others – he’s not looking for anyone to save him. He’s just focused on his own lane and staying in the moment.
Check out “Pray” below, and peep our Q&A with Flex after the jump.
Toronto, ON – If you didn’t already know, the Laporte Brothers coming out of Ottawa are two of the most talented mixed media artists in the National Capital Region, if not the entire country.
The hip-hop inspired work found on their website and social media is nothing short of amazing; pure awesomeness to the core. You don’t need look very long to realize we should have just let their work speak for itself, instead of attempting and failing to come up with words that would do justice to their amazing creations.
Cambridge, ON – In advance of a full-length project coming in October, veteran producer Jason “Know-It” Young drops off a dope lyric video for his new collaboration with Fraction called “Find Our Way.” It’s unclear if the track will be featured in Know-It’s Dialysis catalog but we’ll be sitting down for an exclusive interview soon and that should bring us up to speed. Here’s what Know-It had to say about the new record:
“Consider this my approach to our modern day crises. A joint that calls out society for what it is and questions the validity of everything from nationalism and police brutality to the triangle of corrupt abrahamic religions that pose the largest threat in today’s world via its tendency to divide. Take a listen and let me know what you think. Much love and thank you.”
Ottawa, ON – After a successful pre-order campaign, Dillin Hoox has officially released his album debut, Life As I Know It. The 12-track album features production by Quest, Diract Beats and Anno Domini and made its debut in the No. 16 spot on the iTunes Canada Top Albums chart for Hip-Hop/Rap. Drake’s VIEWS remains at No. 1 while JEFFERY by Young Thug is in No. 2 ahead of the Tory Lanez album, I Told You.
You can find Life As I Know It now on iTunes and other digital outlets. Hoox is getting ready to release even more visuals in support of the project. The latest is the Concrete Films-directed “Bad Dreams.” Look out for our exclusive interview with Hoox coming in the near future.
Toronto, ON – On Aug. 27, Canada’s godfather of rap – Maestro Fresh Wes – released a new video for his track “I Know Your Mom” off the Compositions, Vol. 1 EP. The track was produced by Andrew Triple A, and the video was directed by Skylarc.
This is one of Maestro’s cheekiest tracks. It’s a track about the generation gap and the importance of respect. But more importantly, it serves as a reminder to respect Maestro because he might actually know your mom. And he may have had relations with her in the past.
Here’s what Maestro told us about the video: “[This is] one of my all time favourite songs and videos. Salute Triple A on production, and Skylarc on the dope visuals. Kathy Mahoney did an awesome job as Tracy… The oatmeal was really lumpy.”
Calgary, AB – Earlier this month, Calgary-based rapper CloudE released a banger video single titled “Christina” (produced by Larkin Beats).
“Christina” is a street anthem about what happens when guys get too caught up in the hustle. It may sound like a love song about a female named “Christina”; but it’s not. It’s a love song dedicated to hustling. CloudE raps about falling deep into the game, and not being able to get out of it.
The video was shot in and around Calgary with CloudE and his squad. It’s a glimpse into the dude’s day-to-day, and the lifestyle he’s about. Check out the video after the jump, and peep our Q&A with CloudE.
Edmonton, AB – May 14, 2015. On a balmy spring evening, K-Riz posts himself contently inside Up In Arms Studio, the safe haven where he’ll hibernate for the next year as he creates his passion project, Fresh Air. He’s perched on a leather chair, deep in thought, nodding his head and humming to a track being played back to him. This recording session was one of several I was invited to sit-in and I must say that it was a pleasure to watch his vision come to life. K-Riz literally put everything on the line for this body of work, quitting his full-time job to focus solely on his music.
In front of him is Nato, engineer and owner of Up In Arms Studio, completely un-bothered as he works at the mixing console, chiming in every once in a while to drop some knowledge, mixed with his witty one-liners. Nato and Riz have had a solid musical relationship over the years, working on several projects including The Low and The Low: Side B.