Toronto, ON – Our Song of the Day is a new release from Toronto up-and-comers MessThaBest and Stephon Levy (aka Levy Da Don). “TouchDown,” self-produced by Messi (credited as King Messi), is the first single off the $KrewUpz-rapper’s forthcoming EP, Scarborough, set to drop on August 30th. The track now has some fresh visual support courtesy of TK Productions. You can check it out after the jump link below.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Brazilian rapper Daniel Shadow recently teamed up with Canada’s very own Garrett Welldone (from the Bass6) for this new video release for “Luz da Perdição” (featuring Filipe Ret on the vocals).
This video just premiered on MTV Brazil and is gaining some pretty major buzz. This song comes to us off Daniel’s forthcoming album titled Tudo Ou Nada, which – according to Welldone – translates to “all or nothing”.
Ottawa, ON – On Mar. 5, the Buck-N-Nice duo (MC SawBuck and DJ So Nice) released the video for “Welcome to Infinity” as the first single release off their forthcoming sophomore album titled EMAG (scheduled for release this upcoming summer).
I been keeping tabs on these two for a few years now and I can honestly say this video is the best work they have put out so far. The duo offers up a song that’s very difficult to digest; it transcends socially conscious rap into its own brand of humanitarianism consciousness.
This is a song written about the colonization of the First Nations people with an even bigger underlying message about the importance of questioning the truth… and everything else you know, for that matter.
As SawBuck explained it to me: “The whole track is shot at the history books. I wrote it specifically about the colonization of First Nations people, and the fallout that’s still in effect. The genocide of a culture that is told through the history books which were written by the very people who created this mess. So obviously, they paint the picture with one brush; minimizing their tyranny, and justifying their actions constantly. It’s also written in a way that it can still be related to other cultures. The core of this track is to question history, because the history books are written by the oppressors who decide what the “truth” is. We know better, and we need to stop being sheeple.”
Toronto, ON – The amount of new talent popping up in Toronto lately has been impressive, to say the least. Up-and-comer Ace Autumn has music on his SoundCloud dating back to March 2012, but he really comes into his own with his new EP, There’s More, produced by VinnyxProd and Kevin Fortune. As far as we can tell, it’s his first actual release in the form of a project. The 5-track EP features Ace speaking on his lifestyle and his determined come-up in the music industry; mocking fake rappers for their shortcomings and boasting about his lyrical capabilities.
There’s More has a mostly upbeat vibe with dark undertones brought out through Ace’s outlook and delivery. The Kevin Fortune-produced “Basements,” is the deepest point of the project as he reflects on his upbringing and the appreciation he holds for his mother for putting a roof over his head. On “I Know,” Ace slows it down a bit to have a heart-to-heart with his girl, while his fast paced flow builds steadily throughout the record, meshing perfectly with the VinnyxProd beat in the process. Overall, some really introspective material that gives you some insight into what it’s like to be Ace Autumn. Hopefully there’s more to come.
Brampton, ON – Up-and-coming B-Town rapper Derin Falana just released the video for “Hollywood” off his forthcoming project entitled Live From Rocky Mountain.
This song is a big emotional release for Derin, and a massive “f**k you” to anyone and everyone who slept on Derin or disrespected him during his come-up; basically anyone who acted “Hollywood” towards the guy in his earlier days.
This song doesn’t actually have a hook, and instead plays out as a big long Falana freeverse. You can tell guy had a lot to get off his chest on this one. But make sure you stay listening to the lyrics because Derin is dropping all kinds of industry truth bombs on here.
The song was produced by KOZ, and mixed by Po. And the video was shot by Byemarcel. Check it out after the jump.
Los Angeles, CA – Today’s Song of the Day is a slow jam off the newly released Private Suite by Los Angeles artist YE Ali. The “Ring” remix features Toronto star in the making Jazz Cartier with production by Sap and Lantz. Along with the addition of Jacuzzi, the new version of “Ring” features fresh bars from Ali. Check out the track below.
Private Suite also features production by Toronto vet Burd x Keyz – “LNF” featuring Louis Val and Laioung, and “Used To” featuring Pollari. Click here to check the whole project on YE’s SoundCloud profile.
Vancouver, BC – Originally published February 28th, 2016 – Brevner is no stranger to making bold and precisely executed moves with his art, from sound to visuals to his overall aesthetic he has a keen sense for conveying quality. His highly anticipated Brevner EP dropped late this week to much attention and is arguably his best body of work to date. Although he enlist features from some serious heavy-hitters like Project Pat, Rome Fortune, King Louie, Ant-Live, Riff Raff and frequent collaborators Stevie Ross, Within Roots and Fembot, Brevner fails to be overshadowed once, showing strength and skill in his growth as an artist
With it’s gritty, honest lyricism, dark undertones and Brevner’s un-fuck-with-able attitude the eight-track EP is a welcome contrast to his past emotionally lead projects including his prior release Eclectricity.
All eyes are on Brevner this year for better or worse. His willingness to stand up for what he believes in while producing dope art has Brev setting a strong example for Vancouver’s music scene and has already had him shaking up the game for 2016. Get familiar with new Vancouver by downloading the Brevner EP on iTunes here.
Mississauga, ON – Up-and-coming Mississauga artist Kaydee just dropped this new video for “Finding Balance” as the first video release off his forthcoming project titled The Prelude EP (due out on Mar. 11, 2016).
This song is all about the balancing act of life. I think most artists will be able to feel Kaydee on this one; trying to make it in the rap game is this intricate balancing act between attending to real life responsibilities while trying to leave enough time and energy to pursue your own passions.
It’s one of the toughest things I see rappers struggle with – and it’s one of the things that’s really hard for guys to admit: “I spoke to my dad/ And he tried to challenge me/ Said it’s real easy to balance dreams/ But mine is like drinking Bacardi/ Then trying to stand up straight on a balance beam.”
The song was produced by LAWN$ and the video was directed by M Works. Check it out after the jump.
Vancouver, BC – J. West revisits his 2015 released album W by dropping visuals for the stand out single “This Morning” produced by im’peretiv. The video is directed by David Schuurman and features EMA’s Holly Mellard – check it out below.
Vancouver, BC – Originally published March 4, 2016 – The boys of Northwest Division have been one of the hardest grinding teams to come out of Vancouver in the past few years. The pair is made up of two super talented emcees, Junk and Hungry, who have developed their own sound, brand and following making it difficult for beneficiary Vancity emcees to duplicate. They have a solid foundation for their movement and with their recently released album, Orange & Black the team have stepped their game up to a whole new level.