[Podcast] John River talks why this is his moment of truth and how not taking risks is the greatest risk of all

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What do you do when you reach the point of no return? That’s the place John River finds himself in right now. The 20-year-old Mississauga emcee has been working for three years on The Storm, a project he’s been touting ever since The Calm dropped in 2012. Now, the moment of truth is here.

The Storm is River’s call for attention. Weaving through drive and determination, the failings of education, race in North America, and the loss of a friend’s life in twelve songs, he’s very clear: he’s got a lot on his mind, and he’s ready for the world to hear.

We caught up with John River to talk about what it’s like being in that moment of truth, people’s fear of their potential, and how not taking risks is the greatest risk of all.

Listen to the podcast below and read the highlights after the jump.

[Video] G0lden G- “100 at Western”


The homie G0lden G had UWO’s Home Coming on a wave last week as he and his crew took over the celebrations with the filming of his latest release “100 At Western.” Keeping up with his reoccurring theme of student life, the big man on campus flips the Game & Drake hit,”100,” and gives us his own interpretation of what it means to keep everything 100. What I dig most about G0lden G’s movement is that it’s one hundred percent authentic. G0lden G is able to paint vivid pictures of real life experiences that everyone can relate to on one level or another, and then brakes these complex emotions into quick hitting rhymes that leave hip hop heads geeked. Gerome Nash has been putting on for his school for a minute now, and it’s clear to see the that love is mutual. When watching this latest video, there’s no question that G0lden G has made a huge impact on the UWO community, which has come to embrace the G child as their underground spokes man. This latest joint ozzes school pride, and makes me proud to be a UWO grad. Western Stand up, and show some love to a young gunner on the come up.

[Event] Travis Scott Nov 4 @ The Sound Academy


Fresh off the release of his debut album, Rodeo, Travis Scott will be heading back on tour. Between opening for The Weeknd on November 3rd and 5th at the Air Canada Centre, his solo show will stop in Toronto on November 4th at The Sound Academy. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 2nd at 10:00am EST. Be sure to get tickets to this sure to be sold-out show!

What: Travis Scott Tour
Where: Sound Academy | 11 Polson St. Toronto
When:Wednesday, November 4th, 2015
Admission: $35 tickets available via Ticketmaster | RSVP Here

[Gallery] Thundercat September 27 @ The Hoxton

Thundercat @ The Hoxton

Sunday night at the Hoxton was a special night for anyone in attendance. Thundercat, along with his band consisting of a keyboardist and a drummer, took the stage and completely took over the vibe of the small club. Thundercat recently visited Toronto on tour with Flying Lotus when they brought the You’re Dead! tour to Danforth Music Hall. But this time was much different, a solo Thundercat performance proved to be much more intimate. Giving fans exactly what they wanted, Thundercat played various cuts from his debut project Apocalypse and his most recent release The Beyond / Where The Giants Roam. He also performed some of his contributions from Flying Lotus’ You’re Dead and Kendrick Lamar‘s To Pimp A Butterfly. After graciously thanking the crowd for supporting his craft, Thundercat descended from the stage leaving everyone wanting more.

See the full gallery from the show after the jump.

[Mixtape] John River – “The Storm”

John River - The Storm

After three long years, John River just dropped The Storm. (Who waits three years between their debut and sophomore mixtape?) Allow me to tell a story.

Back in 2012, a then-17-year-old kid from Mississauga called in to The Come Up Show on CHRW 94.9 FM and requested his own song. (Again, who does that?) His name was John River. We played it and kept in touch.

A few months down the road, I interviewed him. It was a rare exception, considering he had no mixtape to his name, just a couple videos (since made private on YouTube), and a big dream to become the greatest rapper in the world. It was the first time we had spoken, and it left an impression. It became the first of several interviews — each one becoming a favourite of mine.

The following year, that same kid from Mississauga messaged me: he had a story to tell. That summer, he had waited overnight in the airport to meet J. Cole, and then took a bus to Queens to track down the President of Dreamville, show up at his doorstep, and rap for him. (Again, who does that?) A few months later, he met them all again.

Fast-forward to 2015. Again, that same kid from Mississauga goes on to do a TEDx Talk. He gets nominated for a Much Music Video Award. Andrew Wiggins tweets his “Hope City II” video. Kardinal Offishall brings him out onstage and tells the crowd he’s next up — all of this before his sophomore mixtape even drops.

Three weeks ago: I get a call while in Newfoundland. The Storm is about to drop. Within a week, we’re sitting down together at the Mississauga Living Arts Centre, catching up for yet another interview. He had just returned from Chicago.

“Do you think the people will like it?” he asks me.

I had listened to the mixtape three times through just the day before. What I couldn’t articulate at the time was this:

That same kid who requested his own song on the radio, waited overnight in an airport to meet J. Cole, took a bus all the way to Queens with a faint hope of meeting Ibrahim, and caught all those people’s attention before his second mixtape even dropped? I wouldn’t bet against him for the world.

Check out The Storm below. Shouts to HNHH for the premiere.

John River – The Storm

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