It’s Era Friday! Going on week seven JD Era remixes a classic, Cameo’s “Candy”. Besides JD Era’s JMSN “Love and Pain” remix, we’ve mostly got some raw tracks like “Rice in Chinatown” (one of my favorite so far). Bringing it back for the ladies, JD Era’s “Candy” remix doesn’t lack bars whatsoever. With the first of the Barz Mixtape series coming this month, most of these jams will be on repeat for a while. I’d say keep an eye for JD Era this year, it’s only the beginning.
If you’re not familiar, let us introduce you to West Coast rapper, 100s. The Berkeley, CA native made noise following the release of his debut project, Ice Cold Perm, released in 2012. Fast forward and 100s has just delivered his new EP, IVRY. Possessing characteristics reminiscent of artists such as Too Short, 100′s has also been compared to the sounds of James Brown and Nipsey Hussle; yet he still manages to stand alone, captivating listeners each step of the way. Hard-hitting production paired with a wide-variety of different vibes makes for great replay value. Upon listening, early favourites include “Inglish Outro”, “Thru My Veins,” and “Ten Freaky Hoes.” Stream/download 100s’ “IVRY” below.
Download: 100s – “IVRY”
Take in “End of the Road,” the brand new single from Choclair feat. Bishop Brigante and Darryl Riley. It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Choc, but judging by This track, there is a lot of quality music to expect from one of Canada’s pioneers in hip hop. Choclair believes that with the success of others Canadian rappers over the past few years the time is prime and right to now start doing big collaborations with other Canadian artist-combining the fan bases to have a scene that can properly support itself. Take in Choclair’s latest track and let us know what you think!
Fundament just released the first single off a new project he’s gearing up to release called 15BLOCKS. “Brim Low” produced by the UK’s Kxngs is a mellow piano based instrumental with some kick, Fundament brings a smooth, chill flow which I guarantee will have you singing the hook by first time around. His last project with Fameless, The Fundament x Fameless EP I really enjoyed listening to and still do. Take in “Brim Low” off 15BLOCKS and see for yourself!
The wait is over! From “Big Dreams”, “Medicated” to “The Wicked” you were slowly introduced to Flex The Antihero’s latest project SALEM leading up to today. If you read the review yesterday, you got a glimpse at how phenomenal SALEM is front to back. Now that it’s finally out you can easily see why. With M Mac and Emerson Brooks handling most of the production besides two tracks from Metcalfe and BatmanOnTheBeatz, there’s no question Flex and everyone involved put their all into SALEM. Flex recruits DillanPonders, ANTHM, Allan Rayman, D-Sisive and Emerson Brooks, keeping the features to a minimum.
Records that stand out on SALEM are one’s like “The Wicked”, “Build and Destroy”, “Big Dreams”, “War”, “All I Knew”, “Rolling Dice” and “The Great Escape” though those are just my personal favorites, the whole project is dope. The album being an ode to where Flex grew up and how he’s moved on from there, SALEM is one everyone can relate to in a way if you’re out chasing your dreams. Stream and download Flex The Antihero’s latest gem SALEM after a little write up from Flex about the album.
“SALEM is just an exit in Ajax where I previously lived before (I’ve been in Toronto for a minute now). A lot of the topics I found on the album had to deal with what I was surrounded by and what inspired my way of thinking. It was just a stretch that takes you from one end to the other. The trees on the cover symbolize the fields that are on the one side as you drive and also symbolic of a lot of the darkness I was in when working on this project.”
Purchase: Flex The Antihero – “SALEM”
This track is an unreleased gem taken from Toronto producer Frankenstein’s compilation The Science of Sound, in stores March 18th. Frankenstein first stepped onto the scene in ’94 with AZ (known together as the duo Delphi Oracle) to release their 12″ single “Peace And Quiet”. During his time in the industry, Frankenstein has recorded, remixed and mastered tracks for artists such as Choclair, Maestro Fresh Wes, Peanut Butter Wolf, Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz, and T-Love, Thrust.
This track reminds me of what I miss in Hip-Hop- that underground, carefree bounce that we’ve lost in the past decade. Re-mastering this track, especially amidst the hyper-masculine and materialist tracks that have come to define today’s society , makes its release a perfect time.
Frankenstein’s album, “Agony To Ecstasy” album drops later this year on Ill Adrenaline Records.
Award winning Ngajuana (London, Ontario, Canada) is prepping his project with 365RealLifeMusic, to be released later this year. But today he delivers the first single “The Hurtin Side”! A song that was created to bring attention to the often ignored condition of PTSD, that a large number of soldiers returning from WAR suffer from. Ngajuana takes on a narrative role in this record telling a story of a veteran struggling with the effects of PTSD and how his day to day life is a challenge. Adam Bomb retells this story but in the role of the veteran’s perspective. The two connect on a great production provided by R1 and the end result is so dope!
It’s not often you come across great music like this. Both amazing emcee’s and writers, Ngajuana and Adam Bomb linked up for a song that spreads awareness and reach a broad audience of people. Stream and purchase “The Hurtin Side” below.
When taking in The Antiheroes it’s clear on any track that they never lack on expressing their opinion, whether the subject is the quality and integrity of music or something community based. Separately, as first experienced on Latex & Perfume ; you experience a more personal side of the two Toronto artist’s Sha Prince and Flex The Antihero. Announcing SALEM was on it’s way just before Sha Prince’s solo project, there was a built anticipation leading up to the first time we heard it. Hands down, once taking it in fully and hitting repeat dozens of times you could tell this is a body of work that you could not get bored listening to. Both SALEM and Latex & Perfume; they stand as a moment in time. First experiencing SALEM it’s seen as what it is, a great in-depth project that is an ode to where Flex grew up which reflects on his past, how he’s moved on pursuing his passion to create music and more. If you look at it for what it could be, it’s a moment in time you can look back to when artist’s like Flex further their success and really look at how far they’ve come.
Read the track by track review after the jump!
I gotta be honest. I used to be a huge Lupe fan back in the day but I kinda wrote him off after “The Cool”. Years passed and my music library expanded, burying all my favourite Lupe songs so while this recent activity doesn’t indicate a “comeback”, it certainly feels that way to me. It’s still early 2014 and Lupe has released a couple bangers already (“Thot 97″ and “$nitches”), all part of generating interest for his new album, “Tetsuo & Youth”. A few minutes ago, Lupe (or, according to the watermark, Ab-Soul) was kind enough to drop “Thorns & Horns”, a truly collaborative effort between the 2 wordsmiths. I’m happy that Ab-Soul didn’t phone-in a verse for this as it’s truly remarkable to hear them both go back & forth on the 3rd verse. Peep below.
2014 is already gearing up to be a hell of a year, release-wise. With DZA’s “Dream.ZONE.Achieve” coming out April 1st and Ab-Soul’s album coming out in a “couple more months” (according to ScHoolboy Q’s Q&A on Facebook), “Hearses” couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. Although DZA really does his thing on this track, I have to admit I was more excited to hear Soul go the fuck in; it really made up for the lack of Ab-Soul tracks the internet has suffered as of late. Oh, did I mention that DJ Dahi creates an absolute banger of an instrumental? Peep below.