Of all the buzz and talent coming out of Brampton right now, Roy Woods is easily on top. Recently signed to OVO, Woods has released two songs “Get You Good” and “Drama” featuring Drake. The two tracks have been well received and is now beginning to build an international fan base for the Brampton singer. Whether the OVO effect is true or not. Roy Woods is undoubtedly talented.
His innovative Michael Jackson flow, infectious choruses, and relatable lyricism, have all been Roy’s own creation. His artist development has only begun at OVO and from what is on these singles proves Roy has the high ceiling and an opportunity to reach superstardom. Quickly capitalizing on the worldwide attention OVO has been receiving as of late, Roy Woods is set to release his debut EP Exis July 31st.
No information on a track list or who may guest feature has been released, however it is safe to say it will be a consistent debut and possibly the successful start to OVO’s talent recruitment in Toronto.
“I waited four days, ni**a, where y’all at?”
– Drake – Back to Back
You heard right. Drake is back with another diss towards fellow rapper Meek Mill after dropping “Charged Up” just yesterday. Todays diss is alot more sharp than his last release, with almost every bar aimed directly at the Philly bred rapper. For those who haven’t heard yet, the beef has stemmed from Meek publicly accusing Drake of using a ghost writer under the name of Quentin Miller. It’s not clear if there is any truth behind the allegations, but Drake is surely showing that he’s not standing for it.
“Damn, tell that man to ease up,
I did another one, I did another one,
You still ain’t did shit about the other one”
The cover art Drake has chosen shows Toronto Blue Jay Joe Carter during game 6 of the October 1993 World Series. The Jays were down 6-5, when Carter hits a three-run homer to let Toronto win its second consecutive World Series. The losing team was the Philadelphia Phillies (ouch), allowing Carter to become a legend among locals. How long does Meek have before his chance to strike back fiddles away? What does Meek have to bring to the table to top this? Is a career going to be silenced by the end of this? Let us know who you think is going to come out on top in the comments.
Chicago’s Rayvn Lenae incorporates the children’s nursing rhyme into a jazzy track which features Monte Booker‘s ambient, but upbeat production. The track starts out with her beautiful and airy vocals, detailing her feelings for a special someone, ‘Mr. Sun’. Rayven is gearing up to release her debut project Moon Shoes on August 25th. Listen below and let the track brighten your day.
I’ve written about artists based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan before, predominantly in the Future Beats genre. However, recently I have stumbled upon a new Grand Rapids Boom Bap rapper by the name of Sincere. Featured on Statik Selektah’s project What Goes Around, Sincere has a classic 90’s nostalgia rap vibe similar to the scene in New York and is heavily displayed on his single “Live and Raw”.
Not much is known about the Michigan rapper, but what we do know is he is a talented emcee. With the help of one of the greatest of all time J Dilla, “Live and Raw” is a well crafted track reminiscent of Illmatic Nas and recent 90’s revivalist Joey Bada$$. A minimal approach with a chorus verse chorus arrangement, Sincere is careful not to overproduce and the result is a success.
Now out with his debut EP Zen, look to see more of Sincere in the future but for now check out his single below.
We’ve brought you music from A-Fos & The Rude Youth before — you may be familiar with the group’s funk/hip-hop fusion. Now the band’s frontman is coming out with a solo project, Clean Your Room Already, showcasing not only his skills on the mic, but his production chops as well (something you may also be familiar with from KyleKanevil’s solo project). The album — which A-Fos promises to be “funky, nostalgic and honest” — drops August 1st. The latest glimpse we get comes in the form of two tracks, “Back in the Day” and “Sweet Mother Mary.”
The former enlists Nathan Bain on the hook as A-Fos reminisces about times growing up. The latter sees the London-based emcee pairing with Jordan MacDonald of Texas King in a song about, well, you can probably guess from the title. Listen below.