Toronto’s own, Plus Mo goes in on a new track, “For The Taking”. This switches things up from “All We Wanna Do (Party Tonight)” just a bit, but shows the versatility as an artist. The big homie Plus Mo gets deep on “For The Taking”. This game is for the taking, take a listen to who’s about to come out on top.
Flying Lotus and MF Doom connect for “Masquatch.” Fly Lo’s outer-worldy production style slotted next to Doom’s super villain flow is without a doubt a recipe for success. Coming off the high from NehruvianDOOM, with protege Bishop Nehru, Doom keeps giving us that fire content that fans are feening for. Whenever I see a Fly Lo track featuring a hip hop artist, I instantly get excited; a few months back the space aged producer hooked up with Kenrick Lamar for “Never Catch Me,” and the cross over was a success.”Masquatch” is no different. Be sure to check this track out, and share your thoughts below.
As you know, Shad an his DJ, DJ T.Lo have been working on a project together called Boarding Pass. Something they came up with together while on tour promoting Shad’s latest album Flying Colours. A five song EP entirely produced by DJ T.Lo with Shad doing what Shad does best, dropping knowledge on the mic. “Hang On” is a gem that is by far one of the best songs I’ve heard all month. Shad touches on some topics like today’s music scene with lines like “maybe they ain’t playing too much music on Much Music because there ain’t too much music out here with much to it. When the music plays we ain’t saying too much through it, we just after the ads. We just do it.” It doesn’t end there though, Shad is known for substance in his music and there is no lack of that on “Hang On”. I won’t say too much though, I’ll just let the music speak for itself.
Following “Get Rich” and “Setting Up To Lose”, London’s own Rich Noir (a.k.a Richie Blackz) hits us with another tune – quoting Rich himself “This song comes from a very honest place and as I grow as an artist I’m not afraid to speak about my weaknesses and express my views on life through my music. I’ve decided to release a bunch of my unreleased songs for free over the next couple months before I drop my full project. Hope Y’all Enjoy”. Wise words from a true emcee. Right off the jump, you can see Rich isn’t your typical artist. “Heaven sent, a goddess descendant. You’re like a basquiat piece mixed with a rarest rembrandt. I know that, it seems intriguing what I do, you intrigue me too. Differences aside baby I f*ck with you, it’s comfortable.” Rich gets deep on this one speaking on his feelings for a women and how silence is key in relationships, each one without a need to share their personal lives with the world. At the end of the day, it’s only them. And that’s all it ever need be.
I’m excited to hear what Rich is going to hit us with next, there’s been talk of a new EP for a minute now and with tunes coming out like “The Silence” and the previous two releases, you know it can’t be far off. Since today is the first day we got to see some snowfall in southern Ontario, you know your in that chill mood, sitting inside with a warm drink, relaxed. This is that tune to bump. The producer Zlender creates such a mellow vibe with the production, giving it a jazzy feel. Sometimes the simplest instrumentals give the best feels. Rich and Zlender have done work together before, “The Silence” proves they make a good team when it comes to making records.
The SmashMouth roster has been keeping the airwaves buzzing the past several months with steady releases in preparation for the SmashMouth Mentality Vol. 2 release. Well folks, its finally here. SMM Vol 2. is a compilation of exclusive new music from SmashMouth’s roster of artists and select industry friends. Focusing mostly on Toronto talent, SMMV2 showcases 15 different artists over 20 songs. Be sure to check this project out, and give it up for one of the hardest working crews in music.
Shady Records takes us to the Motor City on “Detroit Vs. Everybody,” the latest Shady XV leak featuring Eminem, Royce Da 5’9, Big Sean, Danny Brown, DeJ Loaf and Trick Trick. Eminem sent the hip-hop world into a frenzy with the news of a new album dropping on Black Friday, “Detroit Vs. Everybody” is a great jumping off point for Slims return. Who’s got the nicest verse?
“This project is a collage of vibes reflecting all that I’ve been through in the past year and a half. A big thank you to the Universe for holding a brova down… Eye See You,” said Junia-T.
Following a slew of teasers over the summer, Junia-T finally unveils his highly anticipated LP, Eye See You. Throughout Eye See You, Junia-T’s raw prose is smoovely blended with traces of psychedelia, neo soul, and futuristic vibes; all while reviving the best of backpacker nostalgia. Tracks such as “How Can I,” “Sky Is Falling” and “Everyday” bring back that classic, soulful vibe, reminiscent of the Pete Rock and Dilla era of hip hop. I’ve always respected artists who produce their own projects from the ground up; and the sound that Juina- T has captured with Eye See You makes this project an instant classic. Premiering on OkayPlayer, the self-produced project features Little Simz, LordQuest, Franc Grams, and more. Be sure to check out Juina- T’s latest project, and be sure to share your thoughts with us.