Hailing from Brampton, Ontario, Van Hill has had a productive year releasing an array of successful singles and music videos. Some of which has even caught the attention of upcoming Hip Hop collective Smashmouth Entertainment. With a growing buzz, his first full length release Naked Museum is a strong display of his progression.
With more interesting arrangements, song structures, lyrical content, and overall beat selection it’s clear Van Hill’s music going into the right direction. The rich ethereal sounds contrast well with his aggressive dark vocals painting a vivid image of life in the city. Lyrically the subject matter has become more introspective, with tracks like “Alone/The Walk II” and “Dirty Money” Van Hill discusses his personal struggles and how things change for better or for worse during life on the come up. There’s also a real underlying message explaining his path through the trial and errors, while attempting to follow through to his original vision. Nevertheless, the most impressive and distinct characteristic about Naked Museum, is Van Hill’s ability to hold down a track on his own. Without a single feature on the album, the young rapper exhibits his poise in the pocket and dynamic songwriting. Thriving in the dark and grungy sound Van Hill’s future continues to look bright. Be sure to show some support in the comment section below.
Toronto native and BANKSTYLE member gL drops his New Wave EP Late Night Prelude. A wise choice for a title, the project envelops a “Late Night” sound that any midnight marauder would enjoy. The collection of tracks really demonstrates his passion for the city, with shoutouts to the Danforth, Yonge Street, and Queen Street districts. Its clear the city that influenced him and his sound is well represented. With a consistent sonic and thematic production from executive producer Sammy Passions; the dark ambient pads, 808s, and soul samples dominants the instrumentals resulting into a great contribution to a growing Toronto scene. A few of my favourite tracks: “After Work”, “D$WNT$WN”, “Late Night”. Share your thoughts or favourite highlights of the EP in the comment section below.
Fran Gogh (20) & Marco (18) are two brothers born in Italy who have lived all around the world. Their love for music started at an early age as their Father was in a rock band that toured Italy. Gogh recorded his first rap song at the age of 12 and Marco made his first beat at 15. Ever since, the two have made hundreds of songs, but only 5 making the cut of their debut album BASEMENT HITS. This album was recorded over a period of 3 years in Canada, U.S.A, and Germany and was mixed by Alex Foster-Romàn (A-Fos) in Canada at CHRW Studios.
The homie Amniat returns with his highly anticipated project, Corruption Vol.2. Relatively new to the London hip hop scene, Amniat has been making big strides with his music, and is quickly building a reputation as one of the nicest lyricists out there. I’ve been a fan of this cat for a while now, and am very excited to share this project with y’all. This 18 track compilation is the largest project that Amniat has released to date, and each track consists of that lyrical quickness that the heads out here have come to expect from the young emcee. With a series of guest features and producers, Amniat cut no corners in making Corruption Vol.2 one of his dopest bodies of work yet. Be sure to check this project out, and show some love!
YOU’RE WELCOME y’all, YOU’RE WELCOME. Our boy DillanPonders blesses the people with this dope freebie mixtape in promotion for his highly anticipated RETOX EP. YOU’RE WELCOME is a collection of 8 unreleased remixes of some of your favorite joints that have dropped within the past year via artist such as TRAVIS SCOTT & OT Genasis among others. In classic DillanPonders fashion, YOU’RE WELCOME is a psychedelic/high octane soundtrack to that rock style lifestyle DP embodies; with a style all his own these remixes are given new life, and deserve your full attention. You already know everything that the SmashMouth Crew drops is fire…this project is no different. Be sure to check out, YOU’RE WELCOME, and be on the lookout for RETOX dropping soon.