Since Beat Culture has grown into a prominent movement in North America, there have been a handful of producers that have really separated themselves from the pack. One in particular, is Seattle born Sango. Having made a name for himself with an array of eclectic instrumental mixtapes, Sango has worked his way to an undisclosed OVO contract. With Drake backing him, Sango has capitalized on their exclusive catalogue to create incredible remixes and edits.
Most recent, is a remix of an unreleased Drake track called “Right Hand”. Sango takes the already heavy sinister song and brings it to another level. Slowing down the pitch, emphasizing the synthesizer, adding sub bass, and bright high hats, Sango uses his signature sounds and techniques to give the month old track a fresh look.
Giving overplayed music a second life could be the reason why beat culture has risen from the underground. Accomplishing a good remix is rare skill that means a lot to avid music listeners and adds another invaluable attribute to the people behind the scenes that don’t get the recognition they deserve.
On Auguest 1st, 2015 it was announced that Mississauga rapper Redway had tragically died in a car accident. The details state:
“Suddenly and tragically, on the morning of August 1st, Mississauga artist Shane Redway was killed in a car accident. He was travelling with two other passengers on the northbound ramp of Highway 427 when the car lost control. The two passengers in the car were also killed in the crash.”
Upon hearing the news, the Toronto and GTA music scene was torn with disbelief, especially fellow Mississauga rapper John River who quickly headed to the studio to produce a heartfelt tribute. A genuine cathartic expression of his grief, John also speaks on the behalf of everyone involved in shaping Redway’s up and coming career and kindly recognizes them name by name.
A GoFundMe has been set-up to cover the costs of Shane’s memorial and so far over $13,000 has been raised. You can donate to the fund by clicking the link below.
Toronto native Shaqisdope is back again with a new single “DWNTWN”. Still working on his upcoming mixtape (that is due out in the fall) Black Frames, Shaq shares a confident, focused, and well thought third single that displays his progression and reassures the wait will be worth it.
Produced by Florida’s David Greene (who has production credits for Alex Wiley, Dave East and Trinidad James), “DWNTWN” is a bass heavy instrumental that is lead by a high pitched guitar sample. With a production this versatile, Shaq effortless provides an anthem for his Toronto district. While passionately rapping about the area that raised him, Shaq creates a catchy flow and thrives in the pocket.
With three consistent singles in two months, its safe to say Black Frames is a project to look out for and the same can be said for Shaqisdope as an artist. He’s hungry and focused and coming for Toronto’s number one spot.
As you may know TCUS started in London as a radio show on 94.9 CHRW, during my time in the city, I had the pleasure of meeting people like The Goodz and I’m happy to share with you his debut EP No Time. My favourite track has gets me turnt up is Max Up and he has a feature with Roscoe Dash 2.0. Take this in and tell me what you think in the comments section below.
While the ‘mecca’ of Canadian rap has honed itself in Toronto, the talent that subsides just outside of it reveals just as much talent – and this time, it comes in the from London, ON, artist The Goodz.
Layering elements taken from several genres, including rock & roll to R&B, the singer/songwriter carries elements of his upbringing as the son of Motown’s Gary Martin of the legendary Funk Brothers and intertwines them with hypnotic melodies and bass-heavy production.
With production from Mikhail, Deli and Fax Cain, as well as a feature from Roscoe Dash 2.0, the 5-track EP creates an experience that ties in elements of the London, ON, music scene alongside the dark waves and ambient vibes of the underground party circuit.
The wait is finally over. Following up his 2013 release, Life Under Construction, Toronto native Luxe Taylor is back with his sophomore release, Pipe Dream. After releasing visuals for “No I.D” and “U Right” as well as the banging single,”On,”Luxe has been making a lot of noise throughout the scene in preparation for his latest release. I’ve been digging Luxe music for a while now, and was fortunate enough to see him preview some live exclusive from Pipe Dream when he opened up for the homie SONREAl earlier this year. The energy and charisma that Luxe brings into his music is undeniably dope, and has a sound that no other emcee can emulate.
With a vast array of musical influences Luxe’s talents as a producer shine on Pipe Dream, allowing him to create unique rock/hip-hop/punk influenced instrumentals that complement his wide arsenal of flows. You can catch Luxe showcasing the Pipe Dream Ep as he makes his way across Canada on his tour runs. Be sure to check this project out, and as always, show some love in the comment sections below.