As he looks towards finalizing his forthcoming project, Early Beginnings:The Shaquille Baptiste Story EP, Toronto emcee ShaqIsDope delivers a new track titled, “Opportunity” (What Jay Z Said). Beginning with an audio clip of Jay Z during an interview with CNN, ShaqIsDope takes over as he talks about the challenges throughout life, overcoming obstacles, and some of his most noble accomplishments thus far. Produced by Pitt Tha Kid, you can listen/download below.
Quake Matthews just let loose a new banger a few hours ago, venting on some things he’s been meaning to say for a minute over a 2oolman production titled “Mellow Triangles”. Hearing this one brings me back to a couple tracks from Corrado, one of my favorite albums of last year which still plays heavy on the playlist – “Mellow Triangles” is another to instantly add to that. Speaking on growing from a past relationship, to his present position in his career and more; with lines like “I fold careers up like patio chairs. Just try me you c**ksuckers, I promise it’s no movie…when I shut down shop like BlockBuster” along with a lot more dope quotable’s. I was psyched to see this one come out, with one of my favorite Canadian emcee’s and one of my favorite Canadian producers together on a song..before even hitting play I knew it was going to be insane! Stream and download Quake Matthew’s latest release “Mellow Triangles” produced by 2oolman below. I’m definitely anxious to see what else Quake brings to the table this year for sure!
Trio Migos dropped their new single, “Get Down” featuring Gucci Mane during the Superbowl on Sunday. “Get Down” is off Gangsta Grillz’s mixtape Solid Foundation, and returns Migos to the bouncy trap beats they are infamous for. After releasing the dope R&B, Auto-tuned track “They Don’t Know” over a week ago, “Get Down” welcomes us back to absolute Migos-ness with a bit of Gucci flare. This track really entertained me; halfway through, you’ll hear some yelling and every variation of gun shot imitations made by Migos that comes off more humorously then in a menacing way (which I think was actually the intention). Personally, I love every track Migos releases; they’re all catchy, they’re all trap-heavy and Southern influenced, and they often border on sheer excessiveness- what’s not to enjoy?
Here’s a Toronto anthem by Elcee, who proudly lets us know that he’s got his city’s back. While not born in Toronto, Elcee was raised there (he was born in Nova Scotia), and as a thanks he represents Toronto in this new track. “For My City” is slow-paced and laid-back, the kind of track you’d lift your lighter for, or just nod in appreciation. Elcee dismisses notions that Canadian rappers are less successful than Americans, which is an issue I’m happy he brings up. His patriotism and love of his city shines through the track, and I especially love his line: “I got the heart of a Leo/So when they ask me my status/Scotia born, Ontario raised/B**** check the atlas”. Definitely bringing Toronto and Ontario up on the map for people who know nothing about them (I still don’t get how people don’t know about Toronto!)
Elcee releases his new project, LeoSoul on July 23rd.
With “Big Dreams”, we got the first glimpse at Flex The Antiheroes upcoming project SALEM due out in the near future. His newest teaser; “Medicated” featuring DillanPoners and Emerson Brooks is one you want to get relaxed and vibe out to without a doubt. This one should be playing on any smoker’s playlist, as a matter of fact any hip-hop heads playlist should have “Medicated” blasting at least once or twice a day. Having the opportunity to take in SALEM early thanks to Smashmouth Entertainment, this has been one that has grown to be one of my favorite tracks. With some bass that will have your house shaking, this M Mac and Emerson Brooks production sets the tone for this smokers anthem. Hit play and see how Flex, DillanPonders and Emerson Brooks get right “Medicated” and be sure to stay tuned for Flex’s album SALEM coming soon!
I have to give a shout-out to Christel Rochelle from my hometown of Scarborough for this track. “iFeel” is about being stuck in a funk, about feeling hopeless and trapped with nobody who can help or understand. This is Christel’s first single, and it’s a beautiful blend of R&B, Neo-Soul, pseudo-Pop and Hip-Hop- let’s call it alternative Hip-Hop, shall we? The track really draws you in; it’s not cluttered with loud instrumentals, production, or distractions, allowing you focus on Christel’s amazing voice and lyrics that relate to the experiences of helplessness and loneliness that everyone goes through. “iFeel” is a very ethereal, alienating and at times, dark experience that gives this track that much more meaning, considering the content. I’m loving the surprise ending where the track takes an unexpected turn (but I’ll let you listen to it instead of spoiling it for you). Experience it below and tell me what you think.
LaShawn Powell, also known as Elcee from Toronto, Canada has released his new track “Thought You Knew” as part of SoundCloudSundays which features and is produced by Crown Jones, who worked on Elcee’s self-titled project Write To, Write Til’. Does the instrumental sound familiar? For those of you know don’t know (or do know but would rather not admit it), it’s a sample from the T.V. soap The Young & The Restless‘s theme, Nadia’s Song. I really like this track and the unfamiliarity of it- we don’t expect the instrumental, the beats, and the rhymes to go together, making this track a new kind of listening experience, once I can definitely appreciate.
Elcee releases his new project, LeoSoul on July 23rd.
Jaydahmann has returned, fittingly, with his video premiere of “Back in Business”. Hailing from Toronto, Jaydahmann has started the year off right with his first visual for the track, shredding through Drake’s “Pound Cake” featuring Jay-Z. Jaydahmann is a Hip-Hop emcee who dominated Toronto’s Flow 93.5 OTA Live and 93.7 WBLK’s Unsigned Hype’s number 1 spots. The video begins and ends with Jaydahmann playing pool, ripping through some heavy verses about his past, present, and future in the industry: “Now don’t blast me/Know you been thinking that time past me/And if I’m ever coming back/Ask me”.
Jaydahmann will be releasing his first official single titled “Conquer”, followed by an official music video, an album, and a tour in the near future.
Jaydahmann hasn’t let his two years-plus hiatus get in his way; he’s back, and he’s here to stay.
Here’s a new, laid-back track from Gyptian (who will be performing at The London Music Hall with Ammoye on February 7th). I really like this track, it’s a mashup of reggae, dancehall, R&B and even- if I dare say -pop! That’s right, “Stuck” has an easy-going production that can easily appeal to all kinds of fans. While Gyptian did gain huge success from his radio-hit “Hold Yuh” and received crazy club play with “Nah Let Go”, “Stuck” is more mainstream than Gyptian’s other singles, and, taking a guess into the future, I think this is sure to be a big summer jam.
Produced by Ricky Blaze, a 24 year-old Brooklyn native, “Stuck” has that signature, summery-sweet production as we’ve seen in Blaze’s hit “Just You and I”. Since then, he has gone on to produce records for “Lions, Tigers & Bears” singer Jazmine Sullivan on her album Love Me Back, co-produced with Missy Elliot; Vybz Kartel’s “Touch A Button” and has also worked with Major Lazer and Diplo.
Here’s another new track from YG, whose been on a role collaborating with the all-star Hip-Hop artists lately. With another rudimentary, bouncy party track from DJ Mustard, I guarantee this will be a big one in clubs everywhere. Drake kills it while taking the opportunity to brag about his stardom and as usual, ending on a humorous note: “And my name too big/and my gang too big/ Young Money sh**/me and Lil’ Wayne too big/ Imma crush that a** even if it ain’t too big/I would pinky-swear but my pinky ring too big”. The Game also delivers; my favourite lines come at the beginning of his verse: “I’m the n**** with the crown on his head/Cross me and my city, I put the town on your head”. This track is so catchy that you’ll be walking around singing, “B****, who do you love?” all day.
This track will be on YG’s upcoming album My Krazy Life, dropping March 18th.
Last night (Jan. 28) was a big night for J. Cole. Not only did the Roc Nation MC celebrate his 29th birthday, he also performed at the Madison Square Garden in New York as part of his “What Dreams May Come” tour. Cole and his Dreamville team also announced that his Dreamville imprint has inked a partnership with Interscope Records, ultimately resulting in a brand new compilation mixtape. The 11-track project features J. Cole, Bas, K-Quick, Omen and Treasure Davis. Stream/download Revenge of The Dreamers below.