After successfully touring in the U.K, Denmark, Sweden, and Japan, and receiving positive reviews of his new album Sofa.King.Amazing, Toronto’s own Spek Won shares a two part mini documentary titled “E(ART)HLINGS”. Directed by Mark Valino, the documentary takes the viewers through Spek’s creative process, as well as an intimate glance of his last tour and a recording session with Hiatus Kyle of Silent Jay.
Tory Lanez, the Toronto based artist is back once again with the visual for his newest track “Acting Like” from his upcoming EP with the whole WeDidIt collective, straight outta LA. Tory takes advantage of his smooth take on R&B on this one, which he can perform pegs above the competition.
“Acting Like” is produced by Shlohmo, an L.A. based producer who hits the nail on the head on this one. The beat starts out with a mellow vibe followed by some interesting sounds that peak the listeners interest. This is right around the time that Tory jumps in with his smooth vocals that complete the feel of the track. The vocals and production compliment each other so well in “Acting Like”, and fall right in line with the visual, directed by Zac Facts. Throughout the video, shots of a women are seen, with Tory often in scenes by himself, though deep in thought, until the two meet up in a cinematic scene. Zac Facts did a great job as director of the visual, making it seem more like a short film instead of simply a music video, truly a tremendous feat.
Tory’s versatility is astounding, the way he has mastered so many styles of hip-hop is remarkable, he’s come quite a long way since his start, and his progress has been proven time and time again. Shlohmo is an impressive producer as well, and it’s awesome to see that Tory is one of the few hip-hop artists that are taking advantage of the skill coming out of the electronic era such as Shlohmo, Snakehips, Ryan Hemsworth, and even RL Grime. Tory is slated for an August 15th 2015 performance at Toronto’s annual TIME Festival, and is sure to put on one hell of a show. His upcoming EP with the WeDidIt collective may be out by then as well, but if it’s not you can probably bet that he’ll play some unreleased tracks from his hometown crowd.
Jimmy B gives us a tour of his hometown in the visual for “Scarborough” off of his upcoming EP “Prince of the ‘Borough: Ch. 1 – The BRiCKZ“. Jimmy enlists Rajeevan Nithiyanathan as the director, and RGC who handled the production of the track, and aims to pay respect to the city that’s been holding him down, Scarborough, Ontario.
As his first official release since his 2013 debut LP “L.O.R.D.S.“, Jimmy B is coming back strong after a lengthy hiatus that had him performing throughout Canada alongside impressive acts such as: Ab-Soul, Flatbush ZOMBiES, Mac Miller, The Smoker’s Club Tour, and Post Malone.
The visual begins with some shots of Jimmy and his crew while the production, courtesy of RGC starts to gear up. Jimmy jumps in with a catchy chorus capturing the curiosity of listeners after getting a taste of what’s to come, before prepping for his first verse. Once the verse starts you can immediately hear the confidence in his rhymes, and he backs it up throughout the track by switching up his flow multiple times without missing a beat. The hook demonstrates his love for his hometown, which falls into place with the aerial shots of the ‘Borough that can be seen throughout the video. Jimmy’s second verse is filled with some skilled bars that leave his competition in the dust, before the track closes out with some outro vocals from Izhe Da Kid. The end of the visual shows Jimmy chilling with his crew and just messing around, something I appreciate in videos such as these, as it shows the artist having fun with it, as they should be.
“Scarborough” is a great track that actually has made my neck a little sore from all the head bobbing I’ve been doing while writing this feature, and I’m definitely a little disappointed I missed out on his performance this past week in Toronto with Post Malone among others, though you can bet I won’t be sleeping the next time Jimmy comes around (cough June 13th). With his forthcoming EP “Prince of the ‘Borough: Ch. 1 – The BRiCKZ” slated for a June 2015 release, I can’t wait to hear what Jimmy B has up his sleeve for the next little while.
The multi-talented artist Locksmith hits us with a new visual from his upcoming album “Lofty Goals“, entitled “For Now“. Locksmith speaks directly from the heart on this one and tackles much of the internal issues that people (himself included) feel on a daily basis. Featuring Rebecca Nobel, with production from Locksmith, Mike Blankenship & Mike TopNotch, and additional guitar by John Cave, “For You” has enlisted an army of talented individuals to come together and make something really next level.
Lockmsith, hailing from Richmond, California is a West Coast artist & producer who first found fame in the underground hip-hop scene via MTV’s MC Freestyle Championship in 2003. He is also one half of the hip-hop group The Frontline, consisting of himself, as well as anther Richmond born artist Left, whom garnered a regional buzz filled with commercial radio play. He began his solo career in 2011, and since then started to draw in a large fan base, as well as touring with some of the rap game’s most respected artists such as: R.A. the Rugged Man, Vinne Paz of Jedi Mindtricks, Joe Budden, as well as Murs. In terms of production, he’s rapped over beats from legendary producers such as Ski Beatz, and 9th Wonder, and has been featured on Sway In the Morning, and countless other blogs/radio shows. Lock also used to take part in battle rap on GrindTimeNow and even tackled some of the scene’s biggest names currently such as Dizaster, and Daylyt, though has since retired from the battling.
The visuals for “For Now” directed by Brian Storm as well as Lock, begins with a clip from MTV’s MC Freestyle Championship that Lock was apart of, a moment that means the world to him. So much so that the cover for his upcoming album “Lofty Goals” is straight from that day, and displays himself wearing his “Locksmith” name tag, truly an unforgettable moment for him to say the least. After the clip, the listener is treated to an intro with a piano inspired beat beneath some smooth vocals from Lock that set the tone for the rest of the track. Immediately when Lock jumps in with his first verse, his lyrical content is the first thing you notice while he tackles some deep issues and problems that are unfortunately all too common in a world such as ours. Throughout the track you can really feel the emotions behind Locksmith’s words, his passion bleeds through his art, and its refreshing to say the least. Our scene has been lacking artists that aren’t afraid to push boundaries and say what they really feel, and Lock has made it clear that he’s not like the rest. The production matches the emotionally charged lyrics perfectly, while the last thing that brings the package together is the visuals. Throughout the video, clips throughout Lock’s entire career are brought up, letting you connect with the artists story, and lyrics just that much more, and enabling you to envision what he’s had to go through to get where he’s at.
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“Concepteur Etoiles is essentially my tunnel vision perspective on life. I have never allowed any obstacles to obstruct the path to my dreams, no matter the size or significance. I am still here. I am still going. No matter how dark, I always manage to find the light. AuRA.” ~`
SeT just released a new video for his single, Concepteur Etoiles, which appeared on his debut LP, AuRA. The record is produced by fellow SmashMouth artist Tay Lewis and the visuals were directed by Kostadin Kolev. “Concepteur Etolies” finds SeT spitting some fierce, audio distorted bars on the block over a lucid instrumental that has just the right amount of knock. Pulled from a project full of bangers, SeT selected one of our favorite cuts for his latest presentation. AuRA was released June 2014 to great reception, and this latest release marks the end of the AuRA campaign. SeT is currently recording a collaborative EP with his younger brother, Tray. Be sure to check out this last installment from the AuRA era, and be on the look out for new music coming soon!