It’s not surprising that John River is in the mood to celebrate these days — everything seems to be going his way. Just days after walking the red carpet at the MMVAs (where his “Hope City II” was nominated for Best Hip-Hop Video), and mere months after being invited to speak as a TEDx guest, the Mississauga emcee is back with a party anthem timed perfectly for the start of summer. “Get Down” is totally uninhibited and unapologetically enthusiastic, and as much as it’s John River’s party, it’s also a celebration of Mississauga and his hometown friends — it’s no coincidence that he wears Brampton native Tyler Ennis’ Milwaukee Bucks jersey in the video. Things are looking up for John River these days. It’ll be fun to see where things go from here.
In preparation for his upcoming album Lofty Goals, Locksmith takes a moment to tell his listeners how his track “10KONDRMS” came to be. Lock, the talented artist haling from Richmond, California isn’t scared to speak his mind, and talk about the issues and problems in our every day lives. His album Lofty Goals, which is dropping on June 30th, is gearing up to be quite a big release, you are not gonna want to miss what Lock has up his sleeve, that’s for sure.
“10KONDRMS” was produced by Marz Boy Genius, a 16 year old producer from Queens, NY, Locksmith himself, & frequent collaborator Mike Blankenship. If you haven’t had the chance to check out “10KONDRMS”, click here, though you might want to bring some oven mitts, because this is one hot track. If you’re feeling something a little calmer, but still top notch, Lock’s track “For Now“, which will also be on his album will be sure to help you out there.
Madchild, the Canadian great sits down and recalls some of the more crazy memories from his past. With an upcoming solo project on the way, titled Silver Tongue Devil, Madchild reflects on his history in this brief sit-down with the Canadian rap veteran. From drinking at shows and experimenting with drugs, to his first experience with the powerful Oxycotin, Madchild recalls the realization he had when the vicious pharmaceutical dug its claws into him.
The cover art for “Silver Tongue Devil” was painted by the legendary street artist L’Amour Supreme, and if you are looking to pre-order the record, check it out on iTunes, or www.Bit.ly/BattleaxeOfficial with a limited edition t-shirt from Mishka NYC.
The homie Donnie Benz is heating up with this latest video, “Bank Roll.” Just as beach season approaches, Donnie and his crew show us how they get down in this Pablo Vasquez directed summertime short. The video starts off with Donnie twisting up as he and his crew take in the sights from a resort balcony. Poolside with some PYT’s and smoke, The F.A.M head honcho doesn’t hesitate to show us that his years of grinding have paid off, giving him that “Bank Roll” status that everyone aspires for. What I really dig about Donnie Benz’s style is that he can put together these Puffy Daddy-esque bars about money and women right next to comedic Sponge Bob punchlines and have the delivery come off flawless. Check out the homies catalog, Donnie Benz is one of the most entertaining emcess in the game right now. If you’re looking for that turn up music this summer, make sure you cue Mr. Benz into your play list. Check out,”Bank Roll,” and show some love in the comment section below.
Locksmith, the awe inspiring artist who’s not afraid to speak his mind is back with a red hot banger entitled “10KONDRMS” from his upcoming album “Lofty Goals” which is slated for a June 3oth release. Locksmith delivers some hot fast paced bars with a message over some powerful production. “10KONDRMS” was produced by Marz Boy Genius, a 16 year old producer from Queens, NY, Locksmith himself, & frequent collaborator Mike Blankenship.
The track starts off with a steady production allowing Lock to jump in effortlessly. The moment Lock starts his verse the energy of the track hits the roof with Lock wasting no time bringing to the table his raw lyrics, and straight from the heart message. While Lock is going in the production takes a turn and transforms into an extremely powerful beat that comes with some intense energy before disappearing for a few seconds, and coming right back in alignment with Lock’s lyrics, a great way to stress the power behind the track. Lock is able to switch up the flow quite a few times on “10KONDRMS”, all while the production is manipulated around his rhymes. The outro focuses on the crazy production, with a skit playing until the screen goes black. The visual, directed by Lock, and Brian Storm, with additional footage by Zain Ishmal displays Lock from various angles and settings while he lays it down with his unbelievable bars.
“If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith”
– Albert Einstein
Lock’s rapid fire lyrics with a real conscious message here are some of the hottest bars I’ve heard in quite a long time. His last release “For Now” in comparison to “10KONDRMS” demonstrates Lock’s versatility, being able to handle both styles of tracks without hesitation, and with a sense of polish. “Lofty Goals” is sure to be a huge release on June 30th, but what do you think? Let us know in the comments.
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