I can’t believe the news that Sean Price has passed away this morning, he was only 43 years old. According to reports from his family and friends, he died this morning in his sleep at his home in Brooklyn, NY. We don’t know cause of death at this time. I had the pleasure to interview in 2011 and again in 2013 for TCUS 6 Year Anniversary. He was an amazing personality, emcee and his contributions of our culture with Heltah Skeltah and Boot Camp Clik will forever be remembered. I’d like to send my sincerest condolences to Duck Down and his family. I’d like you to comment on this post and tell me what Sean Price music meant to you.
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.
Mac is back. After the release of his positively received “Faces” EP in 2014, Mac graces us with the first drop from his newly announced “GO:OD AM” album, that is slated for a September 18th release. Under the name of “100 Grandkids” Mac incorporates some jazz elements with some funky additions in classic Mac Miller fashion.
“I put the hero in heroin” - Mac Miller – 100 Grandkids
The track itself is a welcomed addition to Mac’s ever expansive library, and starts off with some vintage sounds, something reminiscent of an old-school game show. Before long the beat jumps right in allowing Mac’s lyrical prowess to trample all over the beat, produced by the legendary Sha Money XL. With some hints of Bad Boy in the hook, Mac is at the top of his game for the lead single from his long awaited third album. As far as the visuals go, immediately you’ll notice the viewer is a part of the crowd, watching an odd live performance by Mac himself and a crowd of live performers. Mac’s creativity and imagination has never been lacking, creating an entertaining viewing experience for anyone who has the pleasure of watching this visual. Classic Mac.
Mac’s third album “GO:OD AM.” is slated for a September 18th release, and the world is sitting eagerly for the follow up to the impressive “Watching Movies With The Sound Off“. If you’re up to pre-order this album, head over to HaveAGoodAM, and if you’re really feeling it, you can pre-order his breakfast special, which includes: a breakfast special edition CD, the “GO:OD” AM digital album, “100 Grandkids” digital single, one serving of “GO:OD AM” cereal, a plastic cereal bowl, and a surprise item. I know what I’m ordering.
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.