[Interview] Big Sean talks OVO Fest and Overcoming Fear

Big Sean Interview 2015

I’m proud to present our second interview with the homie Big Sean! The first interview was four years ago in Toronto and this time around we caught up with him in London during his Canadian Tour. Big Sean speaks on the times he was full of fear and impatience coming up as an artist and why he feels the journey is just as important as the prize. Big Sean also shared his excitement of performing at this years OVO Fest and how he measures success. The interview ended off with a question if Big Sean had $100 million would he still be hungry as an artist? What do you think? Would you?

Check out the full breakdown of the interview PLUS the podcast version after the jump!

[Audio] Skrilla Ghad feat. Dre Barrs- “Mod Ting” (Prod. Skrilla Ghad)


Skrilla Ghad is an upcoming Toronto artist from the infamous neighborhood of Jane & Finch. Representing the “ROS” (Remember Our Struggle) movement, Skrilla is looking to make his name known around the 6, and world wide. Skrilla Ghad recently rocked a set at “Northside Behavior,” where he showcased some records of his debut mixtape Ghadzilla. In his set list, SG performed his latest single, “Mod Ting” which features Toronto’s own Dre Barrs. Be sure to check this latest track out, and share your thoughts below.

[Audio] Snakehips & Tory Lanez- “Dímelo” (Prod: Snakehips)

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The Toronto native Tory Lanez hits us with an unlikely collaboration with the U.K. producer duo Snakehips. This effort is brought to us from “Yours Truly” and “Adidas Originals” recent venture entitled “Songs from Scratch”, an original series that documents & delivers new songs from artists whom drip with passion. Some other noteworthy collabs from “Songs from Scratch” would be: Chance the Rapper X Nosaj Thing, Joey Bada$$ X Chuck Strangers, & Danny Brown X AraabMuzik.

As the track begins, you immediately hear a loop from Snakehips duo James & Ollie in the form of a violin riff, before they bring in a new dimension in the form of drums and a dose of lively bass. Before long, your ears are graced with Tory Lanez’ signature sound, slick R&B infused hip-hop, before he transitions to a smooth & elegant chorus. As far as the message goes, “Dímelo” strives to be a success driven track, as an ode to out performing the competition, and basking in the benefits that come with it.

Hear more about Tory, & Snakehips after the jump.

[Album] Spek Won – “Sofa King Amazing”


If there was ever a categorization of the most underrated Toronto artists Spek Won is definitely on that list. Having quite the busy year touring around the world, the Rexdale MC finds the time to release his full length debut album Sofa King Amazing. With a highly eclectic sound, Spek Won assembles some of the most interesting Toronto producers (Clairmont the Second, Lordquest, Cola of WIFETAKERS, and Silent Jay) to help construct his musical concepts. The broad sound originates from Spek Won’s concept of dividing the album into two segments, Hawk Side and Fox Side. Marty McFligh is the alter ego during the Hawk Side segment. A sentimental perspective that reveals Marty going back to his roots and reflecting on how far he’s traveled. The lo-fi Jazz, acoustic, and Neo-Classical production seamlessly blends together as if it has been a popular genre for decades. The rain day, care free, and feel good flows compliment the instrumentals for tracks to really vibe out to and enjoy.

On the contrast, Fox Side has The modern approach still incorporates the same properties as Jazz and the Blues, but are replaced by dense synths and light airy high hats that develop into a electronic and atmospheric R&B hybrid. Fox Howard the alter ego on the Fox Side, has Spek Won evoking more of an aggressive, confident, and extroverted personality; A mechanism that may have been established to assist him while trying to survive in such a competitive industry. The two sides reveal an introspective viewpoint of Spek Won’s Past and Future; the nostalgic rise and the readiness for the upcoming obstacles.

Have your own thoughts own thoughts on what the two sides are really about? Feel free to comment in the section below.

[Event] Jazz Cartier + Lucki Eck$ + GOSH PITH May 7th @ The Garrison

jazz-cartier-grips-the-microphonePhoto by Daly Tidy from Red Bull Sound Select.

The hype around Toronto rapper Jazz Cartier is growing fast. After Billboard exclusively dropped his hot new track “No Religion” off his new mixtape, this is one show you don’t want to miss. For only $15, come see him while you can still afford it!

What: Jazz Cartier with Lucki Eck$ and GOSH PITH

Where: The Garrison — 1197 Dundas St. W, Toronto

When: Thursday, May 7, 2015 – doors open at 9pm.

Admission: 15$. Online at CMW and RSVP on Facebook.

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