Coming off the success of 2013’s S.L.A.V.E. EP, Toronto-based hip-hop artist KAYO is back with a banging four track EP titled, NOWHERE. This latest effort finds a KAYO who has cemented his sound and has developed into one of the top emcees out of the six that all the hip hop heads need to keep an eye on. Inspired by the sounds of his homeland, St. Lucia, as well as legendary rappers such as 2pac, Wyclef Jean and Jay-Z, the young rapper has created a post hiphop/dance hall sound that stands out on its own and is uniquely, KAYO. The NOWHERE EP starts off with,”Same Page,” the classic rags to riches story that sums up KAYO’s rise to the top and all the hardships that come with the territory. KAYO keeps the tempo rising with the projects lead single, ” Nagato,” a synth heavy island jam that finds KAYO hooking up with Canadian legend Kardinal Offishall. Kayo ends this project with, “Bakara” and “Talk,” two tracks which went viral for the young emcee and leaves listeners feening for more content to bump. KAYO undoubtedly leaves a lasting impression with the NOWHERE EP. This latest release is going to shake up the game, and prove that Kayo should rightfully be considered one of the next emerging voice in Toronto’s busy hip-hop scene. Be sure to check this project out and witness a six god in the making.

[Gallery] Cannibal Ox – Blade of the Ronin Tour Sept 17th @ Tattoo Queen West

Cannibal Ox @ Tattoo Queen West 2015

Cannibal Ox brought their “Blade of the Ronin” Tour to Tattoo Queen West on September 17th in Toronto. The New York-based hip hop group were delayed crossing the Canadian border so doors were pushed back an hour. When Cannibal Ox finally arrived, they got straight to business. Their manager (and longtime collaborator) Double A.B. opened up with quick set before bringing out Vast Aire and Vordul Mega of Cannibal Ox. The duo performed tracks from their first album The Cold Vein (entirely produced by El-P of Company Flow and Run the Jewels) before transitioning into tracks from their new album Blade of the Ronin. Vast and Vordul brought a lot of energy to Tattoo, effortlessly flowing over the futuristic beats they are best known for.

Check out the full gallery from the night after the jump.

[Audio] Manifesto presents One City Mixtape


This year Manifesto will be celebrating the ninth annual Festival of Community and Culture. With Toronto having a resurgence in the arts community, we (Chedo + Matt) have chosen a new theme of selecting only GTA based artists.

To kick off the festival you can see Mississauga’s own Keita Juma perform at the Hoxton. Then on the 18th, Manifesto is hosting the first annual Future Sounds event held at Regent Parks Daniel Spectrum. Highlighting the best and most innovative R&B/Electronic artists, Future Sounds will feature City Fidelia, Clairmont the Second, Spek Won, a l l i e, and the headliner of the night Adria Kain.

Following the Friday, you can catch our main day at Yonge and Dundas, which will include ten hours of live music. Focusing on the Hip Hop genre, live at Dundas square will host an array of talent new artists such as Crossword, Savannah Ré, Ramsay Almighty, Noyz and Fateh, OSIYM, Jai Nitai Lotus, The Posterz, Wasiu, Layla Hendrix, Kayo, Junia T, Tassnata, Kemi, John River, Derin Falana, Yours Truly T.Y, The Airplane Boys, Pluto, and our headliner Grammy Award winning Melanie Fiona.

If you’re not already familiar with these artists and are interested in hearing what they are all about, Manifesto and Complex Canada have teamed up to help you get acquainted with a festival playlist that highlights their best and most recent work.

[Event] 9th Annual Manifesto Festival Sept 16-20

Founded in 2007, Manifesto is an annual arts and culture festival serving to foster the local music industry, and designed to inspire and help youth develop their creative minds. The 9th annual Manifesto occurs from September 16th to 20th this year, and features a variety of local as well as international acts that you won’t want to miss. Goldlink, Melanie Fiona, Clairmont The Second are some of which are performing. See the list of events for the week after the jump.

[Gallery] Bone Thugs N’ Harmony Sept 12th @ The Danforth Music Hall

Bone Thugs N Harmony @ Danforth Music Hall 2015

Bone Thugs N’ Harmony performed a legendary show on September 12th at The Danforth Music Hall. They performed their classic album, E. 1999 Eternal for the first time in Canada. View the gallery from the night after the jump, or on our Flickr. Photography by Drew Yorke-Slader for The Come Up Show.

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