[Event] Soulection: Esta, Jay Prince, Lakim & Joe Kay May 28 @ Tattoo

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Hennessy Artistry brings the industry’s most eclectic artists to venues across the world. For the Toronto edition, the series will be featuring LA’s diversified Soulection label to Tattoo Queen West. The night features producers ESTA & Lakim, DJ Joe Kay, and Rapper, Jay Prince. Toronto R&B group, Wilde and the Bevstmode collective will also be in attendance. It will definitely be a dope concert and party to attend!

[Audio] A La $ole Ft. Domo Genesis – “Where I’m From” [Prod: Jordan Granados]

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Riding off the worldwide success of Pro Era’s Captain Joey Bada$$, the Brooklyn crew has released an array of quality singles to follow up his debut album and its not stopping anytime soon. The newest release from the stacked roster is an A La $ole collaboration with Domo Genesis (a member an equally talented crew, Odd Future) in an east meets west tribute to their coastal cities.

Never straying from an underground vibe, A La $ole and Domo Genesis rap with a street conscious and display  their surprising  organic chemistry on “Where I’m From”. Produced by New York’s Jordan Granados, the instrumental combines New York’s boom bap and elements of West Coast hip hop to create a breezy and intellectual composition. With the music conveying a strong message of unity and equality, A La $ole goes further to say “I want you guys to see and understand where Doms & I come from. Even though I’m in Brooklyn and Domo is from Cali, we have many similarities being the artists we are and the situations we’ve been through.”

Since the 90’s it has not been common to see artists overlook the infamous rivalry between the east coast hip hop and west coast hip hop. The honourable demonstration by A La $ole and Domo Genesis proves the immeasurable potential of possible collaborations that could have been and can still happen.
Any west coast or east collaborations you’d be interested to hear? Feel free to comment in the section below

[Event] The Academy Presents: The Hustle Ed 5 ft. Wilde w/ Los Poetas & Phoenix Pagliacci May 21 @ The Piston

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Last month‘s edition of The Hustle brought you Soulection and AGO’s Waldo, and Toronto’s own Crossword. The monthly event, presented by The Academy is now back for May and features some more local talent! Toronto’s newest alternative R&B band Wilde will be headlining, along with Los Poetas and Phoenix Pagliacci.

What: The Academy Presents: The Hustle Edition 5 ft. Wilde w/ Los Poetas & Phoenix Pagliacci
Where: The Piston | 937 Bloor Street West
When: Thursday, May 21st, 2015 | Doors open @ 9:00 pm
Admission: 19+ | $10 advance tickets via Eventbrite or $15 at the door

[Video] SeT – “Concepteur Etoiles” (Dir. Kostadin Kolev)

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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!

[Audio] Drake- “Trophies” (Brasstracks Cover)

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The art of live instrumentation is one seen not too often in today’s hip-hop, though the artists that take advantage of it deserve all the respect in the world. Enter Brasstracks, a production duo straight out of Brooklyn, New York who have been taking their signature sound to the next level. Consisting of two members: Ivan Jackson, who handles the production and unbelievable trumpet skills, and Conor Rayne who tackles the drums, and produces as well. Taking a swing at Drake‘s hit “Trophies“, Brasstracks attempts to capture the hearts of listeners by transforming the tune into a very impressive live rendition of the production.

As far as the track goes, it just screams victory. This is the type of tune I’d like to hear if (when) I become president of the United States. The introduction to the track begins with a little bit of piano, before placing focus on the trumpet, which will serve as the basis of the cover. Before long, the bass drops, and the powerful drums make their mark, while the trumpet takes center stage. Once the track drops, the energy is undeniable. The listener can easily take in the level of talent and skill it requires to make a cover such as this, a feat that only a handful of musicians can actually claim as their own. Brasstracks ensures not to limit themselves in terms of instruments in the cover, as it sounds like an entire orchestra of musicians came together to make this masterpiece.

Brasstracks has been releasing tunes sporadically throughout the last little while, with one of their big releases being “Four Five Seconds” with the multi-talented artist known as Lido. There’s just something about live instrumentation that speaks to me. I love digital production as much as the next guy, but instrumentation such as what Brasstracks has thrown down with this one is simply next level. My level of respect for these musicians is through the roof. How do you feel about live instrumentation? Let us know in the comments section.

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