[Video] Young Stunna ft. Casper – “Hurt” (Dir: Tyler O’Brien)


This is one song that probably makes me the most emotional, though it’s good that these two were able to get this off their chest. I think it’s one song that will resonate with a lot of people that have gone through a similar experience.

London, Ontario artist Young Stunna teamed up with Casper a while back to create “Hurt”, an emotional song where both of them speak on losing someone very close to them in their lives. Both of them being such inspirational artist’s, it was good to see them come together for this one. I think what came of them linking up created a timeless song and helped them relieve a bit of stress getting these feelings out. I don’t want to touch on it too much, though this is definitely one that people should appreciate, there isn’t a ton of music out there that can draw emotion out of the listener like this one. Watch the video for “Hurt” by Young Stunna featuring Casper below and let them know your thoughts below.

[Album] Slur – “Writing Home About Nothing”

Slur - Writing Home About Nothing

After getting put on to this one a little bit late after having a brief conversation with Toronto recording artist Slur, the only thought that comes to mind is “how did I miss this one?”. I’m glad it was brought to my attention though, because I relate to this EP way too much!

Last year, Slur (whom you may have heard on T.Y.’s 500 Autumn Nights: Side B) released a new EP called Writing Home About Nothing, an amazing compilation of seven songs which Slur put together perfectly. Speaking on things he wants to change, his opinion on certain topics while on others you find him just having fun. It’s hard to pin point a favorite song on Writing Home About Nothing because as you listen through from start to finish, each track is as unique as the last one. With a ton of Canadian artist’s on their independent grind, it’s almost impossible to not support good music such as this EP. I can’t wait to see what Slur brings to the table this year, and after hearing Writing Home About Nothing, you’ll feel the same way. Stream the whole project below and be sure to purchase the project if you’re feeling it. Let me know what you think below!

Purchase: Slur – Writing Home About Nothing

[Video] SmashMouth Entertainment Presents: Yxung Toronto Lxrds Cipher


Last month on January 18th, SmashMouth Entertainment held a cipher at the Get Fresh Company, featuring 10 of Toronto’s best artist’s that were born in the 90′s. The Yxung Toronto Lxrds Cipher features artist’s like DillanPonders, Jimmy B, SeT, Terrell Morris, Raheem, Devontee, Tray, Allan Rayman, Rob GF and X.Zavier. If you’re a frequent visitor to The Come Up Show, you’ve probably heard of all of these artist’s. With the art of the cipher misinterpreted sometimes, it’s good to see some live footage of local Canadian artist’s holding it down. I think Papoose and Styles P said it best in their BET cipher from a while back, “Before there was radio, before there was [music] videos, before all the magazines; point the camera’s down. This is what it was, the cipher. Three hundred and sixty degree’s, the cipher”. Which is exactly what the Yxung Toronto Lxrds cipher represented, bringing it back to the essence of hip hop and just having fun rhyming. Hosted by Roshin of Notes to Self, with music provided by The Bass6 and production by M Mac and BATMANONTHEBEATZ, everyone came together to create an enjoyable experience. With Toronto’s hip hop scene on the rise more so than ever, we definitely need more events like this for artist’s to get together. Check out this fourty seven minute cipher presented by SmashMouth Entertainment and let me know who your favorite emcee was in the comment section below.

[Audio] Kensaye ft. Cage Lu & Artcha – “Carrot & Baton”

Kensaye Carrot & Baton

In my best attempts to pull off sounding English, this track is bloody great.

Kensaye, a French producer based in London, England, gives us his third single off his new project, Back To School, which features MC’s from around the world. This track in particular features the MC’s Cage Lu and Artcha, and in trying something a little different, Kensaye features himself on the mic as well. Everything about this track is beautifully unconventional, carefully crafted, and impressively influential. There’s a blend of different instruments, raspy french, crazy tight wordplay, and an enchanted feel to the track that all combine to make it one thing: magical. Kensaye brings us the new hybrid genre of Hip-Hop that is unashamedly untraditional and absolutely mind-blowing. Witness the unconventional for yourself below.

[Contest] Win tickets to see Isaiah Rashad & Tre Mission live in concert February 27th (Toronto)


The Come Up Show is giving away one pair of tickets to see Isaiah Rashad and Tre Mission live in concert on February 27th at Tattoo in Toronto! The contest starts today (Monday, February 17th) at 11:00AM ET and ends Monday, February 24th at 2:00PM ET. The contest is set up below, you can enter daily until the contest is over on Monday, February 24th at 2:00PM ET. The options are to follow us on our social media and to promote it. The higher the entries, the more that tells us how bad you really want to win the tickets! Since they are a pair of tickets, you can also get your friends to enter the contest to increase your chances of winning! The winner will be contacted by email. Good Luck!

*Please note that entrants must be 19+ years of age.

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[Audio] Buddy Lofton – “Love Potion” (Prod: CUSCINO)

Buddy Lofton Love Potion

From Queens, New York, Buddy Lofton has released a cool new track titled, “Love Potion”, produced by CUSCINO. “Love Potion” mixes Hip-Hop and Rap with Electronic beats, tied in with an East Coast feel. The track is about dreaming up a way to find some kind of “love potion” that makes a person more loyal and trustworthy. Lofton makes it clear that it’s difficult to trust anyone anymore: “Watch how you talk/Watch who you trust/Watch who you love/Man, all this watching got me thinking when my time is up/Watch where you’re going/What how you leave, they’ll leave you open/Man, all this looking got me searching for a love potion”. Real wise words, and the truth. Buddy’s last release was the full-length project, Under The Influence.

[Video] LoKei – “Black Bottles” (Dir: Alvin Elmore)

LoKei- Black Bottles

LoKei has has brought us an awesome visual to her track “Black Bottles”. Actually, this video is exactly what I imagined for the track, but even better considering the video editing and camera shots. Known as “Hip-Hop’s Sweetheart”, LoKei really lets us know that she’s the Queen of the scene, and owns the entire video. As the track is about black bottles, the video is shot in a happening club with strobe lights and bold colours. There’s also some added choreography and a few female stripers that remind me of a Nicki Minaj video, except way more fun and relatable. That ability to relate is what I find admirable about LoKei; she keeps it down-to-earth even though she is a professional artist. LoKei really has a dynamic presence that comes through in her voice, as well as this video. Take a look for yourself and tell me what you think.

[Mixtape] Curren$y – “The Drive In Theatre”


Curren$y has partnered with BitTorrent once again, as he hits the big screen with his latest project, “The Drive In Theatre.” Fans can also download the BitTorrent Bundle, which includes 15 new tracks, handwritten lyric sheets, art, stencils, apparel discounts, and the Cruise Life video. The 15-track project features Action Bronson, Freddie Gibbs, Le$, B-Real and Jet Life members, Young Roddy, Smoke Dza, Fiend, Cornerboy P, Mary Gold and Trademark. Production on the mixtape comes from Thelonious Martin, Cookin’ Soul, Cardo and more. Tune your car stereo to AM or FM radio and stream/download The Drive In Theatre after the jump.


[Mixtape] G Man Jones – “A Day Or Three”

G Man Jones - A Day Or Three

Kitchener-Waterloo’s G Man Jones just dropped his latest offering, the 10-track A Day Or Three mixtape. The beat selection on here is pretty on point throughout, and Jones has responded by crafting some special tracks on this one.

A couple early favourites are “Give It Up For,” “Reunion,” and “Rock The Mic.” “Give It Up For” is an electric, party-ready anthem. “Reunion” is a heartfelt look back at the past, equally nostalgic about the good times and regretful about how things have changed. “Not To Dream” is pretty cool, too: Jones delivers a poignant spoken word piece over a somber guitar lick, one of the more compelling beats off the mixtape. The mixtape closes with a banger in “Rock The Mic,” easily the most headbang-inducing track of all — something Jones has showed his skill for in the past with “Watch The Funk.”

There’s still room for growth in Jones’ delivery and songwriting, but what’s encouraging is that he’s consistently improved from project to project, and when he does strike gold, it makes for some pretty good music. Stream A Day or Three below and download it here.

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