[Video] Bane- “Cocaine Art Gallery” (Dir. Jay Willz)

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Brampton emcee Bane returns with his latest single entitled “Cocaine Art Gallery.” The Jay Willz directed short finds the homie Bane reminiscing over his street accolades while admiring all white canvases in an empty art gallery. Bane sets the scene for “Cocaine Art Gallery” by pulling some choice lines from from Denzil Washington’s portrayal of Frank Lucas in the blockbuster smash,American Gangster. Frank states that there are only two type of people in this world; Somebodies and Nobodies. Bane sheds some light on what it takes become the man in the streets, and how to leave a legacy for your grind. Bane is currently prepping his sophomore project, following the success of his debut EP, Swim. The new tape titled, Paranoia, will take listeners behind ‘the mask’ and reveal the world as Bane sees it. Be sure to check this Banes latest, and keep it locked for developments on Paranoia.

[Audio] Belly Ft. The Weeknd – “Might Not”

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Ahmad Balshe also known as Belly, is a veteran hip hop artist known for winning major awards in Canadian music and writing platinum and gold records for other artists. An important influence in developing a Canadian hip hop scene, Belly has now successfully remerged through The Weeknd’s crew XO.

“Might Not” starts with The Weeknd expressing his frantic lifestyle, current relationships, and how he copes with it all. With a fuzzy tone on the lead synths and the underlying 808s, the minimalistic lo-fi production provides a soundtrack to help envision their lyrics that describe the excessive life of a hip hop artist. At nearly 1:40, Belly arrives and delivers a compelling verse with quality lyrics and a laid back flow that still retains his confidence.

After a five year hiatus, Belly has successfully reinvented himself and has perhaps found a sound and product that is truly genuine to his artistry. “Might Not” is a track off of his new mixtape Up For Days that is now available for streaming on Soundcloud.

[Audio] Akon- Right Now (Figgy Remix)

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Remember Akon‘s 2009 hit “Right Now (Na Na Na)”? It’s hard to believe it’s been 6 years since this track was released, but here we are in 2015 bringing it up again, why you ask? Well because New York City based producer Figgy just released a remix of it, and it’s not one you want to miss. Figgy works to combine his favorite elements from house, R&B, and disco while bringing the soul to the dance floor. With countless original productions and remixes for him to call his own, as well as having released three EP’s, Figgy is no stranger to the industry. Boasting support from Earmilk, Gotta Dance Dirty, & The Fader among others, Figgy has also had his tracks make it into top lists such as Beatport’s Top 10 House Charts.

Right off the bat, you’ll notice that Figgy’s version is much slower than Akon’s original. Seeing how the original is a quicker club themed song, Figgy took an interesting direction with this remix, and it paid off. Utilizing a few prominent parts from the original production allows Figgy to make strong changes to the vocals, and the rest of the production without losing the connection to the original. The slower vocals do a great job at making the lyrics more meaningful and heartfelt, which are actually quite emotionally charged when you sit back and really take them in. Figgy emphasized this in his remix, and it transforms the track into an ex anthem, one that could make even the best of us crack open a beer. The track fades out with Akon stating “I miss you much” a couple times in a row, a perfect fitting for this memory inducing remix.

Figgy has been tackling a fair amount of popular hip-hop songs lately, dropping a remix of Nicki Minaj‘s “Truffle Butter featuring Drake just this past month. Figgy doesn’t currently have any tour dates for Toronto, but I say we get him here as soon as possible. What do you think of his remix? Think it’s better than the original? Let us know in the comments.

[Audio] Tory Lanez ft. Rory Trustory- “Ric Flair” (Prod. Lavish, Play Picasso, & Tory Lanez)

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Tory Lanez hits us with a fresh new release as part of Fargo Fridays in the form of “Ric Flair“. This track is presented through One Umbrella, and offers a feature in the form of Rory Trustory, one of Tory’s new teammates. With production from the hands of Lavish, Play Picasso, and Tory himself, you can rest easy knowing that the production is in good hands.

The track starts off with a clip introducing the semi-retired professional wrestler Ric Flair. The clip also does a good job setting the tone for the rest of the track, with its seamless transition into the beat. Tory jumps into it with a signature R&B infused sound that he’s been sticking to recently, and proves that he’s still one of the only dudes in the game that can pull it off with a polished sound (though not the only one). Tory plays around with his flow quite a few times in this track, and as one who likes to prove his versatility, he shows the listener that he has no problem switching it up. Before long, Tory hits us with the powerful hook where he states “the bitches love me on my Ric Flair”, which is sure to be the favorite line for those whom like to sing along. Rory Trustory has a very brief appearance in this song, though holds himself well spitting a couple lines during the interlude. Following, Tory jumps back in for one of the rawest verses I’ve heard from him since his “Ignant Shit” mixtape back in 2012. Tory sets his new style to the side for this verse, and kills it the same way he used to murder beats when he was first coming out. These two styles are undoubedly welcome, though it’s nice to hear Tory use both of them on the same track.

Well there you have it, Tory’s new Fargo release is a big one showing his versatility, and talent all in one package. Which verse were you feeling more than the other? Let us know in the comments section. If you’re itching for some more Tory, check out his track with the electronic duo “Snakehips“, and don’t miss Tory’s performance in Toronto this summer at the annual Time Festival.

[Review] Jazz Cartier w/ Lucki Eck$ May 7 @ The Garrison

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Thursday night, 300 lucky fans saw the making of a legend inside The Garrison. May 7th was Toronto rapper, Jazz Cartier’s first ever headlining show. Fresh off the release of his debut project, Marauding in Paradise, there was massive hype surrounding his appearance. With that being said, the highly anticipated show quickly sold out. Fans scrambled to get last-minute tickets, alas some were rejected entry at the door. Although the hype was at an all-time high, those in attendance were in for a pleasant surprise. The show was by far the most epic rap show of Canadian Music Week!

Hit the jump to see why, and view the photoset from the event.

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