Canadian Hip-Hop has been constantly shocking the international culture since it’s involvement. Now, another example has arrived from Toronto as M.O. Littles new single, “What I Live For”. The song was released off his latest project, “Welcome To The Shot Club”. The title “What I Live For” brings out a couple notable features to cosign, which both Aspects and Sicknature (SnowGoons) are qualified to do. Combined, the three represent a wealth of knowledge in manoeuvring the business world of hip-hop both locally, and internationally.
Remember when this joint dropped last year? “Born In Toronto”. A monumental moment. The pioneer of Canadian hip-hop and one of this generations favorites link up to talk about their city. Toronto. There’s a certain feeling you get when you enter the city, being from London I know that feeling well. The diversity, the aura the city gives off, the skyline; you can’t go one day in Toronto without seeing something new and innovative. I once talked with a homie from the city about it, and he said “when New York hit their hundredth year, that’s when they really starting shaping what it was as a city. Toronto is on it’s hundredth year, imagine how much we can change an inspire moving forward. The city is filled with life and everyday people are pushing their potential to it’s limits. I can’t wait to see where the city is in another twenty years”. So true. Going back and forth, Maestro and Rich Kidd let you know about Toronto. All eyes are on Toronto musically and both of them said it best, “in the 80’s outsiders used to sleep on Toronto, now they all want heat from Toronto/ now they all want beats from Toronto, but they can’t get em’ cheap from Toronto”.
Flex’s SALEM EP re-release is around the corner, and dropping the first single off it – Flex links with with frequent collaborator Emerson Brooks and label-mate M Mac for “Stick Up Kids”. Giving it your all is a must, especially with how short life is. Why settle doing what you don’t like? When you can be everything you wanted to be and more. Knowing how to not to succumb to the negativity that can surround it is key. Over an ambient backdrop, Flex lets you know how he’s about to take it all.
Let me get you prepared for this. Linking up with Locksmith and Hopsin for “Killing My Soul” off Slow Motion, Jarren Benton unleashes some powerful visuals as each weighs the cons of this industry. You already know each emcee brings it one hundred and ten percent, so there’s nothing but bars on this one. Being real to who you are with artistry is a must. I don’t like to throw it out too much but music like this is timeless. Salute to these three!
The Come Up Show is proud to present the first ever CHRW 94.9 Cypher. Each of the hip hop stations at CHRW hand selected an emcee to represent their show at this Cypher; and they all came through correct. Featuring an instrumental from InTheori and A-Fos, along side performances from Amniat, Sharky,B Kelly, O-Beast, Dustin Moore and Del Reze, this is definitely a hip hop epic you need to check for yourself. Be sure to leave your comments below, and let us know who you thought had the nicest verse.
The London area is known for its long-standing vibrant hip-hop scene, producing notable artists, including Juno-award winning rapper Shad, and events such as Dirty Thursdays, hosted at the APK every other week. CHRW has been a long-time supporter of the London hip-hop community, with several shows and events celebrating the talent we have here.
Special thanks to all of the hip-hop show hosts who helped contribute to the cypher. For more great local hip-hop, tune in to CHRW for these shows:
The Freeway Show (hosted by Jukebox): Sundays at Midnight – 2AM
Word Is Bond (hosted by Chase March): Mondays at Midnight – 2AM
Consignment Show (hosted by Tyler Hetherington): Wednesdays at Midnight – 6AM
The DJ Flip Show (hosted by DJ Flip): Thursdays at 1:30PM – 3:30PM
The Come Up Show (hosted by JR Wideman & Michael k ): Saturdays at 6PM – 8PM
Sausage Gut Radio (hosted by Mat Labatt & Jamie Hull): Saturdays at 10PM-Midnight
Special thanks to show hosts Jukebox, Tyler Hetherington, Chase March, DJ Flip, JR Wideman, Mat Labatt and Jamie Hull, as well as to all of the amazing crew who helped to put this together:
Shaunyah Weerasinghe (Videographer & Editor)
Alex Foster-Roman (Producer)
Ryan Binhammer (Producer)
Rowan McCormick (Graphic Designer)