[Audio] SPZRKT – Blind Man (Prod. J-Louis)

SPZRKT-1R&B crooner SPZRKT is an artist to get familiar with. Providing hooks for many Soulection producer tracks, he is slowly gaining notoriety for his smooth vocals. He has just released his latest single, “Blind Man”, an ode to a woman’s spiritual beauty. This J-Louis collaboration is one for the ladies to swoon to. Press play and let his vocals take you for a ride.

[Audio] Raz Fresco- “Up North” (Prod. Raz Fresco)

Shortly after his collaboration with Raekwon on “Influenza”, in addition to releasing the video for “Equinox” with the Nasir Jones signee Bisop Nehru, Raz Fresco is back with a visual for his hit “Up North“. Raz gives us a tour of Toronto on this one, while laying bar after bar on this self produced beat.

The Canadian rapper and record producer repping Brampton, Ontario just dropped his “Pablo Frescobar” album last week on Black Light Music / Duck Down Music and has been enjoying a positive reaction ever since. Shot by Yeah Films & Zac Facts, the visual itself pays homage to Canada, and  the city of Toronto by stopping by various locales in the city, while also giving us a taste of his creative process in his studio. Raz utilizes his skills as an emcee to en-capture listeners with his undeniable flow, lyrics, and confidence.

If you were feeling this, be sure to check out his “Pablo Frescobar” album that dropped just last week, and let us know what you think in the comments section.

[Column] “We Gon’ Be Alright”: The Importance of Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar

It doesn’t happen often, but some art is tailor-made for a moment in history.

In 2004, Kanye West’s The College Dropout captured the self-identity crisis of middle-class America in the midst of ultra-consumerism, racism in a ‘post-racial’ society, and the search for spirituality in an increasingly-secular world. Brother Ali’s Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color was the perfect encapsulation of 2012, weaving a narrative around the presidential election, Islamophobia and the ongoing War on Terror, and income inequality in the aftermath of a recession. Kendrick Lamar’s time is now.

No major label artist – save for perhaps J. Cole – is close to matching Kendrick’s significance in the midst of what’s happening in Charleston and (more broadly) the United States, and what has unfurled in the last half-decade after the deaths of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, and many others. To Pimp a Butterfly is the at once the encapsulation of this world of racial tension and a catalyst for change. It’s brash, it’s unapologetically black, and most importantly, it’s a message of black self-love and reassurance when, around the hip-hop landscape, those messages are so few and far between.

Read the full column after the jump.

[EP] OSIYM- “Spirits EP”

Toronto duo OSIYM is back with a new 10-track EP entitled Spirits which offers a refreshing look at bass heavy, eclectic, and industrial sound waves. Coming right off their previous release “B.O.M.B.“, OSIYM manipulates the dark vibes of Toronto’s iconic sound while capturing the city’s energy and delivering an impressive EP in every sense of the word.

OSIYM, or Out of Sight, In Your Mind consists of Charlie Black, and Nova who are working to change Toronto’s already flourishing music scene for the better. The two have been a part of the underground scene for quite some time now, generating buzz individually before linking up to take their art to the next level. Charlie Black has two mixtapes to his name  “D.E.S.T.A. Dude” and “Work in Progress“, and has worked with the likes of another Toronto born artist JD Era. Nova’s mixtape “It was all a dream: The HIStory” enjoyed positive reception from YouTube, as well as local blogs.

Utilizing OSIYM’s ability to switch their style up, their Spirits EP encompasses a wide variety of tracks, from the club heavy trap singles “Go Down“, “F*ckery“, and “No More“, to “Us” that pays homage to Charlie’s late brother Nate. “Do Too Well” focuses on an internal struggle, while tracks such as “Ginobili” get the alcohol flowing. The EP also features pristine production from the likes of Demar PDanthraxKid MKJustin Cooke, and Nate Smith.

Overall, OSIYM’s Spirits EP, showcases the talent that the Toronto based duo are capable of, and offers the vision of a bright future with these emcee’s, but now they are looking to shake up the game, so be ready for much more music to come.

[Video] Calabru – “Planes, Trains, And Automobiles” [Prod. Pavilion]


Toronto native and one half of Blis Music Group (Because Life Is Short), Calabru has finally dropped new music. Having almost been a year since his last release, “Plane, Trains, and Automobiles” continues his streak of providing quality pop music.

Produced by Pavilion, the instrumental takes influences from R&B, Rap, and Electronic music to create a hybrid pop song. Lyrically, Calabru is expressing his deep passion for that special someone and breaks down what he wants the listeners to take away “Planes, Trains and Automobiles takes the listener on a journey and reminds them that nothing or no one is too far away”.

Filled with catchy and infectious hooks, Calabru is still working on his yet to be titled debut project. However, while wait check out the visuals he provided for the track.

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