[Video] Tory Lanez- “Mama Told Me” (Dir: Christian Breslauer)

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Tory Lanez is back with a visual for one of the hottest songs from his latest effort “Lost Cause” entitled “Mama Told Me”. Ryan Hemsworth, & Play Picasso bring us the polished production, while Christian Breslau handles the well-done visuals. The multi-talented Tory Lanez not only wrote/rapped on the track, but also played a part in producing the record, and had a part in directing the visuals as well.

“Mama Told Me” starts off with some eerie production brought to us by Nova Scotian producer Ryan Hemsworth, as well as Play Picasso. Before long Tory’s unmistakable vocals come into play and captures the listeners attention with his R&B and Hip-Hop infused sound. Shortly after the beat drops, we can enjoy some powerful bass that brings the force behind the track up a few levels. Content wise Tory places some focus on what his mother used to tell him, in that he would have musical hits coming out in no time. Unfortunately,  with the passing of his mother, Tory’s mom was never able to hear his hits, when her life was cut short due to a very rare disease that affects 1 in every 4 million people.

As far as the visuals go, “Mama Told Me” focuses on the gang banging aspect of life, beginning with a convenience store robbery & shootout, with the police not too far behind. Tory may be trying to emulate the conditions and lifestyle he had been exposed to at a young age, while the continuous gun shots towards the end could represent the sound ringing in his ears. The entire video boasts a similar color scheme, showing scenes in either dark tones, or the red and blue lights emitting from the police cars, giving more of a basis to the unrest Tory raps about. The visuals end off with a quote by Theodore Roosevelt in which states: “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The next best thing is the wrong thing. And the worst thing you can do is nothing”.

What do you think Tory was getting at placing that quote at the end of the video? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section. And don’t forget, if you’re a Tory Lanez fan, he’ll be playing in Toronto on August 15th alongside Ryan Hemsworth, Alison Wonderland, and many others at the annual Time Festival. 

[Audio] Bishop Nehru – “Harmony In A Glass” [Prod: Bishy Nehru]

At just 18 years of age, Markel Scott better known for his stage name Bishop Nehru has created a mass following through his rapidly increasing skills for production and songwriting. Releasing his debut album via Nas’s label Mass Appeal, Bishop Nehru in the meantime drops an EP of tracks that are in his words “Just too raw sonically for the album”. Nehruvia: The Nehruvian EP, is set to be released on May 11th. The New York MC displays his talent for flows and lyrics as well as production on the first single from the EP “Harmony In A Glass” .

Like his legendary mentors and collaborators MF Doom and Madlib, Bishop’s instrumentals model their techniques and provides a simple but yet rich melodic chord progression that is supported by a classic drum loop. His choice of production and subject matter, bring an element of realness that not many artists depict in this current state of the industry. The rare quality also allows an infinitely relatable result for almost any music listener.

Maturing personally and musically, Bishop Nehru continues to retain his innocence, charm, and modesty even with the immediate changes. Also, the unprecedented, legendary, and almost mythical supporting cast around him, authorizes his potential to exceed the already high expectations for a superb career ahead.

[News] SonReal Gears Up For North American Tour


Vancouver artist, SonReal has had a very busy year thus far. He was present at the Juno awards, and recently released his For The Town EP on April 28th. In support of his EP, he will be heading out on a promotional tour this spring. Beginning on May 7th, the tour features 10 Canadian stops, as well as many American dates throughout the summer. Check out the Canadian dates above, and the rest of the dates after the jump. Purchase your tickets here.

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out our coverage of the Juno Awards for an interview with Sonreal.

[Audio] GoldLink – “Sober Thoughts” (Chris McClenney Remix)


Chris MccClenney hits us with an official remix for GoldLinksSober Thoughts“, originally produced by the one and only Kaytranada . Releasing this track through HW&W records, Chris McClenney of the Soulection crew transforms GoldLink’s otherwise relaxing tune and gives it a dance spin that would have even the toughest dude in the club tapping his foot.

Chris’ “Sober Thoughts” remix starts off easy with just a couple welcomed additions to the song while GoldLink does his thing over the beat. As the song continues Chris steps up the production right around the time the first chorus drops which is when you realize that you’ve been bopping your head to this the whole time. A very well polished remix to say the least, especially when the saxophone is introduced in the later half of the track. Taking an otherwise chill song and spinning it into a dance record is no easy feat, but Chris handles it quite well, making the mass appeal of this song a little bit stronger.

GoldLink is just coming off of the heels of announcing a creative collaboration with legendary Rick Rubin, who’s worked with the likes of Kanye West, and Eminem. Next up for GoldLink is his first headlining tour in the U.S., and is going down all summer, which includes his performance for Michigan’s annual Electric Forest Festival.

Would you rather dance to Chris’ remix, or vibe to the original? The beautiful part is you really don’t have to make a choice when you have both at your disposal. If your feeling GoldLink, make sure to hit up his show in Toronto tomorrow (May 2nd), as part of Canadian Music Week, and check out our feature for CMW, including GoldLink’s show here.


[Audio] Jahkoy Feat. Luu – “Zonin”



Still working on his full length debut, Jahkoy releases another solid track  “Zonin” featuring Luu (formerly Luu Breeze) in the meantime. The young Toronto singer-songwriter continues to produce his signature bipolar sound. Described as an Electronic, R&B, Pop, and Deep House hybrid, Jahkoy’s mix of genres separate him from the rest of the pack and garner qualities like originator, innovator, open minded, and unpredictable to his character and artistry.

Not afraid to creatively explore the unknown, “Zonin” embodies his self proclaimed sound but with a tamer tempo and heavily phaser affected instrumentation, that reinterprets a 90’s R&B feel and arrangement to a more modern production. A surprise transition to a trap arpeggio breakdown effortlessly introduces Luu’s verse. Fluently going in and out of the instrumental, Luu establishes the presence and influence of Toronto that bring Jahkoy back to his musical and geographical roots.

In addition Jahkoy appears to have everything figured out. With a clear vision of where he wants to take his sound and career, the young artist’s future looks to be very optimistic and full of opportunity. Interested in sharing your thoughts? Feel free to comment in the section below.

Also, if interested in supporting and seeing Jahkoy live, check out his upcoming show during Canadian Music Week.

May 2nd @ Tattoo with Goldlink, Clairmont The Second, and Jahkoy

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