The boy keeps doing it. A couple of weeks ago we thought there would be a mixtape dropping and it turns out to be an LP titled If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. Features include Lil Wayne, PARTYNEXTDOOR, and Travi$ Scott. Let me know what you think!
Cookin’ Soul is a producing duo known separately as Big Size and Zock. Producing work since 2005, the two have developed a strong presence in mixtape culture, dropping soulful mash ups to hip hop classics like it’s no ones business. The latest offering from the duo is an unorthodox combination of Mobb Deep vet Prodigy, and his hood classic,“Keep It Thoro,” posted up with experimental mastermind Toro y Moi’s single,”Day One.” The mellow organs and hard hitting drums give Prodigy’s H.N.I.C stand out a laid back vintage vibe; Toro y Moi’s voice on the hook give this piece that extra knock that gives this track mad replay value. Be sure to check this track out, and let us know if you think the Cookin Soul team did the infamous P. justice.
“HIGH” is a pleasurable awakening to the pure lyricism, fluid vocals and crisp storytelling that are ChrisJay. Produced by Detroit Soundsmith Cream of Beats, HIGH combines ChrisJay’s craft with meticulous samples and crunchy snares that are the basics of this harmonious good. An undeniable love song, this joint is bound to leave an impression on your soul. With two feet on the ground and head in the clouds ChrisJay delivers HIGH as an invitation and welcome teaser to her upcoming project set to release later this quarter. “HIGH” is an absolute work of heart and will leave you craving for more.
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!