[Event] The Academy Presents: The Hustle Edition 4 ft. Waldo, Elaquent & Crossword April 16 @ The Piston


Tonight, The Academy will hosting their monthly concert series, The Hustle in Toronto at The Piston. With a focus on international as well as local talent, this month’s event will feature Soulection and AGO rapper, Waldo. Music will be played by Elaquent. The event will also serve as  release party for Toronto rapper, Crossword‘s XW album. Come out and support some homegrown talent.
What: The Academy Presents… The Hustle: Edition 4
Who: Waldo (Soulection/AGO) | Elaquent (HW&W/Urbnet) | Crossword (Album Release)
Where: The Piston | 937 Bloor St. W (@ Ossington)
When: Thursday, April 16th, 2015 | Doors open at 9pm
Admission: 19+ | $10 tickets available online via Eventbrite or $15 at the door | RSVP on Facebook 



[Album] Jazz Cartier – “Marauding In Paradise”


The wait is over, easily one of the best artists to come out of Toronto has finally released his full-length debut mixtape Marauding In Paradise. Jazz Cartier is known for his musical versatility. He provides a sound that almost any avid music listener can relate too. From alternative electronic Toro Y Moi instrumentals and lush ambient ballads to high-energy club bangers, Jazz truly has a gift for blending the distinctive concepts to create a cohesive and fluid project. The overall production on the mixtape displays a perfected Toronto sound. Executive producer Lantz exercises his talent to create modern, diverse, and relevant instrumentals that elevate the potential of Jazz’s vision and creativity. The mixture of unique 808s, highly manipulated samples, and various electronic influences help craft a multi dimensional production, revealing a pleasing maturity to Jazz’s performance; a good example is the opening medley “Guardian Angel”. Most importantly, they’re chemistry encapsulated exactly what Hip Hop should be all about, which is music that gives the listener confidence, excitement, motivation, relation, and a voice.

Conceptually, this mixtape needs multiple attentive listens to fully comprehend. Jazz Cartier is not just rapping he’s full out preaching, particularly about fair warnings and his determined mindset take over the industry. Many references to religion, mythology, and a deteriorating relationship construct an odd combination of themes. However just like the sound, Jazz’s broad esoteric lyricism blends together like a well written narrative. Everything about Marauding In Paradise” is meticulously thought out, strategic, and it has a high replay value. Its truly quality at its finest. The release of this mixtape proves its now Toronto’s time and for the other aspiring rappers from the city this is the new standard.

Some of my Favourite tracks: Guardian Angel, The Valley, The Downtown Cliche, Forever Ready/Band On A Bible. Show your support to this incredible artist in the comment section below.

Download: Jazz Cartier – “Marauding In Paradise”

[Event] Goldlink w/ Clairmont The Second & Jahkoy May 2nd @ Tattoo

Goldlink @ Tattoo

Goldlink can be considered one of the most innovative artists as of late. The DMV rapper’s debut project, The God Complex pushed traditional genre boundaries and introduced us to his own unique sound, in which he calls “Future Bounce”. Goldlink will be coming to Toronto for the first time as a headliner of Canadian Music Week, and it’s only fitting that he include Toronto rappers Clairmont The Second and Jahkoy as support, both of which are just as creative as him. The strength of his first project leads us to believe that Goldlink could be responsible for leading a new wave of hip-hop. This is going to be a show that you don’t want to miss out on. If you don’t know Goldlink, allow this to be your formal introduction! Also, hit the jump for music from Clairmont the Second and Jahkoy.

What: Canadian Music Week, Rap Season and The Known Unknown present: Goldlink with Clairmont The Second and Jahkoy
When: Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
Where: Tattoo | 567 Queen St. W |  Doors 7:00PM
Admission: All Ages | $15 Tickets are available online via Ticketweb. If you purchased a CMW wristband, admission to this show will be included. | RSVP on Facebook 

[Mixtape] Van Hill – “Naked Museum”


Hailing from Brampton, Ontario, Van Hill has had a productive year releasing an array of successful singles and music videos. Some of which has even caught the attention of upcoming Hip Hop collective Smashmouth Entertainment. With a growing buzz, his first full length release Naked Museum is a strong display of his progression.

With more interesting arrangements, song structures, lyrical content, and overall beat selection it’s clear Van Hill’s music going into the right direction. The rich ethereal sounds contrast well with his aggressive dark vocals painting a vivid image of life in the city. Lyrically the subject matter has become more introspective, with tracks like “Alone/The Walk II” and “Dirty Money” Van Hill discusses his personal struggles and how things change for better or for worse during life on the come up. There’s also a real underlying message explaining his path through the trial and errors, while attempting to follow through to his original vision. Nevertheless, the most impressive and distinct characteristic about Naked Museum, is Van Hill’s ability to hold down a track on his own. Without a single feature on the album, the young rapper exhibits his poise in the pocket and dynamic songwriting. Thriving in the dark and grungy sound Van Hill’s future continues to look bright. Be sure to show some support in the comment section below.

[Event] Canadian Music Week Presents: Mick Jenkins w/ Kaydee, Devontée, The Lytics and Emay May 7 @ Tattoo

Mick Jenkins @ Tattoo

Chi-town rapper, Mick Jenkins makes his first Canadian appearance at Tattoo for Canadian Music Week. Last summer, he released his thought-provoking sophomore mixtape, The Water[s] for download. The ambient vibe of the tape will make for a chill show. If you haven’t heard the tape, don’t sleep! This will be a great event.

What: Canadian Music Week Presents Mick Jenkins ft. Kaydee, Devontée, The Lytics and Emay
Where: Tattoo | 567 Queen St. W
When: May 7th, 2015 | Doors @ 8:30PM
Admission: Tickets are available online via CMW for $15. If you have already purchased a Canadian Music Week wristband, admission is included.

Check out the mixtape after the jump.

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