It was a mild spring night on May 2nd as a few eager fans waited in line for doors to open at Tattoo. From outside the venue, you could hear the DJ spinning tracks. The night was Goldlink’s debut Canadian show, curated by The Known Unknown, an advocate for giving indie artists a platform to showcase their talents. Alongside Goldlink, openers Jahkoy and Clairmont The Second were also on the bill.
Hit the jump to read the full review and view the photo set from the show!
Derek Christoff AKA D-Sisive, the Canadian rapper hailing from Toronto, Ontario hits us with a collection of tracks under the title “I’ll Change Your Life If You Change Mine“. Best known for his Juno-nominated EP “The Book“, D-Sisive shows us an 11 track album featuring a few songs that have been previously released such as “Fat Cage”, “6 Inch God”, and “Violent J”, as well as a ton of new cuts that are sure to have any D-Sisive fan jumping for joy. It is also worth noting that the digital release seems to be sub-titled “aboyinaroom may“.
The digital release starts out with a creepy intro in the form of a skit titled “I Hope I’m Gonna Be Ok“, where the artist asks himself just that, then ends it off stating that “2015 is going to be quite a ride”, setting the listener up for the adventure ahead. The second track entitled “The Scientology Samba” starts off smooth, and with the production and vocals gaining ground, the energy builds up before giving way to a groove type feel. “Lil’ Bow Wow” sports D-Sisive ripping apart a boom bap beat, throwing out bar after bar. If you’re a fan of straight rhymes, this is going to be the track for you. “Violent J” holds a dark overtone in regards to the production, and the vocals themselves, which appear to be fit the title quite well. “6 Inch God“, a hilarious take on Drake’s “6 God”, has Derek flowing smoothly over an undeniably classic instrumental as one of the stand out tracks on the album. “Gabagool” & “The Furious Funkster” have D-Sisive delivering his signature style, before “Fat Cage” comes around with Derek killing a quirky instrumental that just sounds so right. The second to last cut “Basquiat Don’t Breakdance” has to be one of my favorite cuts on the album, with the track only being 1:09, D-Sisive flows all over the beat with this head bopping track. The closing song is titled “Peter’s Tits [Lesbian Haircut (Win Butler)], and is quite fitting to close out the album, with its gentle almost optimistic feel. D-Sisive is gearing up for 2015 being quite a ride.
For some info about what D-Sisive himself had to say about his new release, hit the jump.
Brooklyn’s very own Creative Gold has been making and recording music for a few years now and is making quite a name for himself. With a catalogue that includes four mixtapes (Creative Thoughts Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, Category 6, and #DirtyJordans), Creative continues to refine his craft and is dropping a new project on May 6th titled MVP Race.
Promoting his newest release, Creative selects “Kim J” as his latest single. Produced by YDBeatsss, the slowed down and flipped Ginuwine sample provides a complimentary soundtrack to Creative’s poetic profession of his ideal woman Kim J. Energetic, confident, on time, and poised, Creative brings a strong presence to the mic and sits comfortably in the pocket.
For anyone who is unfamiliar with Creative Gold’s and YDBeatsss past work, “Kim J” is a strong introduction of the two. The songwriting and production really exhibits their notable chemistry and demonstrate the growing potential of the upcoming mixtape and future careers in the industry. Interested in showing your support? Feel free to comment in the section below.
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.
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.