[Audio] Sean Leon Feat. River Tiber – “This Ain’t 2012″ [Prod: Wondagurl]

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Since 2012, Sean Leon has been taking his music very seriously and has managed to accomplish a fast rising career out of it. Gaining hundreds of thousands of views on his Soundcloud and frequently working with Wondagurl, the young Toronto artist is in the right position to make an impact in the industry. Planning to release his highly anticipated album Black Sheep Nirvana later this year, Sean releases “This Ain’t 2012″ while we wait. Produced by Wondagurl and a feature by River Tiber, “This Ain’t 2012″ has a traditional Wondagurl sound, for example, the beat contains menacing 808s, a reggae sample, and fluttering high hats. However, a breakdown in the middle of the track unexpectedly descends into an  angelic vocal melodies and guitar licks to create some light in the dark. Not recited at all in the song “This Ain’t 2012″, seems to be Sean’s his everyday motivation to keep striving towards his goals as well as a fair warning of whats to come.

[Audio] Post Malone- “White Iverson” (Alexander Mendoza Remix)

mendozaBy now, almost everyone (1,000,000+ YouTube views), has heard Post Malone‘s breakout hit “White Iverson“, but have you heard the upbeat remix from New York producer Alexander Mendoza? If you haven’t you owe yourself a couple minutes to check out some fresh music. Aiming for a cool feel, Mendoza places some focus on more of the emotionally charged lyrics with some impressive production that completely changes the feel of the song.

Alexander Mendoza, an astonishing producer straight out of New York is no stranger to the game, he’s been producing for quite a long time, and is one half of the hip-hop duo “The Kings Dead“, with his childhood friend from Massachusetts Sonny Shotz. Before we go more into that, lets go back a little bit to one of Mendoza’s first forays into the music scene, which was a hip-hop trio called “The Dean’s List” with Sonny as well as Mik Beats. Together they released a couple mixtapes/albums and gained a large following. After a couple years things started to change for them, and the trio soon became a duo, wishing a fond farewell to their good friend Mik, and Sonny and Alex became The Kings Dead, with Mendoza on the production, and Sonny handling the rap. Mendoza also has a solo career where he focuses on producing, and released his very own solo EP entitled “Libre” less than a year ago which is full of astounding production.

Alex’s take on “White Iverson” is a refreshing one to say the least, the track starts off with some welcomed glitchy elements, using some of the familiar tones one may recognize from the original. The catchy hook starts up before long, though is noticeably sped up, to more so fit the feel of the track. Mendoza is a producer that utilizes a multitude of elements in his production, and they really shine through tracks like this. The more you listen the more you can see how much he has put into this production, and without rushing or taking shortcuts Mendoza proves that he is an artist that truly cares about his craft, and goes all out every opportunity he can. The breakdown is a welcomed addition to the track as well, before we hear the emotionally charged chorus once again, creating a unique remix, and a refreshing take on the track.

Mendoza is an artist who has been known to push boundaries, even releasing a huge remix of Major Lazer and Ariana Grande‘s “All My Love“, which was endorsed by the king himself, Diplo. There is much more to Mendoza than meets the eye, though with himself gearing up to release his newest album “Utopia Too” under The Kings Dead, I wanted this article to be but an introduction to the man you hear now. “Utopia Too” is slated for a June 8th release, and you can bet you’ll be seeing more of Mendoza and Sonny via The Come Up Show, as these two are taking the music scene by storm.

[Event] Chevy Woods w/ Jimmy B June 13 @ The Rockpile West

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Taylor Gang’s Chevy Woods will be coming to the city for a headlining show in June. The Pittsburg rapper has performed in Toronto a few times opening for the likes of Wiz Khalifa, and appeared on The Smokers Club Tour in 2013.  Catch him live alongside Toronto’s own Jimmy B

What: Chevy Woods w/ Jimmy B Live in Concert
Where: The Rockpile | 5555 Dundas St. W
When: Saturday, June 13th, 2015 | Doors @ 8:00pm
Admission: All ages w/ 19+ bar |  Tickets available at Soundscape (572 College St.) & Play De Record (357 Yonge St.) | Online: Ticketweb

[Event] The Fader & NXNE Present: Rae Sremmurd w/ Uniiqu3 June 20 @ Danforth Music Hall

nxne rae sremmurdThe sibling hip-hop duo, Rae Sremmurd will be making a Toronto stop for the NXNE festival in June. Their Sremmlife album, released in January was packed with turn up anthems, so this will definitely be a hype show. Come out and see the Danforth Music Hall “lit like bic”!

What: The Fader & NXNE presents: Rae Sremmurd w/ Uniiqu3
Where: Danforth Music Hall | 147 Danforth Ave
When: Saturday, June 20th, 2015 | Doors @ 6:00 PM
Admission: All Ages$50 tickets via Ticketmaster

[Video] Spek Won – “E(ARTH)LINGS” Mini Documentary Pt. 1 & 2 [Dir: Mark Valino]

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After successfully touring internationally and receiving positive reviews of his new album Sofa.King.Amazing, Toronto’s own Spek Won shares a two part mini documentary titled “E(ART)HLINGS”. Directed by Mark Valino, the documentary takes the viewers through Spek’s creative process, as well as an intimate glance of his last tour and a recording session with Silentjay, band member of the group Hiatus Kaiyote

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