NEW MUSIC: Staasia Daniels “Hidden Gems” (EP)

Ty Harper | Album,Audio,Music | Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Debut EP from Ms. Daniels!

Toronto songstress Staasia Daniels has just released her debut EP project “Hidden Gems”! Premiering earlier today on Complex Music Canada, the project is now available on all streaming services. Much of the 11 song project is produced by Xpress aka DJ XP; with producers: 5PieCE, Artclass, PDUB, Giangelo Power and others assisting with well rounded production that compliments Staasia’s vocals.

Staasia recalls the process of putting the project together and how far she’s come a long as an artist
“My heart is literally racing, and my eyes are filling up with water as I’m writing this. I don’t even know where to begin. I’m just going to say that this wasn’t easy. I’ve been releasing material since 2011, so the goal was always to put together my masterpiece, but so many things went “wrong” along the way, it almost felt like it would never happen. I’ve watched and supported almost everyone I know (of) release a body of work, 2 or 3 even, lol, and as much as there has been a few times where I could have just released one, my heart, and my mind wouldn’t let me. From learning how to successfully record myself, mix and all that jazz, I can truly say that growing through this has been amazing. I started out doing covers on YouTube, editing my own cheesy videos, to then doing original music and growing from there! Yes, I’ve felt defeated, discouraged, friends dropped out of the SD Academy, and I’ve felt I wasn’t good enough etc, but if it all happened for this moment right here, AMEN! I couldn’t be happier with everything from my amazing team, my writing, my arrangements, the mixes, transitions, artwork, and not being afraid to be myself anymore!

NEW MUSIC: Sese “The Buu Saga” (EP)

Ty Harper | Album,Audio,Mixtape,Music | Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Latest project from Sese on some anime-inspired madness.

NEW MUSIC: The Precious Lo’s “Night Ridin’ EP: The Remixes”

Ty Harper | Album,Audio,Music | Monday, August 8th, 2016

Precious Los - Night Ridin Remixes EP

NEW ALBUM: DirtyDeeds – Let’s Be Friends feat. JD Era, Clairmont The Second, Cola, Témi & more

rez | Album | Saturday, July 16th, 2016


DirtyDeeds aka C4 has had a personal roller coaster of a ride the past few years but he’s back in full force with Let’s Be Friends. The album features beats as well as songs featuring the likes of longtime collaborator JD Era, Témi and newcomers like Cola and Clairmont The Second.

Congrats man. Welcome back!

Didier Arlot-Tovel, a.k.a C4 and DirtyDeeds is a Canadian music producer, DJ, singer, songwriter and ping pong champion.


NEW MUSIC: Tamera Russell “Cavity” (EP)

Ty Harper | Album,Audio,Music | Thursday, July 14th, 2016

First introduction (kinda) to singer, producer, emcee Tamera Russell.
We first caught wind of her via her collabo with Dijab SB but she dropped an EP about a year ago… and she seems to have a thing for teeth 🙂

On her latest project she connects with producer Martin Sole and the Hometown Herverts.

Peep it.

The Toronto Sound | June 2016

rez | Album | Monday, July 4th, 2016


For years now people have been telling us things like, “There’s too much on the blog!” and, “We don’t know where to start.” etc.

When OTA Live was on the air it acted as that place where things were distilled and curated so people could tune in and just hear some good local music. The show took a lot of work out of the equation for the casual, and even active, listener.

In true compilation album form, The Toronto Sound hopes to do the same. At the end of every month, we’ll be putting together a 10-12 track album featuring songs pulled directly from blog posts from that month. Could be a new song, could be a new video, could be an older song that we just discovered that month. Whatever the case, the series will be a monthly look at the music coming out of the city, presented in tight and cohesive bodies of work.

From boom-bap to trap to R&B and everything in between, The Toronto Sound is your monthly starting point and entry to what we do at

Welcome to the city.

The Toronto Sound | June 206
01. Adria Kain – Sunrise
02. Pyrex – Make It
03. City Fidelia – FreeDumb
04. Derin Falana – The Pick Up
05. Jahkoy – Still In Love
06. Skratch Bastid – Limoncello feat. Shad
07. Raz Fresco – Swervin’ In BAPE feat. Tre Mission
08. ScrapGang – Hit Up The Road
09. PARTYNEXTDOOR – Come and See Me feat. Drake
10. YE Ali – Ring 4x feat. Jazz Cartier
11. Raahiem – Dive
12. City Fidelia – Freedom

NEW ALBUM: Clairmont The Second “Quest For Milk & Honey”

Ty Harper | Album,Audio,Music | Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

Clairmont continues to grow on his latest and arguably most cohesive project.

Written & Performed by Clairmont The Second

*Additional Vocals on Ignorant by Aysha Brown
*Worth also written & performed by Cola
*Temporary also written & performed by Blues a.k.a M.I BLUE

Prod. by Clairmont The Second
Mixed & Mastered by Clairmont The Second

NEW ALBUM: Sport Mathews – The Sport Mathews LP

rez | Album | Thursday, May 19th, 2016


Full LP release from new crew / collective / ensemble called Sport Mathews.

The Debut LP from Sport Mathews


NEW MIXTAPE: ShaqIsDope – Black Frames

rez | Album | Thursday, April 28th, 2016


Been checkin’ for this dude since “Smooth Criminals” with Raz Fresco back in 2013. Can’t reach the show tomorrow night but am looking forward to taking this one in.

ShaqIsDope’s long-awaited mixtape, Black Frames, Is finally here.The Toronto rapper delivers a hefty follow-up to his breakout mixtape Early Beginnings:The Shaquille Baptiste Story. The 12-track project focus on SID trying to maintain his moral integrity. Although he don’t consider himself above temptations, SID tries to pay close watch on his spiritual temperature. Songs such as “Innocent Youth” and “Stay Focus” proves how vulnerable we all are to temptation but we have to reminds ourselves of the damaging consequences of moral failure.

Listen to Black Frames below and be sure to catch ShaqIsDope live at the Opera House with TY Dolla Sign on April 29.


NEW ALBUM: Blake Carrington – F.A.I.L.U.R.E.

rez | Album | Monday, April 18th, 2016


Congrats to this dude man. Where do I start?

Blake’s BEEN grindin’. I’ve always rated him as one of the purest artists in the city. Not many love and breath this sh*t like he does. And that passion for the art and the culture is clear with F.A.I.L.U.R.E. – which is not only an album but also a short film as well as an ArtBook with photographer-extraordinaire SoTeeOh. Three mediums all released under the F.A.I.L.U.R.E. umbrella. Definitely ambitious for any artist let alone an indie one but for some reason I expect nothing less from Blake. Shouts to him and the whole team!

Album features JellyTooFly, Kardinal Offishall, Tamara Madison, Raz Fresco, Devontee and more as well as production from Rich Kidd, Junia-T, Lord Quest and more. Take it in below and copp that if you want to support via his website.

Lessons from personal failure at the helm of three –part hip-hop music project by homegrown artist, Blake Carrington who, tells his story of retribution, young fatherhood and personal ascension through a combination of music, art and film.

“FAILURE has been an integral part of my life and becoming the person I am today,” said Carrington. “I can only hope that my journey inspires the listeners of this album to love themselves and understand that success and excellence first comes from within.”

The three part project includes an album of 18 carefully mastered tracks featuring a Toronto collaboration featuring artists like Kardinal Offishall, Jelly2Fly, and production from Rich Kidd and Juina T. The album is also accompanied by an art book, co-produced by one of Toronto’s leading photographers, SoTeeOh. The book is compiled of compelling photography creatively depicting Blake Carrington and his evolution as an artist, highlighting some of the inspiration that kept him going.

The final component of FAILURE is a short film, written and directed by Brendon Samuel and Omari Burke from 88 Films. The short features Blake Carrington and Tarek Ibrahim (aka Wav) who play brothers forced to make life changing decisions in order to find a better life. The story is based on actual events.

This unique approach to storytelling and music joins the changing tides in how artists identify and represent themselves, diving deeper into the choice of mediums they choose to explore.

“The F.A.I.L.U.R.E experience” (Album, Short Film, Art Book) launch took place at The ArtScape Sandbox, downtown Toronto on April 16. (4.16.)

Watch the INTERACTIVE F.A.I.L.U.R.E short film here:

Purchase, support and download the FAILURE album. the visual FAILURE Art Book, and the exclusive limited edition FAILURE merchandise here:

Thank you for being a part of this journey, and let us support and build our independent artists, labels, & businesses.

#Oui #FAILURE (Finding A way In Loving Urself Reflects Excellence)


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