One of many great Toronto stories I did not know… so dope!
this was some great footage from when I bumped into Kamau downtown Toronto before World Domination 4.. I felt impulsed to tell this story cause he really was my first “last guy to beat” in my first ever live on stage battle, many years ago.. After telling the story, he turns around and hits me with a “first time” story of his own.. Classic Toronto Battle Rap.
Previously: NEW VIDEO: Bishop Brigante – Wide Awake
Previously: NEW MUSIC: IAN KAMAU “ONE DAY SOON” (INSTRUMENTALS)
Previously: NEW VIDEO: IAN KAMAU “YESTERDAYS” (SHOT BY NABIL SHASH)
Shit, I don’t even like popping allergy pills.
DillanPonders continues to bring his debut LP, Overdose, to life through the newest visuals to his single, MDMA. Directed once again by Rajeevan Nithiyananthan, the video takes you into the drug infested world Ponders calls home. Overdose is available for free download via ww.DillanPonders.BandCamp.com
Directed By: Rajeevan Nithiyananthan.
Dillan also recently sat down with Mishka NYC for an exclusive in-depth interview. For the first time ever Ponders opens the door for a behind the scenes look into the life of the nomad emcee.
Interview w/ Mishka NYC
Previous: NEW VIDEO: DILL▲NP☮NDERS “BALLOONS” (DIRECTED BY DRESBLOG)
Ritchie-assisted joint from J Shiltz‘s “Still Standing” album. Nice. Full DJ Pack below too.
On May 9th 2013 J Shiltz released his second album “Still Standing”. The sequel to his debut album “What I Stand For”, the sophomore effort came equipped with dope lyrics from both Shiltz and features alike (Rapper Big Pooh, A.G, Junia-T, pHoenix Pagliacci and more) over banging beats by some of Toronto’s illest beat makers (Rich Kidd, Lancecape, Charisma, Relic and more). Ranking as high as #5 on the national community and campus radio chart EarShot, a Much Vibe featured music video, and both stateside and worldwide acclaim are a mere fraction of the buzz the album has generated. Yet in a climate where timeless music falls victim to a here today gone tomorrow mentality, sometimes a reminder is needed. For that reason Shiltz has decided to release the DJ Pack to the Kev Brown produced and Rich Kidd assisted title track “Still Standing”. DJs can get the dirty, clean, instro, and acapella via the link below.
DJ Pack MP3:
“Still Standing” is available at Play De Record in Toronto, Dr. Disc in Hamilton, and The Orange Monkey in Waterloo. Download a digital copy of “Still Standing” via http://jshiltz.bandcamp.com.
Previous: NEW ALBUM: J SHILTZ “STILL STANDING”
Kaydee‘s got some new goodies to share starting off with the viral joint “Boom Bap”. Technically it’s not off his 90’s Baby mixtape but it’s one of the last things he puts out in that lane before heading in a new direction.
Previous: NEW MIXTAPE: KAYDEE – 90′S BABY
Told you we’ve been busy. Been posting up all of Harvard‘s goodies from the new project but totally forgot to get up the actual album as its own post! Here’s all the info and back artwork is under the hood too.
What happens when you realize that “A Dollar and A Dream” has turned into “A Penny and a Nightmare”? Ottawa-born, Toronto-based rapper Harvey Stripes explores the concept on the follow-up to his 2011 debut.
Boasting 16 tracks, “A Penny and a Nightmare” sees Harvey speaking on everything for which he has become known — money, cars, exotic women and a highbrow lifestyle. But it also delves into deeper and grittier issues that include greed, abortion, loyalty, the justice system and more. “‘A Penny and a Nightmare’ is just me being real, being raw, being a genuine artist telling my story with hopes that the listeners can relate to what I’ve gone through,” says Harvey. “I feel like ‘A Penny and a Nightmare’ — even with the title of the album — shows that as glamorous as this life may seem, there’s still nightmares.”
Synonymous with heavy-hitter features, Harvey employs a supporting cast that compliments his style and includes Jadakiss (“Bought a Boat”), Juicy J (“Dolly”), Jeremih (“Any Way You Want It”) as well as Canadian talent such as Shi Wisdom (“A Penny and a Nightmare”), Captain Hooks (“Bleach Blonde”), Dru (“Ghost”), and more. “A Penny and a Nightmare” also expands Harvey’s sonic range courtesy of resident producer Beat Merchant as well as Deli, Pro Logic, Jeff Parris, Preezy and Daniel Worthy.
DOWNLOAD: Harvey Stripes – A Penny And A Nightmare
Previous: NEW VIDEO: HARVEY STRIPES – ANY WAY YOU WANT IT FEAT. JEREMIH (DIRECTED BY ZAC FACTS & CAZHMERE)
This girl is 2 for 2 right now. New joint from newcomer Jayd Ink.
Following up her debut release “Sweet Conversation”, Jayd Ink invites you to experience “The Real Thing”.
Previous: NEW MUSIC: JAYD INK – SWEET CONVERSATION (PROD. TWIN)
Shouts to 4th but this definitely plays more like a straight Ben Stevenson joint!
Off 4th Pyramid’s new EP “The Sky Belongs To The Stars” available in stores & iTunes now – http://smarturl.it/PyramidSky
Official Web site http://www.4thPyramid.com
Directed By Curio Marty & LXH
Cinematography : Martin Wojutnik
Editor/Post: Steven Meyers
Produced By: Silk Ivory
Label: Silk Ivory/Lyrics To Go/Universal Music
Previous: NEW MUSIC: 4TH PYRAMID “THE SKY BELONGS TO THE STARS EP”
Mannnn…..been stupid busy the past couple weeks. Tryna catch up this weekend on the 1116 (ugh) unread emails in the Cityonmyback inbox. Let’s start with that dude Elcee. New joint called “P.O.M.E.”
Produced by LOWERCASE n ( @lowercasen )
Basically, I’m trying to let y’all know a little back story of what it looked like for me growing up, and what I was supposed to be. I’m happy to have had such good people in my life that steered me out of a lot of my environment’s directions. Not all, but a lot.
Elcee release’s new song from the vault. In this song Elcee speaks about growing up in his environment and recognizing the contradictions of what he is labelled to be, according to where he is from and how he was raised. Track is produced by LOWERCASE n.
If you are unfamiliar with Elcee, he is a Recording Artist based out of Toronto, working with the Virginia Beach based collective JetPacks. At 24 years young with close to a decade of musical experience, Elcee is focused on being recognized for what he does.
Previous: NEW VIDEO: ELCEE – FOCUS (DIRECTED BY KFRESH)
More new on-point-ness from F-dub.
“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.”- Ralph Ellison
“Real” is just that. An on the spot, stake your claim, speak your piece type of track that was the first recorded collaboration of the FREEDOM WRITERS. Amazing lyricist Progress would enter the fray immediately after, but this meeting of the minds between Tona, Theo3, Frankie Payne, Adam Bomb and Sproxx drew from the influences in the studio that day, the throwback feel of the beat and the developing chemistry that would lead to many great songs, concepts and even a full album entitled NOW. Stay tuned, there’s much more on the way.
““There’s a unique vibe when you descend down the dark basement steps at Sproxx’s studio, wind through the corridor and end up in the proverbial shrine to all things late 80’s to mid 90’s Hip Hop. Pristine positioned 12” vinyl records adorn the walls from the likes of Pete Rock and CL Smooth, Gang Starr and Public Enemy. Quotable lyrics from the Source magazine have been meticulously clipped and pinned at eye level. If you didn’t come to write rhymes or immerse yourself in the Boom Bap laced production jumping out of the monitor speakers, you’d be missing a chance to create that classic rap music.” – Theo3
Catch the FREEDOM WRITERS Live at the MANIFESTO Festival in downtown Toronto on September 22^nd 2013 at Dundas Square. www.themanifesto.ca(http://www.themanifesto.ca/)
Don’t miss the FREEDOM WRITERS album release party for “NOW” onOctober the 10^th 2013 at the MOD club with special guests RICH KIDD and DJ’s Grouch, Mel Boogie, D Scratch, Phat Tony and DJs Riccachet & Thera-P of Sweet Touch Foundation. Opening act 5Fingers 1Fist.