NEW MUSIC: John River – BLVD (Redway Tribute)

rez | Music | Thursday, August 6th, 2015


It’s really hard to put into words how it felt when I found out that Redway passed. I can’t lie and say he was a close friend but he was someone I respected and rooted for. He was someone that made it easy to continue dedicating personal time to this blog as he repped the city PROPER with PURITY and with AUTHENTICITY. It’s because of artists like him that Ty and I started The Megacity Countdown and continue to post here, period. I was always checking for some new Redway just to see and hear what he was up to. He was unique. He was making progress. He was on to something.

Redway was someone I also had the pleasure of working with back on Keyz of Life. We reached out and he didn’t even think twice. My respect for him was reciprocated. He came through and blessed the project with a dope 16. Redway was also one of the first MCs to mention Ty and I in a rap. That probably sounds silly but let me explain. He showed love to OTA Live which in turn really validated the work we were doing with the show and this site. When you’re on the radio you’re basically communicating to a sea of people that you don’t see at the time and only rarely see otherwise. When one communicates back through their own artistic medium, it really goes a long way. I’ll always hold that little shout out close to my heart. It told me the city was listening and what we were doing mattered.

Needless to say, like everyone else, I was totally shocked when I heard what happened. I just couldn’t believe it – and still can’t. It’s totally senseless and completely devastating. My heart goes out to his family and close friends and also to those of the 2 souls that were with him.

Redway, Rest in Power young brother. Thank you for contributing to the dopeness of the city.

BLVD (Redway Tribute)
Suddenly and tragically, on the morning of August 1st, Mississauga artist Shane Redway was killed in a car accident. He was travelling with two other passengers on the northbound ramp of Highway 427 when the car lost control. The two passengers in the car were also killed in the crash. The news shook the City of Toronto, and there was an immediate outcry of heartbreak on social media. Shane was known amongst family, friends and the music industry as being a passionate individual who put everything into his craft. He was beyond loved and will be missed greatly.

In Shane’s memory, fellow Mississauga artist John River, has created a tribute song with the help of Producer FrancisGotHeat. Listen to the song below.


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