The Gaithersburg, Maryland emcee known as C Dot Castro is back with the visual for "F*ck About You", from his positively received mixtape "DOT" (Don't Over Think). With production from longtime collaborator Jae Faive, and visual direction from Adam McArthur, Castro has surely brought out all the stops for this mellow track that can't be ignored.
Castro, one of the founding members of The RattPack, featuring fellow emcee Logic, and longtime friend Big Lenbo has been releasing solo cuts for years before dropping his debut mixtape "DOT". C Dot Castro had an impressively loyal following before dropping his debut, and his fanbase has only grown stronger since.
"F*ck About You" starts off with a focus on the head bopping production courtesy of Jae Faive, before Castro's smooth hook takes center stage. The chorus, which states "I care way too much about me to give a f*ck about you" screams independence. Castro is learning that he doesn't have to worry about other people, he can live life the way he wishes, and he's more than okay with that. The mellow vibes associated with the track are refreshing, with Castro taking the road seldom taken. Castro also rips up the production when his verses come into play, surprising any listener expecting soft lyrics after the mellow chorus. Castro brings the heat. The visuals directed by Adam McArthur show Castro chilling on some mountains by the water, all in all having a good time, this relates to the subject matter quite well, as Castro's not worrying about anyone else, just himself.
If you're feeling what C Dot Castro is laying down, check out his latest track "One Too" featuring Earlly Mac, with production from Jae Faive. Castro is gearing up to be raps next big thing, so I wouldn't sleep on him. Castro is making moves and the worlds starting to notice.
SESE is back. The St. Catharines emcee coming fresh off of his "The Frieza Saga" EP drops the visual for his track "Vegeta", produced by Ceaza Leon. SESE brings the bars on this one, with his super saiyan flow, and Z-fighter mentality. For those that aren't familiar, Vegeta and Frieza are characters from the well-known anime "Dragon Ball Z" that any 90's baby should find familiar.
SESE (pronounced Say-Zee) has been around for quite some time and has certainly left his mark. Boasting over 50 videos, and 1.5 million views on Youtube, his sound and visual campaign has captivated fans worldwide. Your Rappers Favorite Nightmare holds over 10 mixtapes, and 100k downloads under his belt, proving his tireless work ethic. SESE has worked with King of the Dot, and has performed alongside the likes of Nas, Snoop Dogg, The Game, Mobb Deep, and Jadakiss, among others.
"Vegeta" starts off with with SESE laying his bars down while the production by Ceaza Leon gets the listeners head bopping. Right off the bat you can feel SESE's confidence in his own skills as an emcee. The rhymes seem to come too easy to him, especially considering he never fails to relate his lyrics to the subject manner at hand. The visuals, directed by Frank Douglasss (0therword Films/Nightmare Klub) effectively bridges the gap between SESE and Dragon Ball Z, by making seamless transitions from the artist to the subject manner.
Lord Frieza is not playing around with this track and EP. It's quite refreshing to see an artist relate to the world of anime without it feeling like a gimmick for even one second. If you're feeling Vegeta, make sure to check out SESE's new EP "The Frieza Saga". Keep your eyes on SESE, after all, word on the street Drake is. (Drake just followed him on Instagram).
McCallaman, a producer/DJ based in Toronto comes out of nowhere with an unbelievably serene EP entitled "Black Pop". This 5 track EP boasts features from the likes of: "Clairmont The Second", "T i K A.", and "Sydanie" along with McCallaman's unforgettable production and singing. Called "a compilation of modern Hymns, Negro Spirituals, & Lullabies", this is one EP you don't want to sleep on.
McCallaman has been hard at work making a name for himself over the past few years, and has definitely left his mark already. With production credits for 2015 XXL freshman "Goldlink's" single "When I Die" from his critically acclaimed "The God Complex", he's also worked with the likes of Toronto's own "Andreena Mill, and Redway, along with New York's R&B songstress Mariami. On top of this, McCallaman has been making noise sharing the stage with HW&W's "Elaquent", and has also done countless mixes at sold out venues in Toronto, from the Rivoli, to the Sterling Room, Drake Underground, and even at Canadian Music Week. If you think that's all for this Toronto native, think again, he's also worked with the multi-talented Sango, had his music featured in Joe Kay's mixes, and was even named one of the top 10 upcoming producers in one of Toronto's biggest lifestyle blogs.
The "Black Pop" EP starts off with the track "Tenfold" which features the artist T i K A. The intro enjoys some minimal beats before T i K A's melodic vocals enter the fray. The production shares the stage with the vocals on this one, with a noticeable chemistry between the vibes associated with each aspect of the track. The second track, entitled "Birds x Bees" featuring Toronto's own Clairmont The Second, sets the tone immediately with the sample of birds chirping in the background, as the relaxing production comes into play. The sound clip including Donald Duck is expertly used in a manner that only production genius' would even consider. Clairmont's unique flow also vibes over the serene production like no other. These two should work together more often to say the least. The third track, entitled "Shui", has a lullaby feel, and is the type of track you could close your eyes while listening to, and literally lose yourself. The use of sound clips on this one is astonishing as well. The fourth track, entitled "Home Tonite" starts off with a voicemail sound clip, over the melodic vocals, and effectively captures the listener. The hypnotic vibes associated with this EP haven't dissipated yet. The final track on the EP is entitled "Lullaby", and features the artist Sydanie. The track is a nice fit for the finale of the EP with the ever so unique vocals and production meshing together extremely well. It takes a very skilled ear to be able to create a track (let alone an entire EP), that is filled with these out of the box takes on traditional serene production. I also want to mention something I found very impressive, believe it or not McCallaman actually sings on every track, and is even the sole singer on "Home Tonite", bringing another element of talent into his work is quite inspiring.
So there we have it, you (and myself) have been exposed to the genius that is McCallaman, and the "Black Pop" EP. The care that McCallaman has put into these tracks has NOT gone unnoticed. Each song has a wide variety of aspects that all work together to create the top of the line never before heard sound that we are having the pleasure of listening to. As I said before, it truly takes a musical genius to bring together so many different elements of sound, and McCallaman has proven he's not like the rest. I'm looking forward to hearing more from this legend in the making. He has the ear, and confidence to pursue a totally different direction in regards to music.
Snap back to Riyality. Pickering, Ontario hip-hop crew Sentral Soldiers member Riyality just dropped a new visual entitled "That Way" featuring Glenn Travis, and it's dripping with good vibes. With visual direction from "The Trenches Media Inc.", Riyality is working to boost his online presence as a solo artist, one separate from Sentral Soldiers.
Along with the Soldiers, Riyality has had the pleasure of playing hundreds of shows, and has even opened for the likes of: Classified, Machine Gun Kelly, Xzibit, Swollen Members, R.A. The Rugged Man, and many others. Along with the recording of his own music, Riyality has also opened a music studio in Ajax, Ontario with the Sentral Soldiers entitled "The Palace", it is here where they are learning how to work behind the boards with numerous other recording artists.
"That Way" starts off with an acoustic inspired beat that transforms as Riyality jumps in with his catchy flow. Riyality sounds so comfortable on the beat, which flows right into the impressive hook and perfectly matched production. The three aspects of the track work together to to really exemplify the already stellar vibes that are associated with the track.
Keep doing exactly what you're doing Riyality, because we "like it that way". I would also like to mention that I've been singing the hook in my head ever since I first heard this track. Well done.