When taking in The Antiheroes it's clear on any track that they never lack on expressing their opinion, whether the subject is the quality and integrity of music or something community based. Separately, as first experienced on Latex & Perfume ; you experience a more personal side of the two Toronto artist's Sha Prince and Flex The Antihero. Announcing SALEM was on it's way just before Sha Prince's solo project, there was a built anticipation leading up to the first time we heard it. Hands down, once taking it in fully and hitting repeat dozens of times you could tell this is a body of work that you could not get bored listening to. Both SALEM and Latex & Perfume; they stand as a moment in time. First experiencing SALEM it's seen as what it is, a great in-depth project that is an ode to where Flex grew up which reflects on his past, how he's moved on pursuing his passion to create music and more. If you look at it for what it could be, it's a moment in time you can look back to when artist's like Flex further their success and really look at how far they've come. Read the track by track review after the jump!
Hip-Hop fans have had a hard time accepting Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino as a creditable artist in the Hip-Hop industry. Creditability is an essential factor to fans of the genre, and Childish Gambino has his questioned constantly. After a series of mix tape releases, Gambino’s first studio album, Camp (2011), was met with mixed reviews. Though well received by critics, Hip-Hop purists refused to accept Gambino as an MC. Gambino’s follow up to Camp, was the 2012 mix tape, Royalty. In an attempt to appease naysayers, Royalty was filled with some of the hottest names in rap: Wu Tang Clans RZA & Ghost Face Killah, Danny Brown, Nipsy Hussle, School-boy Q- and the list goes on. Royalty served as a preview of what Gambino could bring to the table among some of the most well renowned rappers in the game. Moving onward form Royalty, it was evident that Childish Gambino made drastic improvements lyrically, and his confidence on the mic seemed to be at an all-time high. From the attempts to define personal struggles in Camp, to the boastful swag raps heard in Royalty, the most consistent element in Gambino’s music is his search for an identity. Childish Gambino latest release Because the Internet, is the culmination of trial and error, growth and development and straight grinding- the end result is an artist coming into his own. Check out the full article after the Jump.
Ever since first coming across Sese's music in my "Youtube Vortex" days; stumbling into the track "Iron Jaw Angel's", I was instantly a fan. Of course when you come across an artist that's new to you, you have to go back and do your research, while in the midst of that I was constantly impressed with how dedicated he was to his craft. Dropping eleven videos in a row with G-Dot, the YFRWN series, a slew of remixes over some of the most popular instrumentals at the time, several other mixtapes and more! It still doesn't cease - nor will it ever I believe. At the beginning of the year Sese released his first EP Age of Aquarius, which followed Aquarius Rising, not even a month after he announced another project he was working on, Sayzor Ramone. Quoting the write up for Sayzor Ramone, "Channeling over the top charisma, brash lady's man bravado and technical skills to put him a cut above the rest comes as second nature. The parallels between he and his favourite wrestler the WWF's Rayzor Ramone character are endless on his new 8-Track offering aptly-titled, "Sayzor Ramone." "I just [really] wanted to embody that charisma he had. He was all about the ladies and dressing the best, but on top of that he was a top competitor and his talent overshadowed his cocky bravado," says Sese of his new collection. Giving fans and music lovers a high energy ringside like experience is heard throughout the offering. "I just wanted to make a cohesive project. I wanted it to be high energy, and it to embody that feeling of stepping into the ring, the crowd, the lights, the theme. I wanted it to feel very over the top... No Royale Rumble." Boasting a mix of some frequent collaborators, and the introduction to some new sound masters, "Sayzor Ramone" flows from top to bottom. With features from Luu Breeze and Hardbody. And, production from Jayze, 2oolman, Superville, The Workx and UTVMG in-house producer Jmakbeatz the sounds are bass heavy and high impact." Hit the link the read the full review!
It's only been an unbelievable three months since Chance The Rapper headlined his first show at The Hoxton. It wasn't a big surprise hearing the show was sold out considering Acid Rap was arguably the mixtape of the summer if not the year. This past Monday Chance made an appearance in Toronto as part of his "Social Experiment” North American tour featuring guests DJ Rashad & Spinn. Chants were shouted impatiently after DJ Rashad took a final swing of his beer and left the stage along with a good impression. Meanwhile the sound crew took over the stage unintentionally provoking annoyance that could have been avoided for a smoother transition. Check out the full review and photography after the jump!
It's been three years since Shad's last full-length offering (2010's TSOL), and Shad's had plenty of things in the meantime to write about. From winning a Juno Award to completing his Master's Degree, this is the first time in Shad's career that he's found himself with a certain level of expectations and nothing to focus on but the music. It's a challenging position for any artist to be in: how do you top your previous work if it won Best Rap Album - beating Drake, no less? In the midst of this situation, Shad responds with Flying Colours, a twelve-track offering that may very well be his most brilliant, thoughtful work yet. We were fortunate enough to get an advanced listen of Flying Colours and really take it in over the past several weeks. Read the track-by-track review after the jump and pick up Flying Colours on October 15th.