It's not surprising that John River is in the mood to celebrate these days -- everything seems to be going his way. Just days after walking the red carpet at the MMVAs (where his "Hope City II" was nominated for Best Hip-Hop Video), and mere months after being invited to speak as a TEDx guest, the Mississauga emcee is back with a party anthem timed perfectly for the start of summer. "Get Down" is totally uninhibited and unapologetically enthusiastic, and as much as it's John River's party, it's also a celebration of Mississauga and his hometown friends -- it's no coincidence that he wears Brampton native Tyler Ennis' Milwaukee Bucks jersey in the video. Things are looking up for John River these days. It'll be fun to see where things go from here.
Update: After you have read the following story in full make sure to read Part 2 as John River met J.Cole again and we got it on video! Every once in awhile, it's good to be reminded of why we're doing what we chose to pursue. Too often, the routine of everyday life makes us forget what drove us in the first place. Inspiration needs refilling. This morning, I was given that inspiration. I woke up to a message from John River with an attachment to a story - his story, to be exact. In the story, he tells how he achieved many an aspiring young rapper's dream, how he ended up meeting J. Cole and rapping for the president of Dreamville. It's a story of hope, unapologetic naivete, and an irrepressible desire to achieve what he set out to accomplish. It relit my flame of inspiration, and I hope it will do the same to you. Read it after the jump.
The time has come! The homie John River just released his debut mixtape today, The Calm. Early favourites include "Seasons of Love", "Hope City", "Every Evening", and "They Say" featuring ANTHM. Overall, The Calm is an inspiring, well thought-out debut - the effort put into this project shines through from start to finish. The Come Up Show caught up with John River for an interview ahead of the mixtape release, and we spoke about The Calm, paying dues, things he's learned from JD Era, and much more. Make sure to give that interview a read, and stream/download The Calm below.
The homie John River just dropped the trailer to his highly-anticipated debut mixtape, The Calm. Along with unveiling the cover art for his upcoming release, the Mississauga up-and-comer also announced a release date: November 20th. Check out the trailer below, and be sure to check out our interview with John River as we discuss The Calm and much more.