In the past years, Canada, and specifically Toronto, has birthed some pretty strong star talent. But bubbling below the surface is an equally powerful – and fast rising – underground scene, and it has become The Real Frequency collective’s mission to shine a light on that talent, and it’s something they’ve been doing exceptionally well with their recently released album, The New North.
The latest single from the album is “Burn” from Toronto rapper Tona, a track replete with slick talk and witty wordplay (“A lotta squares trying to form circles out here/ We was forced to try angles that you ain’t never thought of or seen”) that does well to put on for the city.
Lyve produced the beat, flipping a wobbly procession of bass-driven synth blips and ambient noise, and cleanly layers it all atop a staggered mix of pounding drum kicks and crackling claps. And the beat is a perfect fit for Tona; no surprise, considering their extensive history working together. “Lyve is like my brother so he understands what kind of sound I’m looking for without me even having to ask,” says Tona. “He whipped up ‘Burn’ within a few hours. He’s one of the most talented producers I know.”
Joining the single is a video for fans to get a better feel for who Tona is as an artist as he touches on everything from where Canadian hip-hop stands in 2011 to what Real Frequency means to him, and more, including what he thinks The New North album represents. “The significance of The New North album,” exclaims Tona, “is to provide that platform for real hip-hop artists, to expose it to the masses. Not just in Toronto, but to the masses now.”
Download Tona’s “Burn” here:
Kendré, formerly known as Jabari on CW’s hit show “Girlfriends,” is releasing another hot new track to be added to his music collection. This time, the multitalented artist linked up with Bobby Brackins for his next single “Drop Wit It”.
produced by Shomari “ShonuFF” Wilson
(Produced by Strada – Cutz by DJ Ykcor)
B-Side Single from the upcoming
“King Noah Mixtape”
Within music culture, it seems like the future has sounded like the original Tron soundtrack since before science fiction movies even gained popularity. Trans Am, one of the best ’90s post-rock bands, always took a different route. Using driving Krautrock-oriented drums, robotic vocals and a sense of dynamics that are more punk than club-ready, “Futureworld” remains a hypnotic ode to the way we hope things sound 40 years from now. Originally released in 1999, Thrill Jockey is re-releasing Futureworld in celebration of its 20th anniversary on September 13 with a new mastering job and two digital bonus tracks, including an outtake mixed by James Murphy.
Pittsburgh Underground Stalwart Kid A lists Toronto Neophyte, 1/2 of Good Company Ayatollah Jaxx for two songs off of his sophomore album “Blunt Guts & Glory”. “Last Hope” is a soulful confession of putting all efforts in music with out any other options. Jaxx delivers not only the first verse but a catchy hook and bridge over funky pianos and horns on the ES-K produced track.
Kid A featuring Ayatollah Jaxx of Good Company “Last Hope”
Well after a year of planning and about a month of delays DJ Hi-Def & Chief Stockton debut mixtape is finally ready for the masses. Entitled One Last Breath, it features some of the smash street hits that has hit the web here recently, courtesy of HipHopDX. Including the T-Pain assisted “Still Missin You” and the mega all star mashup of “We’re All Reminded” featuring Adele, Frank Ocean & Tyga. Check this before you run out of breath!
The Sentinel artist Etzia is now releasing her EP “Gangstress”, on Tunesberg Records.
The album is mainly produced by swedish Partillo, the man behind Collie Buddz & Machel Montano´s
massive hit, “FLY AWAY”.
The songs range from hardcore dancehall to rub-a-dub and lovers, enigeered and produced by Partillo, Lance-a-Lot and Hot This Year band.
Hosted by Angela Yee, DJ Sense, DJ Trauma
New from Minneapolis, MC Maria Isa -”Secured” off her new mixtape Sip It Vol.1
Muja Messiah & Maria Isa are Villa Rosa, coming soon debut Blue Diamond Island. ( with production from Martin “Doc’ Mckinney (esthero/The Weeknd).
Due to popular demand, El-P just released the uncensored version of his Adult Swim single “Drones Over BKLYN”.
Grab it here: http://www.mediafire.com/?4bpgksc5yzppqfh
Off the upcoming mixtape TYPD (Things Young Ppl Do)
Born to West African parentage and hailing from the impoverished west end streets of Toronto, rapper, producer, and songwriter Big Page first took interest in hip hop culture at the age of 13. While trying to find the balance between street pharmacist and aspiring rapper, Page found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time – he was incarcerated for 9 months. It was during this time that he realized the real hustle was in music.
Fast forward to 2006 and you will probably remember the four famed words from his track “Ballin’ Is My Hobby”. With the help of his partner Darren Pereira at Smoke & Mirrors Records, Page started to cultivate a huge street following after the release of the street single/club smash “Ballin’ Is My Hobby”. Having performed around the world, from Amsterdam to Dubai, alongside artists like Akon, Ludacris, Jay Sean, Trina and T-Pain, Page has established himself as a reputable international act. With bases out of New York, LA, Atlanta, and Miami, Page has been busy in the studio with the likes of Max B, Brisco, Poe Boy, and his “Gangsta Girl” featured artist Bobby V to deliver real and honest new-school hip hop.
Since breaking out Drake on his single “I’m Still Fly” in 2009, Page has been busy penning and slaying new tracks – new chapters – in the studio for his upcoming sophomore mixtape TYPD (Things Young Ppl Do). His music is about chasing a dream. It’s about being locked up in the prison of our computer screen. It’s about rolling with gangster girls and rocking out at parties with bottles of whatever. It’s about being accessible to the end user, without the tiers of bullshit. It’s about a free young mind.
“My music is tangible to the kid in the hood who wants to get the hell out. I used my experiences, whether good or bad, to paint a canvas through my music to empower and educate the youth of today.”
BIGG PAGE feat. Bobby Valentino -Gangsta Girl by BIGPAGETV
FROM THE BASTARDS OF THE PARTY
OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK ON SALE 8/30!
This is asshole music at it’s finest. Just bars and beats as Osiym along side Mista Bourne get reckless over a high energy headbanger to give hip-hop lovers an alternative to what they have been hearing lately. This track is filled with the wordplay and wittiness that Osiym is quickly becoming known for. Caution: Listeners may need a neckbrace after hearing this.
NEW STREET SMASH!!
from the “KIDS AT THE BAR, WIT THE BARS”
PRODUCED BY BOOTSY LEMIEUX
Since Big K.R.I.T. intended for this to be a celebratory track anyway, let’s also rejoice in the fact that Mississippi’s finest (that’s K.R.I.T.) recruited Alabama’s finest (that’s Yelawolf) to help him lace this self-produced cut from the upcoming August 18 mixtape Last King 2: God’s Machine. The song was recorded in Atlanta’s Tree Sound Studios just over a year ago on the night that K.R.I.T. and Yela first crossed paths. Pay close attention as two of the most exciting hip-hop artists to emerge from the South in recent years spit their “firewater” over the twinkling piano keys. Official debut albums from both rappers are due this fall.
VP Records is proud to announce the double-disc collection, We Remember Gregory Isaacs, available August 16, 2011. Saxophonist and producer Dean Fraser has assembled an all-star cast of contemporay singers and musicians to pay homage to the icon, who The New York Times describes as “the most exquisite vocalist in reggae.”
“When my friend Gregory passed away last year, I wanted to express my appreciation for our musical association and love for him as a close friend. We’d performed together all over the world through the late ‘70s and ‘80s when I was a member of We The People and later with Sly & Robbie. I decided to do a tribute album, but had no money to produce it. I reached out to the reggae community and was overwhelmed by people’s willingness to give their time and talents to make this vision real,” explains Fraser.
We Remember Gregory Isaacs presents sixteen of the legendary vocalists’ most loved songs sung by artists including Tarrus Riley, Etana, Romain Virgo, J Boog, Gyptian and Duane Stephenson. Including his classic hits like “Front Door,” “Mr Brown,” “Night Nurse,” “Storm,” “Soon Forward,” “Tune In,” “My Number One,” “The Border,” “Love Is Overdue” and “Red Rose” and obscure favorites such as “My Only Lover” and “Stranger In Town,” the legacy of Gregory Isaacs lives on with this stellar collection. The album also includes extensive liner notes and a bonus disc of instrumental versions by Dean Fraser.
“I recorded the instrumental versions in a day or so. As I listened back to the tracks I felt like adding vocals could be an even greater tribute. Having worked closely with Duane Stephenson and Tarrus Riley they were the first people I called with the idea. When we started voicing, certain artists just seemed right for particular songs so, we went with the vibe. It’s exciting to me that these younger performers will bring Gregory’s music to a whole new generation of reggae fans,” Fraser adds.