Last month, DillanPonders gave the world MATRIX. Today, Ponders delivers a music video for ‘SAMSON’, the album’s lead single.
Hazy and archaic, the video for the Kevin Rolly-produced goliath sees Ponders at a hazy party with angels, demons and masked creatures, melting away into an almost unrecognizable pile of ooze.
The song itself is a behemoth and rightfully claims its own space from the start. Atop thick, full bells and lush 808s, Ponders seamlessly switches back and forth from his signature multiple flows.
On bars like “Wanna see a change? Stop watching the news / Stay true to yourself and you’ll be a better man” and “Your girl wants me to sign her tits / Your man wants me to sign his kicks / I don’t know where to draw the line / Maybe when they ask me to sign their kids” Ponders blends both insightful and comedic lines together into one exciting package.
Ponders recently brought this flair with him on tour with Pouya. Brandishing his music like a weapon, he incited riots inside every venue and left fans demanding more from ’SHROOM DADDY’, as they infectiously call him. Stay tuned for the full length tour recap releasing soon!
Staasia Daniels puts in work over an industrial dancehall rhythm headed by Xpress aka DJXP. Negotiations are off and on like a Light Switch regarding a contract of love, while pertinent inquiries remain unanswered (“Why is sex easier to get, but real love is so hard to find?“). The deal may not fall through, but one thing’s for sure: This avant-garde audio art-piece is worthy of your time investment.
Manu Crooks turns up the heat with his new single, “Fuego” with fellow Australian artist Anfa Rose. The latin song title is appropriate for the due to the use of the sample of “Meu Mundo e Hoje” by Eliete Negriera eloquently incorporated by producer DOPAM!NE. Manu’s cool & cocky style is reminiscent of legendary hip-hop lady lovers like the Notorious B.I.G. and LL Cool J. As his career continues to blossom his relationship with an anonymous woman is slowly diminishing. He raps, “I know what I did eventually drove you crazy/ No lie, you are number one my lady/ You was way back before the navy Mercedes.” Manu reaffirms his commitment because she’s held him down since day one, but more importantly, because she’s “Fuego” (fire). Anfa Rose drives home this notion with a sultry hook that flows gracefully over the beat.
Manu has continued to make an impact in the music scene since dropping the music video for “Different League” which has garnered +200k views in 2 weeks. Recently, the artist was co-signed by legendary rapper and Outkast member, Big Boi on MTV. When asked about Manu’s song “Assumptions. When asked about Manu’s song “Assumption” Big Boi said, “This is like the most modern song I’ve heard on the whole little cha-banga-boom so far and I’ve seen this on TV. Manu Crooks jamming man!” (watch it here)
“Fuego” is a smooth transition from his previous release. The track is sonically pleasing and will heat up listeners as we approach Summer 2018. Manu is currently headlining his Mood Forever Tour throughout Canada and Europe (tickets can be purchased here).
Manu’s international flair is on the brink of making a huge impact in the U.S. He’s toured with well known rap artists like Stormzy, Tory Lanez, YG and his keen fashion sense has captured the attention of Highsnobiety, Coveteur and many others.
Fans can stream “Fuego” across all major music streaming outlets now. For additional information about Manu Crooks please refer to the social media links below.
JUNO Award winning, multi-platinum Canadian hip-hop artist and producer, Classified has unveiled the video for “She Ain’t Gotta Do Much”; the newest track off his forthcoming EP, “Tomorrow Could Be…” available June 29th via Half Life Records/Universal Music Canada. The cinematic video was filmed in Toronto and directed by Jacqueline Andrade. The EP is available to pre-order now via iTunes.
Adding to the increasing excitement and anticipation generated by the video releases for previously released tracks “Powerless” and “Changes” and delivering the innovative and genuine narrative fans expect from one of Canada’s most respected rappers, “She Ain’t Gotta Do Much” pays homage to, advocates for and simply celebrates female empowerment.
“This one’s a special shout out to all the women out there who keep their guys in line; to the overworked and underappreciated women trying to keep life running smoothly,” shares Classified (Luke Boyd). “Typical story here; women are out there saving the world and keeping everything in check while their guy is home having a good time, oblivious to her superpowers. We appreciate everything you do!”
In celebration of Tomorrow Could Be…, Classified is throwing a fan club exclusive event in Toronto on June 28th. The event which honours the rapper’s dedicated fan base known as the Halflifers, sold out in less than 24 hours.
With an inherent and candid ability to break down the barrier between performer and audience, Classified is one of Canada’s most respected and successful rap artists and producers. His self-titled 2013 release debuted at No. 1 on the Canadian Nielsen Soundscan Chart and has sold over 1 million singles and is certified 2x Platinum. Additionally, the album boasts two Top 10 singles including the 4x Platinum “Inner Ninja” featuring David Myles and the Platinum certified “3 Foot Tall”. As one of the most influential hip-hop artists in Canada, the multiple JUNO Award winner hosted the 2014 JUNO Awards and has a combined 24 nominations and 8 wins between the MuchMusic Video Awards, JUNO Awards, and East Coast Music Awards.
Adds and Spittaz are brothers from the west end of Toronto that started releasing music online in 2017. Their music touches on many societal issues and racism while delivering lyrics with a counter-culture message. The sound and style is chill hip hop with mellow delivery of quotable bars.
“N*ggaz Lyke / Oppressed Rebels” is the second video release from Adds and Spittaz and is Directed by The Knemesis. The visuals help deliver the message behind the songs while bringing viewers into Adds and Spittaz west end neighborhood.
Be on the look out for new music and videos coming soon as Adds and Spittaz work on their debut project.
ZyaireRosier releases his new single titled “Alive” The productions for the song, goes to Emani and was executive produced by Rosier. The minimalism in the composition is graceful and simplistic. The Joyful hymn is coated in beauty and gratefulness. The grain in the voice of Zyaire Rosier expounds on the experiences he and his comrades shared. The record speaks about a genuine camaraderie among-st friends and the refugee streets of Spring Valley, NY. The composed literary works is reflective and emotive to say the least.
If you’re not aware yet, summer 2018 is f-ing here, and JT’s crash-coursing you into it. Even if you don’t know who JT Soul is, his new dancehall anthem “LOUD” should be on your “day off and drinking” playlist. This in-house production by ODDIO’s star pupil is the furthest he’s strayed from his usual sound and some magic came out of it, flowing over Soca drums, a funky guitar rhythm and a few creamy R&B synths.
After hitting #10 on iTunes’ R&B charts with his first EP at 17, the young artist feels like he’s finally taking control of his potential. This is a wave to a tsunami of content coming from the young Montrealer, including a string of singles and videos. Here’s JT’s opinion on the track; “LOUD is basically my take on what summer should feel like. Being free and most important being experimental! A song like this is rejuvenating in some sense, it’s my abc’s of how making a hit can have content and still be fun with it.”