Multi-talented producer and beatmaker Elaquent kicks off 2018 with his latest EP, Celebrate Life! The six-track release available through URBNET, was born out of reflection and graciousness. “Life sucks sometimes. With all the depressing things that happen throughout the world, to people you know, to yourself even, it’s important to take a moment and appreciate the beautiful things the world has to offer, to prevent yourself from going crazy. Stay positive, celebrate life”. After racking up production credits with innovative and noteworthy hip hop and future soul musicians including Iman Omari, allie, Marv Won, and Mr. Brady among many others, Celebrate Life! features Elaquent collaborating with more notable forward-thinking musicans and producers like K, Le Maestro and Dibiase. To celebrate this project, Elaquent also released a new animated video for the song “Black” featuring K, Le Maestro.
Following up on his 2016 album, Worst Case Scenario, which captured a catalogue of experiences and feelings across time zones, this time around Elaquent created a reflective sound weaving themes of travel and personal growth into the core of his music, boasting his talent not only as a beat maker and producer, but as an artist, conscious of his own self, peers, and strangers alike. Celebrate Life! consistently hits the bittersweet mark of self-reflection perfectly, reminding us all that we’re here for a good time, not a long time.
In 2004 Kanye West bragged about making five beats a day for three summers straight. DillanPonders might know that life more than any of us ever will.
Ponders has barely stepped outside his studio in the last six months, keeping a tight lip on the sound of his forthcoming project, MATRIX. The November released ‘SAMSON’ is the only
record confirmed to appear on the LP. And though he recently released the third instalment of his infamous YOU’RE WELCOME remix series, fans are clamouring for more.
DillanPonders lets loose a single for his fans and to remind us all that he’s coming for the top. Appropriately titled ‘OUTSIDE’, the track is a braggadocious punch to the gut, with Ponders showcasing his skills and mindset: He’s that gourmet, and his competition? Merely Popeyes.
The release is a gift as Ponders once again returns to SXSW next weekend for another year of official showcases, including the soon to be announced inaugural ‘6XSW’ Showcase featuring a
Toronto centric line-up!
Premiering on HipHopDX, the single “Praga” is generating buzz online and media outlets everywhere. Toronto’s Thorobread joins up with Bronx emcee, Don Q, for this track found on his upcoming EP, Trust is a Legacy. Thoro claims his collaboration with Don Q couldn’t have happened at a better time.. and once he heard the beat (produced by Trouble Trouble), he knew Q was the perfect fit. Thoro’s upcoming EP will also feature Tory Lanez. Check for it coming soon.
Rising Hip Hop Artist & Battle MC Ironic teams up with Reggae Legend Junior Reid to release “Maybe I Was wrong.”Ironic, no stranger to the music scene, is known for his previous hits “God and Gladiators” with influential rapper Kool G Rap and Swifty from the Detroit Rap group D12 as well as his single Resurrection. Ironic has opened for Royce da 5’9, KRS-ONE, Dream Warriors to name a few. Ironic’s new single “Maybe I Was Wrong” is the first single off his EP Audiobiography. Maybe I Was Wrong is a dark tale of what could have been when everyday struggles pile up and turn into a nightmare. The song is taken from Ironic’s real life experiences conflicted between fatherhood, financial pressure and addiction. This song depicts Ironic’s inner demons along with an opportunity for redemption. The track along with the video is now available on all digital platforms.
Toronto’s Very Own rising R&B artist, Ziyaad Luceō releases his first single of the year called ‘Beautiful’. This is also his returning record after releasing his debut project ‘Late Night Calls’. Ziyaad recreates an old Sángo instrumental that samples the Mississauga native PARTYNEXTDOOR’s hit single, ‘Muse’. ‘Beautiful’ is almost like a direct homage by developing a dark and ominous atmosphere with sexual mood. The dark tones intertwine with the melodic hypotonic vocals displayed by Luceō. The soothing energy of this record works hand-in-hand with the lyrics to create a euphoric imitate experience.
Toronto based recording artist, Divo, who has a long history in Canada’s underground hip hop scene, has just released his first official Spanish language single, titled “El Rey”. The songs title, which translates to “The King”, marks Divo’s debut into releasing Latin music and he comes out with a bang on the aggressive sounding new single.
Although Divo‘s past releases have been in English, he decided to tap into his Latin roots on this latest project and deliver a modern and hard-hitting, Latino Trap-inspired anthem which showcases his versatility as an artist.
The video was directed by Manolo for Diamantt Films and is a creative visual to accompany the hard-hitting audio.
The song was produced by Atwell who is known for creatively blending genres and devising energetic soundscapes. Divo and Atwell are currently working on a collaborative album to be released later in 2018.
Award winning Hip Hop recording artist and music producer Leo Vance released his new single, “PRELUDE” March 1st, 2018. The multi-talented artist performed on the TDOT FEST music stage at the iconic Young-Dundas Square before a packed venue. “PRELUDE” is produced by platinum winning music producer Vybe Beatz, who worked with Leo to ensure the single reflected the artist’s soul.
“PRELUDE” dives deep into who Leo Vance is as an artist, paints the picture of road to the top and serves as a prequel to the upcoming EP “INTERLUDE”. The lyrics speak to character and the ability to know who you are and to persevere against what life throws your way. “PRELUDE” falls into a sub-genre of its own blending soul, hip-hop and chill vibes.
Leo Has also made a music video that will be released with the song to compliment the release and give the audience the deep visuals that inspired the song. The video will be on YouTube, the link to the video will be provided below.
“Love Me” was actually written and first recorded in 2012. GNA co-wrote the single with songwriter, Myles. She immediately loved the song and what it stood for. The track is about being a confident woman who knows herself, her worth, and above everything all loves herself first. We are seeing this trend and theme in pop culture right now, with women loving themselves and banding together. Perfect timing with “Love Me” and it’s girl power message. The song was produced by T-Nyce, Seth Dyer and Josh Francois. The video is a cute display of this, in front of a burger shack with her girls, being approached with same-o, same-o from guys. Check it out and let us know your thoughts.
Music is a universal binder—a glue that firmly connects individuals. This is especially true in the case of two neighbourhood friends from Toronto, Canada—R&B Singer Prince Young and rapper/producer M-Touch—who grew up united by a passion for music that delivered their latest mixtape Tunnel Vision.
The project is fueled with headstrong lyrics conveying determination such as those in anthem “Tunnel Vision” announcing, “When the smoke clears I’ll be standing right here/I’ll keep shining till the sun burns out.” The inspiration behind Prince Young and M-Touch’s tape was to step out of their comfort zone and display versatility in their style. You can expect more singing from M-Touch than usual, while Prince Young will deliver more swag to his R&B vocals. The project’s title came from the duo’s aim to keep their eyes on the “prize”—which is symbolic for the end of the tunnel with no handouts, just hard work, talent, and persistence.