I must admit that after Blue Slide Park I had written off Mac Miller, but a track featuring an artist who compares to Andre 3000 in terms of his limited number of appearances (despite fans wanting more music) was a necessary listen. Mac holds a solid verse featuring lines like “I’m sick of being too nice/To people who don’t do shit but consume life/Told myself, “f-ck the world kid, just do what you like””, while Jay basically pulls the script on The Wizard of Oz for his verse. It’ll be interesting to see how Watching Movies With The Sound Off turns out after this little preview.
The irresistible Ellie Goulding drops this sexy cover for Alt-J’s Tessellate, only to make a video that’s even sexier, while keeping it classy. The artistic short film was filmed while in Paris, and is called Une Nuit à Paris.
The young Toronto based producer/DJ, Maxum, is back with another track. This time remixing the likes of Swedish DJ duo Icona Pop’s summer anthem I Love It. With Icona Pop’s record label Big Beats Records catching hold of the track I wonder if the duo will show some Toronto love to Maxum playing his remix during their set at Grove Music Festival later this summer.
The OVO native teams up with the A$AP Mob boss collab for a track off P. Reign’s upcoming Dear America project. The track gives you that hood sound that P.Reign is known to drop while talking about who P. and Rocky are rollin’ with.
Cole gets some assistance from TLC’s T-Boz & Chilli for the second single off Born Sinner. The born sinner will be dropping by Toronto for a show on the 26th at a secret location as part of his 6 city Dollar and A Dream tour (where it will only cost a dollar to be admitted, first come first serve). That will give Toronto folks about 36 hours to memorize all the lyrics to Born Sinner, and let’s face it many fans will do that.
Wale teams up with Ross & Lupe for the latest drop off MMG’s Self Made Vol. 3, out August 6th. Being an MMG track, the track is surprisingly pretty good, but of course you can expect Ross has the worst verse and Lupe kills it.
Toronto rap duo/twins A-Game dropped this new video while filming the video for last summer’s city anthem Money Made Me Do It. Both tracks will be on their upcoming Boarding Pass mixtape, which should be due out soon.
Dirty Dutch producer/DJ R3hab decided to take one of the spring/summer’s hugely contagious hits and run the trap on it, turning Calvin & Ellie into an EDM trap anthem. With nearly 50k listens in less than 16 hrs this is a staple hit that R3hab is sure to be playing for a while at his shows.
Krewella was thrust into the limelight with their huge EDM anthem Alive, which topped the EDM radio airplay charts in the US (beating out Swedish House Mafia). When people think of EDM they think of people playing around on their computer with “little to no musical ability”, however Yasmine, Jahan and the Rainman show that there is plenty of musical ability within their krew. Breaking down their EDM anthem, the krew turned Alive into an acoustic moment of beauty.
The homie Rich Kidd reminds me in a lot of ways like a few other prominent artists in Hip-Hop (Kanye West & Black Milk to name a few). Both were known prominently known for their production abilities early in their careers, however there was always the rapper in them that took to the background while they made a name for themselves as producers. Then as their production credits grew out came a lyrical hip-hop artist that not only surprised many, but made a point of being critically acclaimed artists. Rich Kidd is on the verge of doing just that. Already being hailed as Young Guru’s favourite young producer, Rich Kidd has now released a solid debut EP that is being hailed for both its production and his diversity as an MC. Can I Get A [Bom Bom] serves as the first video off the album and it’s hook will definitely catch the ears of many, while Trixx’s appearance will garner laughs as always. Rich Kidd has shown that he’s one of the few artists who can transition from production to the mic seamlessly and will quickly gain a following outside of the city where he’s already a force.