Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com, we have Toronto hip-hop artist Shah with his latest music video PAY DAY 71. The title Pay Day 71 refers to the gender wage gap, which sees women earning 71% of their male counterparts. This track is definitely meant to be played at a strip club with its heavy bass and auto-tuned hooks. During the A3C Festival in Atlanta PAY DAY 71 was getting heavy play in the strip clubs, because due to the dancers embracing it so much. Shah showcases its all about the money when you work hard for it. Shah’s music video is the fourth installment that’s apart of his audiovisual series. If you like the message Shah is portraying in his latest single, make sure you let him know and don’t forget to support.
[TORONTO] Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com, we have hip-hop artist KonFiiDent with his latest music video for his single SCHEMIN’. Nothing ends good when someone is scheming. KonFiiDent discusses the topic of envy and jealously. The video brings us a view from an outside perception of a relationship that seems all good until, the girl starts to become suspicious of KonFiiDent. Looking at his phone and putting it away and then she ends up finding an address. Only thinking of the worse she can’t help the curiosity and needs to confront KonFiiDent. I personally think the visual is too good to be this short! Be on the lookout for more content from Toronto’s own KonFiiDent. [FOLLOW HIM ON TWITTER]
Seems like every day an artist is emerging north of the border, and Trish just may be the next one to blaze a trail of her own from the cold streets of Toronto, Canada with her latest single “Tropical Exotic”. The song is as smooth as it gets and the spacey, lush production from upcoming producers 5PiECE and SLWJMZ works perfectly with lovely vocals Trish provides as she takes listeners on a ride of desire. She may be new to most listeners but with her talent the sky is the limit. “Tropical Exotic” looks to be the first offering from her upcoming project 2 22 EP. Keep your eyes (and ears) on this young songstress.
What a way to bring together hip-hop and comics with what Co-creator/Executive Producer Mikel.M from Toronto Canada and Producer/Artist Xia-Dawn from Miami, FL did on their collaborative mixtape called SAMURAI SHIN VS XIA-DAWN. When you get your free download of Samurai Shin VS Xia-Dawn you get two new comic strips from “Samurai Shin” Episode 1 Web Comic Book. The mixtape also features from P.Soul, Kuro Silence, Mikel.M, Tripstyle, AJB4 & Voice Over Actor “LeQan Bennett”. Music inspired by comics and anime, my favorite elements to combine on a project.
Samurai Shin is inspired from two anime shows like Samurai Champloo and Afro Samurai, with main characters Amir and Keith. Mikel.M will be writing out the comic and talented artist Ivan Earl Aguilar from the Philippines will be working on the art. With Xia-Dawn being a fan of anime and hip-hop he couldn’t miss out the opportunity to work on this project.
The seven track mixtape brings us some instrumentals and some dope tracks. With my review, I’ll be going over which ones are my favorites. They are: Brand New Day, Combat, Samurai Shin, All Flows Reach Out, and I Be That.
[BRAND NEW DAY] This track really captured my attention, reason why because if I was a lyricist or femcee I would of taken this beat and make a hit with it. Xia-Dawn executed the beat perfectly.
[COMBAT] I find this instrumental to be so motivating. It also reminds me of a Quentin Tarantino film. Seriously! You can’t tell me no. And a bit of Mortal Kombat inspiration with those “fight” and “finish him” being said throughout the track.
[SAMURAI SHIN] I really like how grimy/street style with this track, it even sounds like we’re in a cypher with Tripstyle. His flow is classic. Definitely represents the essence of 90’s hip-hop.
[ALL FLOWS REACH OUT (A.F.R.O)] To put into words how I feel about this track, it’s what I liked to call “groovy, baby”. I love the smooth vibes produced by Kuro Silence. This instrumental brings a lot of positive energy. I’ll definitely play this at a party for sure.
[I BE THAT (SAMURAI)] AJB4 takes Samurai Shin’s story to life with his track that hits topic from the comic. You gotta be careful who you’re messing with cause they can easily take your life especially if they’re a Samurai.
This concludes my project review on Samurai Shin VS Xia-Dawn. The 7 track mixtape really provides a fun time while still embracing hip-hop and anime. While listening to the project look at the comic strips provided. You can feel this music really coming out from the sketches. Love the art of music and in the arts.
With all the music glorifying the “trap” and its associated daily activities, one may forget that the despair of being in it is very real and every person is looking for a way out. For Toronto up and comer PRICE, a passport and visa symbolizes the escape that he is searching for.
In his words, “I wrote this record with a lot of things in mind. Where I’m at right now in Toronto is a war zone in its own right and being born in a country that refugees are trying to find safety in drew a clear picture for me. Regardless of my passport, I share an understanding with these people,” he says. “Though our stories are incomparable in severity, they do share a synergy. All I ever needed was a visa to get me out of the Grove – moving back to Toronto showed me how important that was.” The central theme of the track is expansion and growth, Price uses a visa as the tool to accomplish both. The track was produced by RUNWAY and was the first single off of his EP Departure that was released last December.
Canada-based hip-hop artist Kaydee brings to you his latest visual to the laid-back song titled “Mission Statement” The song starts off with a few chops and some hi-hats until a solid beat, homage to the Golden Era of hip-hop, plays its way in. A bit of a breath of fresh out with all the slowed trap beats saturating the market; but that’s another story. The Toronto native comes strong in both delivery as well as presence which adds believability and a sense of hunger to the lyrics. The ‘whoosh’ from the sample gives the track an overall element of mellowness to it- the perfect kind of track to vibe to and for folks that want to get loose would just have to learn to words. The bridge, provided by an unidentified woman, adds a nice twist before the conclusion, but by the time she steps in, Kaydee statement is clear – Mission: Accomplished. Kaydee’s debut project “The Transition” is available now with the follow-up, sophomore effort currently under way.
[TORONTO, ON] Crossword is a Iranian-Canadian emcee that likes to talk about politics than swag, or to serenade than cater to the gentleman’s club, intelligent lyricism, witty wordplay and passionate delivery are staples in Crossword’s repertoire. This visual for BREATHE, uses actual video footage of riots between Minorities against the Police. For years, there’s been cases of police brutality against unarmed citizens of the United States. Especially African Americans, in an alarming rate. Crossword expresses how it’s difficult to simply breathe without having someone stalking information.
The video shows Crossword being followed by some type of Government figure. He ends up getting kidnapped and has to deal with serious interrogation. It even seems like torture. What are they trying to figure out from Crossword, or does Crossword have something against them. The hook says It’s Getting Hard To Breathe which I feel was inspired by last words of victim Eric Gardner. Since his last words we’re “I Can’t Breathe” after getting choked hold to death by officer Daniel Pantaleo. In which he wasn’t indicted by a grand jury for the murder of Eric Gardner. The list goes on and on from more victims by the overreactions of police officers or even having ulterior motives. By releasing BREATHE Crossword hopes to expose more of what’s really going on. I can keep on with this topic, but lets get back to the music. Crossword’s debuted his full-length album XW which is available now via BANDCAMP. BREATHE was Directed by Daniel Gates and Produced by Justunlimited. I really do like the beat on this one and Crossword’s flow is dope. See for yourself and Press Play! [LINKS] TWITTER || FACEBOOK || YOUTUBE || WEBSITE || SOUNDCLOUD ||
Check out this artist Weight of Thought from Toronto, Ontario with his single Say It’s Done. Off of his project Weight of Thought, which released on January 16, 2012. I thought this track was so dope. It’s relative to what we go through on a daily basis. The vibe and flow from him really does have an old-school structure and feels like we’re in the nineties. Production from Snafu 76s.