In a hip hop niche that Kid Cudi has abandoned in the pursuit of lackingness, maybe Raury is the voice we need. Download his debut album for free here.
Some fresh new material from Ottawa’s Zoo Legacy. Live instrumentation hip hop is getting harder and harder to find but there’s something about real drums and guitar that you just can’t get from sampling. The band will be recording its third EP this April with Juno award-winning producer Gus Van Go (The Stills, Said the Whale, The Trews, Hollerado, etc.) and Ottawa’s Steve Foley (Big Boi, Tyga). To help fund this, ZL has launched a kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for which they’re already aiming for a stretch target. You can also see them at Canadian Music Week (dates to be announced).
Some classic Toronto hip-hop. Not just Toronto but Rexdale. So good.
“Never No” blew me away on first listen. The instrumental and soulful vibe from the start feel like they would be at home on a modern Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. A tight flow, conscious lyrics, this is what real hip-hop sounds like. No gimmicks. Based on a tweet, it looks like J.Pinder will be playing The Belmont on Wednesday, March 14.
Listen to Never No
Edit – And peep the official video:
Right off the bat, Black Milk’s production on “Insomniac Dreaming” grabs your head and starts it bobbing. A.Dd+ takes care of the rest. Love the complementary flow of both members of this Dallas hip-hop duo. Stream-of-consciousness rap. They’ll be playing the Austin Convention Center on Wednesday, March 14 from 5:00PM – 6:00PM.