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Elaquent feat. Chester Watson – “Airwalk”

The new album from Canadian producer Elaquent is his first outside the instrumental beat scene.  The new spotlight on vocalists allows his production to soar with accents of seasoned vocalists like Oddisee, Blu, Guilty Simpson and a l l i e.

The sound is lead with beasts as steady and avant as any you would have heard at Low End Theory, but infused with a warm smoky jazz and easy electronic warble.  The result is an album that feels like an old favorite while breaking new ground at the same time.

Elaquent has long been a beat scene favorite, now he’s poised to be everyone’s favorite with Forever Is A Pretty Long Time.

After premiering the album’s lead single, “Guidelines” featuring Oddisee with Billboard and teaming up with Polaris Prize-nominated singer a l l i e for “One Week,” Elaquent returns with a new single, “Airwalk,” featuring rising LA rapper Chester Watson.” 

“I’m fortunate to have a few hip hop veterans on my album, but it was important to me to have some fresh faces on the record. I first got hip to Chester after hearing him on my homie fredfades’ album and his monotone delivery makes a cool contrast with the beat” Elaquent commented to HipHopDx. “My man’s is a problem, and was actually the very first person I reached out to collaborate during the inception of the album.”

Elaquent’s Forever Is A Pretty Long Time will be released on 2-21-2020 by Mello Music Group. 

Stream at Bandcamp: https://elaquent-mello-catalog.bandcamp.com/track/airwalk-feat-chester-watson

Stream at Tidal: https://tidal.com/browse/album/127821910

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Birdriot Shares New Single “Use Me”

Birdriot recently released his new single, “Use Me”, blending a downtempo bass line with sparkling synths and catchy instrumentation. 

Spotify stream: https://open.spotify.com/track/1tYk4NLbep6q37xFDNE3zJ?si=9hoqT35-Srm0P9GjbE5srg

Socials:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/birdriot

Twitter: https://twitter.com/birdriot1

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/birdriot/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6GZxvDHOczAsjXImL0RuND?si=3LVh2ruxT2yIT-pk6YaXFAApple: https://music.apple.com/ca/artist/birdriot/1277689229

Odario Releases Debut Single “Low Light (In This Space)” Visual

Odario‘s debut single, “Low Light (In This Space)”, is a soulful track combining elements of hip-hop, gospel and innovative rhythms. He just released a brand new video for it this past Friday, directed by him with cinematography by Lucas Joseph and features dancers Dammecia Hall, Kwame Mensah and Ofield Williams (Odario’s brother and partner-in-crime in hip hop collective Grand Analog).

Socials:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/odariowilliams 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Odario/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/38HVjlel5vjoDZZNDdxEgG 

Website:https://odario.com/

Toronto’s Rapper Pressa New Video “OTM”

Today, Toronto-born rapper Pressa drops the song and video for “OTM,” for his fans. The video premiered exclusively with WorldStarHipHop, watch it HERE.

“OTM” highlights the rapper’s recognizable flow and cadence, with his signature high-pitched and braggadocious bars. The video, shot in L.A. by director Be EL Be (Rich Gang), showcases Pressa’s urban street style and fun, youthful energy. Be EL Be speaks to the message of resiliency in the song by saying, “getting it ‘out the mud and throwing it in their face’ to me, is a metaphor. Starting with nothing, and using just that to rise to the top.”

The release of “OTM” marks the start of a new chapter in Pressa’s career. Focused on delivering new music with a powerful message, Pressa is intent on altering naysaying perceptions and silencing the doubters. “I believe I can do anything I put my mind to, so if I have to go get it out the mud just to throw it in your face to show you I can, that’s what I’m going to do,” says Pressa. Pressa recently had his debut live performance in the U.S. at Rolling Loud Los Angeles 2019, and was just announced as a performer for Rolling Loud Miami 2020 (May 10th) and Rolling Loud Portugal 2020 (July 8-10th). Stay tuned for more performance date announcements.

Born Quinton Armani Gardner to Jamaican and Filipino parents, Pressa — whose moniker derives from his father’s nickname Prestige— is a third generation Jane and Finch resident. Jane and Finch is an inner city community located in northwest Toronto that helped shape Pressa’s childhood and rhymes. His rise to fame began in 2016 with his debut track release “Novacane,” produced by frequent collaborator Murda Beatz. In 2017, he released “Canada Goose,” featuring Tory Lanez, and garnered over 13M global Spotify streams. That same year, Pressa solidified his place in the rap game by opening for Drake on the European leg of his 2017 Boy Meets World Tour. More recently, Pressa collaborated with viral rappers Shy Glizzy for their track “Blood Bath” and Lil Uzi Vert on “420 in London.” Pressa’s previously released discography has over 62M Canadian combined streams and he is currently working on new music scheduled for release this year. 

Social Media:

Twitter: @PressaPressa

Instagram: @Pressa.Armani

Toronto’s 13 (1 Trey) Debuts An Intelligent Street Anthem With His New Video Single “Westend”

13 (Pronounced One-Trey) is an emerging artist from Toronto who’s lyrics tell the stories of the cities street life. Unafraid to reveal harsh realities about our society in his music, Trey provides an authentic first person perspective for listeners and brings them into his world. Recently releasing his debut single and video titled “Westend”, 13 has taken many listeners by surprise by both his lyrical and melodical skills behind the mic, and his first single is memorable with powerfully quotable lyrics throughout.

Speaking on the significance of “Westend”, 13 says “This is my debut release and I give the audience a glimpse of real life events in the music video to tell my story. I consider myself a prophet of the streets, one that’ll tell you dark truths about society as a young African man coming from poverty.”. The single is produced by Rayny with the music video being directed by Lawraines and Kavin Roberts from Toronto. The video captures the trials and tribulations that come with the life 13 chose and portrays true events from his past.

At a young age, 13 has already lived a life time’s worth of challenges and hardships. Spending much of his teen years incarcerated over a robbery-gone-wrong that turned violent, Trey used the situation as a lesson and decided to reform his life. While incarcerated he graduated high school and accomplished several academic achievements. He received scholarships to multiple colleges in the greater Toronto area and took a liking towards music. Upon his release from jail 13 made a vow to devote his life to music and commit to doing whatever it takes to turn his life around

With a musical style that is reminiscent of the gangsta rap and street rappers from the early 2000’s, 13 has been compared to artists like 50 Cent and Nate Dogg while having recognizable influences in his sound from Jadakiss and Styles P to 2Pac and Big. Be on the look out for more new music and video releases from 13 and watch and share the “Westend” video out now

Social Media:

https://twitter.com/13staccawayy

https://www.instagram.com/13staccawayy/

Rachel Beck Shares New Visual “Warrior” Off Her Upcoming LP

Rachel Beck‘s upcoming release, Stronger Than You Know, is a celebration of strength and resilience. It’s a gentle call to action — a call to stand up, to speak out, to be present, to love fiercely.

Rachel’s new single, “Warrior,” is an anthem with glowing with pop hooks, distinctive piano melodies, and emotive vocals.

Social Media:

Facebook: https://facebook.com/rachelbeckmusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rachelbeckmusic

Instagram: https://instagram.com/rachelbeckmusic

Rising Artist Prescilla Una Drops “UP” Remix Single & Video

Prescilla Una, Canadian indie pop artist, song writer, musician & producer, will release her new music video, “UP” Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 followed by her new long-awaited LP, “ENLIGHTEN”April 2020.  Una’s music career started at a young age and her life went down many rocky roads.  Those life experiences heavily dictate the artist’s music today and comes straight from the heart. It’s personal and it’s raw.  She knows to understand the music, you have to believe in it.  With each new release this unique artist takes a leap of faith and reveals a little more of herself.   Her fan base takes that leap with her, not just hearing her words but feeling the truth in them.  

Prescilla Una, not only an artist, she started her own label, Peaceful Revolution Music to take care of both the creative and business side of music.  Taking and staying in control of her life is an important part of the walk for Una.  Whether working on a collaboration with other artists, solo performances at Youth Day or hosting at Indie Music Week, this fearless artist and writer will go where life’s journey takes her and put it into words somewhere along the way.  Believe in the music…. Be the first to get it this Friday, February 7. 

Follow Prescilla Una: 

★ FACEBOOK https:// https://www.facebook.com/prescillatoronto

★ INSTAGRAM https:// https://www.instagram.com/Prescillauna/

★ TWITTER https:// https://twitter.com/Prescillauna

★ WEBSITE https://www.prescillamusic.com

★ SPOTIFY https://open.spotify.com/Prescilla Una

★ YOUTUBE https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzM3_fgDvTeNNdN-VUHcp_A

Rapper, Poet, Community Organizer Kafar Myers Debuts Visual For “Hopeless”

Rapper, poet, community organizer Kafar Myers debuts his new music video for single, “Hopeless” off his 8-track project entitled, Self Privilege. The visual premiered through Ghettoblaster Magazine on Tuesday.

“Hopeless” is an introspective rap song that details the highs and lows of Kafar’s quest for hip-hop prominence. “I was hopeless. I was down bad at the bottom feeling broken,” sings the 20-year-old rapper at the visuals intro. He raps passionately about the joys and pains of pursuing his dream over hard-hitting 808s produced by Young Devante. His expressive melodies are enhanced with auto-tune technology which compliments the lighting schemes used by the production outfit, Painfully Gifted Visuals throughout the music video. The color arrangements provide more depth as Kafar finds solitude at a remote location.

The visuals cut transitions are as swift as Kafar’s rap cadence. The lyrics are melancholy, but the soundscape is upbeat. Clever camera angles along with smoke effects engages viewers to watch Kafar immerse himself deeper into the music. He softly raps, “people wishing that I just fall down, but strongly asserts his desire to push through.

Ghettoblaster says, “They say youth is wasted on the young but that’s really never the case, at least for the 20-year-old New Jersey native Kafar Myers.”

“Hopeless” is available now and across all DSP platforms.For updates and more information about Kafar Myers please refer to the links below.

Kafar Myers Online:

Instagram / Twitter / Soundcloud

Rapper Han Han Releases “URDUJA” Album

Fast-rising Toronto-based rapper Han Han releases her sophomore album URDUJA today. A Filipina-Canadian operating nurse by day, and rapper by night, at the hospital she saves lives, onstage she inspires audiences. On her new long awaited and highly anticipated 13-song deep album, Han Han, a proud immigrant woman, explores the journey and complexities of woman-becoming. 

Comparable to the energies found on her widely celebrated independent self-titled album Han Han, which received critical acclaim from outlets like the Huffington Post , Han Han uses her well cultivated rap and spoken word techniques to deliver strong vocals. Her approach is melodic and she chooses to vocalize in Filipino languages (Tagalog and Cebuano), with a mix of English, rather than shoehorning her ideas into translation in order to cater to English-speaking audiences, and thus potentially losing the full meaning and impact. The central inspiration for this album is URDUJA, a legendary princess, warrior, and leader who is the heroine in Filipino folklore. According to legend, she bested her brother in battle and was therefore awarded power over their father’s kingdom “Tawalisi”. Beloved by her subjects, and admired for her intelligence, URDUJA is a force of femininity, courage and agency in the Filipino collective consciousness, represented in Han Han’s music. The album artfully combines and clashes contemporary 808-hip hop beats with traditional Filipino instrumentation (gongs), rhythms and cadences, yielding rare, fresh sounds that spur dancing wherever they’re heard.

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