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YYZ   Take Off (Mixtape)

Toronto has talent! No one said it better than our very own @Ellhah when asked to describe the Toronto music scene in three words-”Talented. Diverse. Hungry.” YYZ (Wise), a Toronto emcee who has been steadily building a core fan base encompasses all of that. If you’re looking for new music to hold you down over the weekend, then take in the debut effort from the Toronto rapper. This mixtape, which houses 9 well produced tracks, showcases his fierce delivery, keen wit and versatility layered over soul-drenched, nostalgia inspiring beats. Something about his sound reminds me of Childish Gambino, who I’m actually a big fan of. Enjoy. Let me know what you think.

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The Nike Roshe Sneaker Gets The OVO x Top SZN Treatment

The custom sneaker market is ever expanding and Nike’s range of sneakers seems to be the main choice of silhouette’s to re-work. The latest is something that has turned out incredibly funky. The popular Nike Roshe shoe gets the OVO x Top SZN treatment via the talented Jake Danklef. The original Black and White colour scheme see’s a slight change with the white being replaced with an eye catching Gold. The OVO on the pull tabs is not the only edit as the in-sole comes with the OVO owl imprinted whilst the heels boast Top on the left and SZN on the right. Danklef’s re-works are never far from impeccable and the latest shows us again why he is one of the best custom sneaker designers there is. View more pictures under the jump and go check out Jake’s official site here.

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Audio: Don Von Jovi ft. Adria Kain   Game (Prod. Fly Boi Eastwood)

As the fourth release from his forthcoming project Dreams.Visions.Journeys., Toronto rapper Don Von Jovi has grabbed a hold of local singer-songwriter Adria Kain, as well as production from consistent collaborator Fly Boi Eastwood, offer “Game”. Playing on the idea that every King needs a Queen and every Queen needs a King, Don Von Jovi delivers a smooth ride-or-die narrative of the working towards dreams, visions and journeys with a significant other. 

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Video: Levar Allen   Believe Me (Cover)

Displaying a true sense of creativity, this Toronto-native has been known to consistently drop top-track covers of some of the best in music, today. Always offering up nothing but raw creativity, mirroring that of a young Pharrell, Levar, equipped with sweep-picking riffs, kick-and-snare beats from MPCs, and slap-funk bass, provides a “Believe Me” cover that is sure to leave your head bobbing and ears begging for more. (more…)

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Audio: Jimmy B   One Whiskey (Bozack Morris Remix)

Toronto indie artist Jimmy B has called upon [one of my favorite people] Bozack Morris to remix his recent single, “One Whiskey”. Grab it below!

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Video: SXSW 2014 Champion Sound Battle Recap Coached by Boi 1da

We talked about it. We conquered it. And now we have a video to prove why Toronto births producers. Check out the SXSW 2014 Champion Sound recap video after the jump, and learn why the 4-1-6 ain’t nothing to mess with.

On March 13, 2014, 16 producers battled it out in 5 incredible rounds for the title in the Champion Sound Beat Battle at SXSW. The event, organized by The Beat Academy and co-produced with the support of Texas’ own SCBB (Houston), included some of the most talented up-and-coming producers in hip hop.

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BriskInTheHouse   Tickets To The Roxy (Mixtape)

Check out Toronto’s BriskInTheHouse’s new project Tickets To The Roxy, which is named after New York’s famous Roxy Club that is for it’s break battles and Hip-Hop acts in the 70s-80s. BKR$CLB’s Brandon Chey and The 6th Letter are also featured on the project and the production is handled by the New Zealand-based Tony Douglas, Lord Quest and Brisk himself. The EP has a smooth appeal with world history and science aesthetics providing the project with a very unique and interesting feel. Stream the the project below.

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Audio: BADBADNOTGOOD   Sustain

BADBADNOTGOOD recently dropped their newest track via Mass Appeal. They are easily one of my favorite live bands to listen to because of the energy their music carries. After two successful releases; BBNG and BBNG2 respectively they are getting ready to embark on a tour of the UK in May, at the moment they are play a bunch of showcases at SXSW. This new track goes by the name “Sustain” enjoy.

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