Previously featured on the M.ade I.n C.anada Mixtape Vol.5. “Hidden Gemz” is the first single from Roach Uno & BeatMidas.  Canadian hip hop addicts will remember Uno from the collabos he did with some of other fav Toronto emcees including Theo3 and Louwop. The two have united for a new project due early 2012 so take a listen, and consider this a warning.



Why beat around the bush? I’m totally LOVING this track.

Spek Won delivered one of the sickest mixtapes I’d heard with Preemo Donna a while ago (a mixtape with Primo beats, how could you go wrong?), and Hip Life was a single that I regularly merked on radio, so it was nice to see this track pop up.  On Reality Bites, he partners with the ever so soulful Sunshine Anderson, the creator of one of the hottest female anthems ever (Heard It All Before)

If 2011 taught me anything, it’s just like the song says:  that life CAN be a bitch, and yup, I wish I could drink and smoke my problems away too. But tracks like this definitely make it better.


Shouts out to Royce Birth on this one! He teams up with FreshKils on the remix so get ready!!!  Peep the links below….

Album Version Link:
ReMix Produced by Fresh Kils: When the Music Stops (reFresh Mix)

“I wonder if they hear what I say, and if it will play 30 years from today…”

These are the opening words that kick down the doors in this powerful video – “When the Music Stops”.  Fueled by a jazzy breakbeat, royceBIRTHspeaks on the importance of music and its timelessness, complemented by a backdrop that defines simplicity in its purest form.

This groundbreaking song travels across genres, cultures and time, reminding us that music is a universal language that influences everyone from all walks of life.
This song appears on the album, The REBIRTH Album, available now.

I can’t make a list about dope emcees on the come up without adding Phoenix Pagliacci’s name to the mix.  Phoenix, is an artist that shouldn’t be slept on.  It’s no surprise that the real headz already know what’s good with her – just peep who did production and collabos on her album. It was released a few months ago, but it’s still buzz worthy, and I definitely consider her to be part of the next generation of Canadian emcees.

Part Jean Grae, part Lauryn Hill with sprinkles of Tara Chase (yes, I’m going there), Phoenix possesses the effortless attitude of Rah Digga with a verbal delivery that can be tender in one breath and aim for the jugular in the next.  She describes herself as a diamond in the rough, and I agree – listen closely and you can hear what’s about to take shape.  I liked the fact that she didn’t seem to afraid to push herself as an artist, and shows her feminine side while sweetly telling you that she’s not one to f*ck with. She keeps you on her toes, and although I’d LOVE to see more support from college radio on this one I hope that DJs and listeners get on board with her sooner, rather than later.  

The album features production by Bass Line, Merciless, Junia-T (Smash Brovaz), and collaborations with Miss G, Lola Bunz, LA, Erik Flowchild, PG, and more.

I probably can’t pronounce her name properly, but it’s definitely worth checking out these tracks to get a taste, and visit here to purchase the full release ->
War ft. Miss Gg. Lola Bunz & L.A. 

Illusion of Grandeur

If you’re asking where the female emcees are, clearly you haven’t checked Jane & Finch in Toronto.

Shouts out to my ladies at for posting this last week, but I just had to share:

First, I was blown away by this all-female cypher and then totally inspired – I just had to put this sh*t on repeat.  Featuring Lola bunz, Rushiie Raw, Badas$ Bukk and Roots, this cypher shows the ladies completely tearing it up, more gutter and raw than A LOT of dudes I’ve heard lately. I’m really proud of the fact that even some of the toughest critics in the city are putting aside the typical T-Dot Screwface to acknowledge how dope each emcee truly is.

The video sparked something  just when I’ve been feeling the drain of 2011 starting to get to me.  Not a single low-cut/revealing top, crazy weave or gimmick to distract – you have no choice but to get slapped in the face with their lyrics and pay attention to what they’re saying.   I can’t wait to see what each of these ladies has in store for next year, and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing and hearing more.

Yet another reason why I’m proud of my city.


One to Watch: Devylle

December 16, 2011


One of Toronto’s emerging artists for 2012 is Devylle.  You’ve probably heard his newest single, Birthday Girl ft. Jhevon Paris on radio, but that only offers one side of his versatility as an artist.  Peep the video to get the full range of what he can offer as an artist.

In the meantime, Birthday Girl is an R&B single is perfect for radio and the clubs. With the success of his mixtape, Border Crossing from Toronto to Miami, Devylle proves how dynamic he is. With the versatility of a seasoned MC, Devylle can float effortlessly between a hard-hitting delivery and creating something that can be strictly for the ladies.

If the name sounds vaguely familiar, that’s because he’s not entirely new to the music scene.  In September of 2005, his single Holla Back made its way onto a compilation by Roots Canada. The following year Devylle released another single entitled Do You Like That, which made it on the Toronto’s Z103.5 Hit Mix compilation, and was sold in major music stores across Canada. The single was also featured on the Flow 93.5 FLOWMix Compilation. The success of this track resulted in Devylle sharing the stage with artists such as Chris Brown, Ginuwine, Elephant Man and Nas. Since then, Devylle has continued to push the envelope and added a European tour to his growing list of accomplishments.

Pay attention to what he has in store for 2012!

For more info on this artist:

Twitter: @thisisdevylle



Many artists describe their upcoming work as being highly anticipated but this is one time where that description actually rings true.  I’ve posted several pieces about this album over the past little while, so I’m really excited for Burd and all the artists involved that it’s finally here.  With artists like Shi Wisdom, Dwayne Morgan, Divine Brown, Rich Kidd, Kardi, and Blake Carrington (who I can’t wait to see what HE’s got in store for 2012!!), I have no doubt this album will surpass the expectations of even the most critical listeners, as it represents some of the highest calibre artists and production work Canada has to offer.  R.I.P KEYS….. download and take a listen for yourself!

Burd & Keyz – Keyz of Life

01. Intro | Divine Brown
02. Keyz of Life | SonReal x Nickelus F x Blake Carrington
03. Say A Prayer | Promise x Redway x Rochester
04. Interlude 1
05. Faithful | Luu Breeze x A-Game x Jahron B
06. Duet | Lokz
07. Burdstrumental (Never Get Over You)
08. Interlude 2
09. LoveSpeak | Shi Wisdom x KJ
10. Burdstrumental (Losing My Bestfriend)
11. Interlude 3
12. R.N.T. (Real Ni**a Tears) | Rich Kidd x DJ Grouch
13. Shine | OmarLunan aka Oh! x Dwayne Morgan x O’Sound
14. The Other Side | Divine Brown x Kardinal Offishall

All songs produced by Burd & Keyz except:
01 produced by McCallaman, 05 produced by T-Minus & Burd & Keyz, 13 produced by T-Minus.

If you haven’t already – check out Shi Wisdom’s video for “LoveSpeak” (Produced by Burd)

Shouts out to Vancity!! I LOVE this pic of Tre Nyce, so I just had to post a little something representing the West Coast.

From the artist:


Among the “New Wave” of artists from Canada bursting on to the Hip-Hop scene one name stands out above the rest and is highly regarded coast to coast as “The One To Watch In 2012”.


Vancouver Based, 22 year old Tre Nyce already boasts an impressive resume having worked with the likes of “Swollen Members”, “Tech9”, “Glasses Malone”, and “La Coka Nostra”. Following a successful feature campaign on the aforementioned Swollen Members 2009 release “Armed To the Teeth”, The “King Of The V” is poised to embark on his crusade for notoriety and credibility amongst the greats of the game today.


Take a listen to his mixtape, Kings Crusade by clicking HERE and peep the video for Be Nyce below….
Like what you hear? Follow Tre Nyce on Twitter: @trenycebw

After a full week of being under the death grip of the flu, one of the best things to do is to dig into the aural goodies waiting for me – and this is one of them.  Via Linez has had me hooked since I first heard Full Time Squares. On his upcoming mixtape, High Expectations, Linez lays the foundation for a Christmas treat for hip hop heads everywhere – his album, Met Expectations.  On the upcoming LP, he partners with some of the best, and most respected hip hop producers in the city – including Tone Mason, Big Sproxx, Lyve, Royce Birth, Scam & Big Tweeze. 

Check out the High Expectations mixtape here: – THEN get ready to have your expectations met on Christmas Day by visiting and downloading the album for FREE!

Fresh off of Headlining the sold-out 2nd Annual Canadian BeatBox Championship, Two of Toronto, Canada’s highly anticipated household Hip-Hop brands simultaneously release their respective LP’s but first give us a taste with a collaborative project; “The High Expectations Mixtape” (T.H.E. Mixtape) in conjunction with their Full Length LP’s. 

Re-acquaint yourself with Via Linez and HighDEF.

Via Linez X Met Expectations LP

With the success from his rookie project, “The Late Bloomer EP” in 2009, Via Linez has gained significant momentum and notoriety throughout the country. VIA’s new project has arrived. The “MET EXPECTATIONS” LP. This LP has already released 3 Singles and had created a phenomenal buzz throughout the Canadian scene with the DJ’s keeping him in national rotation. With powerhouse production from the likes of LYVE(HighDEF,Skyzoo,Ayah), BIG SPROXX (Supergoup -Freedom Writers), ROYCE BIRTH (Juno nominated producer), TONE MASON (Grammy nominated – DRAKE, JAY-Z etc), Legendary Toronto producer SCAM (Dan-e-o, Concrete Mob) and BIG TWEEZE (of F.A.T THURSDAY), the album has more than enough heat to meet and exceed the expectations many have.
The “MET EXPECTATIONS” LP Drops for FREE on Christmas Day, Dec 25th, 2011!!!

Speaking of LYVE – peep this project:


Many trio’s and groups have weak links. Then there’s Toronto’s infamous individuals Lyve, CocoDyce and PRESS who make up the squad, HighDEF. Their Debut album “The High End Theory” is nothing short of quality music.Super-producer, LYVE has been on the forefront of the Canadian Music Scene for a sometime now. With projects under his belt such as the producer of TONA’s DIRECT DEPOSIT LP, and production credentials for TANYA MORGAN, SKYZOO, AYAH, NISH RAAWKS and LINDO P, just to name a few it’s more than obvious why LYVE is now one of Canada’s best. CHRIS AK / “CoCo Dyce”, the visual mastermind behind numerous visuals such as Jessica Kaya’s “Fake it”, Tona’s “Fast Pace”, and collaborative joint “CERTIFIED” feat. VIA LINEZ, PRESS and ELEMENT. Not to mention Dyce is one-half of the LVD (Lyve vs Dyce) Production duo so he’s has proved to be a solidified triple-threat….yes, if you’re not up on him yet, he’s a talented and recognized lyricist too.   PRESS…Cool, Calm and Classic.This noterized emcee has been working on his solo LP while attaining a buzz in Toronto like no other since dropping his verse in “REAL LYVE S#IT!” feat. ADAM BOMB in 2010.  Bringing forth his wordplay and savy fashion-sense topped with an impeccable showmanship showcased in this HighDEF project, PRESS is without question one of Canada’s best kept secrets.

Keep up with Via Linez


How do you make a dope song even crazier? Put JD ERA on it!!! It’s one of those tracks that make me wanna fully dismiss my ladylike side (yes, it does exist….sometimes) and throw a chair – arghhhhhh!!! Because sharing is caring….listen and enjoy!

Happy Friday!!