Posts Tagged ‘Toronto’

D.O. – Now I Understand (Video)

Posted: June 17, 2010 by nosebleed2 in good music, good video
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I’ve always really enjoyed Canadian hip-hop, and the latest MC I’ve heard of, D.O. (Defy the Odds), is no exception. Canadian hip-hop always sounds fun to me – verses are often about how proud they are to be from their country, what its like to be to be the northern neighbor of us/the U.S, and their experiences growing up. My favorite Canadian rappers/groups include DL Incognito, Classified, Sweatshop Union, and Shad to name a few. Anyway, back to D.O, who hails from Ontario, and records as a solo artist as well as part of the duo Art of Fresh. Upon further research, I just discovered he interestingly enough set a Guinness World Record for the longest freestyle rap ever,  free styling for 8 hours and 45 minutes straight. While the quantity of bars he can spit is impressed, I am more impressed by the quality – exemplified in this track “Now I Understand” featuring White Mic on the chorus and a guess verse from Canadian hip-hop royalty, Classified himself.  Video below, download here.

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Sure, a mixtape is just a mixtape, stuck somewhere in between messing around in the studio and a full-blown album, lacking the polished production and hard-hitting rhmyes. But every once in a while, there comes a mixtape that is seamless, with no filler tracks and constant nosebleed material… meet iSH. “The Name is iSH” is the first release by this Toronto native, but do not expect it to be the last you hear of him. The tape consists of both popular instrumentals and iSH originals, creating a comprehensive showcase of just what this kid is capable of. Personally, my favorite is the title track, but I honestly suggest downloading the tape in its entirety here. Oh, and be sure to check out his newly released visuals from the track “Hustle To Be Free”… creative.

Shaun Boothe – Let Me Go

Posted: June 14, 2010 by nosebleed1 in good music
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New artist Shaun Boothe has just released his first single off upcoming mixtape “Hip-Hop in 3-D.” This whole 3-D craze is creative and interesting, but I’m anxious to see someone make it relative in the world of music. Let’s see how he does. Anyway, be sure to check out this Toronto rapper and his classic rock samples.