Mission Statement

"H3 stands for the manifestation of hip hop in all of its various forms. Practically, H3 will throw events, support individual artists, endorse causes, and participate in any medium that propagates hip hop as a culture and art-form. H3 is the physical instantiation of hip hop and lives through the creative efforts of its individual members working together towards common goals. H3 creates hip hop – we live hip hop – we are hip hop."

Saturday, October 13, 2012

DJ Dyllemma ft. Silent Knight, Tito Fuerte & Kon Boogie "Mulatu"

Featured track off an upcoming production project "Dyllemanade". The track features New Jersey MC's Silent Knight (Elementality) and Tito Fuerte (Original Text), as well as Corona Queens' own, Kon Boogie (Beautiful Struggle). Production and Cuts handled by Dj Dyllemma.

Steely Chan - Left of the Golden Era

New mix from production duo Steely Chan, fusion of funk and golden-era hip hop. Peep the free download HERE.

Left of the Golden Era is the fourth mixtape release of Steely Chan, a production duo from Vancouver but currently based in Toronto. Every week we release a new remix available for free download. Our music is steeped in the source material of hip hop beat culture: heavy funk, soul, jazz, dub reggae, disco, psych rock, electronica, freak folk, brazillian pop, afrobeat & world music. In other words, any and all musics with strong rhythm and a healthy dose of funk.

Our latest compilation is another foray into mashup culture. Left of the Golden Era is a fusion of golden era hip hop with the heavy, raw funk sound of Dutch outfit, Lefties Soul Connection. The result is a throwback to a late ‘80s and early ‘90s hip hop aesthetic where James Brown funk samples and big drums were the sonic zeitgeist. However, everything old is “now again”. We think this new reinterpretation will appeal to a contemporary audience who discovered their groove via the nu funk resurgence.

Track Listing:

1. Mobb Deep & Lefties Soul Connection - Shook Ones Chop It
2. The Beatnuts & Lefties Soul Connection - Props Over Bam Bam
3. Das EFX & Lefties Soul Connection - Real Paul Newman Hip Hop
4. Nas & Lefties Soul Connection - Hard to Sling Shot
5. Pete Rock, CL Smooth & Lefties Soul Connection - They Reminisce Over Sling Shot
6. East Flatbush Project & Lefties Soul Connection - Tried By Bouncing Ball
7. Black Moon & Lefties Soul Connection - How Many Welly Wagging MCs
8. Tim Dog & Lefties Soul Connection - Bronx Fais Do Do

Friday, September 28, 2012

Brown Bag AllStars feat. Akie Bermiss "Say It Now" (prod. by J57)

These guys are so dope:

Audible Doctor - "I Think That..." EP

Emcee/produce The Audible Doctor (Brown Bag Allstars crew) has been dropping "leaks" of tracks from this project for a few months, and now it's finally here, his EP "I Think That..." This is a thoroughly high quality album - great production, catchy hooks, dope emceeing and ill lyricism. For an "EP," this thing is 11 tracks! The entire EP can be streamed and downloaded for free below. Check it!

Words from the man himself:

Hollywood Adom - "3 Kings Freestyle"

Here's an upbeat verse from Toronto rapper Hollywood Adom. My favourite line is, "these n*ggas couldn't walk a whole day in my pantalon."


Scarborough emcee F.E.L.N. just released his new album, SLPWLKR. If you like gritty, underground, raw hip hop music, then take in this album, and cop it at a price of your choosing. Gaze into the mind of a man dealing with his own breakdowns, breakthroughs, and triumph over his own demons...


This album is a culmination of experiences over the last two years, my feelings and reactions to situations that my chaotic life has been flung into. 

During the creation of this album, I had what I thought was everything - lost every part of it, and have been shown the way to regain it more effectively. 

This album is more than music to me, it is a two way journey. A lock and key, a gateway to my wants and needs, a window to my wins and losses, my highs and lows. 

Heartbreak to victory. Good times and bad. These are the tales of a man who lived his dreams and stuck to them when they became his nightmares. 

- F.E.L.N.

The Antiheroes - 6 Degrees feat. Sugar Tongue Slim

New single from The Antiheroes feat. Sugar Tongue Slim off their forthcoming album, Modern Day Riot. Dope-sauce.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Relic - Miles to Go

T-Dot/B-Town emcee, producer, singer, audio engineer RELIC has just dropped his new album, Miles to Go, and after a few listens I can confidently say this is a thoroughly solid album. Stay tuned for a more in-depth review, but for now listen to the album and if you're feeling it, cop it - you can tell just by listening that a ton of hard work has gone into this project. 

RELIC Raises The Bar With Self Made New Release

If being a "Triple threat" is an ace in the hole for most performers, then RELIC aka Rel McCoy is about to show the world how dangerous he really is. The Toronto based hip-hop guru can list Emcee, DJ, Producer, Engineer and Singer to his credits, all of which he showcases on his latest album Miles To Go. It's an undertaking few can pull off, let alone take credit for, but the evidence of his ability to combine these talents with a deft touch can be heard in spades on this stunning release that combines old-school melodies and intense rhymes with breakneck speed.

A Juno Award producer listed on Shad's winning album, RELIC is making a name for himself as the total package in Canadian hip-hop. Out on September 11th, Miles To Go is a full length he opted to (get ready for it) write, record, produce and mix entirely on his own. The result is an album where nothing sounds calculated or forced; there's a natural attention to rhythm that allows tracks like the funk-influenced "Out of the Blue" or the inspired and courageous "Action Figure" (in which he gives props to Steve Nash) to adapt to every situation.
"What I like most about his style is that his approach to production and rapping is always true to the essence of hip hop but still inventive in subtle and surprising ways, and above that, his content is sincere and relatable." - SHAD  

This is not hip-hop with an edge just for the sake of having an edge. It's RELIC recounting the stories of his life which brought him to where he is today. The opening 1-2 punch of "Gone Clear" and "Nobody Like You" showcase how easily his introspective lyrics can be related to by all fans of hip-hop. They're stories for all to hear, enjoy and bring forth their own perspective.

Though RELIC did manage to create Miles To Go on his own, he wasn't too proud to allow his friends into the studio and put their touches on the album. He invited the aforementioned Shad along with Ghettosocks in for "Down and Dirty," Brotha Soul for "The Extra Mile" and Mr. J. Medeiros on "The Valley." This was an important move as he sought to maintain the personal relationships he has with these artists. 

Miles To Go features an honest and soulful approach where RELIC embodies the bold and vulnerable spirit of hip-hop culture.

For music and more info visit: www.relmccoy.com
Stream Miles To Go here: www.soundcloud.com/rel-mccoy  
Live dates here:  
September 6th - Hamilton, ON - The Casbah
September 12th - Toronto, ON - The Rivoli
September 20th - Winnipeg, MB - VP Nights
September 25th - Edmonton, AB - Crown Pub
September 26th - Jasper, BC - The Horseshoe Nightclub
September 28th - Missoula, MT - The Badlander 
September 30th - Seattle, WA - Nectar Lounge
October 4th - Kelowna, BC - The Grateful Fed Pub
October 5th - Vancouver, BC - The Facility
October 6th - Vancouver, BC - The Media Club 
October 7th - Banff, AB - Brewster's Mountain Lodge

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Audible Doctor feat. Blacastan & Wise Intelligent - Genuine (prod. by Audible Doctor)

The Audible Doctor just dropped another leak off his upcoming FREE EP, I Think That, which is scheduled to drop on Sept. 25, 2012. The new track "Genuine" features Blacastan and Wise Intelligent (of Poor Righteous Teachers) and is produced by Audible Doctor himself. Mad heatery coming from this man, the EP should be amazing.

Junia-T feat. Slakah the Beatchild - You & I

Toronto emcee/producer Junia T (one half of the duo Smash Brovaz) just dropped a new single, "You & I," featuring Slakah the Beatchild on production and vocals for the hook. A song about love, dedication, and intimate relations...

Friday, September 7, 2012

Brown Bag AllStars - Brown Label Part 2

NYC crew the Brown Bag AllStars just dropped this dope little album, Brown Label Part 2. Highly recommended. Download it for 5 bucks to get the bonus tracks!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Music Video: Brother Ali - Mourning in America

Brother Ali's latest release, the title track from his upcoming album, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Colour, is intense. The music and the images speak for themselves. He'll be performing in Toronto on Sept. 30, 2012 at the Annex Wreckroom.

Pre-order the album: http://bit.ly/NbZfxY
Buy song on iTunes: http://bit.ly/PmIHSV
Album in stores 9/18. Produced by Jake One. 

This is the title track to my new album, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color. The first half of the album highlights and critiques the dire situation in which we live. The second half outlines the tremendous opportunity we have to re-imagine and reform our society. This song is an observation and a critique of our culture of death and murder. From actual war zones around the world to our own inner cities where this summer's death rates rival war zones. I also address our national hypocrisy regarding violence. We have a zero tolerance policy of violence committed against us, but we're a lot more lenient and patient when it comes to the violence we commit. "A life is a life and a killer is a killer". -Brother Ali 

Es - Feud for Thought

I somehow just found out about Mississauga emcee Es, even though he's been doing the damn thang since 1991! Met him at the Big Mic TO show this past Tuseday, unfortunately missed his set, but he hailed me up on FB and sent me the link for his most recent album, Feud for Thought. Intelligent lyricism? Check. Complex flows? Check. Originality. Yup. Es is an all around dope hip hop emcee, and this album is sick.

“Feud For Thought” is a collection of my thoughts which illustrate my views on what is hurting this culture, music and community that I love. This beautiful forum of expression is being exploited for capital gain at the expense of the impressionable minds of the youth. Hip hop is much more than the one dimensional imagery depicted in various mainstream media. The entire story isn't being told. The industry powers- that-be would rather force-feed the masses watered-down, dumbed-down rubbish than evoke thought, knowledge of self, introspection, messages of love, peace and respect. They will have you believe that hip hop is supposed to look and sound a certain way. A bunch of cookie-cutter mass produced cloning has negatively impacted the creative element of the music. My war is with the media brainwashing. My feud isn't necessarily with the clones themselves. My feud is with the “puppet masters” controlling minds and insulting the intelligence of the masses. The dumber they make us, the more money we put into their pockets. Let's fight for mental freedom. Let's fight for creativity and originality. Let's “Feud For Thought”. 


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Music Video: Brown Bag AllStars - 406 (Fat Beats Tribute) [prod. by The Audible Doctor]

NYC's own Brown Bag AllStars paying tribute to the life and death of Fat Beats Records. Hard not to feel nostalgic listening to this track, even if you'd never been to the spot on 406 6th Avenue...


From Brown Label Part 2, dropping 9/4/12, only available at http://brownbagallstars.com

Directed & Filmed By: Robert Adam Mayer http://www.robertadammayer.com
Filmed & Edited by: Robert Levy of Civil Productions http://vimeo.com/48202335

Archive Footage and Photos THANK YOU: Jed I Rosenberg and Ethan Blum for http://www.broodbaby.net, Jaimie Bermudez, DJ Eclipse, Christian Vasquez, Critical (Sweden), DJ Games from Act:Live, DJ Sav*One, Loopyvids, Donovan Ka5p, Abraham Heisler.

Contact: bagtheinfo@gmail.com

ELMNT - All Figured Out feat. Lyve

New trizzack from ELMNT feat. Lyve (also produced by Lyve). Getting honest on the idea of an artist having it "all figured out":


Produced by Lyve 
Extra Arrangement: ELMNT 
Backing Vocals: Coco Dyce, Press of HighDEF

Music Video: Mazaman - Maybe Tomorrow

Mazaman showing us again why he's a double-threat, with incredible production and a heartfelt verse. On some bittersweet-reminiscing-on-the-painful-past stees:

Classic Photo's Provided by Pops and Ma Dukes
Produced by Mazaman
Directed By Big Sproxx & Mazaman
Edited by Big Sproxx for Freedom Writers/Proletarian Music. 

El Corazon Album Now Available!
The Mind Album Coming Soon!
Free Download of "Maybe Tomorrow" w/DJ PACK" 
@ http://www.mazaman.com/fr_music.cfm

J-Live - As I Start (Over)

J-Live just dropped a new video of for a verse of a re-visit to the intro track on his latest album. S.P.T.A. (Said Person of That Ability), which if you haven't copped yet you can (and should) right HERE.

"I can’t leave long as hip hop is needing me 
I got unfinished biz like EPMD"  

Peep it:

Artist: J-Live
Song: "As I Start (Over)"
Album: S.P.T.A. Said Person of That Ability
Song Producer: Korede
Directed by: J-Live
Track Download: http://j-live.bandcamp.com/track/as-i-start-over-single

The original "As I Start" is the intro skit to J-Live's latest album "S.P.T.A. Said Person of That Ability". On "As I Start (Over)", J revisits the track with a verse to bring people up to speed on things. The video was shot and edited in its entirety at J's home studio in Decatur, GA. In addition, what you're witnessing is footage of the actual recording of the song.


Monday, August 13, 2012

MC FÜBB - Another Rapper

Tired of being looked over, shrugged off, and brushed to the side by the music industry, media sources, and even his own peers, MC FÜBB felt it necessary to vent his frustrations on his last album, In the Face of No Agreement (aka ITFONA). In anticipation of his upcoming EP, the poet, FÜBB teamed up with Evan Ciniello (StreetCar Creative) to release a video for his spoken word/acapella rap piece "Another Rapper" (which appears on ITFONA).

"I wrote 'Another Rapper' as part of a process in which I was getting out a lot of my internal struggles and frustrations, which was sort of the personal theme of ITFONA for me," says FÜBB. "I wanted to explicitly show and prove to people why I'm not just another rapper out of the millions of rappers in the world. People might wonder, 'why should I pay attention to you? What makes you special or different than everyone else?' 'Another Rapper' is my answer to those questions."

The video for "Another Rapper" is the first in a series of spoken word/acapella rap videos that MC FÜBB will be releasing before the poet EP drops in late 2012.

"Another Rapper" is featured as track #7 on MC FÜBB's album, "In the Face of No Agreement," produced exclusively by Noyz (http://mcfubb.bandcamp.com/album/in-the-face-of-no-agreement-lp).

Free download of "Another Rapper" and lyrics available here:

Written and performed by: MC FÜBB

Cinematography by: Evan Ciniello for StreetCar Creative

Outro beat by: Noyz

Music Video: Noyz feat. B Magic, Selena Dhillon & Strictly Steele - This Song

Truly inspirational song from Brampton MC/producer Noyz , off his latest album, Degrees Of Freedom. Dope verse also from B Magic, lovely, soulful vocals from Selena Dhillon, and a nice piece of thought-provoking poetry at the end by Strictly Steele. Take it in:

DOWNLOAD: www.noyzhiphop.bandcamp.com

Directed by Flavour Media
Produced by Satnam Singh Chatha for 5 Rivers Entertainment
Co-produced by Noyz


Music Video: J Shiltz - No Competition feat. DJ Docta (Prod. by Twizzmatic)

Hot new track in video from 'sauga city representative J Shiltz:

J Shiltz let's off a brand new music video for the second single off his upcoming album "Still Standing".  The song, titled "No Competition" features KOTD's very own DJ Docta, and production from, by way of Philadelphia, up and coming producer/MC Twizzmatic.  The video marks the second collaboration between Shiltz and director/editor Evan Ciniello of Street Car Creative.  "No Competition" was mixed by Lamounde Moore for Notlam Productions.  "Still Standing" coming soon...

MP3 Download: http://www.hulkshare.com/uiwxqrfbbdvk

Follow J Shiltz on Twitter @JShiltz

Follow Twizzmatic on Twitter @TMaTic86

Follow DJ Docta on Twitter @DjDoctaKOTD

Check out more from StreetCar Creative @ www.facebook.com/StreetCarCreative

Thursday, August 9, 2012

royceBIRTH - The Verge (prod. by Uzie Beatz)

Something a little bit different from T-Dot emcee/producer royceBIRTH, switching up his styles for his upcoming "experimental EP," Departures. Not his regular style, but a dope track nonetheless:

royceBIRTH returns, with a sound that deviates away from his typical sound.  The Verge, is the lead single from royceBIRTH's upcoming EP, "Departures" (Due Fall 2012).

royceBIRTH, known to be rooted in traditional Hip-Hop, describes "Departures", as an album based on risk taking, presenting the unexpected, and welcoming challenges through music.

The Verge, talks on personal adversity, and having the fearlessness to overcome life's struggles, reminding the listener to continue striving for greatness.

The Audible Doctor Feat. Chaundon - Success (Part 1)

Audible Doctor just makes good music...

Audible Doctor Feat. Chaundon "Success (Part 1)" (Prod. By Audible Doctor, Cuts By DJ Brace)
Download the full song FREE here: http://www.sharebeast.com/4bfn119jpmgi
"Success (Part 1)" is off of Audible Doctor's "I Think That..." EP (Out 09/25/12)

Kardinal Offishall - Mr. Parker feat. Shi Wisdom (prod. by & Nottz Raw)

Kardi speaking on his success while reflecting on going through a school system that didn't empower him and his peers to succeed. Lovely vocals by Shi Wisdom, and up-beat production by Nottz Raw (young MJ samples, anyone?). 

Audible Doctor - F.U.B.U. Feat. Von Pea (prod. by marink)

Dope new single from Audible Doctor (Brown Bag AllStars) feat. Von Pea (Tanya Morgan), over some incredible, soulful production by marink. Venting the frustrations of lack of support that any independent artist can definitely relate to, on some FUBU stees.

"The Audible Doctor (of The Brown Bag AllStars) and Von Pea (of Tanya Morgan) have teamed up over marink's soulful production to bring you "F.U.B.U", the newest leak off Audible Doctor's upcoming FREE EP. The Full EP titled "I Think That..." is set to drop September 25th."

G. Dot & Born Feat. Edo G - Makin' Tracks (prod. by Confidence)

Some true-school hip hop from G. Dot & Born, featuring Edo G. G. Dot and Born have a mixtape out, which you can cop HERE.

Kit Knows - "Summer In The City"

Peep the new video for Kit Knows "Summer In The City" single. Toronto-summertime-chill-out-and-have-a-good-time vibes with this one.

Smash Brovaz - "Be Free" (prod. by Junia T)

Lovely new single from T-Dot's own Smash Brovaz, "Be Free" (produced by Junia T of the Smash Brovaz). "Be Free" is the first single that will be featured on the Smash Brovaz new album, set to drop in the the first quarter of 2013. Catch the summertime vibes off this one: 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

J Shiltz - Put In Work feat. Ray Robinson (prod. by Rich Kidd)

New single by Mississauga emcee J Shiltz just dropped: "Put In Work" featuring vocals by Ray Robinson with some electronic-chime-type up-beat production by Toronto's own Rich Kidd

Not even a full year after the release of the debut album "What I Stand For" J Shiltz is primed to release the next installment: "Still Standing".  The first single, "Put In Work", showcases the vocal styling’s of none other then R&B mainstay Ray Robinson, not to mention production from the prolific and illustrious Rich Kidd.  Expect a slew of singles and videos in anticipation of "Still Standing", scheduled to drop September 2012.

New Video: Citizen Kane - "Scartown Reps."

A new video for an old unreleased classic by Scarborough legend Citizen Kane, off of his "Scartown Unreleased Classics" mixtape, mixed by DJ Law.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Music Video: Hopsin - "Ill Mind of Hopsin 5"

Hip Hop? Is that you?

Music Video: Audimatic (The Audible Doctor & maticulous) - "Hoarse"

Some real dope flows, production, and a nice hook on this one from Audimatic (The Audible Doctor rapping, maticulous on the beat):

FenaxiZ - Vintage

Toronto emcee (and H3 Family) FenaxiZ just dropped his long-awaited album, Vintage, and it's currently available for free download. The album features some dope production by Amir, Anonymous Twist, Incise, Jobe Wan Kenobi, Quarter Inch Kings, and royceBIRTH, and collaborative artist features from royceBIRTH, August Rigo, US!, JLatte, Dagamuffin, Kris Blade, and Kim Possible.

Vintage is FenaxiZ's first album release in 6 years - this project has been 3 years in the making, and Fen doesn’t disappoint. Listening to this record, it feels like everything that the artist has been building up and keeping inside comes out on this album, ranging on topics from personal life questions and reflections (throughout the album), to re-contextualizing Filipino history (on “White Man’s Burden”), to venting his frustrations after years of grinding in the hip hop game and not getting the love he deserves (“Goodbye To The Game”).

Yes, this album has a vintage feel true to its name, from the intro track with the needle-on-the-record effects and royceBIRTH’s chorus on “Status Update,” to his childhood reminiscing on “Golden Age” and “Can’t Stop Me” (with an incredible old school sample courtesy of Anonymous Twist). This isn't just another throwback album, however; Fen keeps it fresh and downright raw with pure honesty and intensity on these tracks. Vintage is an album relevant to real life struggles that all people deal with and face, voicing the artist's insecurities and fears while at the same time coming with an overwhelming sense of determination and perseverance. 

You can read FenaxiZ's own words about the release HERE.

Here's the latest video release to promote the album (video for the title track, "Vintage"):

Music Video: Tona - "Timing" feat. Kardinal Offishall

Scarborough emcee Tona just released a pretty epic video for his track "Timing" off of his mixtape Reform School, featuring Canadian hip hop heavyweight Kardinal Offishall. Stay posted for big things coming from Big Tone!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Music Video: The Antiheroes feat. D-Sisive - "The Rebels (Listen Up)" [prod. by Rich Kidd]

The Antiheroes just dropped the highly anticipated video for their buzz single "The Rebels (Listen Up)" off their debut album, This is FreeDUMB (<---click link for review), featuring D-Sisive and produced by Rich Kidd. This video is creative, colourful, professional and at times hilarious. Watch it. Tell people about it. Support good music!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Classic Material: Hieroglyphics Freestyles on BET

Music Video: Crooklin feat. Rich Kidd - Daydreamers Theme

Peep the world premier of Crooklin's new video for "Daydreamers Theme" feat. Rich Kidd. Dope visuals highlighting the LA scenery with some nice filter effects courtesy Mark Valino.

Crooklin f. Rich Kidd - Daydreamers Theme from Mark Valino on Vimeo.

Directed/Filmed & Edited by: Mark Valino
Follow Valino here: https://twitter.com/#!/markvalino
Produced by: Adiel Papa
Follow Addy here: https://twitter.com/#!/AddyPapa

Song Credits:
Written and Perfromed by Crooklin @Crooklin
Featuring: Rich Kidd @richkiddbeats 
Produced by: Like (of Pac Div) @LikePacDiv 
Cuts by: Dj Illiment @illz09
Mixed and Mastered by: Glenn Gonda @TruthStudios

Download the song FREE Here:

Friday, July 13, 2012

Music Video: Spesh K - Hip Hop Since

One thing for sure about Halifax-born, now Toronto-based emcee Spesh K: he knows how to have fun with his music. This video is hilarious:

Hasan Salaam - Using Hip Hop to Make a Difference in Guinea-Bissau

Hip hop artist Hasam Salaam is raising money to help literally build up the infrastructure of a community in a village in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa. Check out the video below, and you can donate directly here: http://www.peaceismyreligion.org/

Wings (Audible Doctor Remix) Feat. Audible Doctor & Elzhi

Some pure dope for your day:

"The Audible Doctor teams up with Union & Elzhi to bring you the "Wings (Audible Doctor Remix)". The track is a fresh take on Union's song "Wings" with brand new production by The Audible Doctor as well as featuring Audible Doctor & Elzhi on the verses. Shout out to Fat Beats Records for hooking this collab up. As always for Beat/Verse/Interview inquiries you can contact info(at)audibledoctor.com."

Stream or Download:

Potent Whisper ft Nanci Correia - Between The Lines

Some conscious hip hop from the UK by Potent Whisper with some entrancing vocals courtesy of Nanci Correia. Lyrics easy to follow via the video...


Download here: http://potentwhisper.com/

Mixtape: Nukky Grissom – If At First You Don’t Succeed, Skydiving Is Not For You

Peep the new mixtape from Toronto emcee Nukky Grissom, " If At First You Don’t Succeed, Skydiving Is Not For You." On so focused on success, I'm gonna make it type of content, but there's also a variety of topics touched upon on this project. Free download!


This mixtape is a collection of songs that started out as a “cutting room floor/best of the rest” type thing but quickly evolved as the recording process began. The original project included a few dubs and freestyles but I eventually scrapped those plans and opted to go with completely original material. 

The title itself comes with a slice of humour but I chose it more for its paradoxical irony and backwards truth more than anything else. In other words, the title means “if you want to remain unsuccessful, don’t take risks” and as any successful person will tell you, risk is a prerequisite for success. You’ve heard it before: nothing ventured, nothing gained. You get out what you put in. The bigger the risk, the bigger the reward. 

This project is about taking that risk and overcoming the fears and doubts associated with taking that leap of faith. I’m at a point in my life where I’ve come to terms with who I am, both as an artist and as a person, and I’m finally comfortable putting it all out there. You don’t have to like it but you have to respect it. Enjoy...

The Cypher - 3 Year Anniversary Promo Video

The 3 year anniversary of H3's own monthly hip hop event THE CYPHER is going down on July 19 at The Central in Toronto. Here's a little promo video for it:

Friday, July 6, 2012

Musiv Video: Relic - Work Of Heart

Multi-talented Toronto emcee Relic just dropped his official (cameo-tastic) video for his new single, "Work of Heart," which is going to be on his upcoming album, Miles To Go. Self-written, produced, mixed, etc. This is that real hip hop with HEART:

Album: Blackboltt - "Leader of the Opposition"

Came across a very high quality recent Canadian hip hop release: "Leader of the Oppostition" by Blackboltt. The whole album sounds very polished and professional (in large part due to mixing by Fresh Kils and Muneshine and mastering by Atomix Studios). Production throughout is very boombastic, in your face type of music (courtesy of Rich Kidd and Muneshine), which matches Blackboltt's overall sound and delivery. There are some great features on the album (Relic, Rich Kidd, and pHoenix Pagliacci, just to name a few). Blackboltt himself sounds very hungry and determined on this project. It'd be nice to hear him play around with his flows a bit more, and some of the hooks may be a bit obnoxious to the sensibilities of some listeners' ears. Regardless, this project is proper and definitely worth listening to and supporting.

How many thinkers are we here? How many leaders? How many creators? How many innovators?

In an era where imitation breeds success by way of commercialization - how many Canadian artists choose to go against the grain and deliver a powerful message about self-discovery (“Start With Why”), self-reliance (“Grind Over Matter”), but most prominently, self-actualization (“We Don’t Serve Saints”).

Blackboltt is a Calgary-born, Toronto-raised MC committed to creating a sound that’s not only uniquely, but proudly Canadian. Head-nodding basslines, catchy melodies, signature delivery, and conscious messages marinate on the the album which is also the soundtrack for the film of the same name from 1812 Entertainment’s Film Division.

Leader of the Opposition (LOTO) is the genesis of Blackboltt’s message of unity, solidarity and commitment to the hip-hop culture that has inspired many artists before him. In an industry which has spit out more Canadian talent than its digested, Blackboltt’s debut encourages listeners to answer their own questions about conformity, morality, aspirations, subjective reality, and the laws of attraction. Produced by two of Canada’s biggest hip-hop heavyweights: Muneshine and Rich Kidd; and engineered by studio legend Fresh Kils.

LOTO captures the sound of a generation unafraid to ask questions like why am I here? What is my purpose? And most importantly, where is my vote?


released 18 June 2012
Mixed by Fresh Kils
Co-Mixed by Muneshine
Recorded at Rumenal Records
Mastered at Atomix Studios
Artwork by Erica “EGR” Balon
Photography by Alex Schuldt
Graphic Design by Dany Gehshan
Management by 1812 Entertainment
Marketing by Chicken Creative

Monday, July 2, 2012

Music Video: The Extremities - Dial Tones ft. Ghettosocks, Lushlife & Ambition

What could possibly be better than some Extremities (Fresh Kils + Uncle Fester) smooth, melodic production, dope emceeing by Ghettosocks, Ambition, and Lushlife, a house party, fireworks, and all-around good times? Scantily-clad models. Peep the dope new video for "Dial Tones" off The Extremities album, The Mint Condition:

From The Extremities' critically acclaimed "The Mint Condition" album, comes "Dial Tones" featuring emcee's Ghettosocks, Lushlife & Ambition.

Video by: Lithium Studios Productions
Director: Darrell Faria
Producer: Mike MacMillan
Editor: Kyle Wilson
DP: Pasha Patriki
Designer: Caroline Pandelli
Post: Alter Ego
Funded by MuchFACT

Download this track: http://get.extremitiesmusic.com/track/dial-tones-feat-lushlife-ghettosocks-am...

Download The Mint Condition: http://get.extremitiesmusic.com/album/the-mint-condition

Get wise and check out http://droppinscience.bandcamp.com for exclusive content.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Relic - Work of Heart + Beat Tape "For the Record"

Toronto emcee/producer/singer/studio engineer Relic blessing us with a dope single from his upcoming album, Miles To Go. Peep the track below, also if you like that check out the remix by Muneshine.

Oh yeah, he just released an entire beat-tape too...Relic getting prolific with the releases!

Event: Ernie Paniccioli in Toronto - June 28

Grandmaster Elder, photographer, poet, and Native leader Ernie Panicciolo will be making an appearance in Toronto on June 28th at the Manifesto headquarters on 37 Bulwer Street (NE of Queen and Spadina). All details above. Come spread the love and share the wisdom!

NewBreedMC Freestyling with The Cypher Crew at GZA + Masta Killa Show

H3 Fam + Cypher emcee NewBreedMC absolutely killing the freestyles on March 2, 2012 at the GZA + Masta Killa show in Toronto. Completely random words - straight off the top of the dome.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

MC FÜBB - Freestyling with The Cypher crew at GZA Concert

The true, original definition of a FREESTYLE: pulling random words out and incorporating them into a rhyme live on the spot.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Stoli DJ Cypher Series - 4-Man Turntablism Mix - "We Will Rock You"

What happens when you take some of the best hip hop DJs in Toronto - scratch that (no pun intended) - some of the best hip hop DJs in the world, and have them collaborate in a 4-man DJ cypher? You get absolute epic epicness (yeah, that's a word now). Big ups to DJ Grouch and D-Scratch of the Turnstylez Crew and Thera-P and Riccachet from the Sweet Touch Foundation. Just watch and listen:

While DJs play records and good DJs can mix them seamlessly for hours, turntablists deconstruct records, cutting, scratching, beat-juggling and cross-fading new sounds into new songs along the way. Taking its cue from hip hop, where emcees have been battling and collaborating in cyphers since the early days of freestyle, Stolichnaya is proud to drop the first of its brand new DJ Cypher series. Witness Toronto's DJ Grouch and D-Scratch of the legendary (world champion!) Turnstylez Crew and Thera-P and Riccachet from Sweet Touch Foundation join forces and produce a truly original composition worthy of the world's most original vodka. Like what you're hearing? Come back often for more innovative DJ Cypher mixes courtesy of Stoli.

Agency: Oxygen Design Agency, Director/Editor: Reza Dahya, DOP: James Hellyer, Producer: Rinku DasGupta.

Shot on location at Get Spun in Toronto, ON.

Music Video: Mazaman - "Serenity"

New inspirational song + video "Serenity" from Toronto emcee/producer Mazaman (with his trademark full and banging production). Great to hear the messages that Mazaman keeps putting out - you can tell from his lyrics that he's spent time building on his knowledge of self and makes a conscious effort to impart his wisdom to his listeners. This is motivation music for your daily life and grind:

Produced by Mazaman.
Directed and edited by Big Sproxx for Freedom Writers/Proletarian Music. El Corazon Album Now Available!
Free Download of "Serenity w/DJ PACK" @ http://mazaman.com/l/zm0shn/10503012;http://www.mazaman.com/fr_music.cfm
Youtube = Mazamanhd
Facebook = Mazaman
Twitter = @mazamann

Friday, June 15, 2012

THEO3 - "On the Go" feat. Frankie Payne (prod. by Tone Mason)

Toronto emcee THEO3 (aka Theology 3) just dropped his first single off his upcoming album, Airplane Over One Way Streets, which is scheduled to drop this summer. Soulful vocals by Frankie Payne on the hook, some celebratory-sounding, banging production from Tone Mason, and Theo3 sounding hungry, optimistic, and determined on this track.

You're listening to the Brand New buzz single "ON THE GO" off of Toronto Hip Hop heavyweight THEO3's upcoming album AIRPLANE OVER ONE WAY STREETS. The soulful, 'Life Music', inspirational anthem for progressive people in this unforgiving World boasts powerful vocals from fellow FREEDOM WRITERS collective stand out FRANKIE PAYNE. The gripping, Universally bangin production is provided by2 time Grammy nominees TONE MASON (Jay Z, 50 Cent, Game).
SHARE, COMMENT, RETWEET, POST as your FB status and NEXT WEEK cop "ON THE GO" directly from BANDCAMP and ITUNES!Be sure to visit the album blog at www.Airplaneover.wordpress.com and the website at www.THEOLOGY3.com
Check out the "ON THE GO" video within 2 weeks featuring cameos from FREEDOM WRITERSCAMP XWIO KDJ L'OQENZRICH KIDDPHAT TONYFRANZ THOMAS and more...

Music Video: Koncept - Hear, Hun

Funny video + dope verses on this track by Koncept from Brown Bag All Stars. This crew keeps sending us pure dopeness...so we keep posting it up!

Here is the music video from Brown Bag AllStar, Koncept for "Hear, Hun" starring The Company Man (Justin Hunte).

Shot & Edited by FRESHpres. Produced by Tranzformer, Cuts by DJ Brace.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

FenaxiZ feat. JLatte - White Man's Burden

T-Dot emcee FenaxiZ just released a very powerful, raw, and brutally honest video + track called "White Man's Burden" off his upcoming LP, Vintage. Over some entrancing guitar strumming by JLatte and beat by Quarter Inch Kings, FenaxiZ speaks on many hard to swallow truths about Filipino history as well as his views on the current state of his community both in the Philippines and in Toronto. "White Man's Burden" is an unapologetic, unflinching view of the effects that colonialism, 2 World Wars, corrupt police and government officials and modern day racism have had and continue to have on the Filipino population. I have only one small beef with the title: colonialism of the Phillipines was first done by Spain...they shoulder some of the burden, don't they? This track + video is not for the faint of heart:

Every June 12, Filipinos across the globe commemorate their homeland's declaration of independence from Spanish occupation in 1898. Amidst the lumpia, tinikling dances, and street parades, FenaxiZ humbly entreats his kasamas worldwide to pause for a moment of reflection and acknowledge a past mired with bloodshed, subjugation, and resistance. 

Borrowing its title from the Rudyard Kipling poem about the Filipino-American war, "White Man's Burden" is a critical analysis of the widespread effects that imperialism has wreaked upon a 7000-island archipelago once known as "The Pearl Of The Orient." From a Labour Export Policy that seperates parents from children to the internalized racism that fuels identity issues of the youth, FenaxiZ covers many pressing issues that today's Filipinos face; yet, he is also aware of the incomplete picture he paints as he muses, "and this rap ain't even scratching the surface of our collective experience."

FenaxiZ states, "To properly capture 600 years of a country's history in a 5 minute song is impossible, but I hope my words can mobilize my audience to walk away with a desire to educate themselves on the issues. I want us to truly think about our current situation, discuss amongst ourselves, and question if we are, in fact, an independent republic. If my lyrics can instill some pride and provide a stepping stone to a Filipino youth's journey of understanding his or her identity, then I've done my job."

And while the image may be bleak, FenaxiZ adds, "If history has taught us anything, it is that Filipinos are survivors; we are a resilient people. From Lapu-Lapu to the People Power Revolution, Filipinos have resisted oppression from internal and external forces and we will continue to do so until we take our rightful place as a respected, self-sufficient, first-class prosperous nation. It may not happen in my lifetime or the next, but it will happen one day." 

"White Man's Burden" is produced by The Quarter Inch Kings and features Joshua "JLatte" Lopez on guitar. It will appear on the upcoming FenaxiZ album Vintage, slated for a July 2012 release. 

Directed & Edited by Minerva Group (www.minervastudio.ca)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Muneshine - Back To The Future (feat. ELMNT & Kydd)

Freshhhhhh new song from the Muneshine featuring ELMNT and Kydd off his new album, There is Only Today. Track produced by Muneshine. Chiggidy check it:

Muneshine's 3rd solo studio album, There Is Only Today (Droppin Science Productions)
Executively produced by Muneshine
All songs recorded by Timbuktu @ FUN (Toronto, Canada) 
All songs written, arranged & mixed by Muneshine @ The Bakkery (Toronto, Canada) 
All songs mastered by Nick Rawson (Toronto, Canada)
Album photography by Aaron Bird 
Design & Layout by Ghettosocks
http://www.twitter.com/muneshine | http://www.facebook.com/muneshine
Released by: Droppin Science Productions 
Release/catalogue number: DSP 012 
Release date: May 28, 2012 

Music Video: Wordsworth - Coloring Book feat. Meleni Smith

Check this fresh new video from Brooklyn's own Wordsworth feat. vocals by Meleni Smith. The visuals in this video are extremely vibrant (as the song title suggests) and Wordsworth displays his lyrical mastery using the "colours" theme to tell stories about everyday life in Brooklyn, all done with his signature vocal tone and intricate flows. "Coloring Book" is a single off of Wordsworth's recently released album, Photo Album. Some uplifting hip hop music for a change, without dumming down on the realness of the content...enjoy!

Song from @WordsworthEMC "The Photo Album" produced by The Are
featuring Meleni Smith 
Album available on Itunes, Amazon, Fatbeats.com, Ughh.com

Monday, June 4, 2012

Classic Material: Crooklyn Dodgers 95 - Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers

Absolutely classic, high quality hip hop material (albeit a low quality version of the video). Chubb Rock, O.C., Jeru the Damaja, DJ Premier. Enjoy.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Event: Jeru the Damaja - Live in Toronto - June 11 @ Revival

FB EVENT PAGE: http://www.facebook.com/events/308891582525535/

TICKETS:  http://www.jeruintoronto.eventbrite.ca/

The Cypher and Angerville present Jeru The Damaja Live in concert. 
The Brooklyn born Gang Starr foundation member will be performing in Toronto for one night only at Revival Bar 783 College St. on Monday June 11th.
Also featuring performances by: 
MC FÜBB + The Cypher
Fresh Kils and Relic
Music by DJ Xplisit

Advance tickets are $15 and available at Play De Record 357 Yonge st. and Soundscapes 572 College st. and online at: 
Doors open at 9 pm, 19+ ID is required
($20 at the door...save money by getting tickets in advance!)

Saturday, June 2, 2012

SepTO - Nevera Evera

Check out SepTO's new for the first track off his Allergy Pills and Alcohol mixtape:

Sep is a seriously talented emcee. Unfortunately, as is often the case with emerging artists in big cities like Toronto, his music is being way too slept on! Check him out. Download his mixtape for free. Spread the word.

Here's some words from the artist himself:

"In short, it has been an amazing year. “Allergy Pills and Alcohol” was released on May 29th of 2011. The support and opportunities received since then have been a profound blessing to me. I appreciate you all so much. Me and my team now stand at a point of major transition. Its time to move forward from our past accomplishments and into a new era of success. For now, let’s mark this moment with the international release of Nevera Evera, the intro to AP&A and obvious crowd favourite. You can find it on iTunes. I intend on continuing to keep my city proud. Thank you Thank you Thank you. Support Appreciated.
See you in July…."

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Toronto Hip Hop Show: Stalley + Rich Kidd + The Cypher + Antiheroes + Vibonics

This show is going to be epic. Up and coming artist Stalley (recently signed to MMG), plus some of Toronto's most talented emcees will be performing from The Cypher, renowned producer/emcee Rich Kidd, rap duo The Antiheroes, and The Vibonics all under one roof. This should be a hectic event. If you are in Toronto this Saturday, BE THERE.

WHEN: Sat. June 2, 2012 (doors at 9pm)
WHERE: El Mocambo

Progress - Rock Shit

Progress is a member of the Freedom Writers collective. Socially/politically conscious rhymes with a tight flow and an ill voice for rapping. Peep his latest video:

Monday, May 28, 2012

Toronto emcee Tona just won a Stylus award for video of the year for this one...dope track with hard hitting bars and a banging beat produced by Rich Kidd. On some futuristic steez!

If you liked that, check Tona's latest mixtape, Reform School.

J57 feat. Brown Bag AllStars & Andrew Thomas - "Days Still Turn to Night"

These guys have been putting out a TON of good music. I hate when people write that cliché "these guys are gonna blow up," but I do hope these guys blow up. Get two EPs HERE:

Directed by: Pace Rivers. This song is from J57's "The Ports EP" which is out now only at J57music.com!  J57 feat. Brown Bag AllStars & Andrew Thomas "Days Still Turn to Night" Produced by J57 Cuts by DeeJay Element Chorus by Andrew Thomas of Recess/TheClubhouse Back-up Chorus by Audible Doctor.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Babylon Warchild - Call of the Warchild

Real, raw hip hop with a politically-informed message, Unknown Mizery, Legitimate, Rumpelstiltz (and I think Fresco P is now officially part of the group) are Babylon Warchild. Check out their debut video:

Monday, May 21, 2012

Music Video: Noyz - Degrees of Freedom

The first video dropped off of Noyz's recently released album, Degrees of Freedom.

Directed by Flavour Media
Produced by Noyz
Co-produced by Satnam Singh Chatha for 5 Rivers Entertainment Inc.

Download this track and the entire album at: noyzhiphop.bandcamp.com

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Noyz - Degrees of Freedom

Brampton producer and emcee Noyz just dropped his sophomore long EP/ short LP, Degrees of Freedom, which he's made available for free download. Noyz produced the entire album/co-produced a few tracks with Satnam Singh Chatha. Featured emcees include Spooks, B-Magic, MC FÜBB, B-Magic, Humble the Poet, and more. You're gonna kick yourself later if you sleep on this one. Dope hip hop!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

New Single: Bad Newz - Find Your Way feat. Imogen Heap

Finally a new, anticipated single from the talented Toronto emcee Bad Newz off his upcoming mixtape, Dirty English. Lovely vocals also supplied by Imogen Heap, produced by Sin. The mixtape should be quite dope if it keeps up to par with this track:

"Find Your Way" is Toronto emcee Bad Newz's debut single from his first full-length mixtape Dirty English. Featuring the voice of British electronic/pop sensation Imogen Heap, it's a different approach for the boastful lyricist with the cocky internal rhyme flow. He visits new topics of love and self-doubt alongside Heap's silky vocals and producer Sin's layers of boom-bap, never abandoning his classic, complex delivery.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Music Video: Mazaman - Just Thoughts ft. DJ Grouch

Mazaman keeps on dropping that classic-flavoured hip hop material. A "love of hip hop" message with impeccable cuts courtesy of DJ Grouch:

Produced by Mazaman.
Cuts by The Legendary DJ Grouch.
Directed and edited by Big Sproxx for Freedom Writers/Proletarian Music.

Inspectah Deck Live in Toronto w/ Camoflauge and Citizen Kane

Inspectah Deck from The Wu-Tang Clan
Gangis Khan aka Camoflauge
Citizen Kane
Music By: DJ Law
Hosted By: Mindbender Supreme

Tickets Available at:
Play De Record - 357 Yonge Street (Downtown)
Soundscapes - 572 College Street (Downtown)
Broadway Fashion - 300 Borough Drive (Scarborough)
Broadway Fashion - Square One Mall (Mississauga)
Miami Fades - 10239 Yonge Street (Richmondhill)
O'Cuts - 33 Station Street (Ajax)
For more info contact:
info@originill.com or (416)272-2472
(this is a 19+ event)