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."

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…."