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."

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

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