TORONTO’S HIP HOP SCENE: A LOOK BACK AT 2015

Toronto has had a phenomenal year in music; with The Weeknd up for seven Grammy’s, Drake up for five including his Meek Mill diss track “Back to Back”, Tory Lanez’s successful breakout year and Wondagurl’s appearance on Empire –  it’s safe to say that the city has had a great influence on the music industry.

When it comes to dominating the stage Tory Lanez, Jazz Cartier, and the entire CMDWN crew did it best this year. They performed in an almost Travi$ Scott like manner with insanely raw and explosive live shows.

On the other hand, artists like Clairmont The Second, Spek Won, and Xolisa were generally cool and collected onstage. While they were just as passionate and energetic, you were more likely to actually hear the words to their songs!

But it’s not just Toronto’s upcoming artists that were making noise, Toronto’s OG’s also released new music; K-os with Can’t Fly Without Gravity and Kardinal Offishall with Kardi Gras Vol. 1: The Clash LP.

Producers also proved to be impressive starting with 40 “Noah Shebib”, Boi-1da, Nineteen85, Jordan Evans, Wondagurl, Eestbound, Daniel Worthy, D.R.O, Birthday Boy, Harrison, Zepfire, FrancisGotHeat, Sevn Thomas, and Jordon Manswell.

Thankfully in 2015, we had the chance of attending concerts (incognito of course), taking photographs and conducting interviews around the city in order to appropriately reflect the music scene and so we thank you for those opportunities and hope for many more in 2016.

 

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