Representing Jamaica and Canada, Rapper/Producer Chillaa has been a part of the Hip Hop/Dancehall scene in Toronto for quite a while. While he has added his Production to many singles, he now unleashes a Mixtape for your listening pleasure. Featuring Dancehall Artists Rizzla and Nemesis, this 10 track project showcases the sounds and influence from both locations. Art by Peter Lux. Check out the mix below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
With Tanto Metro & Devonte being the Influence behind this hit, Toronto Artist Tory Lanez gave fans a visual for the single, “LUV“. Featuring beautiful women, an old school ride, and some very clean shots/scenes, Tory’s Dancehall-tinged single is now more infectious than his previous hit, “Say It“. With the population in Canada being a melting pot of many cultures and nationalities, it’s no surprise when established and up and coming acts add the Caribbean Influence to their music. It would’ve been so cool to have seen Tanto and Devonte making a cameo appearance. Everyone falls in love sometimes. Check out the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Toronto based Reggae Rapper Denny To The Fray tackles the issue of safe sex on his latest single of the same name. The track, released May 14, is taken from his upcoming five-track EP, “TFP”. “The goal is to bring out in the open subjects people are uncomfortable talking about, like using protection when engaging in sexual intercourse. No one should be afraid to talk about sex. There are a million songs all about sex, but, unfortunately, not as many discuss what is appropriate and safe,” said Denny To The Fray, 34.
“Safe Sex” is co-produced by Mark “Zeej Maverick” Sterling and Denny Walcott. “TFP”, which is earmarked for a June 30 release date, boasts tracks including “Don’t Shoot”, “Safe Sex”, “Bobby”, “Four Four”, and “Keep Blazing 2.0”. A past student of Clarendon College, Denny to the Fray (given name Denny Fray Walcott) was born in Lionel Town in that parish. At 12, he built a sound system and played at gigs throughout Clarendon. He migrated to Canada in 1997 where he studied law at Sheridan College. His recording break would come in 2013 with the release of “Keep Blazing”.
“I intend to leave a manuscript to living a positive, meaningful life with my music. I want to educate our young people while entertaining them.”
Repping the 876 and The 6ix is Rapper/Producer Chillaa with “Lead You On“. Featuring Co-Production from Hypnotic, this one’s for the ladies as he speaks on wanting to chill, roll and smoke a few, and have a little fun without her feeling like he’s leading her on and making things complicated. A song that you can throw on the daily playlist and build a vibe to with. For the “Babes“, “Bonafides” and “Tings“. Do your thing baby girl. Check out the track below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Recently, popular Canadian Media Personality Nardwuar Interviewed the “6 God” Drake, and friend and longtime Producer Noah “40” Shebib. Filmed in Toronto, Canada a.k.a. “The 6ix“, Drake and 40 shared with Nardwuar some aspects of their backgrounds including growing up and 40 and Drake’s first record, “Views“, their influences including the late Rapper Biggie Smalls, Common, the Houston, Toronto, and Memphis Hip Hop scenes, and the Reggae/Dancehall including acts like King Tubby, Mavado, Popcaan, and Vybz Kartel. Drake also mentioned having conversations about Vybz Kartel’s music with fellow Artist PartyNextDoor, and being a fan of King Tubby’s music. It’s an hour long video, so be sure to tune in. Check out the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
First they started out as the youth of the Dancehall/Reggae culture, now they’re parents with growing kids. It isn’t unusual for the child of an Entertainer to follow in their parent’s footsteps one way or the other as at times they bring a modern take on their parent’s creations, or create their own lane. Some of the most famous off springs include Stephen, Ziggy, and Damian “Junior Gong” Marley (Sons of Bob Marley), Chino and Di Genius (Sons of Freddie McGregor), Junior Tucker (Son of Jimmy Tucker), Morgan Heritage (Children of Denroy Morgan), Tarrus Riley (Son of Jimmy Riley), Queen Ifrica (Daughter of Derrick Morgan), Protoje (Son of Lorna Bennett), Chronixx (Son of Chronicle) and many more. In part 5 of a few part series, I feature more of the new set of kids on the scene whose parents have covered much ground in their respective careers.
1. Addis Pablo (Suns Of Dub)
Famous Parent: Augustus Pablo
Single(s): In My Father’s House, Far East Dub (Suns Of Dub)
2. Jo Mersa Marley
Famous Parent: Stephen Marley
Occupation: Reggae Artist
Single(s): Burn It Down, Light It Up (w/ Morgan Heritage)