What: Hip-Hop, Pop
Where: Etobicoke, ON
Spurred by his desire to write poetry at a young age, Nova Scotia native Blow_Flyy has parlayed that love of words into a burgeoning career in hip-hop. Rather than solely relying upon samples, big beats, and driving bass to propel his lyricism, Blow_Flyy’s music has a distinct pop edge to it, making for a unique approach to a timeless genre that helps set his music apart from that of his contemporaries. Yet for the trails that the rapper is blazing, there is also a sense of nostalgia in his music and ow,
as though he is paying a debt to those in the genre who have come before him. It’s a welcome mix and addition to Canada’s already-impressive canon of contemporary hip-hop.
What: Hip-hop, jazz
Where: Winnipeg, MB
Hailing from the city that is home to Portage and Main, Beatox (nee Adam Fainman) is a jazz-inspired beat-boxer and rapper. The son of a successful musician mother, Beatox acquired a wide appreciation for different styles at a young age. Together with fellow rapper SMRT, Beatox formed the hip-hop duo Butter Pretzels, which would go on to release a couple of albums.
Musically and lyrically, Beatox’s songs would appeal to fans of A Tribe Called Quest while his rapping style is reminiscent of Arrested Development’s Speech – literate and infused with a rather specific energy. He is currently collaborating with students from the University of Manitoba’s jazz program to create a record that he says will take listeners “on a journey through darkness and light.”
Where: Toronto, ON
Although Canada has often played second fiddle to the United States when it comes to charting bona fide hip-hop stars, we’ve proven time and again that our artists are just as worthy of the attention as any of their American counterparts. With his smooth lyrical delivery bolstered by clever word play, Toronto’s Trivelle “T-Stylez” Simpson just might be Canada’s next hip-hop superstar.
Over the last three years, T-Stylez has proved himself a prolific, vital force to be reckoned with. The rapper’s 2012 debut, The Rise of Music, was followed by The Red Clay Chronicles in 2013 and Element 13, released last year, each of which showcase his impressive flow and lyricism. Keep an ear out for T-Stylez; big things are in store for this artist.