Drake’s resume just keeps getting longer and longer.
Drake is a known advocate for good Canadian eats. Which makes sense that the 6 God will open up a restaurant in his hometown, Toronto.
Frings is the name of the restaurant (for unknown reasons). It’s a co-venture with Susur Lee, his sons, and OVO Gelo. This collaboration doesn’t come as much of a surprise because Drake chose to spend his last birthday at Bent (one of Lee’s restaurant) alongside Lee and his mother. However, the opening date of the restaurant was still a surprise because it didn’t get too much promotion besides a few speculated Vine videos.
But he did show off Fring’s opening on Instagram, taking pictures with his mom and a group picture with the other restaurant owners:
Drake reportedly arrived at 8PM sharp, downing shots and he served his attendees, Jaden Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Serena Williams, fries and sliders. Will this be apart of the official menu Lee was asked and he said they “haven’t really figured it out yet. We’re still testing and tasting, you know. Good things take time”.
But if you’re in Frings feeling like a Sweeterman or a Wasteman, you’ve got choices. Check it out. Also take a look at the exterior:
Toronto’s own Harvey Stripes is already fixture on the blogosphere as well as a mainstay in the Canadian music scene. After releasing several well received singles so far this year, he looks to take things up another notch for the release of his latest effort, “Paid Pt. 2,” featuring rap superstar French Montana. Stripes has already collaborated with some of Hip-Hop’s most seasoned acts, and now he adds another one to his vast catalog. The bouncy tune finds Stripes trading bars with Montana, while the Bronx native handles the hook duties.
Whilst young artists like Jimmy Johnson, Derek Wise and so on are getting co-signed by OVO and XO, Toronto’s Breeze & Teeze are proving that the city’s underground is perhaps even deeper. These two are of the FiF creative collective that is steadily permeating the downtown scene right now and hold the attention of many in the city. Since their arrival, the two have interwined the party scene with their music careers very effectively. Their latest video for “4:16” sees them turning up in a friend’s garage successfully flipping it into a rap video. The duo go back and forth over this haunting beat as they roll up some dank in a bible passage. Watch the video above.
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Rashid St. James tells you about the afterhours in the Dot
Toronto’s Rashid St. James drops his “Nightmare in the Afterhours” EP in it’s entirety that consists of 10 tracks and a single feature from Boko Maru. This EP is a projection of Rashid’s personal experience of being part of a subculture in downtown Toronto giving his fans his own perception of things through his lyrical documentation of the last 4 years. Being perceptive of his surroundings, Rashid’s heavy lyricism paints this vivid image of the after-hours scene. Hard hitting lyrics combined with Solid Mas & 4:44-produced instrumentals make for an intriguing sonic package. Take a listen to the project.
Mack Davis, Toronto-based songstress, is finally letting go of her first single titled “Issues” and she has a story to tell. Her soulful vocals and song writing are obviously polished as she uses every word to power her melodic approach. Mack Davis’s story is as intriguing as her music. Along with the song you get to see her first visuals that paint a vivid picture of the city at night. “Issues” sets the tone perfectly for her upcoming project 6°. Mack Davis sits down with us to speak on what it means to be a girl in 2015.
The Source: What’s the story behind Mack Davis?
Mack Davis: In highschool my friends started calling me Tasha Mack when the show “The Game” was popular. “Mack” caught on and it just stuck. I don’t think I’m a player but I’m always mackin’, so-to-speak. I don’t hold back, I play the game.
How long have you been making music for?
I always loved to sing and make up songs, but it wasn’t until I left highschool that I really got behind the mic seriously. I started recording music as part of a female crew called Blck Coffee, and we would perform at various venues in Toronto. That was about two years ago.
Is this something you always wanted to do?
I was in University without really knowing what I was doing and I wasn’t happy. I decided I couldn’t live that way anymore, I needed to pursue what I love. My music started as a very private thing, but then I realized I had all these crazy ideas that I didn’t want to keep to myself anymore. It’s vulnerable sharing your personal work.
“Issues” describes my experience on the scene. The Toronto party scene and music scene intertwine on so many levels. There are a lot of politics involved. There’s so many surface judgements that acquaintances will make about you. I’m a pretty introverted individual, so putting myself out there hasn’t always been easy. Not to mention the handfuls of shady people that I have encountered along the way. People have wasted my time and money, and “borrowed” my ideas throughout this process.
Tell us about 6° (Pronounced Six Degrees).
6° is my first project. It takes on different meanings. There’s the temperature aspect; I want the words you’ll hear to bring you chills like when you step outside in six degree weather without a coat on. I tried to be as raw as possible, it’s cold. I think a lot of people in Toronto especially are gonna be able to relate to that. You’re gonna hear crazy sounds and crazy moods.
What does it mean to be a girl in 2015?
Girls can be whatever we want to be and I think it’s our time to recognize this. We have all these girls on TV and Instagram being praised solely for their looks and booty. I’m not opposed to showing off female beauty, but there’s so much more than that. I interact with so many boss-ass women on a regular basis, of all shapes, sizes and colours who take charge of their business and take risks. These girls are in control of their life and they’re not afraid to speak up, even if it makes them seem less “lady-like”. To me, that’s real beauty and empowerment.
Do you feel your music speaks for a lot of today’s younger girls whether it’s Toronto or anywhere else?
Absolutely. I’m all about girl power. We are bombarded with sexist and contradictory messages everyday. I want to address certain double standards and encourage young girls to speak their minds. Girls are constantly told how to look and dress and I think it causes many of us to feel insecure at times. There’s so much pressure to look hot and then there’s so much shaming girls for being “hoes”.
Ultimatley what is that youd like to achieve in your career?
Success, really. I want to be able to experiment and learn as much as possible. Money and fame are intriguing, but I care more about sustainability. I want to be respected for my creativity and the message I’m sending out. I’d love to be able to song write for other artists that I respect as well.
5 goals in 2015:
Release my first project.
Do some epic collaborations.
Travel and tour outside of Toronto
I want my name to be recognized. I don’t want to have to introduce myself to the same person twice.
Quit or at least cut back on my day job.
Watch Mack Davis’ video “Issues” below.
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Dillan Ponders releases two new singles “Stamina” and “Circus” featuring Atlanta/Toronto OPB representer Omari Shakir. The Toronto native recently opened for Post Malone at the Mod Club and continues his momentum as he gets ready to drop his new project RETOX.
Dillan has been catching the ears of many music enthusiasts and tastemakers throughout Toronto as well as in the US (Atlanta to be more specific). His style and content consists of drug-infused surroundings accompanied by females & associates that regularly partake in the afterhours scene in downtown.
The two songs pretty much describe Dillan’s personality to a great extent as he croons in a unique auto-tuned mode on “Stamina”, complementing perfectly his lyrical, flex-worthy attitude. “Circus” fits in with the Atlanta x Toronto sound that only Omari could cross-pollinate effectively and he does so on this record with great style. He is part of Atlanta group OPB (Outta-Pocket Boyz) alongside Key!, Man-Man Savage and Trap Money Benny. Both tracks are produced by M Mac. Listen below and let us know what you think of both tracks:
Tim North has been consistently dropping gems this year collaborating most recently with Fool’s Gold representative High Klassified on “100 Proof”. He returns today with his latest effort titled “Dip” produced by Kxngs. Just in time for the summer, this is a return to Tim’s signature lyrical style that works well over the hard-hitting production. Crack open a brew and stream “Dip” below.
Derek Wise keeps it a “hunnid” on his brand new track.
Toronto artist and XO affiliate, Derek Wise returns with a brand new track titled “Hunnid”. Production credit goes to MOSTHIGH (producers of Drake’s “Star 67″), Christo Anesti and Geoff Wood.
Without losing momentum, the Toronto rapper has been releasing dark and gritty afterhours party anthems that is currently trending as his signature sound. His unique style of dark melodies over trap-infused instrumentals has caught the attention of several heavy weights in the music industry. Wise is setting the tone for his fans until his Mom’s Basement EP arrives which is expected to drop soon. Until then, take a listen below.
While news about Drake was already being stirred up from his Coachella make-out session with Madonna, he decided to stir things up a bit more by dropping his tour dates.
With five words and one post, Drake announced his six stop Jungle Tour with Future. On My 24th Drake will start in the dirty south with Houston, Texas, and work his way north, through Canada, finishing at the Governors Ball in New York.
If you enjoyed his Coachella performance last night, you will want to be near a computer when tickets go on sale Saturday, April 18th.