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Heroes & Super Villains (Week 48) – The Word of the Week Is “Independence”
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The relationship between artist and record label can be viewed in the same way as the rulings of a particular state and the territories within its jurisdiction. While the mother country initially aims to do its best, various policies within the other areas may create differences of opinion, leading to fully fleshed out wars or a class law suits depending on the given time in history. The means of emancipating from an archaic practice is something that all people must go through, whether it be our fore fathers fighting for their freedoms with Canada Day and the Fourth of July or a hard working artist getting screwed over by a conglomerate (just ask Lupe Fiasco); this idea of freedom is beautifully personified through the actions of two rappers in particular during this past week in the world of Hip-Hop music.


Joey Bada$$ has quickly passed the rank of “blog rapper” and has developed quite the following for himself. Bada$$’ newest mixtape, Summer Knights, was released this past week and received much acclaim for the rapers’ evolving sound. The Pro Era rapper recently stated that the only way he’d join a major record label was if they offered him 3 million dollars; he was quoted as saying “[the money] would help get my Mom out the hood.” Will Bada$$ continue to work the independent racket or potentially sacrifice his vision in order for financial gain?


On a similar note, Jay-Z‘s Magna Carta Holy Grail made waves this week as the emcee announced the project only a few weeks prior to the release date. Regardless of what your opinion on the album is, Holy Grail could be a catalyst in the battle between artist and record label. Hov decided to disregard the usual norms of the music industry by working with Samsung in order to exclusively release the album with the corporation before the album was to be released to the public.


For this week’s underground picks, we’ve got some great tracks featuring both Canadian and American artists. Vancouver rapper Shad drops a new freestyle, Mick Jenkins‘ “Lack” is a eerie and sinister sounding track, Edwin Freeman drops the Biggie inspired “Beef”, and Toronto rappers Raz Fresco and Rich Kidd give us “Notoriously” and “I’d Be Lying”, respectively.


1) Shad – Freestyle


2) Mick Jenkins – “Drop”


3) Edwin Freeman – “Beef”


4) Raz Fresco – “Notoriously”


5) Rich Kidd – “I’d Be Lying”


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Greg Grease – “Forward”



If you’ve managed to get this far during the week, you probably deserve a break. And what good timing to introduce Greg Grease‘s latest video for “Forward”, a stripped down, less-is-more banger that doesn’t need to be overdramatic to get it’s point across. Directed by Adam Dunn as a part of his #LABB (Lights and a Backdrop) series, the visuals are as minimalistic as it gets, allowing the Grease, his DJ and his turntable to play centre stage. Check it out and be sure to pick up Greg Grease’s Black King Cole EP if you don’t already own it.


  1. Blu & Nottz (feat. Rashad) – “End of the World”
  2. CJ Fly (feat. A La $oul & Phife Dawg) – “Seek Well”
  3. Boldy James (feat. Earl Sweatshirt, Da$h & Domo Genesis) – “Reform School” (prod. by The Alchemist)
  4. Danny Brown (feat. Scrufizzer) – “Dubstep”
  5. Black Milk – “Dismal”
  6. Alterbeats (feat. Guilty Simpson & The Rockness Monstah) – “Fruit Punch”
  7. Snow Tha Product (feat. CyHi The Prynce) – “Hold You Down”
  8. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – “Harold’s”
  9. Childish Gambino – “Yaphet Kotto”
  10. Stan Ipcus – “Wifey Material”
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