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TOBI × WOAH

Today, winner of the 2021 Juno Award for Best Rap Recording of the Year, Canada-raised/Nigeria-born TOBi and fellow Canadian rapper Jazz Cartier released new single “Woah.” Listen HERE.

“Woah” follows a slew of TOBi’s latest tracks –  “Off The Drugs,” which Mick Jenkins described as “cozy, soulful hip hop” (Brooklyn Vegan), “Come As You Are” featuring Baby Rose,  and “Don’t Touch!” heralded by Complex for its “smooth production…elevating (TOBi’s) empowered musings on the hairy side of the Black experience to new heights.”  His re-working of track “Family Matters” with Flo Milli was described as a “dynamic” and “impassioned reboot” (Atwood) and Highsnobiety declared it a “formidable pairing.”

TOBi will be joining Grammy award-winning Brooklyn based duo Brasstracks on tour kicking off September 30th in Chicago, and will be performing alongside the duo on a few collaborative singles they have in the works.  More info on the tour here. TOBi is also putting the finishing touches on his next album project. Stay tuned for more music from TOBi coming soon.

About TOBi:

Nigerian born, Toronto based recording artist TOBi is winner of the 2021 Juno Award for Best Rap Recording of the Year for his latest project Elements, Vol. 1Elements blends hip-hop, R&B, soul, grime & Afrobeats and features some of TOBi’s favorite producers & musicians worldwide, embodying the sounds and music that have influenced his artistry.

TOBi will be joining Grammy award-winning Brooklyn based duo Brasstracks on tour kicking off September 30th in Chicago, and will be performing alongside the duo on a few collaborative singles they have in the works.  More info on the tour here. TOBi is also putting the finishing touches on his next album project. Stay tuned for more music from TOBi coming soon.

Voted by Complex Magazine as “a top artist to watch” TOBi has received critical praise from Interview MagazinePitchforkVogue, Teen Vogue, L’OfficielPaper, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Clash, OkayAfrica, Flaunt, Exclaim!, Refinery29, Essential Homme, COLORS, and many more. The rising star signed with Same Plate Entertainment/RCA Records in 2020 and has enjoyed over 50 million streams globally.

Prior to ELEMENTS, TOBi released his debut album STILL in May  2019 followed by a deluxe edition, exploring themes of vulnerability, post traumatic growth, self-reflection and masculinity in his time emigrating from Nigeria to Canada. STILL’s release was followed by two new singles “Holiday” produced by !llmind,  “Paid,” the “City Blues Remix” featuring The Game, the “180 Remix” featuring Kemba and the “24” remix featuring all Torontonians SHAD, Haviah Mighty, Jazz Cartier and Ejji Smith.

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Brasstracks – Always Be My Baby

Today, GRAMMY® Award winning duo Brasstracks release a memorable horn-driven interpretation of Mariah Carey’s classic record, “Always Be My Baby.” Download/stream the track HERE.


“’Always Be My Baby’ is one of our very favorite timeless Mariah tunes, says Brasstracks.  “If you asked us to do a cover of this one with a singer, we’d say absolutely not- but Mariah’s vocal runs and the harmony of the tune lent itself so perfectly to what we do, we just had to do a horn cover. On top of that, the minute November hits, you can’t walk anywhere in NYC without hearing Mariah in stores, on the streets, in taxi cabs… I guess we just couldn’t help ourselves. Maybe we’ll get to hear this version in the back of a yellow cab on some winter NYC day.”


Brasstracks EP, Before We Go: Live From Capitol Studios is out now via EQT/Capitol Records and includes the exuberant single, “Professional” featuring Kyle Dion. The duo also released a corresponding live video for each of the EP’s six tracks. Praising the clip for “Snowdaze” featuring Charles Gaines, Billboard said, “the Grammy Award winners recreate the jazzy, hip-hop-tinged track with smooth perfection. The video is powerful, as Gaines delivers delicate vocals and Ivan Jackson and Conor Rayne effortlessly take up the trumpet and drums, respectively.” Watch the live performance video for “Snowdaze” featuring Charles Gaines HERE.  


Ivan Jackson and Conor Rayne formed Brasstracks while studying jazz at NYC’s Manhattan School of Music. Together, they quickly gained a following, after posting their songs and covers online. In 2016, Brasstracks released their debut EP, Good Love, which led to performances at festivals across North America in 2017. A slew of new singles and covers followed, culminating in the two-part project For Those Who Know, which included collaborations with Robert Glasper, The Underachievers, Xavier Omar, and others. Cumulative streams of For Those Who Know now are approaching five million. Brasstracks launched their first headline tour in 2018, playing 19 cities and selling out venues in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and New York City. They have also toured with Lido, Nao, Mr Carmack, Jack Garratt & GRiZ.


In addition to their own recordings, Jackson and Rayne have numerous production credits. In 2016, they produced Chance The Rapper’s “No Problem” featuring Lil Wayne & 2Chainz. This led to a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Rap Song and a GRAMMY win for Best Rap Album for their contribution to Chance’s Coloring Book. In addition to collaborations with Harry Styles, Anderson Paak, GoldLink, Wyclef Jean, Lido and Khalid, Jackson and Rayne have also teamed up with Mark Ronson and contributed to the tracks, “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart,” “Don’t Leave Me Lonely” and “When You Went Away” on his recent album, Late Night Feelings.


Brasstracks have received praise from Complex, XXL, VICE, Billboard, Earmilk, The Guardian and more. FADER said, “Brasstracks’ jazzy horns and mixture of live and programmed percussions [is] a celebration of energy which offers…a unique pleasure all its own.” DJBooth noted, “The Brasstracks mission statement is simple: bring an organic touch to popular music. The rest will be history.” 

*Photo credit: Evan Browning

Kemba Releases New Single “Exhale” Feat. Smino

Just recently, rising Bronx rapper Kemba shares his new single “Exhale” (feat. Smino).

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“Exhale” only scratches the surface of Kemba’s immense lyrical talent. It acts as a reminder that through all the trials and tribulations, he’s still an important fixture in NY rap and hip-hop as a whole. This single sets the tone for what’s to come from Kemba as he works on his next body of work.

Be on the lookout for a lot MORE soon.

It makes perfect sense Kemba calls The Bronx–the birthplace of hip-hop–home. He literally carries the genre with him everywhere. Making a name for himself as a fan favorite under the name of YC The Cynic, he dropped a series of lauded projects and songs from 2010 through 2013. Adopting the moniker Kemba, he ignited his rise with his 2016 album Negus which received critical acclaim. In addition to a highly cited interview on Real Late W/ Peter Rosenberg, he joined Kendrick Lamar on stage for a spontaneous performance that was widely circulated online. His skills not only impressed Kendrick but also caught the eye of Brasstracks (Chance The Rapper’s “No Problem”), who reached out and went to work, helping Kemba craft his forthcoming album due out next year.