Demo Magazine Download: Issue 13 (2017)

By Stuart Oakes Demo’s 2017 issue is finally available online! Download a PDF version below. Congratulations and thanks to everyone involved in putting the magazine together!   DOWNLOAD HERE ->  Demo 13 (2017)   INSIDE Who Are You Listening To?—by Arman Adel                Demo checks in with UofT students … Continue reading

Album Review: Tyler, the Creator—“Flower Boy”

By Alex Pompilii, Featured Photo via Rap Direct After a two year hiatus, Odd Future co-founder Tyler, the Creator has returned with his most personal album to date. Flower Boy (alternatively titled Scum Fuck Flower Boy) is Tyler’s fourth album, following 2015’s Cherry Bomb. With his latest release, the rapper has taken a huge artistic leap forward, … Continue reading

Album Review: JAY-Z—“4:44″

By Keshav Sharma-Jaitly, Featured Photo via Variety Beyoncé’s Lemonade was released in mid-2016 to critical and fan acclaim, solidifying her ability to bring avant-garde ideas into mainstream R&B. Audiences picked apart the album’s linear narrative of a couple torn apart by a cheating husband and their journey towards reconciliation. While the autobiographical nature of Lemonade had … Continue reading

Album Review: Post Malone—“Stoney”

By Emma Kelly, Feature Photo via Bluntiq Riding on the December release of Post Malone’s long-awaited debut studio album, Stoney, was one pertinent question: did he have the musical chops to rise above his novelty status as the millennial equivalent of Vanilla Ice (or, unkinder still, a less self-aware Redfoo from LMFAO) and actually make … Continue reading

Album Review: Run The Jewels—“RTJ3”

By Angelo Gio Mateo, Feature Photo via Pitchfork If Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book (2016) represented optimism in this awful year, then Run the Jewels RTJ3 (2016) is its antithesis. Killer Mike and El-P are back with another hard-hitting and abrasive record. The album was originally slated to be released on January 13th 2017, but Christmas … Continue reading

Album Review: A Tribe Called Quest—“We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service”

By Isaac Fox, Feature Photo via The Source A Tribe Called Quest is back one last time with their first album in eighteen years. In We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service, Q-Tip, Jairobi, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and the late/great Phife Dawg return from what was previously thought to be a permanent hiatus. … Continue reading

Album Review: Saba—“Bucket List Project”

By Keshav Sharma-Jaitly, Feature Photo via The Village Voice Chicago’s “new school” of hip-hop musicians have already put out some of the best albums of the year with Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book and Noname’s Telefone. With Bucket List Project, rapper and singer Saba is allowed to spread his wings, and in the process, gives both of … Continue reading

Show Review: Chance The Rapper At Echo Beach

By Angelo Gio Mateo, Feature Photo via Live Nation I hate Echo Beach. It’s inaccessible and difficult to get to by public transit or by Uber. Anakin Skywalker would have hated all of the sand: it’s coarse, rough, irritating, and it gets everywhere. But tonight is Chance the Rapper’s second sold-out show in Toronto and the … Continue reading

Classical Music, Online Rap Battles & Going For Gold—An Interview With Haviah Mighty

By Isaac Fox Even in the hip-hop and R&B industries (both industries being awash in multi-talented musicians) it’s uncommon to find triple-threat artists—gifted at rapping, singing, and producing. If I were to walk up to a hundred people on the street and ask each person if they could name an artist who could rap, sing, … Continue reading

Album Review: Clams Casino—“32 Levels”

By Adam Piotrowicz, Feature Photo Via Hypetrak New Jersey producer Clams Casino, the de facto pioneer of “cloud rap” as we all know (and love) it, has one of the most distinguished and recognizable sounds in late-2000s hip-hop. Rising to glory through his collaboration with Lil B ‘The BasedGod,’ his production work on the latter’s classic … Continue reading