8 local rap records you need to hear

Put this in your ears now.

shineLet’s skip the jibber jabber and get into this week. We’ve got M for Montreal and the Wu to consider. But first, the Shine’s quarterly-ish-or-so round-up new local releases we can file under “rap and all that.” Some are freebies, all are worth your time and, where applicable, worth your dime.

Dead Obies, Montréal $ud: Or in this case, worth your nine (dollars, that is, with the option to pre-order vinyl for $17). Your time will follow. There is no way you won’t become obsessed with this record.

Osti One, Full HD: Widescreen psychedelia in every colour of “what?”

CeasRock, Zero Gravity: Render under what thou whilst, lend him your ear, all that, and get off the ground.

Big Bricc, Journey Through the Lower City: Underground Realroad’s Bricc goes off-rail with a mixtape concept to take you round the block.

Daybi, Autumns Underwater: Rapper/producer and one-man army Daybi drowns out the witching season with certified grime.

Mickey Boston & Regimental Oneton, Enter the 36 Tentacles: Exit feeling touched in a strange way.

Penzo Gritty, Addiction EP: Penzo kicks that old-school cassingle tip with mixes by Dialect, Illdigger and Masterbeater and b-side instrus.

Scynikal, The Heist Theory/Most Rappers Are A$$holes: One’s gonna cost you, and the other’s gonna make you pay.

Hidden bonus: Ghislain Poirier Presents: Tout Égratigné: The P curates cuttings-up of Queb legend Robert Charlebois’s stylistically diverse cannon with Kid Koala, Sev Dee, Madlib’s lil’ brother Oh No, Toast Dawg, Shash’U and more, for free stream now and available for digital or physical purchase Monday.

So that gets you straight with beats and rhymes for days. Now here’s where to get your own release out this week.

Friday: Begin your M weekend with Random Recipe, Heart Streets, Foxtrott and Compton Chic at le SAT. 1201 St-Laurent

Live hip hop comes at you from midnight with TO’s Grand Analog at Divan Orange and a DJ set by Cadence Weapon, care of M. 4234 St-Laurent

Saturday: The aforementioned Obies headline Franco M, a stylistically diverse french-language showcase at Café Campus, taking the stage at 4:45 p.m. 57 Prince-Arthur E.

Later on, Thundercat brings his crazy bass chops to the Belmont with the Range, Ango and Mozart’s Sister on support. 4483 St-Laurent

Sunday: Blue Dog Motel’s Sunday night hip hop series welcomes the return of DJ Budda Blaze, back in town from his journeys across the land road managing A Tribe Called Red. 3958 St-Laurent

Wednesday: The Wu-Tang Clan is something to fuck with at l’Olympia. Will this be the first time the entire Clan does right by Montreal? Only one way to find out. 1004 Ste-Catherine E.




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