Relic Is An Artist you NEED to follow

As I continue to scroll down the list of the 2015 CMJ Hip Hop chart, I try to find some hidden gems from artists who are not named Kendrick Lamar. No offense, I like Kendrick. However, when I’m looking at CMJ, I’m looking for the underdog ready to upset the industry. When I came at #18 at the charts, I was introduced to Relic with his album, The 13th Floor.

Hailing from Toronto, Relic is a multi-talented artist. He’s an emcee, producer, singer, songwriter, engineer, and a DJ. I already appreciate this artist for his hustle. There are a lot of artists like Relic, Blueprint for example, who aren’t just one trick ponys. They’re behind the mic as well as in front of it.


He’s got a lot of cred, up north. He helped produced an engineered all four albums of Juno award-winning artist, Shad (Juno is the Canadian grammy BTW).

If you’re a fan of the east cost, boom-bap, sound, Relic’s your guy. This was definitely the case when I was listening to The 13th Floor. If you listen to “Breathe Easy”, you could hear some Guru being scratched in the background. If you’re a hip hop head, like me, you know who Relic’s influences are. This album is almost like a concept, with different beats and a flow different from the past work he did.

When I listen to Relic, he reminds me a lot of Mr. Lif. He has very thought-provoking lyrics, with dark, grimy, boom-bap beats.

Curious? You should be. Give it a listen. You’ll be glad you did.

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Myka 9 is an Artist You NEED to Get Behind

As I continue to dig through the crates, of last year’s best Hip Hop, I’m trying to find as many hidden gems as possible. I could certainly spend time listening to Method Man and Kendrick Lamar, but I’d miss out on an opportunity to listen to Myka 9.

Myka 9 hails from Los Angeles, and has A LOT of cred behind him. If you need to remember anything, it’s this: he’s a member of Haiku D’Etat. PLEASE google that, because that group is legendary in the underground circuit. To take it way back, he was originally known as Microphone Mike in the ‘80s and was a member of the MC Aces with Aceyalone and Spoon Iodine.

Myka’s latest album is a collaboration with Factor, called Famous Future Time Travel. One reason you need to get behind Myka 9 is because of his flow. His flow is so unpredictable, you can’t predict what the next song will sound like. Listen to “Famous Future Time Travel” then “Stand Still” and see what I mean.

After you check out Famous Future Time Travel, dig in those crates a little deeper. Listen to to some Haiku D’Etat, and then some Freestyle Fellowship. You’ll thank me later.

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