TORONTO – Capping off a year of showcasing talented independent music from Toronto (Keita Juma, Adria Kain, The Extremities, Above Top Secret & many more) and abroad (Little Simz, Post Malone, Waldo, denitia and sene, Tiffany Gouché, Ms. Charm Taylor & others), The Academy presents the 11th Edition of The Hustle with an all-Toronto lineup showcasing a diverse range of emcees putting on for the 416.
OSIYM have been heavy in the game, with group members Charlie Black and Nova having released several projects as solo emcees prior to joining forces as ratchet-condoning duo OSIYM. Since the collaboration began, they’ve released two EPs including 2015’s Spirits, and performed at international music festivals A3C, Pop Montreal, CMW and NXNE.
SeT, representing CReW and the SmashMouth Music Group, is an up-and-coming emcee specializing in spitting rapidfire flows while balancing head-spinning metaphors. Since the release of his debut LP AuRA in 2014, he’s been delivering a consistent stream of videos, key features, singles and performances. Get familiar with the young grinder at The Hustle.
Johnny Active was active on YouTube before even releasing his debut single. He had amassed over 150,000 views with strategic covers and remixes before dropping the eye candy laden lyric video for his turn up banger “Guest List.” Just don’t take advantage of his liberal use of the guest list.
Haviah Mighty does it all – rapping, producing, DJing, multi-instrumentalizing, singing, awesoming. With a tendency to touch on real topics while boasting a tight flow over heavy bass, Haviah’s versatility is evident all over her debut LP Bass Loud, which was released earlier this year.
DJ Ken L Jones is a familiar face to regulars of The Academy events, having spun at a couple previous events including Chicago group The Palmer Squares’ concert at Revival Bar last month. With an ability to play classics, turn up bangers and rare gems, he’s a safe bet to make his name known in many Toronto party and DJ circles in the coming years.
The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen St West)
Doors @ 9PM | Show @ 10PM | 19+ Event
$10 Advance Tickets (Eventbrite)
$15 @ Door
For more info, visit the Facebook event page