Blu & Exile – Constellations
“Flows” is taken from Toronto emcee Raz Fresco’s fresh new mixtape, H.U.S.T.L.E. (How U Survive Through Life Everyday). Take in the visuals above and be sure to listen to the entire project on your streaming platform of choice.
On the eve of the 150th birthday of Canada, we are extremely proud to premiere “Hood Mimosa”, the first official single off our ITZSOWEEZEE brother beat sampras’ forthcoming EP. “Hood Mimosa” features Harlem emcee O Billz, along with fellow Toronto representative Sha Hustle, and it’s the culmination of sampras’ efforts over the past year. He’s been spending countless hours in the studio perfecting his vision, and it’s finally time to reveal what he’s been cooking up. On the track, sampras lays down a funky, bouncing bassline, and then layers stuttering drums and futuristic piano stabs over top – setting the groundwork for O Billz and Sha Hustle to do their thing on the mic. The result is an instantly infectious hiphop cut that would sound as appropriate booming out of your car stereo system as it would at a summer cookout or block party. But don’t just take our word for it – stream the track below and get familiar, because beat sampras is here to claim the throne.
ITZSOWEEZEE Spotlight Series highlights the incredibly talented DJs and producers that make up the ITZSOWEEZEE ranks, as well as our extended music family. Each month, we deliver a fresh mix that reflects the diverse style and flavour of our crew. This is an opportunity to “meet” our selectors, enjoy some amazing free music, and understand why we command the respect that we do.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been three years since we started the Spotlight Series. What began as an effort to showcase mixes from our crew and our many talented friends, ended up connecting us with so many dope artists from all over the planet. We’ve featured the likes of Ikaz Boi from France, Star.One from the UK, Live Evil from Vancouver, gahn from San Francisco/Oakland, MADD3E from Italy, Triv from Wisconsin, and our friends from closer to home such as Pat Drastik, DJ Illo, Yuknodis, Jayemkayem, Freeza Chin, Krubera, Nick Bike, Internet Daughter, and so many more (see all the releases here). We’ve made it to the 36th, and FINAL, edition of the series. After three years, we feel like it’s time to create something new – so while the Spotlight Series is coming to a close, keep it locked for new projects from us in the not-so-distant future. With that being said, it made sense to cap off the ITZSOWEEZEE Spotlight Series by shining a light on the younger generation from our city and passing the torch to Toronto production crew WAVGODS.
We first met WAVGODS when DeMiggs and beat sampras were asked to DJ a party at Rightfoot Studio, hosted by David Forteau. With a studio space filled with professional dancers, the onus was on the DJs to ensure that the vibes were 100% on point. Opening the night were WAVGODS, a young duo with an energy that very few DJs in the city possess. Needless to say, they caught our ears and DeMiggs made it a point to keep in touch with them ever since. From early 2016 onward, we’ve been featuring their originals, remixes, and mixes, and it was only right to ask them to contribute a guest mix for the Spotlight Series. On their mix, the guys deliver a superbly-blended 40-minute collection of genre-bending tracks with one goal in mind: to keep you dancing. We seriously dare any of you to listen and not start nodding your head instantly. Infectious and carefully-considered track selection is definitely at play throughout the mix. Thank you WAVGODS for this final chapter of the Spotlight Series – it captures the essence of what ITZSOWEEZEE is all about. Salute.
Stream below and get the free download here.