MOKA ONLY - Martian XMAS 2016
Well here we are at the end of 2016 and the Martian XMAS series is still rolling. It's funny when I think back to when i did the first one in 2004, I had no plan on making it an annual custom but it has become just that and is always one of my more stranger efforts out of my catalog. This one definitely nods heavier to the nineties. The jazz is thick, the terminology and phrasing is to be noted as a bastion of that era as well. I don't think we were done with that era, we moved on too quickly. Anyhow that's the energy I'm from and I do stay connected to it. Pacific northwest winters are notedly different than winter anywhere else on the continent. At times it's hard to tell if it's really winter at all but on some years such as now it is extra soggy and dreary. Those are ingredients that seem to bring the best out of the martian editions. Umbrellas, Carhartt, Boots, Northface, Coffee, crosstown traffic, low clouds, grey beach scenes and more coffee, home studio, it goes on. I started this year's martian a little earlier than normal because I wanted it ready for a late November release. No guests this time around with the exception of my man Chin who laced the best for 'The Wish'. I added a little extra synth and some audio clips and singing vocals paired with his. The track 'Bread and Butta' is actually a leftover track from last year's martian, but I felt it didn't fit the format for that one. It works here perfectly. You'll definitely note there is a healthy presence of upright bass samples. I'm back on that shit for real. All jazz all day, you know how i do. Anyhow in keeping this brief I hope you'll enjoy and keep this rocking beyond the holidays. It's for the winter on a whole. I'm off to the barbershop to get my baldy touched up. Straight blade. Thanks to URBNET for letting me be me. I am planning a 'martian companion' project of sorts to be released in December so these vibes can continue. Stay tuned and spread these tunes... I triple dog dare ya. - Moka Only



Moka Only - The Winter. From 2001
Moka Only has announced he will release 12 albums with URBNET in 2016. #12albumsFor2016 Showing no signs of slowing down, Moka Only will continue his prolific reign in the hip-hop scene by dropping an album every month this year. After a busy year of touring North America and releasing 3 albums, Moka returns full force with plans of releasing 12 albums in 2016. He aims to include new recordings, mystery albums with exclusive unreleased music from the vaults of 2002-2003, as well as collaborative projects from Torchlight Commission crew members including Illa-J, Jon Rogers, Tanya Morgan among others. While most albums will only be available in digital form, select releases will be available on Vinyl LP, cassette and CD.

Regarding The Winter. From 2001 "Nowfolk, The Winter: This project was conceived in October 2001. Ishkan and I were looking to make a follow up to the "Moon" album, which at the time had yet to actually be released. We just wanted to keep the momentum going. I think Ish came up with the idea of titling this project 'The Winter', since it was fall, and beginning to ease into that classic dark, damp 'Vancouver city vibe' that we knew so well. As a warm up, we knocked out a couple of tracks but didn't end up keeping them. One of those tracks featured Dave Psy of Oddities and The Nope fame. It took us a couple of practice jams to really get into the mood of what we were trying to convey. " -Kareem Serene / moka.



Moka Only - Milky State
Moka Only has announced he will release 12 albums with URBNET in 2016. #12albumsFor2016 Showing no signs of slowing down, Moka Only will continue his prolific reign in the hip-hop scene by dropping an album every month this year. After a busy year of touring North America and releasing 3 albums, Moka returns full force with plans of releasing 12 albums in 2016. He aims to include new recordings, mystery albums with exclusive unreleased music from the vaults of 2002-2003, as well as collaborative projects from Torchlight Commission crew members including Illa-J, Jon Rogers, Tanya Morgan among others. While most albums will only be available in digital form, select releases will be available on Vinyl LP, cassette and CD.

Regarding Milky State"Ok, this one took as much out of me as I put into it. Consider this album: Fall Collection 2016. Longtime headz know what I'm talking about! I enter an industrious mental state every fall: storing up my nuts for the winter. It's, like, "TIME TO GET SERIOUS!" Whatever the fuck that means.

I wanted to involve more guests on this project. Big thanks to the Pharcyde and my Torchlight Commission brethren: Jon Rogers, Mr Brady, JuneTen and Jinglebell (j bels roxwell) for all blessing me. What stands out about this project is its wild rigor: it is widely varied in vibes, yet I made a precise effort to make sure that it all blended smoothly. There was a lot of experimentation during the recording of this project, including quite a few interlude type thingies. I only kept a couple: the ones that could abridge certain songs.

'Till next month! Peace and good golly and suck my d*ck and do lunch, I love you... and me. -Kareem Serene / moka.
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MOKA ONLY California Sessions Vol.3 2003
Moka Only has announced he will release 12 albums with URBNET in 2016. #12albumsFor2016 Showing no signs of slowing down, Moka Only will continue his prolific reign in the hip-hop scene by dropping an album every month this year. After a busy year of touring North America and releasing 3 albums, Moka returns full force with plans of releasing 12 albums in 2016. He aims to include new recordings, mystery albums with exclusive unreleased music from the vaults of 2002-2003, as well as collaborative projects from Torchlight Commission crew members including Illa-J, Jon Rogers, Tanya Morgan among others. While most albums will only be available in digital form, select releases will be available on Vinyl LP, cassette and CD.

Regarding California Sessions Vol.3 2003, Yes yes, back once again for the hundredth time. Yup, u heard me. 100. This project is one from the vaults of 2003 and is the final instalment of the California sessions series, which I came up with back then while floating back and forth between Los Angeles and Vancouver. Ima go track by track on this one for y'all so u get a better idea of the overall itness and allness. Give it a minute, let it sink in ya ~~ Moka Only



MOKA ONLY #99
Moka Only has announced he will release 12 albums with URBNET in 2016. #12albumsFor2016 Showing no signs of slowing down, Moka Only will continue his prolific reign in the hip-hop scene by dropping an album every month this year. After a busy year of touring North America and releasing 3 albums, Moka returns full force with plans of releasing 12 albums in 2016. He aims to include new recordings, mystery albums with exclusive unreleased music from the vaults of 2002-2003, as well as collaborative projects from Torchlight Commission crew members including Illa-J, Jon Rogers, Tanya Morgan among others. While most albums will only be available in digital form, select releases will be available on Vinyl LP, cassette and CD.

Regarding #99, I'm writing this bit on the album at 4am in Kamloops, BC after rocking a show, still underground, still grinding like you wouldn't believe.

When I think about this project, I realize this marks my 99th release, at least that's what I counted on wiki. There could be more considering there were a few very minor projects that came out under the radar, or were simply passed around to friends and such. Doesn't matter. I like the title 99. It signifies something, perhaps the change of guard? The brink of a next era? That's up to your perception, of course.

I like the songs on this project. The majority of them are newly constructed from this spring and early summer. A couple surprise older joints on here too, because I felt they fit the mood. ~~ Moka Only




MOKA ONLY - Malkin Jackson Presents SUMMERLAND
Moka Only has announced he will release 12 albums with URBNET in 2016. #12albumsFor2016 Showing no signs of slowing down, Moka Only will continue his prolific reign in the hip-hop scene by dropping an album every month this year. After a busy year of touring North America and releasing 3 albums, Moka returns full force with plans of releasing 12 albums in 2016. He aims to include new recordings, mystery albums with exclusive unreleased music from the vaults of 2002-2003, as well as collaborative projects from Torchlight Commission crew members including Illa-J, Jon Rogers, Tanya Morgan among others. While most albums will only be available in digital form, select releases will be available on Vinyl LP, cassette and CD.

Regarding SUMMERLAND, So there it is, I present the SUMMERLAND album! You may replay it now, and marvel at its many aspects. Then contemplate if you are awake enough to wade through all of its esoteric properties. Moka produced the entire project. Val Halla may have invented Malkin inadvertently. Aries may have perpetuated his mythical actuality. Goodnight



MOKA ONLY - I'M DELIGHTED (Instrumental Album)
Moka Only has announced he will release 12 albums with URBNET in 2016. #12albumsFor2016 Showing no signs of slowing down, Moka Only will continue his prolific reign in the hip-hop scene by dropping an album every month this year. After a busy year of touring North America and releasing 3 albums, Moka returns full force with plans of releasing 12 albums in 2016. He aims to include new recordings, mystery albums with exclusive unreleased music from the vaults of 2002-2003, as well as collaborative projects from Torchlight Commission crew members including Illa-J, Jon Rogers, Tanya Morgan among others. While most albums will only be available in digital form, select releases will be available on Vinyl LP, cassette and CD.

Regarding I'M DELIGHTED, "Well here it is, I'm delighted to present you with this work of art. It's been a minute since I've made an instrumental album. I feel it was overdue, and I would like to continue with similar genres in the future.

This project feels special, the aim was to have an eclectic mix of sounds and styles rather than focus on the future. The majority of the tracks are brand spanking new, yet I still pulled from the unheard archives with tracks like: "Everybody Knows" and "Sunny Bap". Even a track such as: "True Googz" has a backstory, it is an unfinished piece from a project I've been working on slowly over the years with Bootie Brown of the Pharcyde.

If there is a major theme to be gleaned from this project, I would say that I tried to use a similar template as the Magickal Weirdness album, in that the tracks are short, multilayered and overall intended to take the listener through a bit of a journey. The album starts upbeat and gradually fades into a melancholic territory before the sunshine appears toward the end to round out the album.

Much respect to Noah Becker who played sax on both "Bellhowse" and "Going In" (where he also played Fender Rhodes piano and I played synths and xylophone). Big shouts to everybody who made it onto the intro track. Interestingly, all of the folks on it are people I've worked with, both old and new since Jump... even URBNET is vocally represented! I hope this album helps set up the summer season for you and stay tuned for the next installment in the #12albumsFor2016series.

Much love to all of YOU!




MOKA ONLY - RE-BENT TWISTED AND GNARLED
Moka Only has announced he will release 12 albums with URBNET in 2016. #12albumsFor2016 Showing no signs of slowing down, Moka Only will continue his prolific reign in the hip-hop scene by dropping an album every month this year. After a busy year of touring North America and releasing 3 albums, Moka returns full force with plans of releasing 12 albums in 2016. He aims to include new recordings, mystery albums with exclusive unreleased music from the vaults of 2002-2003, as well as collaborative projects from Torchlight Commission crew members including Illa-J, Jon Rogers, Tanya Morgan among others. While most albums will only be available in digital form, select releases will be available on Vinyl LP, cassette and CD.

Regarding RE-BENT TWISTED AND GNARLED, "This album is dedicated to Ishkan.
It's really a remake of sorts, recalling Bent Twisted a gnarled album from 2000 that he created with Deceo (a.k.a. starving marvel). To me, this album is such a marvelous work of art-one that represents the crew I was in, and the music we surrounded ourselves with. Ish may claim that it sounded rough or rushed, but for me it captured the vibe of that era better than any project I was doing at the time. That's my opinion.
For THIS project I tried to stick to the script without making exact duplicates of Deceo's original beats. I wanted to "keep the feel" as best as possible and, in some instances, create similar melodies."



MOKA ONLY - SAO PAULO
Moka Only has announced he will release 12 albums with URBNET in 2016. #12albumsFor2016 Showing no signs of slowing down, Moka Only will continue his prolific reign in the hip-hop scene by dropping an album every month this year. After a busy year of touring North America and releasing 3 albums, Moka returns full force with plans of releasing 12 albums in 2016. He aims to include new recordings, mystery albums with exclusive unreleased music from the vaults of 2002-2003, as well as collaborative projects from Torchlight Commission crew members including Illa-J, Jon Rogers, Tanya Morgan among others. While most albums will only be available in digital form, select releases will be available on Vinyl LP, cassette and CD.

Regarding SAO PAULO, "This album is dedicated to all my people in Sao Paulo, Brazil (and all of Brazil in general). I have been blown away by the love and support Brazil has shown me. I watch and notice who gives me love and credit for my work. Thank you. I hope to visit and perform in Brazil in the near future." ~ Moka



NOWFOLK (Moka Only & Ishkan) - MAGNESIUM OPIUM
Moka Only has just announced he will release 12 albums with URBNET in 2016. #12albumsFor2016 Showing no signs of slowing down, Moka Only will continue his prolific reign in the hip-hop scene by dropping an album every month this year. After a busy year of touring North America and releasing 3 albums, Moka returns full force with plans of releasing 12 albums in 2016. He aims to include new recordings, mystery albums with exclusive unreleased music from the vaults of 2002-2003, as well as collaborative projects from Torchlight Commission crew members including Illa-J, Jon Rogers, Tanya Morgan among others. While most albums will only be available in digital form, select releases will be available on Vinyl LP, cassette and CD.

Regarding Magnesium Opium, there is just not enough space to say and express everything Moka would like to about the album and that era. There was just too many fun nights and laughs while recording; too many Shell gas station coffees; too many great recording breaks to hit up Cactus Club restaurant; and just too much awesome wizardry to accurately describe. "I got so much joy re-listening to this album, and I sincerely hope you will too. !"



MOKA ONLY - BRUTAL
Moka Only has just announced he will release 12 albums with URBNET in 2016. #12albumsFor2016 Showing no signs of slowing down, Moka Only will continue his prolific reign in the hip-hop scene by dropping an album every month this year. After a busy year of touring North America and releasing 3 albums, Moka returns full force with plans of releasing 12 albums in 2016. He aims to include new recordings, mystery albums with exclusive unreleased music from the vaults of 2002-2003, as well as collaborative projects from Torchlight Commission crew members including Illa-J, Jon Rogers, Tanya Morgan among others. While most albums will only be available in digital form, select releases will be available on Vinyl LP, cassette and CD.

"Brutal" -- being a short but solidly constructed vessel -- hold's all of Moka Only's concepts in, much like the "tiny house" fad that seems to be gathering steam in 2016. This album like those modest dwellings has nothing you don't need but everything that's necessary to be functional.



FORTUNATO
Blue Collar [Produced by Sean One]

Fortunato is no stranger to the hustle and from the beginning he had to grind hard to prove his talent and stamina in the hip-hop scene. Born and raised in Toronto's west end he dropped his first album in 2008 and began freestyle battling in 2001, since winning tournaments in both Beastmode and KOTD. He credits his proudest battling moment to KOTD's Proud 2 Be Eh MC Tournament in 2012 where he took down three MCs to take the championship.

With hard work comes success and Fortunato has made prestigious moves touring with Onyx and collaborating with Sean Price on a track called "Don't Drink The Kool-Aid" as well as tracks with Steele of Smif-N-Wessun. If he didn't work so damn hard you could say he was fortunate but everything that comes Fortunato's way is well deserved. He has been seen taking the stage alongside rap majors such as AZ, Freeway, Sean P, Smif N Wessun, M.O.P and PMD across Canada and Europe.

Fortunato has teamed up with New Brunswick producer Sean One to release his third studio album The Blue Collar EP on Urbnet and will be touring the United States this winter alongside Snowgoons.



SWAMP THING - PLANET MURK
Toronto's three-headed monster, Swamp Thing, is back with an incredible new album, Planet Murk. For the first time in their five-year history, Timbuktu, Chokeules, and Savilion have outsourced the production (which is usually handled by Savilion or Timbuktu) to super producer Peter Project, and his army of 808s, 303s, MPC 60s, and SP-12s. The result is a Swamp Thing album unlike any other.

"Planet Murk? It's equal parts Gravediggaz and Beastie Boys, Wes Craven and Tim Burton. It's as swampy as ever, but on this one we're having even more fun." - Chokeules

"We're going hambolini like Gandolfini!" - Savilion

The new Swamp Thing and Peter Project album, Planet Murk, is available 10/31/15 on URBNET. Happy Halloween.



KAE SUN - OCEANS APART E.P
Oceans Apart is the upcoming EP by Kae Sun with a short film directed by Emeka Alams and Simon Rittmeier. The album and film were made on location in Germany, New York, Toronto and the Ivory Coast. This record and film is inspired by Kwaku's (Kae Sun) recent experiences living and travelling through Germany.




EVIL EBENEZER - ALL THAT'S LEFT
Evil Ebenezer's newest LP "All That's left" takes you directly into his world of moody imagery and catchy song writing while still keeping a raw look at the world. The album features Merkules (SDK, Steathbomb) Kirby Dominant (Paranoid Castle, Fake For Inc.) and Freestyle Fellowship emcee Myka 9. Produced entirely by Factor Chandelier, the album is full of lush sound scapes filled with nostalgia, hope, loss and pain. Evil Ebenezer reaches new levels of emotional depth, musicality and song structure on this release. "All That's Left" is a harsh look into reality yet still hopeful for the future "There's gotta be something out there for me". Released on Urbnet September 2015



ANIMAL NATION
IT'S GOOD TO BE US

Animal Nation is a hip hop duo from Whistler, BC -- one part Tall Man Clare, one part Mike Armadillo Slim Armitage. After 8 years as a band and over 200 shows in the past year alone, Animal Nation is releasing It's Good to Be Us, a 12 song album over 2 years in the making.

URBNET is pleased to announce this release which was inspired Animal Nation's full life and acts they have preformed with, like De la Soul and Tech N9ne. It's Good to Be Us features double-time rapping and samples of everything from classic 70s drum breaks to Scooby-doo bongos and even Jennifer Aniston in Southpark. Animal Nation dug and dug for this album, until they found the perfect samples and bass-lines -- when they weren't busy driving 2 hours to the closet music store to replace another broken E string. All of their blood, sweat and partying paid off, cause It's Good to Be Us is definitely Animal Nation's dopest record yet!

" Making this album was both fun and painful. Which is luckily what we are into. We were on the road for more than half the year ... eating 2 small meals a day and getting 4 hours sleep a night ... great way to age 10 years in less than 3. Best part of it all was living the stories in the songs on this album. Traveling, to Hollywood, reliving our childhood and teen years, coming to terms with bad things and being reassured by friends and loved ones." - Tall Man Clare



MOKA ONLY
MAGICKAL WEIRDNESS

Veteran Vancouver rapper Moka Only has announced he's started up a label of his own called Beautiful Records to co-release an upcoming full-length. Titled Magickal Weirdness, the album arrives July 14 through a partnership between Beautiful Records and Urbnet. The new album features a hefty 32-song tracklisting, including a number with New York hip-hip icon Grand Puba called "More Rugged." The album lands on cassette, CD and as a digital download, and it's being teased by first single "No." You can stream the track to the left, while a pre-order for the set grants you an immediate download of the cut.



MYKA 9 & FACTOR
Famous Future Time Travel

Famous Future Time Travel is Myka 9 & Factor's latest collaboration and debut UBRNET release. Famous Future Time Travel could be the duo's best work yet, with a banging and fresh West Coast hip hop feel. This hip hop duo's last joint-effort, on the critically acclaimed album Sovereign Soul, hit #1 on the CMJ Charts. No doubt Famous Future Time Travel will soon boast the same.

Myka9 is a rapper and producer from Los Angeles, California and co-founder of the legendary hip hop crew, Freestyle Fellowship. Myka 9 has been bringing innovation and his dope skills to the world of hip hop for over two and half decades. Whether Myka 9 is snarling, scatting or singing into the mic, he is always delivering hot and clever lyrics in his signature jazz-influenced style.

Factor Chandelier is a Saskatoon-based producer who started out as a DJ in 1998 and is now one of Canada's most notable independent hip hop producers. Known for his distinct style and progressive beats, Factor is in-demand and prolific, having an impressive array of both solo and collaborative projects in his discography.

Famous Future Time Travel is available May 19th, 2015 on CD, limited edition cassette and digital download on the URBNET Shop!



AWOL ONE & FACTOR
Crossroads EP

The Crossroads is a collaboration between Awol One and Factor Chandelier. This is the 1st EP the duo have released together since they dropped underground classics including "Owl Hours" "Only Death Can Kill You" and "The Landmark". This is some of their best work to date and these songs will not be on the album. Here is something fresh while your wait for the full length to drop on Fake Four Inc due early 2016.


THE 20/20 PROJECT
TAPES AND CRATES

The term "20/20" reflects a visual activity that is commonly referred to as 'clarity of vision' or the way in which the retina processes resolution. For Toronto-based group the 20/20 Project, their combined experience and years in the Canadian hip hop community has not only delivers a sense of clarity, but also the ability to come together and deliver a vision that aligns with the classic sounds of the boom bap era.

After spending years working on their own digital singles and mixtapes, emcees D-Squared and Idrees found themselves trading bars over DJ Unknown's production, who was with Canadian group Tru-Paz at the time. It was that moment when the trio realized their musically chemistry was more than a one-time event, but rather a journey to be shared. Despite the challenges present in many hip hop groups, The 20/20 Project works as a well-oiled machine - D-Squared and Idrees trade up-tempo deliveries and quick bars, while DJ Unknown provides the in-house production of traditionally rooted hip hop soundscapes.

With over two decades of experience and accolades between the group members, The 20/20 Project offers a sense of veteran status, delivering socially conscious lyrics over bass heavy boom-bap beats. In 2010, The 20/20 Project released their debut EP Employees of the Year, which made considerable headway in the Canadian hip hop scene. Five years later, and the trio release their new project Tapes and Crates, which expands their talent both individual



AUXX - HARMONICS CONTRAST
"Louis Sterling, otherwise known as Auxx (Pronounced Aukes), is an electronic & Experimental producer hailing from Bath, United Kingdom. Having an interest in music production and electronic music from an early age, the style that he has developed lives up to his name, inspired through Auxiliary sends of a mixing desk, with his works being heavily influenced through modern day production styles and techniques, including the various buzzing SP-404 effects, unique synth sounds and off-kilter drum patterns which he demonstrates through his sounds.


CUT FROM THE TEAM - SEE U
See U is a beatific and euphoric instrumental hip hop album and the champion URBNET release from producer, Cut From The Team. This 9 track album sounds like daydreams about an island in East Asia; because that is exactly what inspired it.

"The entire record is very personal to me ...
Sounds from a place I have an outstanding longing for ...
As a kid I always wanted to visit Japan and still do ...
Japan is a huge inspiration to me.
" ~~ Cut From The Team

See U is the soundtrack to a fantasy day in Japan and what the producer, Cut From The Team, would do with his time in this dream destination.

"Waking up in the morning, just walking around ...
Soaking up the atmosphere, skating ...
Visiting places I adore, seeing my friends, cruisin' together.
" ~~ Cut From The Team

The day that sounds sweet to Cut From The Team, fueled his creativity and gave this album a dreamy heart. Instrumental hip hop that is electric and lovely -- you can almost feel the height of Tokyo sky-scrapers around you, or the breeze from Mount Takao.



ELAQUENT
LESS IS MORE (LO-DEFINITION)

Canada-based hip-hop producer Elaquent returns with an 18 track release titled Less is More (Lo Definition) on December 4th, 2015; available now on URBNET with early streaming for 3 tracks. This 18 track release is available on cassette with exclusive bonus track Look In Her Eye -- and digital download.

"I've put out many albums. My sound has evolved quite a bit over the years. More layers, more complexity, more structure, more synths, more experimentation... but sometimes the beauty is all in its simplicity. I always liked to say in the past and still say it today: perfect is boring. Human beings are flawed. So let's embrace it. Less is more." - Elaquent



ANDREW CONROY
1AM IN MONTREAL

Andrew Conroy is a Vancouver-based songwriter, musician and producer. He is a versatile, multi-instrumentalist who has performed all over North America, including the famed Viper Room in Hollywood, and as far south as Bucerias, Mexico. For the past 8 years, Conroy has dedicated his time to producing, engineering and writing songs.

His debut album, 1AM in Montreal, is a 7-track pop exploration of modern love. Conroy laments the isolation that comes with so much closeness, the irony of high-density urban living combined with high-volume internet-dating. The album was inspired by a "cold December night in Montreal that involved a depressing strip club, a nameless beautiful girl from McGill University, and my friend getting hustled out of a hundred bucks.



FRIDAY AKA Ricky Dred - SHIFT
SHIFT will be turning point in the way we absorb our music and will be free for the music lovers! Music and most entertainment will be SHIFTing into way of being consumed. With our growing demand for phone and now cloud storage,downloading isn't the popular thing anymore and paying for music has been out of style since 2001. Don't worry on The #Shift EP is here! A gritty/eclectic look through the eyes of Friday's car window. Big Tweeze provides the sonic theme to more #NiteTimeDrivingMusic Classic Hip Hop mixed with new age lyrical Trap Music and R&B/Soul. Shift has guest appearances from Frankie Payne, Geneva with stellar performances. As well as our new generation's talents T Gramz and Deanna Jade. Stream it First on my YouTube Channel Friday Ricky Dred and please Subscribe for a chance to win a $100 iTunes Gift Card. Available on Spotify, Apple Music and all Streaming platforms and/or DONATE whatever you want and DOWNLOAD a copy from Urbnet Records Bandcamp 90% of download sales proceeds go to Alzheimer Foundation Canada Let's Shift into the future together!



MALCOLM JAY
Toronto born and Winnipeg raised, Malcolm-Jay (born Malcolm-Jamal Tesoro Wilson) is a producer and emcee who humbly adds an introspective element to traditional hip hop culture. Formerly a member of hip hop group The Happy Unfortunate, Malcolm-Jay is holding nothing back with the release of his first solo effort, the self-reflective EP Missed Connections. Earlier this year, he released his first music video Always Know, fully baring his humble and poetic rap style to the world. Feel-good party scenes contrast Jay rapping in a shadow-filled studio in an ode to those who contributed to his success, causing the listener to sit in their own self-reflection. With the rest of his tape building on the video's sentiment, anticipate a mix of introspective joints ranging in emotion. Malcolm-Jay's Missed Connections is set for a June 10, 2016 release via URBNET and Soundcloud.



LMNO - MOTHERBOARD
In 2012 I was called to produce a track for Craig G so i went to the studio with DVINE1 and came up with "Originality" (Ramblings of an Angry Old Man - Soulspazm) After being told by J.Rocc & Evidence i need to produce my own album, i took the advice. While already in the studio with DVINE1 working on LexneveL records we came up with "Motherboard" which consists of live instruments, no samples (except for "Deadication") i've been working with DVINE1 since the days of live 4-trk tapes, LBCC recording studios to the now "Motherboard".



BLESS - SPOILS OF WAR
Former Gang Starr Protege, Montreal's Bless returns with his new album entitled 'Spoils of War'. The project features collaborations with New York heavy hitters Vado, Fred the Godson, and Statik Selectah as well as production from Mano Soundmachine. The first single/video 25th hour shot on location in NYC, features Bless and Bronx native Fred The Godson exchanging punch line after punch line and clever wordplay over melodic horns and hard hitting beats. 'Spoils of War' stands out from beginning to end, with street anthems such as "Luxury Rap" & "Huge Star" and more introspective tracks like "Feel this Pain" and "paid the price" not to mention banging production and meticulous delivery throughout.


URBNET SUMMER SAMPLER 2016
URBNET kicks off the Summer of 2016 with a freshly minted label sampler. The 13 track compilation features new music from Elaquent, Bless, Brevner, Moka Only and Geneva among others. This free or pay what you want release is available now at URBNET.com Name your price Featuring: 1. Brevner - Chico (feat. Within Roots & Stevie Ross) 2. Bless - Pop Off (Prod. by Statik Selektah) 3. Budamunk & ill Sugi - Friendly Vibrations 4. Elaquent - Grimey and New 5. Evil Ebenezer - Paralyzed 6. Fortunato - Closer Look (feat. Murkules & Tachichi) 7. Friday AKA Ricky Dred - High/Lows 8. Geneva - When To Leave (feat. Kytami) 9. LMNO - Deadication 10. Malcolm-Jay - Good Misery (feat. DKap) 11. Moka Only - Hup Hup 12. Moka Only - My Way 13. Swamp Thing - Dark City



DOODLEBUG x ABSTRACT ARTFORM - LIVING PROOF
2004: K-Os told us, "Hip-hop isn't dead, it's really the mind of the emcee."
2009: Nas said, "Hip-hop is dead."
2015: You'd be hard pressed not to believe it but as the great teacher KRS-One told us, "Hip-hop culture is eternal," so there must be a light at the end of the tunnel.

Abstract Artform is an award winning up-and-coming producer/rapper from Winnipeg, a city literally in the middle of Canada. His determination to represent the nation on a worldwide scale has pushed him to travel and tour, release four solo full-length projects and produce music with and for some of Canada's and America's greatest emcees. This project is no different.

Stemming from his small town background and eventual move into the city, Abstract has maintained that relationships are the most important aspect of his success. One such relationship was with Ceeknow the Doodlebug, one of the legendary members of the Grammy award winning Digable Planets. The Philadelphia rapper Doodlebug needs very little introduction. His smooth flow over jazz based instrumentals is a staple in almost every Hip-Hop heads collection. Doodlebug's career has taken him further than most rappers could imagine. He was signed to a major label, Late Night Show performances, and even performing at the Soul Train Music awards. Doodlebug was and still is a Hip-Hop icon.

Q How did this relationship happen? Hip-Hop. So how can it truly be dead?
A A veteran and a young buck. An American and a Canadian. Black and White. These labels mean nothing. This is purely the connection of two people who love Hip-Hop, making music that has meaning, depth and most of all goes in pretty f#@%'n heavy.

Two people from opposite sides of the spectrum have stepped outside of the comfort zone of what people recognize from them stylistically and have landed on some loud new ground. Heavily influenced by prog rock records and in the same way Nas used Iron Butterfly to tell us Hip-Hop is dead, these two have used the same tone to show us that Hip-Hop is not at all dead.

Their word is bond.
Hip-hop is eternal.
They are Living Proof.



SPACESUITS
MOKA ONLY, MR.BRADY, LMNO. PRODUCED BY JULES CHAZ

"What happens when three veteran power houses LMNO from the mighty Visionaries crew, Moka Only with over 50 albums deep in the game, and musical work horse Mr Brady's rawness let loose over madman producer extraordinaireJules Chaz beats? You get the eagerly awaited project Spacesuits.

Spacesuits came to light when Moka Only introduced Jules Chaz to Mr Brady a few years back via internet. Jules Chaz sent Mr Brady about 30 beats that He sat on trying to figure out what to do to them. "They were so raw, genius, and out of this world I wanted to approach them right," Mr Brady said. One day LMNO came to record at Mr Brady's studio, and he let him hear the beats. He flipped out and they immediately knocked out a couple of tracks that same day. After listening to them, they hit up Moka Only to do a feature for one of the tracks. The three of them sounded so good together, and they have so much history together from Battle Axe records in the past, it only made sense to asked Moka if he would be down to record the whole album with them. After all, Moka Only was the one to introduce them to Jules Chaz, so it made perfect sense. After listen to a few songs, and how out of this world they sounded, the name and the project Spacesuits took flight.

There effortless cohesiveness is evident with Spacesuits. They bounce off one another, and jump in and verses like the veterans they are. Spacesuits shows their versatility and ability to adapt to Jules Chaz Zany production. With Spacesuits, Not only will you get raw lyrics and beats like the songs Speedy, and _meteor, but you will also get stories with songs like heist and _chicks, as well as a array of spaced out joints and interludes. So grab your moon boots and get ready for lift off because Spacesuits is ready to take off!"



FRIDAY AKA Ricky Dred - Nocturnal
This album should be played on the late night while driving for best results. Insomniacs unite! Nocturnal is a collection of sleepless nights and the things I see through my windshield in these Toronto Streets. The Highs & Lows that I feel in my Cold heart while I'm gripping my Woodgrain steering wheel. I am a Child of the Night looking to make Changes! Sometimes I feel like the weight of the world is on my shoulders and Nocturnal is a very important project for me to introduce myself to the world as well as reintroduce myself to my cities.



DEF3 - WILDLIF3
On "So Far," off new album WILDLIF3, Regina-via-Vancouver rapper Def3 raps "My lyrics carry truth/ Meaning you've probably never heard of me." While that criticism of modern commercial rap is also something of a reality for the MC, Def3 has recorded collaboration records with Canadian underground legends Moka Only and Factor that have definitely spread his name further than he suggests. Subjects such as life in the Canadian music industry, personal strife and confidence and perseverance are included along with the usual hip-hop braggadocio, all written with witty wordplay. Def3's flow is tight, impressive even alongside vets like Moka Only, Shad and Ceschi, as well as up-and-coming star Merkules.

DJ Skratch Bastid lays down some slick cuts on "The Truth" while singers Claire Mortifee and Krystle Dos Santos provide a couple of cool hooks that add variety and work well with the smooth, laidback vibe of the production on most of the album. And it's this production that really stands out on WILDLIF3. Factor supplies a steady stream of smooth soul with only a few attempts to up the tempo. Highlights include "The Truth," which appears custom-made for guest rapper Shad, the groovier "Catalina Wine Mixer" with Kay the Aquanaut, the production a nice mix of wood blocks, guitars and a western gunfight whistle, and "Where Did We Go Wrong," with Merkules and Evil Ebenezer, whose uptempo beat is a likely contender for commercial radio play. While Def3 isn't breaking any new ground with WILDLIF3, it does demonstrate his quality and consistency.



SWEATSHOP UNION - INFINITE
Infinite follows 2011's Bill Murray EP, which won the Western Canadian Music Award for Hip-Hop Album of the Year and raised their profile beyond their grassroots following. The new LP contains a range of vibes and sounds, combining old-school hip-hop sounds with futuristic, electro headbangers, not to mention some ballads and spoken word interludes. It accomplishes the tricky task of reflecting the outfit's individual tastes, as they inform SSU's collective vision.

The group is prolific and moves quickly but, as of this moment, Infinite currently stands as the most eclectic record in the Sweatshop Union catalogue.

"People are gonna feel many different ways about this record, and that's the point: it forces the listener to recognize that Sweatshop Union can not be easily categorized or predicted," Eisley says. "I hope sincerely that people can tell that we had a lot of fun putting together all this music, and that there are many more layers left to explore."



PIGEON HOLE - CHIMP BLOOD
In 2010, Pigeon Hole released their critically acclaimed debut LP, Age Like Astronauts. Using the MPC 2000, they pieced together a mix of samples, analogue synths, live instruments, and sharp lyricism - their debut outing spoke to listeners from the opening note to its final fade out. The audio translated to the stage, sending Pigeon Hole on a ruthless touring schedule, annihilating audiences across North America. Along with Sweatshop Union their energetic live show invaded the festival circuit, notably Shambhala, Rifflandia, as well as the world-renowned SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas.

Chimpblood, the groups second offering, delivers a sound so powerful it's impossible to ignore. Trading in their original blueprint for a heavier bass-driven electronic sound, Pigeon Hole attack with all new artillery. Chimpblood thrashes over a foundation of grimey synths, sampled and chopped over machine gun drum programming, 808s, and massive bass. An epic hybrid of music that will make you feel like you can levitate.



MATT BREVNER - ECLECTRICITY
w/ FREE DOWNLOAD OF BUSHIDO PROJECT

Eclectricity is a ten song announcement of an Artist Arriving. One of Western Canada's premiere HipHop artists, Matt Brevner makes hybrid music, because he's a hybrid human. Half-Trinidadian, Half-Japanese, and coming of into his own in the age of Everything Known, Matt Brevner is a refreshing Artist taking risks and seeing the payoffs. Combining golden flows and butter tones with a multi-genre sonic mining that borrows from everywhere and still feels entirely unique, the Vancouver, BC based Emcee/Songwriter/Producer (AND accomplished Video Director) is Crushing Right Now.

Sonically, Brevner's influences are all over the map. From Metric to French Montana and everywhere in between, Brevner pulls influences from sonics, song concepts, vocal effects and production tweaks - Nothing is off limits to add more insight to make dope music. Wanting to get his name out further, Brevner is making Eclectricity into a double disk with a bonus album called the Bushido Project, an incredible album in and of itself, that he's just throwing in there for free. Brevner is doing this because he knows you'll want to hear more from him, right away.

In the age of Innovation, Invention is Dead. Nothing is new. Only new combinations of old tricks bring the kids to the table.There's no doubt that Brevner is an oncoming artist with a huge upside. He's rapping about subjects something that matter. He's producing music at a very high level. He also directs his own videos, which on occasion, win awards. This Album is Eclectic, the Songs Electric, the Result: Expected. Matt Brevner is Fuckin Here.



MOKA ONLY - MARTIAN XMAS 2015
Greetings! I'm Kareem Serene, otherwise known as, your Moka Only. I'm still in this with the Martian. Can't believe I've been doing this annually since 2004! Speaking of those earlier times, we at URBNET are finally releasing Martian XMAS 2005, since it never saw the light of day back then-but that's another story! For this year's edition, I went hard. I recorded many many new tracks from late October right up until the first week of December. Hence, we are a bit behind schedule. Had invited some guests for this project, mainly Jon Rogers, from Torchlight Commission, but encountered some technical difficulties that prevented his appearance. Best believe we've got more music coming soon together. Torchlight Commission is the crew! Shouts to A-ro, Illa-J, Potatohead People, Mr. Brady, Lmno, Jeff Spec, Ishkan, Midflite, Eli Muro, Nomad, JuneTen, and Tanya Morgan. More Commission stuff on the way, universe willing. I hope you love the vibes on this album. I definitely felt I was in throwback mode daydreaming of my time in the early 90s as well as the early 2000s. The places we travelled physically and spiritually always resurface and shape our present and future. I've really enjoyed having you torcharoons along for the ride and can't thank you enough for the support. Rodway and URBNET: you guys have had my back since Vermillion in 2005, and I am really grateful for you giving me the creative control and sticking with me even through the low times. I hope everybody has a blessed winter, stays warm and keeps industrious at whatever pursuit they are involved in... and remember: don't take this album out of rotation once December is done. This series was always intended for the whole duration of the winter and beyond. Lookout in the near future for the unreleased NOWFOLK album "Magnesium Opium with Ishkan". That will be a real treat. Merry Martian Xmas to you all, and a Happy New Year!! I'm still coming on the world... and it feels good. Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law. #93



LMNO & MR.BRADY - 25/8
In 2010, world famous Visionaries crew member LMNO accomplished an amazing feat -- he released ten albums in one year; with the likes of producers DJ Babu of the Beat Junkies, Kev Brown and more. One of the ten albums was produced by the veteran producer/emcee, Mr Brady. LMNO and Mr Brady's album received rave reviews and prompted fans to blog about how well the two sounded together. The positive response inspired these two workhorses to feature one another on each other's albums, ever since.

Fast forward to 2015, LMNO & Mr Brady are back with a new full-length album titled, 25/8. Between the two of them, LMNO & Mr Brady have released at least 40 albums or more, hence the title of the album, 25/8. Instead of having 24/7 hours/days in a week, LMNO & Mr Brady put in so much work they need 25/8 for all the overtime they put in the studio and tours they have done.

For this gritty heartfelt album, young up-and-coming producer Asethic from Brooklyn, New York, provides all the beats and the perfect landscape for these two seasoned emcees to paint vivid, truthful pictures with their words. 25/8 is an effortlessly cohesive album and possibly the best work LMNO & Mr Brady have ever done together.

When Asethic reached out to LMNO and sent him a batch of beats, he asked Mr Brady to come record him on the track "Rearrange", which turned out to be their first single. What was supposed to be a feature turned into a collaborative full-length album within a matter of a few months. The process for this album entailed producer Asethic sending beats, then LMNO & Mr Brady would pick one and write to it on the spot and promptly record it.

"It was a very natural process," Mr Brady said. LMNO added, "Nothing was rushed, everything happened the way it was supposed to and it is evident when you hear the album."

So put on your headphones, or turn it up in your car, and enjoy this grimy journey called -- 25/8!



MR.BRADY - TIMING IS EVERYTHING
Mr Brady is sharper than he has ever been. With his new album Timing is Everything, it's evident why he's been in the game and remained relevant all these years. Not only did he handle all the rhyme duties on every track, he also produced and mixed it all himself. The soulful hard hitting album features Blu, The Grouch, Exile and more. With his passion, drive and love for the music, it's safe to say, Mr Brady is here to stay!"


PHILLY MOVES - VIEJO AMIGO
URBNET is pleased to announce the release of Viejo Amigo, the new acoustic EP from Toronto based duo, Philly Moves. Viejo Amigo is filled with melodious and guitar rich tracks -- hip hop lullabies for the proletariat and all half-broken-hearts.

Viejo Amigo will be available on limited edition CD and digital download; with support from the Ontario Music Fund. Every purchase of Viejo Amigofrom URBNET comes with a bonus: behind-the-scenes footage and an exclusive interview video.

This March 10, 2015, pick up Viejo Amigo from the URBNET shop and hear why Philly Moves have been captivating listeners -- with their warm sincere energy and wistful toughness.


PHILLY MOVES - OLGA
Hailing from the Nation's Capital and now based in Toronto, Canada, Philly Moves is an independent MC/Producer hip-hop duo - one of the country's top emerging acts.

Using both sample based and original production methods, producer Rockwell crafts complex soundscapes that straddle the line between organic and experimental perfectly, providing a rich canvas for MC Tragic's compelling songwriting and charismatic flow. Live, their set is high energy and heavy on intimacy; Rockwell switching back and forth seamlessly from live beat making on the MPC to playing acoustic guitar and crooning while Tragic controls the crowd with a commanding stage presence. Truly a collaborative effort, Philly Moves distinctive style combines the tastes and experiences of both men, their personal and artistic chemistry evident both on stage and on wax.

Philly Moves has spent almost a full year working on an entirely new project. "Olga", a more mature look and sound for the pair, is available now through URBNET both digitally and on vinyl. Look out for them coming through your city this fall and stay tuned for their next music video!



ANIMAL NATION
A GREAT IMPRESSION OF A CHARMING YOUNG GENTLEMAN

Animal Nations raps about everything from lasagna to cocaine found in hotel bibles. Their music is upbeat and more than likely drug-induced. Lyrics about cigarettes and chocolate milk, releasing albums on 420 - -totally their style, in particular when collaborating with Saskatoon band Sly Business on a beauty of an album they made together, titled "Don't Grow Up To Be Like Us".



KAE SUN - AFRIYE
So this is what a mosaic sounds like... With a heralded stylistic hybrid of a debut album in his back pocket, Ghanaian-Canadian singer-songwriter Kae Sun is set to shine with his sophomore effort, Afriyie. Like its predecessor, Kae's latest sonic collage combines elements of folk, soul, and reggae with his insightful and inspired poetry; however, if 2009's Lion On A Leash was his road map, Afriyie is his destination.



D-SISIVE - THE D.ARK TAPE
In 2007, I walked into a basement that would change my art forever. I realize that sentence is super dramatic, and equally as rape-y, but it's the only way I can describe it. It was dark. Small. Low ceilings. Filled with cigarette smoke. I sat down on the couch, while Norman Krates [The Arkeologists] prepped his MPC2000 for our first session.

I ate a submarine sandwich. He rolled a joint. I swallowed a Percocet. He chopped up a sample. And I began writing what would become Kneecaps. A song, along with Laundry Room, that would make critics and music listeners look past the court jester of an artist I once was. A song that would literally change my life.

In 2013, I returned to the same basement to conduct an interview with Norman for a special 5 year anniversary release of my debut record, The B.O.O.K. While listening to him reminisce, I began having flashbacks of those sessions. I felt like 2007 again. A few days later I went back to hang out. Hanging out would result in Norm playing me beats. Which would result in me writing The Reunion Tour. We sat and listened to that song for an hour straight. It was 2007 again. We decided to keep going till we hit ten songs. All raw. All songs recorded on a $200 8-track in one day. All first takes. Embrace the imperfections. No promotion. Keep it basement.



MOKA ONLY - MARTIAN XMAS 2014
Welcome once again to another edition of Martian Xmas, people. I can't believe I've been keeping this series going since 2004 and it has definitely evolved from the initial concept to being more thematic and simply emblematic of the winter period in the Torcharoon Universe. I had even recently considered altering the title as 'Xmas' -- seems like it may have misleading connotations but it's been a custom, so for this edition the 'Martian' stays. Things have been heating up in a great way for my crew, the torchlight commission and you are going to see and hear more and more about us all as a unit and individually. A whole platoon of talented torchbearers that for the most part both rhyme and produce and all share common musical principals and aesthetics. I am proud to have three of the commission aboard for this project: A-Ro from Vancouver, Jules Chaz from Victoria, who contributed two beats and Illa J from Detroit. The future is for all of us, birth the crew and the listener, limits don't exist, let's shake the cosmos! Big thanks to URBNET who has been committed and loyal to seeing and supporting my vision. We gonna win! Big thanks to my manager Nic who is guiding my flight course and believes in the power of this journey and finally thank you to you guys, the fans... The Torcharoons. It's in your hands where we take this just as much as it is in mine. We must all share and communicate. I do this for the greater happiness of the world. Happy winter and New Year, yall!


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