6IX RISING: Toronto’s Rap Ascendence (Full Length Documentary)

It’s no secret Toronto has recently placed itself amongst North America’s most buzzworthy music cities due to the blockbuster ascents of Drake and the Weeknd. But that attention has also turned the city’s local rap scene into a hyper-competitive, prolific, and highly creative environment where young artists are fighting for attention on the world stage. Noisey’s latest documentary feature is set in the middle of this vibrant scene, to profile some of its most exciting artists who are potentially on the cusp of international success. Featuring Big Lean, CMDWN, Friyie, Jazz Cartier, Pressa and Prime Boys.

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SonReal – My Friend (Music Video)

Winning a legion of fans with his honest, hooky, and emotional songwriting, Vancouver’s SonReal is a major talent. Paying tribute to his father, who passed away while SonReal was away on tour in 2016, SonReal shares the video My Friend,” a sparely elegant ballad. Produced by Charlie Handsome(Kanye West, Young Thug) and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, “My Friend” is a loving portrait of SonReal’s relationship with his father–who was the most important person in SonReal’s life until he died. In the heart-wrenching video, premiered by VIBE, SonReal slings an acoustic guitar in the rural British Columbia area where he grew up with his father, taking refuge in an unfinished house with a portrait of his father on the wall. Last week, the audio for ”My Friend” premiered on Beats 1 Radio with Zane Lowe, who praised the song calling it “A piece of music that had to be made…it’s one of those songs that become things that you add to your playlist or collection and stay with you for the rest of your life.” A heartfelt and sincere ballad, “My Friend” is a deeply personal and affecting song by SonReal and a reminder for everyone to hold close to the ones you love.