Tropical Storm: The Creative Pairing of Dragan Andic and Ramriddlz

Earlier this Summer, Ramriddlz released one of his most upbeat singles to date in “Niagra”. The song was reminiscent of the tropical soundscapes Ramriddlz initially caught fire from. Over the past few years, Ram has become an integral part of Toronto’s ever-growing hip hop community. He is an artist that has always found a way to reinvent himself and truly level up his talents from project to project. “Niagra” came after his album Ramreaper, which saw a much darker and personal side to Ram that fans had not seen previously. Building off this, Ramriddlz has recently joined forces with uniquely iconic Toronto photographer Dragan Andic, also known as The.97, who is a leading creative force to be reckoned within Canada. Dragan’s creative potential has been tapped in by some of the city’s biggest artists, for example 88Glam’s iconic first album was shot by Dragan. Beyond that, he has also worked with Roy Woods, Nav, Killy, and many more. His style has become synonymous with the city of Toronto, often channeling the dark feel the city has for a large portion of the year. What’s interesting is that he has teamed up with Ram as his creative director, with a conflicting style …

Bankroll – [88GLAM] ft. [Lil Keed]

What has been incredible to watch over the past few years is artists at the top of their game really bringing up talent and setting them up for success in a major way. Two of the most exciting talents to rise up in the past year are XO’s 88GLAM and YSL’s Lil Keed, which pretty much goes without saying at this point. It makes sense that as 88GLAM gears up for their third project, that they would join forces with Keed to show the world exactly what the future will be sounding like. 88GLAM have long been a favorite of mine, long before the artists formed the group their solo releases still get plays from me on the regular. Their sound has developed immensely over the years, their chemistry is otherworldly and that is evident when Derek Wise and 88camino trade verses back and forth effortlessly like they’re sparring. Keed fits in perfectly, using his roaring voice to give the track a different sound entirely. What’s amazing is to see Derek and 88camino branch out of Toronto, recording this song with Keed in Atlanta. This jump across the border is what takes Canadian artists from being beloved in their own …

Recovery – [Quincy Got Rich]

There’s an artist out in Toronto that has been on my radar for some time, I’ve been waiting on him to deliver some new heat for a while and today he dropped just that. His name is Quincy Got Rich and the song is called “Recovery”, after a quick hiatus he’s returned with a leveled up sound. The looping strings on provides the perfect stage for Quincy to weave around the simplistic beat and body the track switching up his flows on the drop of a dime. It’s obvious that Quincy has been working in the 5 months since his last drop, this song is a clear step into whatever comes next. With an already impressive catalog underneath him and a few collaborations with 88GLAM’s Derek Wise, the ceiling seems high for what Quincy can achieve in the second half of the year. Listen to “Recovery” below and stay tuned for new music!


Today, we are introducing an artist out of Vancouver named Quamon who has been quietly dropping some noteworthy singles over the past few months. His latest single, “GUAP,” features a stuttering hook that blends seamlessly over a bubbly beat that almost feels like it was taken straight out of a video game. All three singles released by Quamon have been produced by the talented young producer Joseph L’étranger, who has worked extensively with XO’s 88GLAM and recently became a member of Murda Beatz’s Murda Gang. Quamon always brings a high level of energy to his music that pairs perfectly with Joseph’s upbeat production style, and further, he’s been on my radar for some time now, improving his lyrical and melodic abilities with every new release. There is no doubt that the pair will work continue working together, creating underground hits as both of their profiles continue to rise. Check out “GUAP” and other singles from Quamon below.

Bad Habits – [NAV]

I have been a fan of NAV for a couple years now so I am happy to bring our audience his brand new album titled “Bad Habits”! One of the first things that I noticed about this tape is how long it is, coming in at twenty four tracks it’s a pretty lengthy listen but trust me when I saw that it’s worth it. There are quite a few star studded features that are included on this album from the likes of Meek Mill, The Weekend, Young Thug, Gunna, 88GLAM, Lil Durk and last but certainly not least, Future. Of course though, NAV was the main shining factor throughout this entire tape, making for what will be considered one of his classics when it’s all said and done. Stream this brand new album via Soundcloud below and if you like what you hear be sure to share it with a friend.

Reckless – [NAV]

If you’re like me and haven’t yet put down NAV’s latest RECKLESS project then you’re not alone and today, he is back with the colorful visuals for the album-track in Reckless (Intro) produced by Danny Boy Styles & himself. Laced with mesmerizing compilations of shows, backstage BT’s and the simple yet intriguing shot of the Toronto native rapping in the elevator, you can always leave it to NAV to compliment his drippy, drug-infused songs with psychedelic, eye-catching videos such as the memorable cut for Myself from his self-titled debut album released last year. Having said that, it’s been quite the year for the 28-year-old XO star who is coming off his ‘Freshman Tour’ with 88GLAM and with RECKLESS debuting at Number 8 on the Billboard 200 charts, the dice only continues to roll for NAV. Make sure to check out the brand new visual for Reckless below and leave a comment whether or not you were rocking with his latest project now available for streaming here. 

Bali (Remix) – [88GLAM] Ft. [NAV] & [2 Chainz]

88Glam’s self-titled project was dropped back in November and just recently after sharing a ‘Reloaded’ version of the tape to their fans, a remix of the hit song Bali has surfaced featuring 2 Chainz. Not to mention that fellow XO artist NAV is featured on the original as well, Tity Boi hopped on the opening verse and added a totally new energy to the already flaming record that undoubtedly turned up every spot on 88GLAM’s recent tour and now soon at NAV’s forthcoming ‘Freshman’ tour this coming May. The emerging Toronto duo in Derek Wise & 88Camino have long been a force to be reckoned with even prior to their album, and with 88GLAM ready to continue their take over, it’s only a matter of time before they are one of the XO camps hottest names out of the 6ix. Waste no more time and peep the 2 Chainz-assisted remix to Bali immediately and stream the 88GLAM: Reloaded tape at the link below too.

LL Presents: The 12AM Q&A

12AM (AKA Matthew Dubois) is a promising Canadian artist on the rise and after recently being put on some of his latest work, it was crucial to get him for a featured Q&A on the website. Based out of Toronto, the 23-year-old has an impressive music catalog dating back to 2016 with his breakout record Couple Pills featuring fellow Funeral Crew affiliate Jez Dior. You’ll be hearing both of those names pop-up a ton throughout this year, but for now, get familiar with 12AM in our latest interview below and check out his Elijah Woods-produced track The Woods now on all streaming services here. _ J: First of all, let our readers know who you are. 12AM: An r&b singer from toronto….. surprising right?! I go by 12AM.  _ J: Can you briefly explain the origins of your name ’12AM’? 12AM: 2 reasons honestly  1 it’s the type of music you listen after midnight. So if you’re partying getting fucked up or u with a girl just trying to set the mood. I mix all my music and when I was first starting out I used this reverb on logic called the midnight plate made me sound fire so I’m like shit 12am it is. _ …

Big Tymers – [88GLAM]

XO newcomers Derek Wise & 88Camino shocked the world with their flaming debut project 88GLAM, and just recently, we were given the third visual off the album for Big Tymers. Following the wild cut for the standout with NAV in Bali, the RJ Sanchez-directed visuals take us back to the streets in an epic, more roots-inspired cinematic taking place in Markham, Ontario. The black-and-white imaging set the scene perfectly as we see several shots of local youth in the area, more-than-likely from the hometown of Wise and Camino both reigning from Eastern Canada. With each stunning release comes more proof as to why XO’s upcoming talent is steps away from exploding on the scene, and once that happens, Drake’s OVO collective will have the XO clique right on their ankles. Dive into the uplifting video for Big Tymers below and let us know which song was your favorite from the 88GLAM project. Directed By: RJ Sanchez 

88GLAM – [88GLAM]

After weeks of anticipation, Toronto’s own Derek Wise & 88Camino have let loose their self-titled debut album 88GLAM, which also comes as their first full-length project as a duo. Coming in at a steady 13 tracks, the lone feature on the album comes from NAV on Bali  as well as production from a wide range of Canadian producers including VillaBeats, AlexOnWeed and multi-platinum producer Murda Beatz who is basically a must-have on any projects in the past year. The pair of XO signees compliment each other’s melodic style flawlessly and with each release from the collective comes more proof as to why The Weeknd is so fond of the pair of artists. That being said, it’s about time to get familiar with 88GLAM, so be sure to jump into their debut album and don’t miss the visual for Bali with NAV below! Directed by: Amir Esmailian