Rap-Sack Backpack:: Chapter Thrive & Ryan Stinson, Sha Prince & Evil Ebenezer

Maestro Portrait by Kagan McLeod

New section time! It’s about time to invent a new semi-regular and soon-forgotten section here on the hill wouldn’t you say? It’s been a while since I’ve run an edition of my hip hop mailbox post - the LL on Krush Groove inspired BOX!, but I thought I’d re-introduce the section with more of a slant towards Canadian hip hop, and so the Rap-Sack Backpack is born.

 

If you don’t get the Rap-Sack Backpack ref, and don’t know who that dude to the left is (rendered by Toronto illustrator Kagan McLeod), you might need to go back and do your Canadian hip hop homework, or you can just check out the songs and enjoy some solid hip hop. Your move reader, your move….

 

Anyway, we’re leading off with the Saskatchewan MC & Producer combo of Chapter Thrive & Ryan Stinson with By My Side which mixes chunky drums with soulful female vocal samples to create a backdrop for Chaps’ relationship-related rhymes, It’s good stuff. More good stuff comes from the GTA’s Sha Prince, who I know really nothing about, but this jam features D-Sisive, and since we’ve had a “we post anything that features D-Sisive, even Poison covers” policy for the last couple years, it certainly merited a posting. Jokes aside, I really like this song - the production from Anonymous Twist is solid, DJ Grouch cuts & slices nicely, and Sha & D do good work with some enthusiastic vocals. I stamp this one a winner, no-erasies.

 

To finish this inaugural edition of the Rap-Sack Backpack, we hit the West coast with Vancouver’s Evil Ebenezer and his horn-filled ode to the struggles faced by those who are still trying to make a go of this rap thing. Evil’s a member of Brass Tackz, whose debut EP I enjoyed, so I was happy to give this one a listen, and I wasn’t disappointed. Lookout for Evil’s new full-length, Evil Eye, coming out this July via Camobear Records.

 

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MP3:: Chapter Thrive & Ryan Stinson - By My Side

MYSPACE:: www.myspace.com/chapterthrive
MYSPACE:: www.myspace.com/rds

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MP3:: Sha Prince - Click Click Bang Bang f. D-Sisive & DJ Grouch

MYSPACE:: www.myspace.com/sha2daprince

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MP3:: Evil Ebenezer - Take Me With You

MYSPACE:: http://www.myspace.com/evildraftdodgers

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