Rap-Sack Backpack:: Quake, Timbuktu & D-Sisive, The Trillionaire$ & The Happy Unfortunate

Maestro Portrait by Kagan McLeod

Rap-Sack backpack! Get off our sac-ro-iliac! The Rap-Sack Backpack, our rather infrequent mailbag-ish type feature where we feature some of the Canadian hip hop songs we are sent, makes its return. And what better way to return than with a cross-country hip hop trek? Right then, let’s get to it.

 

We’ll start right here in our backyard, almost literally, as young, hungry Halifax MC Quake is also an FJHS alumnus - like yours truly. In fact it’s that connection, through former hill-ian Mario “Mr. E” Eleftheros who taught Quake there, that he first came to our attention. When last we heard from Quake, I was checking out his Reality mixtape, but apparently he has a full-length album called The Myth coming out at the end of the month. If the jazzy, Tone Mason produced Outside Lookin’ In is any indication, the album is, ahem, looking, pretty promising.

 

We’ll stop in Ontario to check out a little sneaky surprise from our old friend D-Sisive and his pal, Backburner MC Timbuktu (who has a new album on his hands called Stranger Danger, which is mentioned rather often on this track). The track is produced by Bix, and there are multiple Maestro references, so yeah, I like it a lot. Next we’ll hit Winnipeg to visit with a duo I know nothing about, but I might be looking into a bit further: The Happy Unfortunate. Comprised of MC Malcolm-Jay, and producer/DJ Envoy, The Happy Unfortunate claim to be influenced by a broad collection of soul music, and the Muneshine featuring The World Is Mine certainly backs up that assertion.

 

So then, what from the West Coast? How about The Trillionaire$, a duo consisting of Vancouver MCs Metty The Dertmerchant (also the in-house producer for The Sweatshop Union) and Evil Ebenezer? They have a new album called By Hook or by Crook out now on Urbnet which Metty produced and is billed as “a tongue and cheek commentary on the greed and ruthlessness of modern society”. Now there is some money talk - having it, taking it, wanting it - but it’s also full of really good, really dark hip hop, so this is one to look for.

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MP3:: Quake - Outside Lookin In
REVERB:: www.reverbnation.com/quakemusic

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MP3:: Timbuktu & D-Sisive - Falling Off Mars
WEB:: www.urbnet.com/timbuktu
WEB:: www.urbnet.com/dsisive

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MP3:: The Happy Unfortunate - The World Is Mine f. Muneshine
WEB:: www.thehappyunfortunate.com/

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MP3:: The Trillionaire$ - By Hook Or By Crook f. Josh Martinez, Mos Eisley of Sweatshop Union % Mat The Alien
WEB:: www.urbnet.com/TheTrillionaire$

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