Maestro Portrait by Kagan McLeod

For the past few days, the folks at CBC Radio 3 have been asking their listeners to put together a playlist containing the best hip hop to be found on the R3 artist pages for their ehList feature. We’re always up for supporting Canadian hip hop in any way we can here at the hill, so I thought I’d take a few minutes and throw a playlist together featuring some of our faves and plenty of folks that have been covered on the hill before.

 

Well the good people of R3 enjoyed the list, and used it as their ehList this past Monday. We also recorded a podcast with R3 host Lana Gay that should be up at some point next week, but we had a lot of fun doing it, so I thought I’d not only to give you the link to the playlist, but also do a few special episodes of Rap-Sack Backpack to post up some of the songs we selected. We’ll start with the first 4 songs today and see where we go from there.

 

Maestro Fresh Wes – Conductin’ Thangs
Maestro remains the Godfather of Canadian hip hop, and considering how I always blather on about how Canadian MC’s need to give him his propers, it only seemed right that we do the same. As is our wont around here, we tend to be rather contrary, and so we couldn’t just put up the traditional “Let Your Backbone Slide” for Mr. Maes, and we went with the excellent “Conductin’ Thangs. ”

 

More Or Les & Fresh Kils – Pop N Chips
We opened things up in fine, tuxedoed fashion, so for song two we needed to kick the party up a notch, but do so in a PG enough manner that the kids could enjoy. Enter “Pop N Chips” from More Or Les & Fresh Kils, an excellent party track that also features verses from Ghettosocks and Timbuktu. The song is a lot of fun, great beat, plenty of fun back & forth rhymes, and it also has a great video with gratuitous amounts of running man in it, so you should check it below. And if you haven’t checked out the Les Kils EP, you should certainly do so.

 

Ron Contour & Factor – Confused Nougat
As Movember comes to an end, this seems like the perfect time to get the mustachioed Ron Contour a bit more love. This is a great tune, with a solid name, from an album, Saffron that grew on me the more I listened to it. The production from Saskatchewan producer Factor is pretty amazing on this album and you get a little west coast love from yer man Moka, who sounds invigorated ripping his Ron Con steez.

 

Timbuktu – Rock Radio
Timbuktu’s Stranger Danger is likely one of my favorite hip hop releases from 2010, and so if you haven’t heard it, go check it out now. “Rock Radio” is the opening track, and every time I hear it, the Fresh Kils-produced beat gets me head-nodding along in a mesmerized state. Plus it’s got an addictive Helen Reddy sample, and I figured the whole “Rock Radio” angle might comfort some of the “I’m not much into hip hop….” R3 readers/viewers that might check out the playlist.

 

Anyway, that’s the first 4 songs, check ‘em below and check back for the next four soon! And check the playlist on R3.

 

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MP3:: Maestro Fresh Wes – Conductin’ Thangs
CBC R3 Page:: radio3.cbc.ca/#/bands/Maestro-Fresh-Wes

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MP3:: Ron Contour & Factor – Glad
CBC R3 Page:: radio3.cbc.ca/#/bands/Ron-Contour

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MP3:: Timbuktu – Rock Radio
CBC R3 Page:: radio3.cbc.ca/#/bands/Timbuktu

 

VIDEO:: Maestro Fresh Wes – Conductin’ Thangs

 

VIDEO:: More Or Les & Fresh Kils – Pop & Chips (feat. Ghettosocks, Timbuktu & Uncle Fester)