Rap-Sack Backpack:: Sean One, Miles Jones, Len Bowen & More

Maestro Portrait by Kagan McLeodY.E.S. The Rap-Sack Backpack, our Maestro-inspired grab bag of Canadian hip hop that we’re sent or stumble across, returns! I’d love to do these more often, so if you’ve got a track that you think fits in with what we’re doing here, send it our way.

 

As for today’s edition, we’re going to bring the RSB back with a vengeance, haphazardly crossing the country with 5 tracks from MCs reppin’ each area therein (almost each area, sorry Quebec, next time!). Let’s do this.

 

We’ll start out in the Maritimes, natch, well New Brunswick to be more precise, and when I think of NB hip hop, I think of Sean One and his First Words crew. That being the case, new music from this Fredericton MC and producer is always welcome, and “Closer”, his new track (that features production assistance from the legendary DJ Jorun, and guest vocals from NC vet Cesar Comanche) is a flawlessly executed take on the forever under-appreciated hip hop love jam. Perfect spring track!

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MP3:: Closer - Sean One f. Cesar Comanche
WEB:: seanone.bandcamp.com

I’ll be honest, we’ve been sent a lot of info on Ontario (TO?) MC/Producer Miles Jones, and other than an appearance on a BOX post (RSB’s more-inclusive predecessor) a couple years ago I’m not sure we’ve posted anything from him. I know he works off of a wide range of influences, but this song below is more of a radio friendly effort with a positive message.

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MP3:: Miles Jones - Time Machine
WEB:: www.runawayjones.com

Like that Miles Jones track, Winnipeg’s Len Bowen also breaks out an R&B chorus for “Late Night” (which also features B-Flat The Lytics), but it’s a mite bit funkier. This track appears on Len’s last EP, which I would have liked to cover a bit more, so I’m happy to put this one up here.

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MP3:: Len Bowen - Late Night (f. B-Flat of The Lytics)
WEB:: www.myspace.com/bowenlen

Saskatchewan producer Ryan Stinson had a song in an RSB post almost a year ago, so it’s fitting that he team-up with a new MC to make his return. This time he’s joined by gravel-voiced MC Planit for a return effort, the eerie, duckets-obsessed “Pulling Teeth For Rent”, which was released a few weeks ago via Phonographique.

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MP3:: Planit x Ryan Stinson - Pulling Teeth For Rent
WEB:: music.phonographique.com

Finally, we finish on the West Coast with Vancouver MC Young Sin, who recently dropped an EP called The Short. I enjoyed Sin’s work as part of Brass Tackz, and this EP is indeed short, but filled with solid stuff. Sounds like it’ll be a while before we hear more music from Sin, hopefully it’s not too long a break.

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MP3:: Young Sin - Crazy Times
WEB:: www.mistersinister.com

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