I don’t write about compilations much on the hill, but when I do, I prefer they be from Urbnet. Ha, I just most interesting-man-in-the-world’d you, and you didn’t see it coming, so well done me, very current reference there for sure. But seriously, I’ve said this before and I’ll keep on saying it, if you’re looking for a way to keep tabs on some of the most talented hip hop and urban artists in Canada, then you need to check with Urbnet.

I’ve always tried to post on their Underground Hip Hop compilation series, so when I got an email about Certified Volume 1, I was more than a little interested. The debut in a series that “focuses on new singles from emerging artists”, features some folks that I’m already a big fan of (Besque, Factor, royceBIRTH, The Happy Unfortunate, etc) and there are also some folks I’m excited to hear full length projects from (Def3, Ian Kamau, The Lytics). Chuck in an appearance by newly-minted Juno nominee D-Sisive and the mysterious spoken-word/rapper Motëm (who provides one of the more interestingly odd moments on D’s Run With The Creeps) and you’ve got a very interesting package.

So if you consider yourself a fan of Canadian hip hop, or are interested in investigating what else Canadian hip hop has to offer other than over-hyped soda pitchmen (whatcha say Aubrey? PROPER), then this is a must have. Check the stream of the album below, and grab a copy for yourself.

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MP3:: Besque – Not Enough Love
WEB:: www.besque.com

Motëm – All of the Above

Ian Kamau – The Village (One Day Soon)