10. Derin Falana
The Flan is a proud Bramptonian, biggin’ up the city before it was fashionable to do so (peep The Truth About Brampton). The Flan is a beast with both rhymes and melodies, which you can fully experience in his single Bet. In the music video, The Flan shows love to Sonny’s as well as other Brampton landmarks. Listen to his new project, Live From Rocky Mountain. It’s beyond impressive.
9. Movin’ Cool
This rap duo is quintessentially Brampton. Comprised of the Brown Magician (B Magic) and Noyz, Movin’ Cool explores the profound, and often political, questions of our time. As perfect complements, B Magic’s swag gets the listener primed for Noyz’ bullet delivery and Eminem-like flow. They’re also not shy to tell the story of the hardworking immigrant struggle, something which has become characteristic of the Brampton sub-culture. B Magic’s project HEARTLAKE is the newest project from the duo, which you could listen to for free on Soundcloud. From grimy boom bap to spacy trap, Movin’ Cool is the Brampton collective to watch for next.
(I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the brilliant producer, Dusty Loops, who works very closely with Movin’ Cool)
8. K. Forest
The first thing you’ll notice when listening to Brampton’s K. Forest is that he has an atypical sound, especially coming from the Toronto region. Quirky and evocative, Forest is quintessentially represented in his song Brown Eyes Noir featuring Pro Era’s CJ Fly, an underground hip hop heavyweight. The song is perfect.
Selena has the voice of an angel. She’s all about the positive vibes, and through her music, she hopes to provide some moments of clarity in times often filled with anguish. She’s a master performer with the ability to instantly get the crowd swaying to her cover of No Diggity. She’s currently perfecting her EP with Daysdeaf, who’s also an incredible talent. Selena never fails to put on for Brampton, and for that, we have nothing but love for her. Can’t wait for that EP.
Check out her Single, FVCK.
Staasia slays. She’s Aaliyah reborn. Her style has slight funk, confident delivery, and atmospheric production. Ms. Daniels is helping to put Brampton in the spotlight as a bastion for R&B. Check out her project ‘Hidden Gems‘ on SoundCloud.
Known as the mastermind behind the phenomenon of dancehall-inspired Mississauga artist Ramriddlz, Jaegan is the freshest new sound to hit the hip hop scene. Jake Aujla has the power to make anything he touches a grand spectacle, especially with remixes. His remix of Pillowtalk by Zayn Malik earned a feature by Lil Wayne. Jaegan’s eclectic production aptly represents the ethos of Brampton, and having been included on The Fader’s ’20 Musicians You Need to Know in 2016’, that means Brampton is a city you need to know in 2016.
4. Director X
Graduate of Mayfield Secondary School, Julien Christian Lutz, also known as Director X, was perhaps the first major representation of Brampton in the hip hop scene. When it comes to directing some of the most iconic rap videos, Director X is the undisputed king. Take a look at Rihanna’s Work video, or Hotling Bling, or King Kunta, or Fancy, or Started From the Bottom, or… well you get the picture. This Brampton native kills it with the music videos. Period.
3. Roy Wood$
Alternative R&B artist and rapper Denzel Spencer, better known as Roy Wood$, has a voice often described as Michael Jackson-esque, and it’s no surprise. Roy says his biggest inspirations are MJ, The Weeknd, Drake, and PartyNextDoor. At 20 years old, Roy is the youngest signee on OVO Sound, Drake’s label, and one of the most promising young talents to come out of the Toronto area. Roy broke into the scene with his hit record Drama which featured Drizzy himself off of the critically acclaimed EP, Exis. Roy released his debut album, Waking At Dawn, perfect for cruising down the 410 late-night.
This Brampton crooner has a soulful, vintage approach to R&B. Raahiem is still a very mysterious figure, but what we do know about him is that his ethereal voice has caught the attention of OVO signee DVSN, with whom Raahiem has just finished working.
Looking forward to hearing more from this R&B protégé that’s about to take over the world.
1. Tory Lanez
Arguably one of the biggest new talents in Hip Hop and, as of recent, a formidable opponent to fellow Canadian Drake, Tory now has a platinum hit under his belt with ‘Say It’. The Fletcher’s Meadow graduate has teamed up with the likes of Justin Bieber, A$ap Ferg, Meek Mill, G-Eazy and other huge names in hip hop. Other notable hits include LA Confidential, Diego, and Luv and his covers of I Got The Keys and Controlla were hailed as ‘better than the original’ by many fans and critics. Tory Lanez is coming out with his debut album, I Told You, on August 19th and you can listen to his single Flex.
Brampton is a hotbed for musical talent. The diversity in the city makes for great art, especially music.