Brampton artist The Flan recently dropped his long-awaited and well-received mixtape, 905. Tapping into his Brampton roots, he worked to produce a collective of tracks that would be a solid showing of his artistic ability–and it’s safe to say that he did just that.

905 starts with the hard-hitting track “Pharaoh”, throwing down exactly what he can do as an artist. He follows “Pharaoh” up with track after track of head boppin’ beats, which will definitely leave you appreciating his lyrical prowess, artistic ability, and if you’re a Bramptonian, his affirmation of his Brampton roots.

“The inspiration for 905 came from constantly being looked down upon because of where I’m from (Brampton). I wanted to create something to represent and show others that good things come out of here, and there’s a lot more talent than people think,” says The Flan.

It’s hard to fathom after having a listen to 905 that The Flan began making music a mere three years ago, his lyrics alone show an artistic ability far beyond that. Being that he’s still in the early stages of development, his sound has an indefinable quality. It’s hard to pinpoint but what you can always bank on is music with substance. “To think we started this outa bedroom“ he raps over a steady piano ostinato courtesy of MSB on Brampton Boys. Having begun his rapping career at home with a $100 USB mic, making beats with his friend Po and hesitant in the beginning to share it, it’s amazing to see how far he’s come.

The project came to fruition with help from a stellar lineup of talent hailing from Brampton including, MSB, Luxidox, Scena, D-Pryde, Raahiem and 4Yall Entertainment. A little help also came from Mississauga in the form of Devon Tracy and Jessie Reyez.

905 has been a couple of years in the making, and it’s no surprise this stellar first showing came out like a polished gem, shaped as a strong indicator of the caliber of music The Flan and his crew can produce. No doubt, he’ll be an unstoppable force in no time at all, and we are excited to see where he will go from here.

Have a listen and tell us what you think!

[tw-divider][/tw-divider] RANDOM FACTS

Where do you get your inspiration?

My inspiration comes from everyday life as well as other artists both mainstream and underground. I’m learning everyday and I do my best to take what I’ve learned and apply it to the craft.

What are three things as an artist you can’t live without?

Passion, Music and Experience.

Who (Artists, people) inspires you?

As far as artists I’m inspired by T-Pain, Drake, Chris Brown (I dance as well), Wale, Big Sean.

If you could open up for any one artist who would it be?

Probably J. Cole.