In the past years, Canada, and specifically Toronto, has birthed some pretty strong star talent. But bubbling below the surface is an equally powerful – and fast rising – underground scene, and it has become The Real Frequency collective's mission to shine a light on that talent, and it's something they've been doing exceptionally well with their recently released album, The New North.
The latest single from the album is "Burn" from Toronto rapper Tona, a track replete with slick talk and witty wordplay ("A lotta squares trying to form circles out here/ We was forced to try angles that you ain't never thought of or seen") that does well to put on for the city.
Lyve produced the beat, flipping a wobbly procession of bass-driven synth blips and ambient noise, and cleanly layers it all atop a staggered mix of pounding drum kicks and crackling claps. And the beat is a perfect fit for Tona; no surprise, considering their extensive history working together. "Lyve is like my brother so he understands what kind of sound I'm looking for without me even having to ask," says Tona. "He whipped up 'Burn' within a few hours. He's one of the most talented producers I know."
Joining the single is a video for fans to get a better feel for who Tona is as an artist as he touches on everything from where Canadian hip-hop stands in 2011 to what Real Frequency means to him, and more, including what he thinks The New North album represents. "The significance of The New North album," exclaims Tona, "is to provide that platform for real hip-hop artists, to expose it to the masses. Not just in Toronto, but to the masses now."