Backburner – Heatwave

Backburner is a Canadian mega crew consisting of over a dozen emcees who are all operating on all cylinders! They’re well read and fully in control of pop culture (this makes them hilarious). Who are we talking about: Fresh Kils, Wordburglar, Timbuktu, More Or Les, Uncle Fes, Ghettosocks, Chokeules, Jesse Dangerously, Jay Bizzy, Thesis Sahib, Beatmason, Frank Deluxe, Dexter Doolittle, Psybo, Ambition, Johnny Hardcore, Manalive, Ginzu333 & Mister E! No shortage of skills there. The new record, Heatwave, is out on the always enjoyable Hand’Solo Records. There is no way to pick a favourite but perhaps I will note Wordburgy’s verse in “Long Story Short” as most physically revulsive, haha. Three of these bombshells are playing at Wunderbar tonight for the Maple Sizzurp Rap Fest—Timbuktu, Thesis Sahib, and Ghettosocks! Don’t miss it. It’s only 10 bucks, starts at 8:30 sharp, and in addition to these mic killers, you will hear from Muneshine, Jeff Spec, Mitchmatic, and The Joe!

Twin Peaks – Kissing Hands and Shaking Babies

Twin Peaks are a duo comprised of Ghettosocks and Muneshine, two talented Canadian backpack rappers who will be in Edmonton on Thursday for the Maple Sizzurp Rap Fest! Their new record is one of those classy duo rap records where the pass offs are always imbued with the vibe of two parents yelling at you. Take for example Camp Lo or Outkast. You get this impression that two people agree and each of them have a claim to one of your ears. Back and forth they tell you whatever they want in that strange self assured neo-agressive manner that you can argue is the ultimate strength of rap as a genre. The only thing better than listening to records like this is seeing them done live. Come get hemmed in by Muneshine and Ghettosocks’ persuasive flows this Thursday at Wunderbar! It’s only 10 bucks for 7 of the coolest rappers in Canada. Starts promptly at 8:30pm. Don’t miss it!

DJ Cosm – Time and Space

In what may be the best hip hop record to come out of Alberta this year, DJ Cosm finally drops his long awaited solo piece. This sixteen track album is stracked with dozens of incredible emcees tearing up Cosm’s 94′ golden era vibes and back-in-the-day turntablism. He’s got the old Dragon Fli Empire homie Teekay on two jams. Other than that we’ve got two jams with Boston’s Insight (one of my all time favorite rappers), the previously blogged about swagger master Rasul Syed, rap legends Craig G and Prince Po, Oakland’s Raashan Ahmad, and Canadian mainstays like Moka Only, Touch, Ghettosocks, and Calgary homies Cam the Wizard and KLH Ali. Edmonton’s producer DJ extrordinaire DJ Nato also holds it down on “Learn From Mistakes” with Insight. Qwazaar tears up one of Cosm’s smoothest beats on “Better World.” The highlight jam is without question Kazmega’s collaboration, “Cosm Mega,” which was released as the single about a year ago and received lots of loving argument on this blog. It remains the jam to beat. Every single line is a gut buster and the vibration is so 88 it makes me puke neon. “Dragon Punch my way through life / the new floor is the old ceiling!” DOES IT GET BETTER THAN THAT?