Sound Advice: Carpe Diem, by Tona
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Sound Advice: Carpe Diem, by Tona

The latest release from Tona shows a new level of introspection from the Scarborough artist.

Toronto hip-hop veteran Tona has always brought the goods, but with Carpe Diem, the man born Kwame Nantwi looks inward to deliver a more introspective and personal album.

Known for repping Toronto’s east end (Scarborough), Tona was last involved in last year’s Freedom Writers Now collaborative album (with fellow MCs Theo 3, Progress, Frankie Payne, and Adam Bomb) and the Naturally Born Strangers mixtape with Adam Bomb and Rich Kidd.

With Carpe Diem, Tona gets personal with tracks like “Unmeasured Lies,” the Scarborough anthem “This Town,” and “Fairy Tale Divorce,” which functions as a relationship post-mortem. Tona handles production along with Rich Kidd, Paperboy Fabe, and Lyve, bringing forth a rich yet gritty sound.

There is much to like about Carpe Diem. Tona has always owned the lyrical side of the hip-hop equation and has managed to artistically step things up a notch—”seize the day,” like the album’s namesake—by revealing a level of vulnerability in the subject matter on display.