#ICYMI, a roundup of noteworthy musical happenings in the city some call The 6.
PARTYNEXTDOOR plays it cool: Late last month, OVO crooner PARTYNEXTDOOR dropped “Kehlani’s Freestyle,” which happens to be titled after the up-and-coming Oakland-based R&B singer Kehlani, his rumoured girlfriend. Since being given the Drake co-sign, the artist alternately known as PND has been improving with each new record—and this track is no exception.
Tory Lanez goes old school: Stealthily leveraging a sample of an old ’90s R&B track, Brownstone’s 1994’s groove “If You Love Me,” the talented Tory Lanez shows up Brownstone’s crooning skills with “Say It.” The singer-rapper and producer has been on a roll since dropping the Lost Cause EP last year, and this Pop Wansel–produced track leaves one wondering why he’s not getting more attention.
Devontée’s time to rule: The cool thing about the post-Drake era of Toronto rap is a contagious feeling of legitimacy, seen in boosted production values and the overall awareness that the scene’s old inferiority complex is no more. While someone like local artist Devontée has been beatmaking and rapping for a minute, he’s reaping the benefits of this new rap reality: peep new track “Bare Tings” for proof.