It seems Montreal rapper Wasiu is constantly repping his city. We recently premiered his track “Cigarettes and Poutine” – a love letter to the smells of his Canadian hometown. Now, he’s linked up with local luminaries KNLO and Kaytranada’s brother Lou Phelps on “Artbeat Cypher” – giving props to the Montreal beatmakers collective. Listen to “Artbeat Cypher” below.
The track produced by Shash’U opens with a clip from a Kaytranada interview, where the beatmaker talks about Artbeat Montreal’s Piu Piu movement and its pioneers. As Wasiu explained to HipHopDX, “We’re mostly known for our beatmakers and not our rappers. This focus on beats birthed the ArtBeat movement where local producers got together and just shared their music. Kaytranada, High Klassified, Da-P, Shash’U and many others are examples of producers who got their local buzz up by being a part of ArtBeat.”
Revisit Lou Phelps’s “What Time Is It?!” below.
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- Cover Image: Instagram / @loupeez / @afrowasiu