Toronto collective The 199Z has been rolling out their signature rap cyphers throughout February. This month, they launched three segments - all highlighting the city's diverse array of talent within the rap and hip-hop scene. Each cypher showcases a unique lineup of rappers, creating a stage for them to share their sharp bars, hot wit and personal style with just the right amount of braggadocio and flair. Watch the cyphers below, and learn more about each artist featured is making their name and sound known.
Cypher 1 - Released February 1
Produced by YogiTheProducer - JUNO- nominated recording producer, known for his frequent work with Kardinal Offishall, SonReal, Sean Leon, and more.
Justus - One of our youngest participants representing the Downtown area. This past December Justus graduated from The Remix Project, a highly competitive music program in Toronto responsible for the career starts of Jesse Reyez, WondaGurl, Derin Falana, and Future (Drake’s official DJ/Manager) just to name a few.
Izzy - Representing Scarborough home of The Weeknd. Member of the newly found WIS Collective making noise in the city’s east end.
Sola - Representing Brampton. Brother of rapper Derin Falana trying to make a name for himself in the city as his style of rap differs from his brothers.
Cypher 2 - Released February 8
Produced by Nate Smith - Recently known for his work on HBO's Insecure soundtrack with his artist TOBi.
LEO. - Our youngest cypher participant, made popular at the age of 16 for a viral WorldStar video of him casually freestyling. Known for his new single “Goddess” covered by Complex, that racked up over 200,000 streams on Spotify alone.
Ray Hammond - Representing Brampton. Although new to the Toronto rap scene, he not only caught the eyes of 199Z by a video being shared around the city of him spitting straight bars with a crude and aggressive style of rap, but also has worked very closely with Toronto crooner Raahiem throughout the years. A newcomer with a bright future.
Pinky AFM - Longtime Member of Toronto rap group, Reps Up, affiliates of OVO, finally getting his turn in the Spotlight.
Cypher 3 - Released February 15
Produced by Florian - Protege of Toronto multi-platinum producer FrancisGotHeat. This cypher will be one of his first placements.
Dijah SB - One of the staples in the local Toronto rap scene. Made known for her freestyle on SwayInTheMorning, she was told that she “came correct” on the show. Recently covered on Noisey for her contribution to Toronto rap.
Fame Holiday - Very popular in Toronto, a name that everyone has heard of. He is everywhere. Whether that is in Toronto, LA doing shows, or at the BET Awards. Recently sold out his first Toronto show, that I attended with over 300 people in attendance.
Jape - Member of Toronto independent record label, All Money Is Legal®. A very well respected and connected collective of artists and business people from the city.
JellyTooFly - A Toronto rap OG and lyrical threat known for her appearances on many notable stages and viral videos showcasing her rap ability.