ChanHays Ft. Elzhi, Skyzoo & Uptown XO – Running (Stream)
Canada, similarly to the US, has several cities that are its hip-hop hot spots. While there is not nearly as many, and nor are they nearly as saturated with artists, most music fans can name at least an MC or two from Vancouver, one or two from Montreal, and maybe three or four from Toronto. However, unless you are a Canadian, or are deeply into underground hip hop from the late ‘90s, you are not likely to know that Halifax, Nova Scotia boasts an established scene full of talent.
Yep, you guessed it; we’re mentioning all that because ChanHays is a Halifax native who was a part of that scene with his group Something Good in the early ’00s. He eventually left the group with the goal to spread out and work with heads from all over. And that is exactly what he did. On top of working with some of the best MCs Canada’s East coast has churned out (Saukrates, Ghettosocks, TaiChiChi), he went and got all our favorite true school MCs from across the US for his upcoming album, Here. There are so many dope names, we aren’t even going list them, I am just going to hit you with the impressive tracklist below.
ChanHays had this to say about the variety of sounds and depth of talent on the project: “I wanted a wide range in the sound to showcase my production. I feel I can do it all. That said, there’s a continuity throughout the tracks and the artists featured. These are artists I’ve been a fan of for years and I think I’ve given them backdrops on which they can really flex.”
After premiering the Cool Kids assisted “New Bag” with Mass Appeal a few weeks ago, ChanHays is back with “Running” featuring Elzhi, Skyzoo & Uptown XO (AKA ½ of Diamond District). Spoiler alert—BARS!!!
Tracklisting for ChanHays Here Album:
1) ‘Of The Essence’ f/ Skyzoo
2) ‘Smokin’ f/ Guilty Simpson, Phat Kat & Fat Ray
3) ‘New Bag’ f/ The Cool Kids
4) ‘Bully Zone’ f/ Conway, Ill Bill
5) ‘Horn Play’ f/ Roc Marciano, Meyhem Lauren, Ghettosocks
6) ‘Never Knew’ f/ Supastition, One Be Lo & Ambition
7) ‘The Shoes’ f/ Homeboy Sandman, Ghettosocks, John Robinson
8) ‘Running’ f/ Skyzoo, Elzhi & Uptown XO
9) ‘Sipset Science’
10) ‘Ghost In The Shell’ f/ Pharoahe Monch, Ras Kass & Ghettosocks
11) ‘Front Page’ f/ Elcamino & BENNY
12) ‘Diamonds’ f/ Torae, Vice Soletric, Rapper Big Pooh
13) ‘The Medicine’ f/ Cormega, Quake Matthews, Ruste Juxx
14) ‘Freedom’ f/ Edo.G, Skyzoo, Reks & Reeny Smith
15) ‘Gotta Love it’ f/ Ras Kass, Guilty Simpson, Ghettosocks & Tachichi
16) ‘Sit Back’ f/ Erick Sermon, Saukrates
17) ‘Infinity’ f/ Masta Ace, Nilla, AG