There’s no doubt been a recent resurgence in trap music from Canada’s most urban city. A throng of new artists are highlighting street life in a way it’s never been spoken about in Toronto. There is a definite American influence, to be sure, but there is something to this rendition of hard body music that incorporates singing and rapping seamlessly (a local specialty it seems) that is so primal. The energy is authentic.
Swagger Rite is one young artist who has been making steady noise over the last year, teaming up with defacto Reps Up DJ Charlie B, an underrated move that’s kept him on tastemaker radars in the city. His grand entry into the Toronto rap scene however is a serious matter requiring zero co-signs: P.O.M.E. (Product Of My Envorinment Vol 1) is a steady dose of gritty trap music and a masterpiece of a song named “Ghetto”.
The lead single “TRAP 3X” accompanies the tape as a visual and for good reason: Swagger is comfortable in his skin and flexes without trying. P.O.M.E. is filled with A-1 power like “Swerve On Your Endz” and “6Up” but it’s the combination of expertly done “Ghetto” & “Bad Tings” that makes you realize Swagger’s range is much more diverse than it would seem. Listen to the project below: