Toronto based hip-hop collective known as Black Lion help kick start this week with the release of their debut EP titled ‘Free Association‘. The EP is a follow up to their 2015 mixtape Black Lion Presents: The Prodigy and the Architect which earned them a Canadian Music Week Showcase. The collective is made up of producer Rich Lindo and emcee JR ‘Heny’ Lindo, brothers who officially began collaborating musically in early 2012.
On their new EP, the duo share with the world their own take on the hip-hop genre blending a wide range of influences and styles representative of Toronto’s culture and diversity. The 7 track project starts with the hard-hitting, cinematic “For The Glory” featuring 7even 2wenty 8ight which sets the tone of the EP. Tracks like “Overtime”, “never in my whole life” showcase different sides of the collective as they tackle different themes. Soulful gems like “So tired pt II” and “Survive” have a more personal feel to it and will definitely resonate deep with their poignant themes. Overall the sound is pretty solid, they mix soul, trap and classic boom-bap elements so no one is left out when it comes down to it. The features on here include Ray Robinson, Dukez, Gary B, Janel Sherise etc.