The Scratch

Our resident hip-hop blog that offers interviews and glimpses into the Montreal hip-hop/rap culture.

  • Nazim: Sudanese Hip Hop Artist on Rapping and Social Justice

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    Nazim is a spoken word artist based in Montreal. The fight against the status-quo is rooted in his lyrics as he shares his thoughts and disagreements centering around politics and social justice issues.

    The Sudanese artist aims to continue the tradition of keeping a political presence within hip-hop. His track, “I’m From,” the first song he ever recorded, was written in Sudan in the months before the Arab Spring.

    Nazim recently released a new track titled “Searching for Sugar Man” featuring Flying Fisher and Mercyy.

    Interview by Alexander Perez
    Video by Brian Lapuz and Daren Zomerman
    Editing by Brian Lapuz
    Music Courtesy Nazim

  • Jason Voltaire: Electronic Music

    • Photo Brian Lapuz

    The Link’s Scratch bloggers, focusing primarily on Montreal’s hip-hop artists, had the chance to sit down with recent Concordia University graduate Jason Voltaire for a change of pace.

    More often than not, electronic music tends to influence hip hop productions, and that part of Montreal’s music scene deserves attention.

    Voltaire goes by Martyn Bootyspoon at clubs and festivals. He works on visual production as well.

    He’s easy to find when he’s not abroad. In fact, you can catch him on Sunday, July 2, at Piknic Électronik at 2:00 p.m. with his 00:AM crew.

    Interview by Alexander Perez
    Video and Editing by Brian Lapuz
    Visuals and Music courtesy of Jason Voltaire

  • Scratch x PBHT Crossover (ft. Rowjay)

    • Graphics Madelaine Gendreau

    The guys from The Link’s Pressbox Hat Trick sports podcast, Tristan D’Amours and Alex Perez, teamed up with the creator of The Scratch blog, Julian McKenzie, to make the first PBHT-Scratch crossover on episode 71 of PBHT. On the podcast, the boys welcome Montreal rapper Rowjay. They talk about the influence of sports in his music, his appearance on the Major League Soccer web series The Movement and his upcoming track, Pokemon Go, dropping on Sunday.

  • The Link Up Mixtape

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    It’s finally here. Our 15-track compilation tape is now up. The Link Up mixtape. Featuring tracks from Green Hypnotic, The Posterz, Lou Phelps, Wasiu, and more. Stream and follow our SoundCloud below.

  • Green Hypnotic—LVL Touchdown (ft. BB-BOY)

    The first single off The Link Up, the compilation mixtape filled with some of Montreal’s best rappers and beat makers, comes from Laval rapper Green Hypnotic, with the help of BB-BOY.