Friday, September 14, 2012

The Cypher - Post-Manifesto Rap-Up Edition

Just a day before the beginning of the Manifesto Festival here in Toronto, what better way to kick things off than with a classic installment of The Cypher? 

For featured acts for the evening, we're putting on two veteran emcees (and long-time Cypher supporters), in addition to a young emcee who's been showing and proving much over the past year:


It's not very often that a rapper can come along and blend raw underground rap skills with commercial appeal that transcends cultural and social barriers, but NewBreedMC is definitely one of those MCs. Cut in the mold of a Mos Def or Black Thought and holding true to the core essence of Hip Hop that started out in the Bronx, NewBreedMC can spit a rhyme to have the back packers bopping their heads and at the same time he is well enough in tuned to social issues and political agendas that his words could start a small revolution.

Bad Newz

28-year-old emcee Bad Newz has come a long way since writing his first rhyme as a fourth-grader. The Torontonian’s easy flow and cocky lyrical style has earned him the respect of his peers and fans alike, once impressing 'The Teacher' himself, KRS-ONE, with a verse at a 2009 Ryerson University speaking engagement in Toronto. "My man, that was DOPE,” KRS told Newz in front of the packed house. “You... you are DOPE!" That small victory fueled Newz’ fire and he has worked hard to build towards a career as a successful recording artist. He’s currently piecing together his first solo mixtape “Dirty English,” which will surely put him squarely on the hip-hop map.


Drig is an emcee out of Markham, ON. Immersing himself in the local Toronto hip hop scene since 2011, he hopes to positively represent Canadian hip-hop and continually strives to define his signature sound through a wide variety of projects. He is currently working on an upcoming electronic and downtempo inspired mixtape, entitled “Flintstones Chewable Morphine,” since releasing "The Duffel Bag Pre-Tape" in September 2011.

About The Cypher:

The Cypher is a grassroots hip hop event started by MC FÜBB and the Hip Hop Headz (H3) community in downtown Toronto in the summer of 2009. The Cypher is an event where hip hop MCs, DJs, producers, and other artists from around the world come to meet and showcase their talents and skills, and gives them an opportunity to network and create business opportunities. The Cypher is an event designed to keep alive the spirit of spontaneous creativity and showmanship that can occur only in hip hop. The Cypher is an opportunity for various members of the hip hop community to perform, network, build community and have fun.


Music provided by DJ Romeo and DJ Xplisit.

All artists in attendance will have the opportunity to get on the mic and perform in the cyphers, in which emcees pass the microphone around and take turns rapping. Lyricist and/or freestyle competition may also occur. 

The Cypher is taking place on the top floor of The Central, doors at 10pm. 

$5 cover all night.

The Cypher is brought to you by:

Hip Hop Headz (H3) -

The Bigger Than Hip Hop Show:

The Masterplan Show:

KOPS Records:


DJ Xplisit:

The Cypher App: