Josh Martinez is also known as ‘The People’s Champ” and if you haven’t heard of him yet you may want to get familiar – just saying. He’s a Canadian artist who has recently taken his talents down south in search of the American Dream and a new beginning.
In the last year he has performed live over 100 times and was showcased at the 2012 Warped Tour. With touring comes great collaborations and Josh has worked with big names such as Classified and Macklemore.
Josh released his second solo album Blotto on iTunes on October 29th and will be available in stores on November 19th. The album highlights heartbreak and confusion, which eventually leads up to a redemption.
I listened to a couple songs off the album and I was very impressed. When I listen to Josh rap, he makes it sound effortless and it doesn’t seem like he’s trying too hard to flush out god-like lyrics, it just happens. Nowadays this is rare and we are used to hearing over-produced beats on top of lyrics that don’t sound real.
I recommend you check out the album and see if there’s something on there for you!
Here’s the track list for Blotto (at the bottom of this post you can check out the EPK from Josh’s site):
Ashes (ft. Evil Ebenezer)
My Jacket (ft. Ceschi & Sapient)
Cross That Road
Off Course (ft. Stevie Ross)
Numb (ft. Sapient)
Josh Martinez is currently on tour and may be coming to a city near you, check below for city stops. Dates and cities in bold reflect Canadian tour stops:
November 6 – Spokane, WA – Red Room
November 7 – Nelson, BC – Spirit Bar
November 8 – Kelowna, BC – Habitat
November 9 – Fernie, BC – Northern Bar and Stage
November 12 – Calgary, AB – Broken City
November 13 – Edmonton, AB – Wunderbar (w/ Repartee)
November 14 – Revelstoke, BC – Traverse
November 15 – Lethbridge, AB – The Slice Bar and Grill
November 16 – Saskatoon, SK – Louis’ Pub
November 21 – Vancouver, BC – The Portside Pub
November 23 – Whitehorse, YK – Town and Mountain Hotel
November 24 – Bellingham, WA – Shakedown
November 28 – Thunder Bay, ON – Crocks
November 29 – Toronto, ON – Rancho Relaxo (w/ More Or Les, Swamp Thing, Wordburglar)
December 3 – Ottawa, ON – Ritual
December 4 – Kingston, ON – Overtime Sports Bar
December 5 – Toronto, ON – Sneaky Dee’s
December 6 – Stratford, ON – Molly Blooms
December 7 – Hamilton, ON – Casbah