2017 was another great year for music in Toronto, with a number of artists that made headlines and had a huge impact in the city’s burgeoning music scene. From the talented Jessie Reyez, to the soulful Daniel Caesar (whose songs made it on Barack Obama’s year-end playlist), this city is filled with musicians that could break out at any moment this year. Many rappers seem to be emerging lately, but the rap scene is about to get a whole lot fresher.
Meet CMDWN (short for “come down”) a rap duo consisting of rapper Ca$tro Guapo, an Atlanta native, and vocalist FIJI, originally from Toronto. The two first met back in 2014 at a closing party for a store and bonded immediately. From there, they started hosting parties around the city, built a small following and have been making music ever since.
In 2016, they released their first official project titled Atlanada, a 14-track mixtape, which includes the songs “Wrist” and “What’s her name?”. The theme of this EP is mixing the Toronto and Atlanta sound, which is unique (hence the title!) Their most recent project, Castro VS Fiji, channels the best of what these two artists have to offer – Ca$tro’s defining flow and FIJI’s melodic, catchy hooks. The group is also known for collaborating with a few other artists, such as Nessly, an Atlanta-based rapper whose vocals can be heard on the track “Die in Supreme” and Lil’ Yachty, who appears on the song “The Way She Move” alongside FIJI.
What’s next for CMDWN? The duo is getting ready to work on Atlanada 2, which they hope to release sometime next year, and say will be an evolution to their first project and will show their progression in music. Aside from getting millions of plays and gaining thousands of followers, this rap collective has already garnered local attention and isn’t far from becoming a household name.
Listen to “Die in Supreme” and “The Way She Move”.