With the pandemic hitting the music industry hard, many hip-hop artists have had to put their projects on hold, but not Fortunato.
One of the game’s hardest working MCs is staying true to form, preparing for the release of a new EP with Newfoundland rapper Decay and blessing us with the premiere of the first single “Stayin’ Live.” The two met each other during Fortunato’s Atlantic Antics Tour of Newfoundland last year and have been working together ever since.
“When he jumped on the mic and started rapping the words to my song with Sean Price during my set, I knew we had something,” recalled Fortunato.
Decay has been making a name for himself in his own right, winning the So You Think You Can Rap competition and touring with Evil Ebenezer.
“It’s been lethal working with the man,” Decay said of his relationship with Fortunato.
“Rarely do you meet genuine artists that you can develop a true friendship with beyond the mic.”
Along with the single, Stayin’ Live is also the name of their upcoming EP and it’s entirely produced by Decay with scratches by Sipset DJ Uncle Fester.
When asked what makes this project unique Fortunato said “it’s Toronto meets Newfoundland, I don’t think there’s ever been that dynamic in Canadian hip-hop on a collaborative project.”
Look out for Fortunato and Decay’s Stayin’ Live EP coming this Fall.
As Decay said: “I consider us to be old school lyricists at heart but this EP will blend modern sound with a vintage vibe that all hip-hop advocates can fuck with!”
You can find “Stayin’ Live” on various digital streaming platforms including Apple Music and Spotify.
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