Just John x Dom Dias: Tango Town
Tipped by many as the next big thing to emerge from the Toronto hip-hop scene, the duo has just released a new EP. This single features snappy rhyming, witty lyrics, and adventurous production.
By Kerry Doole
Just John x Dom Dias - "Tango Town" (Warner Musc Canada): Many observers are picking this duo as the next big thing to emerge from the Toronto hip-hop scene. Last November's four-song EP, Don 11, made a splash, especially when the track "Soundboi" was picked as the NBA's Toronto Raptors official playoff anthem.
A new EP, Don III, came out on Warner Music Canada on Friday, the third in a trilogy of EPs. Word is the label is making the act a priority. The new release is already eliciting rave reviews, with NOW claiming "it is bound to chart new ground for Toronto hip-hop and, hopefully, hip-hop at large."
The first single from Don III, "Tango Town" will further fuel the buzz. It takes two to tango, and the two do that in fine style here. Just John takes care of the rhymes, and producer Dom Dias handles the production. Joining them here with a featured vocal is T.O. rapper DillanPonders, and he and John deliver such witty rhymes as "going back and forth like Kriss Kross, eating real good like Rick Ross." The underlying groove is a gently insinuating one.
The duo's style is not easy to categorize, drawing in elements such as grime and punk, but their adventurousness is to be commended.
Just John x Dom Dias recently toured with Grandson and launched Don III at the Drake Underground in Toronto on April 19.
Publicity: Dalton Higgins