Having come up through the Canadian Hip Hop scene as part of the Swollen Members crew, and later dabbling in alternative rock for a brief period with Toronto band Len, beatmaker and lyricist Moka Only is no new name in Hip Hop, but never the less one criminally slept on. Now pushing his solo tracks harder than ever before, a recent release on a Jazz Spastics 12″ (listen above and buy here) has given his music somewhat of a renaissance but his vast back catalog is rarely given the shine it deserves, releases under both Moka Only and his alias Ron Contour stretching back to 1995.
An open, soulful style of lyricism that’s as inventive in it’s thought patterns as much as it is in rhyme schemes, we can’t get enough of his lyricism of late. Come Along (above) stands out as a particular recent highlight, but his label Urbnet’s Bandcamp and in particular the 2013 mixtape Doctor Do Much provide a wealth of entertainment for the uninitiated. Relatable and yet still with a head in the clouds and a knack for inventive metaphor and canny observation, his laid back flow and thinking man’s stream of conscious is exactly what we look for in a lyricist. Check some of the percy’s from one of Canada’s leading lights below and find out more over at his website.