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"Free Download - JR Mint “Futurama” Mixtape"

I came upon JR Mint on myspace myspace.com/planetminty

First impression i got from it was space age hip hop, which probably the reason why his mixtape is called futurama. I heard his myspace player and he is an artist who knows where his place is, and really comes off successful. The spaced-out beats behind his flow really help define him. I like his story though, you may think he comes off hipster, but finding out that he was in cyphers and rap battles in toronto make me more fond of him. He’s just not another product of the new rap hipster movement.

He also did a milli freestyle, which he killed. Killing the milli beat should be the official litmus test to whether your an ill rapper or not…JR Mint passed with flying colors

click on the album cover to download his album - WGHHRadio.com

"JR MINT x DJ NEF-YOU x CLIPSE – The Mini Mixtape"

Meet JR Mint, rapper/studio owner from Toronto. Him and I worked on a REALLY dope project together called “The Mini Mixtape”, something you need to hear.

A Compilation of freestyles over your favourite Clipse instrumentals mixed by DJ Nef-You. This is a surprise project while Toronto’s own JR Mint puts the finishing touches on his debut album “Canadian Mint”.


Colours Ft. Deuce Wonder
Hot Damn
Mr Me To Ft. Omar LinX

Download the full mixtape here. - iLuvLola.com

"Jr. Mint ft. Emilio Rojas, Moonshine & Lokz – Say Love (Prod. Pro Logic)"

Bonus track added to Emilio Rojas VladTV freestyle - nahright.com

"Termanology ft. JR Mint and Melanie Durrant – Fly Away"

Here goes a non-album cut from Termanology featuring JR Mint & Melanie Durrant; produced by Pro Logic. Also, check above for Term’s interview with ForbezDVD. Politics As Usual in stores now! - 2dopeboyz.com

"Daily Bread Feature: JR Mint"

Format: Please give our readers, who may not know who you are, an introduction to JR Mint.
JR Mint: My name is JR Mint, I come from Toronto’s Junction area. I bring a new youthful sound that uplifts and inspires listeners. I’ve always been a trouble maker. I like gear, I like to stay fresh. My favorite color is green.

Format: You recently released a mixtape entitled Magnificent Road. What’s the story behind the name and why should people check this release out?
JR Mint: The name came from a bus stop around the corner from my studio. Every day I would take the bus past it and hear “Next Stop Magnificent Road”. So eventually I decided to record it on my phone, that’s where I got the sound clip from, and decided to name the mixtape after it. People need to check it because it’s my hottest material of 2009 that isn’t going to be on my album. It has cuts and was sequenced by one of the dopest DJ’s in Toronto, Yo Ev. Straight fire, from start to finish.

Format: Your biography mentions a history in battle rapping. How has this part of the industry helped you get to where you are today?
JR Mint: My most memorable battle moment is definitely winning Mic 4 Your Life with Mad Linx from BET in 2007. I battled some of the best dudes in the city and went home with a giant check for a thousand dollars.

Although I don’t really battle anymore I still follow it a bit and watch some of the GrindTime and KOTD battles on YouTube. I think it’s important for all aspects of hip hop to get love and have its own scene that’s popping.

Format: Over the past several years, swagger-rap or hipster rap has become huge. What sets you apart from all the other artists in this space?
JR Mint: I have been rapping for longer than swag rap has been popular for so I am never pulled in any direction by what’s popular. Swag is natural, I am trying to bring you into my life and give you a vision. I think swag rap actually stems a lot from party music and feel good shit that the South made really prominent in the game. When the South is hot up north cats wanna dip into that sound and it spreads. But in the end good music is good music.

Format: With the main features on your upcoming album being from Termanology, Emilio Rojas, Deuce Wonder, and M-Phazes so far, do you worry about being put in a box as an underground artist?
JR Mint: No, not at all. I can go either way, but nothing can take away that Mint energy and vibe on a track. I have mainstream records and I have some more rapper type hip hop tracks but everything is cohesive. It’s really a perfect mix. Pro Logic laced me with a good portion of the party feel good shit and I have gems from MPhazes, J. Glaze, Tone Mason. This project is going to sit well with hip hop heads because the production is tight and all the songs are lyrical, but I have good concepts musically and visually that I think are gonna take it to a wider more global market.

Format: For an independent artist, you’ve clearly put a lot of work into your visuals. How important is image to you as an artist?
JR Mint: I think it’s very important to provide a visual with your music. It’s important for artists to have an image because it keeps it interesting and fun. It gives the audience something to look at and helps connect to a wider audience that will enjoy your music. On top of that I enjoy the design aspect and business part of the game where as some artist’s don’t. I like to be hands on with everything.

Format: You also own and operate Belvia Studio in Toronto. How important do you feel it is for artists to diversify their hustle with music sales continuing to drop?
JR Mint: It’s not easy coming up as an independent artist and having to pay for things especially studio time. So I knew from the start that I wanted my own studio and did anything and everything I could to make it happen. I have had to work shitty jobs so I am grateful to be in the studio when I work, even if I’m recording another artist. I’m lucky enough to own the studio with “Pro Logic”, one of the city’s youngest, best producer/engineer’ for hip hop/r&b in the city. When it comes to shows we’re heavy on the merchandise tip. I have Make It Green T’s, Mixtapes, Stickers, and more surprises to come. So holler at me if you wanna do business, I’m always open to new ways to make money!

Format: In 2009 it’s hard to talk about Toronto without mentioning Drake. What are your thoughts on his explosive rise in the industry this year?
JR Mint: Drake is real talented and definitely put Toronto on the map for good. I think everyone in the city should continue to support him. It was crazy to see him blow up so quick. I don’t think anyone has really seen that before in hip hop. I’m looking forward to his album Thank Me Later and interested to hear what direction he takes it.

Format: Who else do people need to check for from Toronto and why?
JR Mint: There are so many dope artists up here. Almost too many to name, but here it goes: Deuce Wonder, Omar Linx, JD Era, Tona, Saukrates, Shaun Booth, Rayhaan, Notes to Self, Rich Kidd, P Reign, Richie Hennessey, Adam Bomb, Colin Munroe, Smash Brovas, Big Scen & D-Sisive.
These guys are all original vets and up and comers that you need to check for if you don’t already know them.

Format: Anything else you’d like to mention?
JR Mint: Shout outs to McFly, Pro Logic, Deuce Wonder, Omar Linx, Bigz and everyone I work close with. Look out for my album Canadian Mint dropping this summer. 2010 is gonna be a big year, pay attention.

Check out my MySpace page at http://www.planetminty.com - Format Magazine


My Albums:
Magnificent Road

The Mini Mixtape

Canadian Mint (coming soon)

Albums Featured On:
Omar Linx - A Cold Welcome (#13. The Cost)

DJ Nef-You - All In The Family (#9. Say Love [ft. Emilio Rojas, Lokz & Muneshine] and #16. Time Bomb)

DJ Nef-You - All In The Family HD (#18. Night B4 X-Mas)



Your parents told you that he was a bad influence. He put his teachers to the test. The government has been searching for his candy stash for six years.

Hailing from Toronto’s Junction district, JR Mint aka Minty Burns is quickly burgeoning into a position as one of the cities freshest faces. A mishmash of low-income housing and cultural hotspots, The Junction’s patchwork provided a teenage JR Mint the perfect soil to plant his seeds. Skipping high school classes to skateboard, make music, and shoot paintballs at elderly women, JR somehow managed to attain a diploma in drama from Toronto’s renowned Etobicoke School of the Arts without getting expelled.

Effortlessly winning street battles throughout Toronto for years prompted Mint to enter Cravefest’s Mic 4 Your Life (hosted by Mad Linx and Bishop) contest in 2007, where he went on to defeat Toronto’s most renowned battle rappers for a number one finish and, as a result, appearance in the Toronto Star.

Pursuing his post-secondary education in Toronto’s most esteemed hip-hop venues (Opera House, Reverb, El Mocambo) JR Mint has been budding locally since early 2007. His recent opening of the recording studio Belvia Sound in Toronto’s west-end has solidified his presence in the cities scene.

Boasting a recent soundtrack appearance in Gorrilaz in Our Midst—an independent film about growing marijuana co-signed by Marc Emery—and a sponsorship from Ruth’s Hemp Foods, Minty Burns is now poised to grow globally.

A leader of the new school with old school roots, JR Mint is for fans of Lupe Fiasco, The Cool Kids, Wale, Black Milk, Devin the Dude, Redman, and AZ.