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Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | INDIE

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2011
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"Northern Touch: The Best Canadian Songs Of The Month (April)"

Hip hop duo OSIYM just popped up on our radar recently, but we're digging their unique style that effortlessly blends trendy trap with boom bap rap of yore. On their latest release, "Look At God," Nova and Charlie Black link up with another young emcee from the city, Clarimont The Second, to trade bars over a bangin beat courtesy of Danthrax of Bass And Bakery (known for his work with Tasha the Amazon). OSIYM is actually an acronym that sounds for "Out Of Sight; In Your Mind" and while this duo might be a bit of a hidden talent for now, we're willing to bet they'll be a lot more visible if they keep this up. - Complex

"OSIYM: Making the music is half the battle. You have to figure out a whole sh*t around that."

Excerpts from our conversation.

Creating A Lasting Legacy


Chedo: OSIYM, What is the definition of that name? What is the meaning of that name?

Charlie: It stands for Out of Sight, In Your Mind.

Nova: It comes to the whole idea of trying to create timeless music. Even after decades down the line, people still talk about the Rollingstone and James Brown. Even though you don’t see them anymore or they are not making music anymore, their sh*t still lasts. Even though we are out of sight we hope that we are still in your mind.

Chedo: I think that is really important when you are trying to be an artist that has a legacy. How do you balance that with what’s going on right now in Toronto where some artists are also trying to make their music timeless?

Nova: We are trying to put a little bit of content to it. We can still mix the melodies, the flows, and the hot beats; and put a little bit of content it. We are putting something for you to think about. Just giving own approach as opposed to providing disposable music. In general, there’s a lot of disposable music. There’s a difference between being hot and being good. It is easy to become hot. You can follow whatever the last hot rapper or the last big rapper did. Maybe make a copy cat of that and that shall be hot too… For a couple of months. When that time passes, nobody really remembers.

Being Original


Chedo: How do you balance that Charlie from rapping since the age of 14? As you said, you can follow the latest rapper and be hot. From a fan’s perspective, you can see how some of these guys are not original and they are just following.

Charlie: You take from what’s popping. You take a little bit from your past. Then put that together and put your spice on it. That’s how you stay original. Technically, there is no such thing as originality. Everything is taken from something mixed up. The way I think we stay fresh is we can appreciate what’s going on right now. We know where the genre came from and we know what we want to do creatively. I think I am too nice to copy someone’s work.

Nova: Just be you. A lot of people forget that important element. Do what’s hot and be you. Everyone wants to emulate the success. That’s what f*cking people want in life. People just want to be successful, “Oh that worked, I will do that too.” At the end of the day, you have to be you. A successful person is someone who’s being himself and bringing something new. That’s why it resonates with people.

Having A Strategy


Chedo: What is your goal as an artist? As a duo? Is it to just make music and have fun with it? Or try to see what else we could do with it? Are you trying to make a career? Or like, “Yo! We are just gonna have fun with it and see where this will take us.”

Charlie: It is a career. It is a struggle to figure out the moves, who to meet but that’s part of the game. We are definitely chasing it as a career. It is not something we do on the sideline. We definitely put everything into it by being strategic. Now, we are doing things in the city. [We] take it over to the stage. [We] trying to go to Europe. [We] make sure that [our] music is heard everywhere possible. You’ll never know who’s listening. A bigger artist might be listening and be like, “Oh sh*t! Let me reach out to these guys.” If you are not pushing your music everywhere you could be losing out on opportunities that you never knew that were there.

Nova: Even though there is more spotlight here in Toronto I still think that we are at a disadvantage. We gotta work twice as hard. Doing it for awhile as we have. Doing it together and all that. Getting some acclaim… Getting some recognition… Making the music is half the battle. You have to figure out a whole sh*t around that. Marketing, promotion, and all that stuff really to reinforce… Just like what Charlie is saying… Get your music heard all over the place. It’s not just like, “Oh! I’m going to record this track and pop it out on Soundcloud or iTunes and hope for a million downloads. There’s a whole lot more t - The Come Up Show

"[PREMIERE] OSIYM – Janet Jackson (Prod. DBLCRSS)"

This is the winning entry of the 1st 6Track Show and Prove, listen to the 2 runner ups, and all 13 entries HERE.

Unlike other submissions OSIYM didn’t just rap over the DBLCRSS beat, they made it their own HIT, with the addition of a sung Janet Jackson inspired hook. While other rappers were impressive through pure rapping ability, OSIYM stood out and showed off their artistry. The sweet melodic hook made the track standout, but the duo, both Charlie Black & Nova also came with respectable verses that tied together the song and drove it home. I’ve featured OSIYM on The6Track before, “Janet Jackson” is just a sliver of what they have to offer, so if you like what you hear check them out on Soundcloud, Youtube, Twitter, Instagram & Spotify. - The 6 track

"Da-What+Friends pick the Top 15 Artists to Watch For in 2016 [Editorial]"

Erin Ashley, Managing Editor of Boi-1da.net and CEO/Founder of Ellhah Music Group – Toronto, Ontario

OSIYM – There are very few rap duos in the game right now, and even less in Toronto – but OSIYM (oh-sigh-em) is absolutely breaking a lot of those boundaries. Their infectious personalities not only play off each other flawlessly, but also serve as the thread that ties their music together – that is, of course, alongside high-energy production, crew anthems, lyrical diversity and an amazing live show. If you ever have a chance to see them live, run towards the stage! - http://da-what.com/

"Sarah Jay’s Picks: Top 40 Up-And-Coming Canadian Rappers & Rap Crews of 2015"

Nova and Charlie Black are the guys behind the OSIYM duo (which stands for Out of Sight, In Your Mind – by the way). This year they dropped a project titled Spirits, which featured songs like “B.O.M.B.” and “Us.” One thing I love about OSIYM is that they have so much energy. And it’s not in the turn-up-and-let’s-get-lit kind of way – they’re just really passionate spitters. These are the kind of guys that get me excited about rap. They have a distinct Toronto sound that I’ve often heard compared to that of Drizzy Drake. But I still think they hold their own. Rap duos are kind of a rarity these days. Especially rap duos composed of two rappers. - HipHopCanada

"Toronto Music Review 2015: The Majors, The Minors & The Newcomers"

Toronto duo OSIYM fell through with the release of their 10-track EP, SPIRITS in 2015. Offering an array of bass-heavy, eclectic and industrial soundwaves, SPIRITS celebrates the machine behind OSIYM. Whether it’s “Us”, that pays homage to Charlie’s late brother Nate, the internal struggle showcased on “Do Too Well,” or the club heavy trap singles “Go Down”, “No More” and “Fuckery”, OSIYM showcases a range of content while keeping a cohesive sound and balance as Charlie Black and Nova effortlessly trade bars. - http://boi-1da.net

"#MNFSTO9: Getting to Know…OSIYM"

It’s very rare to come across two emcees who not only complement each other in the studio, but also onstage. As one of the few duos in Toronto, OSIYM (pronounced: oh-sigh-em) is just that. Made up of Nova and Charlie Black, the duo has filled a void that’s been missing in Toronto’s hip hop landscape, and it’s been a long overdue moment to once again celebrate the liveliness these two individuals bring to the stage. With two mixtapes under Charlie Black’s belt, and another project under Nova, the two came together to release their debut EP Drunk Words x Sober Thoughts in 2014, and followed it up with SPIRITS this past July. “Out Of Sight, In Your Mind,” as their stage name projects, have created a sound that moves effortlessly through the realms of boom bap to trap, while their live performances challenge the ‘Screwface Capital’ to let loose – whether you expected to or not. – Erin Lowers

OSIYM will be performing at Live at the Square at Yonge & Dundas Square on September 19. Follow OSIYM @OSIYMMUSIC on Twitter!

What part of Toronto (GTA) are you from/ Where do you live in Toronto (GTA)?

We both live in the West end. Nova lives in Malton, and Charlie lives in Etobicoke.

What is your favorite thing about where you live or the part of the city you are from?

Nova: For better or worse, I love all the different characters I see in Malton. As soon as I think I’ve seen it all, I come across something new. From the old lady catching the bus to work at the crack of dawn, to the dude walking the streets with his guitar belting out reggae songs. Even though Malton is so small, there’s a sense of pride from the people who grew up here. It made us who we are.

Charlie Black: I love the DJs in our city. I feel like we can’t be touched when it comes to setting a dope vibe for a party. I’m not the most travelled individual, but any other place I’ve been in the world so far can’t do it like are DJs can. Also, I love summer nights in the city. I feel like as long as I have the intention to have a good time, I can find something to get into in Toronto.

How have you seen art and creativity directly impact the area of the city you live in?

Charlie Black: I can see it in the people! The way they talk, the way they dress, the way they consume art. If you’ve ever been downtown Toronto, it’s pretty much a living, breathing art museum. Nowadays, that’s spreading all over the whole city. I was blessed to be a part of The Remix Project when it first started, and it is programs like Remix that have helped inspire and open doors for the artistic minds coming out of our city right now.

Nova: It has impacted me by creating opportunities for me coming up. As an aspiring artist, my craft was honed and perfected in bedrooms and basements in my neighbourhood. Some of my biggest mentors were around the block or just a short trip away. The time spent with them gave me priceless lessons which helped bring me to where I am today.

What do you think that you as a creative person brings to the table that is different than other artists?

We do our best to stay original – from our sound, to our content and flows. We keep our lyrics honest and true to who we are instead of putting out a fake persona. Our stage show is something we really take pride in as well. We make sure to actually practice our sets and think of creative ways to keep our crowd entertained. We’re always challenging ourselves to think of ways to better our art.

Why is it important for you to take part in the Manifesto Festival?

For years, Manifesto has been a trademark in our city showcasing all the elements in hip-hop culture. The Manifesto Festival created a platform that gives opportunities to artists in a city that doesn’t always give its rappers or singers the benefit of the doubt. Putting artists centre stage in the heart of downtown Toronto is major exposure. Who wouldn’t want a chance at reaching people you might not otherwise? To be recognized by a festival that does so much to empower the artistic community is a milestone that every up and coming artist should strive for.

What Canadian rap song epitomizes your childhood?

Charlie Black: It’s a toss up between “Northern Touch” and “Bakardi Slang.” Growing up those songs were everything to me! I remember going crazy with my older brother jumping on couches singing out the lyrics to both of those records.

If you were to name a Canadian rap song that embodies our hip hop landscape, what would it be?

Nova: I would have to say “EZ on the Motion” by Ghetto Concept. Back in the day, there was such a divide between American and Canadian hip-hop. That was the first song that made me feel like we could hang with our neighbours south of the border. - Manifesto

"Civil Selects"

Toronto duo OSIYM have released their 10-track EP, SPIRITS. Offering an array of bass-heavy, eclectic and industrial soundwaves, SPIRITS celebrates the machine behind OSIYM. Coming with some refreshing versatility, OSIYM showcases a range of content while keeping a cohesive sound throughout. Spend some time with their new EP below if you know what’s good for you. - Karen Civil

"[EP] OSIYM- “Spirits EP”"

Toronto duo OSIYM is back with a new 10-track EP entitled Spirits which offers a refreshing look at bass heavy, eclectic, and industrial sound waves. Coming right off their previous release “B.O.M.B.“, OSIYM manipulates the dark vibes of Toronto’s iconic sound while capturing the city’s energy and delivering an impressive EP in every sense of the word.

OSIYM, or Out of Sight, In Your Mind consists of Charlie Black, and Nova who are working to change Toronto’s already flourishing music scene for the better. The two have been a part of the underground scene for quite some time now, generating buzz individually before linking up to take their art to the next level. Charlie Black has two mixtapes to his name “D.E.S.T.A. Dude” and “Work in Progress“, and has worked with the likes of another Toronto born artist JD Era. Nova’s mixtape “It was all a dream: The HIStory” enjoyed positive reception from YouTube, as well as local blogs.

Utilizing OSIYM’s ability to switch their style up, their Spirits EP encompasses a wide variety of tracks, from the club heavy trap singles “Go Down“, “F*ckery“, and “No More“, to “Us” that pays homage to Charlie’s late brother Nate. “Do Too Well” focuses on an internal struggle, while tracks such as “Ginobili” get the alcohol flowing. The EP also features pristine production from the likes of Demar P, Danthrax, Kid MK, Justin Cooke, and Nate Smith.

Overall, OSIYM’s Spirits EP, showcases the talent that the Toronto based duo are capable of, and offers the vision of a bright future with these emcee’s, but now they are looking to shake up the game, so be ready for much more music to come.
- See more at: http://thecomeupshow.com/2015/07/04/ep-osiym-spirits-ep/#sthash.4EAiNHgi.dpuf - The Come Up SHow

"TIMA 2015 Nominees"

Congratulations to all nominees! Nominees will be contacted via email and phone on or before Monday, October 12, 2015 with further information. Winners will be determined by the TIMA Grand Jury.

Press release: “TIMA 2015 Nominees and Gala Ceremony Announced!” http://fburls.com/52-x0WAKand

*Save The Date: Winners will be announced live at the 2015 Toronto Independent Music Awards Gala and Festival on Friday, October 23, 2015 at Revival in Toronto, Ontario. 19+. Nominees will receive a select number of tickets for band members.

Click for Toronto Independent Music Awards Gala and Festival Tickets and Information

If you have a correction to your band name, email: info @ torontoima.com

You may announce your nomination on socials! Tag @torontoima on IG, Twitter
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/torontoindependentmusicawards/

Best Folk Or Roots:
JoJo Worthington
Ash & Bloom
Birds of Bellwoods
Shawn William Clarke

Best Singer Songwriter:
Chris Rivers
Shelley O’Brien
Annie Sumi
Sydney Delong
Castleman (Alistair Bundale)

Best Adult Contemporary:
Angela Saini
Evan Champagne
Sarah Smith
Frank Deresti and the Lake Effect
Brooklyn Doran

Best Country:
Brittany Brodie
Anthony Tullo
Dani Strong
Leah Daniels
Tianna Woods
Kate Todd

Best Out-Of-Province:
Familiar Wild
Bud Rice
Lindsay Kupser

Best Urban:
SJ Stacks
God Made Me Funky
Erik Flowchild

Best Rock or Indie (2 winners will be selected):
Crisis Ctrl Club
The Naked Wild
Lost in Film
Maybe May
Fun Cam
Coyote Kids
A Primitive Evolution

Best Pop:
Lauren Haze
Honey Beard
Dee Bronte

Best Jazz Vocal:
Jordana Talsky
Ori Dagan
Eliza Pope
Natasha Roldan

Best Jazz Instrumental:
Brad Cheeseman Group
Taylor Cook
Bill McBirnie & Bruce Jones (Extreme Flute)
Brownman Electryc Trio
Mike Field

Best World:
Eunice Keitan
Daniela Nardi
Sultans of String
Vandana Vishwas
Ron Korb

Best Young-Songwriter:
Lyric Dubee
Of the Atrium
Melanie Frade
Sydney Delong

Best Instrumental or Classical:
Jay Calder
Alessandra Paonessa
Tomer George Cohen

Best USA:
Lineup Atlantic
Dan Miles
Heather Holland
Christian Lee Hutson

Best International:
The Luis D’Elias Ensemble
Cherisha Etnel
Them & Us

Best Overall EPK sponsored by Sonicbids winners:
Dani Strong

Best Song:

Announced live at the TIMA 2015 Festival and Gala!

Honorable mentions:
Empty Threat
Johnny Active
Sabrina Rogue - Toronto Independant Music Awards

"YouBloom's Top 10 for 2017"

OSIYM has been making a lot of noise this 2017, dropping 3 new singles and with music videos to match. Youbloom is excited to name one of these singles, the party anthem FLEX, as #7 on our countdown of 2017 releases. With its infectious beat and slick bravado, FLEX is a hot addition to your party playlist. The rap duo Nova and Charlie Black have become synonymous with the boom bap and trap scene in their hometown of Toronto and thanks to their witty word-smithing and on-stage charisma, OSIYM’s music has spread the continent. While there’s a lot of exceptional talent spilling out of Toronto right now, OSIYM is in no danger of being drowned out. Take a listen on Spotify or Soundcloud, and see what we mean. - YouBloom Music Festival



December 2017 - "Flex"

April 2017 - "Look at God" feat. Clairmont The Second

February 2017 - "Poetry"

November 2016 - "Janet"

May 2016 - "Late Night"

April 2016 - "DiCaprio"


Jul 2015 - Spirits EP

Feb 2014 - Drunk Words x Sober Thoughts EP



This rap duo from the west end of Toronto has been known to bring the party anywhere they go. Their witty one liners and energetic charisma are not only showcased in person but also in their music. With topics that range from being broke and spending your last for a good memory to adventures with women and the journey of fatherhood. Though OSIYM are known for being the bar heavy party animals of the city, their new music which features production from Zepfire, Demar P and Danthrax shows that they have much more layers to them than that. Over the last 5 years, OSIYM has released two highly acclaimed EPs which helped them bring their undeniable stage presence to venues across North America on showcases like Manifesto, A3C, YouBloom LA, CMW and NXNE. They have also been featured on music outlets like Complex and on playlists such as Spotify’s Hip Hop Central and Apple Music’s Breaking Hip-Hop. OSIYM which stands for Out of Sight, In Your Mind set out to make music that you will remember long after they are gone with their unique but relatable topics and their uncanny songwriting abilities. “Their infectious personalities not only play off each other flawlessly, but also serve as the thread that ties their music together – that is, of course, alongside high-energy production, crew anthems, lyrical diversity and an amazing live show.” – Erin Ashley (Boi-1da.net)

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