Transit & Tonic

Transit & Tonic

BandHip HopR&B

A combination of electrifying beats, tight flows and razor sharp scratches make up the sonic landscape that is created whenever Transit and Tonic hit the stage or studio.


In 1997 Transit and Tonic formed and burst onto London’s growing hip-hop scene. Coupled with a love for music, and all essences of the hip-hop genre, the duo worked hard to pool their energy into their first project. The unique combination of Tonic’s (Scott McManus) versatile production and musical expertise with Transit’s (Justin Morsby) diverse, baritone flow and delivery made “Year of the Taurus” one of the hottest independent album’s London has ever seen. With tracks like, “High Dayz” and “The Musiq” the duo asserted themselves to put forth the effort needed to take the next step.
Vice magazine agreed whole-heartedly, citing some of the tracks that would become “Taurus’s” backbone as 2001’s “Demo of the Year.” That demo “Taste of the Taurus” certified the duo’s credibility as artists and gave them the confidence needed to complete the project. They utilize the same synergy between producer and emcee as duos like Eric B. and Rakim or DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince. Once their first project was completed Transit and Tonic knew they had something special, something that everyone not only wanted to hear but also be a part of.
Armed with the underground credibility of their first album these cats continue to surge forward with their up coming release of their sophomore project “Precrime.”
“Precrime” will not only surpass the levels reached and achieved in their first album but will undoubtedly show Transit and Tonic’s growth and evolution as artists. Look out for “Precrime” and it’s first release “Big Bottom Pro’s.”

Transit is an emcee that is naturally at ease on the mic and on the stage. The lyricist known for the one-of-kind flow and signature voice can also step into the production elements of the game and provide some of the banging beats that he laces his rhymes to. The thoughtfulness and originality that bleed from his writing are fueled by the experiences he has endured as an individual and as a partner of Tonic.

Whether it is scratching, production or musical arrangement Tonic provides the musical fabric that helps form the hits that this crew is constantly pumping out. Hailing from London, Ont. where he received a diploma in Recorded Musical Production Tonic has the formal and theoretical background to be regarded as one of the best upcoming producers. His love for the Motown sound often is the feeling that comes through in his tunes. No matter if the track is dark and heartfelt or cheerful and playful Tonic’s tones are certain to captivate his listeners.


2001 – Transit – “Taste Of The Taurus” EP – CD – Fivenineteen Records

2002 – Transit – “Year Of The Taurus” LP – CD – Fivenineteen Records

2004 – Transit – “Precrime” EP – CD – Fivenineteen Records
- Transit - "Everything" single is receiving radio play on London's 106.9 The X Urban FM and CHRW 94.9 FM
- Transit - "Big Bottom Pro's" single is receiving radio play on London's 106.9 The X Urban FM and CHRW 94.9 FM

Set List

- Precrime Intro
- Big Bottom Pro's
- Everything
- Give It 2 Me / Give It 2 Me Remix
- What You Say
- So They Say
- Get Real
- Tonight
- Nuclear
- Two
- Game Time