Stretch is a Scarborough rapper who regularly hosts the RISE open mic events at Burrows Hall. His debut project ‘The Ballpark Tape’ dropped in the fall of 2017, which he later brought to stage in front of a sold-out crowd at the Burdock Music Hall. Following that success, he released the visuals for ‘I Can’t Sleep Alone’ late last year.
Music: Stretch, Moel
Produced by: plusma
Videographer: Simon Tesfay
Nathan: “I Can’t Sleep Alone” is your debut video, with the track coming off your great, recent album ‘The Ballpark Tape’. Can you give us a little insight
Stretch: The video was dope because we were able to encapture the feeling of the whole tape. I was very blessed to collaborate with Simon Tesfay and Mah
N: The video pays homage to early days of professional
S: Some of the greatest stories I’ve ever read or heard about have come out of the Negro Leagues. The beautiful part about it is the fact that a lot of these tales weren’t properly documented so the perspective is all in the opinion of the beholder which I thought was extremely dope. It’s also supposed to signify the support of black-owned business, doing shit ourselves.
N: Releasing music as a new artist can be a tough venture. How has being part of
S: RISE has always supported and nurtured my artistry and I will forever be grateful for the things that I’ve learned and the people that I have met.
N: Toronto’s hip hop scene is steadily growing, with a lot of serious talent in the city. Where do you see the scene heading?
S: Sky might not even be the limit. The exciting thing for me is right now I’m watching a lot of bonafide superstars figure things out beneath the surface and I know for a fact that the second they emerge….the world will marvel.
N: Favourite spot to catch a show? Local artists you want to shout out?
You can usually find Stretch at
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