Phil Witmer

Noisey Canada staff writer. I wanted to be a rock star in high school and now I play piano for dogs.

Essays

The Music of 'Uncut Gems' Makes It Feel Like the Future

The film's remarkable score from Oneohtrix Point Never solidifies the sci-fi sonic vision of directors Josh and Benny Safdie in the Adam Sandler-starring thriller.
Phil Witmer
12.26.19
Internet Exploring

'Old Town Road' and 'Avengers: Endgame' Are Basically the Same Thing

The future of entertainment is an arms race.
Phil Witmer
8.6.19
Interviews

G Milla Keeps Us on Our Toes with ‘On the Edge’

The Toronto rapper and Hard to Kill member delivers a mind-bending new project that recalls the formative days of the city’s rap scene.
Phil Witmer
1.25.19
Internet Exploring

Ja Rule and Metallica’s Lost Rap-Metal Atrocity Is Worse than Fyre Festival

Watch this hilarious 2002 video of Swizz Beatz convincing these rap and metal titans that “We Did It Again” is actually a good song.
Jabbari Weekes
Phil Witmer
1.24.19
Interviews

How Noyz Helps Brampton's Self-Made Rap Scene Stand On Its Own

The Brampton rapper talks about letting Punjabi culture inform his music and how to make spaces where there aren’t any.
Phil Witmer
1.15.19
Major Keys

Nicolas Cage's Slasher Freakout 'Mandy' Makes Prog Rock Kick Ass

The Nicolas Cage-starring action movie is actually a story of grief and its Jóhann Jóhannsson's doomy music that tells that story.
Phil Witmer
10.10.18
daily vice

JPEGMAFIA Explains Why He Makes “Music to Be Hated”

The controversial rapper talked with us about 4chan lingo, having white fans, and his favourite anime soundtracks.
Phil Witmer
10.5.18
Premieres

SAFE Left Behind the Bullshit to Make Himself Better

The Toronto crooner returns with the premiere of his new video "No Diamonds" and talks finding inspiration outside of Toronto.
Phil Witmer
9.24.18
we saw this

Drake Is the Red Hot Chili Peppers of Rap

Tried-and-true showmanship defined the hometown stops for the Toronto rap king’s Scorpion Tour.
Phil Witmer
8.23.18
Noisey

One Minute of Music Changed Childish Gambino’s Career Forever

Donald Glover’s five-year-old soul stunner “Urn” stood out in an irony-driven musical catalogue and helped create the maverick artist we know today.
Phil Witmer
8.22.18
Major Keys

Let's Talk About That Weird Ass Nav Verse on 'ASTROWORLD'

The album cut "Yosemite" shows how rap's recording process has been influenced by the raw sound of mixtapes.
Phil Witmer
8.9.18
Interviews

Jazz Cartier: “To me, I’m making the best music possible now.”

The Toronto artist explains the necessary sonic evolution on his new album 'Fleurever' and why Canada "has it backwards" regarding its rappers.
Phil Witmer
7.30.18
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