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Toronto has been in the music industry’s spotlight for some time now. Globally recognized artists such as Drake, The Weeknd and Tory Lanez all hail from Toronto and the surrounding area.

Despite this, some areas of the Greater Toronto Area, like Peel region’s Brampton and Mississauga, still have few opportunities for local acts to perform.

“Historically it’s harder for artists to gain recognition coming out of Peel region,” Ramar Smith says. “Often times in order to make it as a musician from the GTA you have to go to Toronto and rep Toronto.”

As the battle rap sub culture of hip-hop continues to grow, Toronto’s King of the Dot (KOTD) remains at the forefront of this ever-expanding…