Toronto, ON – After the success of her 2014 JUNO nominated “Gone,” the beautiful and talented Melanie Durrant releases the intimate new single “Four Seasons”. Check it out below. In “Four Seasons” Durrant teams up with veteran producer Allstar once again, who provides a throwback vintage sound to the singer’s distinct, mesmerizing and powerful voice. The single will be included on Durrant’s sophomore album, Anticipation, coming soon.
Pemberton, BC – On Jul. 19, Snoop Dogg (aka: Snoop Lion, Snoopzilla, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Snoopadelic,, etc, etc, etc) rolled through Pemberton Music Festival 2014 for a performance at the festival’s main stage. Everyone was double-checking their schedules prior to the show: “A Snoop show at 6:30 p.m.? Is that for real?” “Snoop’s a headliner. Why is he performing so early?” It seemed weird that one of hip-hop’s heaviest heavy-weights had been given such an early slot.
It all made sense, though. Snoop’s not trying to be the hard O.G. that he once was. Reincarnated was his mid-life crisis. He seemingly worked through a lot of his image issues and is now embracing a softer Snoopy persona; which included the freshest pair of heart-shaped sunglasses that ever was (apparently our girl @kasskills has the same pair, courtesy of Forever 21 – eeeps!). But here’s the bottom line: this wasn’t intended to be one of those late-night sets of bumping-and-grinding. Excess marijuana aside, it was pretty much a family affair. Probably one of the most wholesome sets of the festival. Also of note and importance: Snoop was repping a Canucks jersey. Love when rap cats use sponsored sports paraphenilia to bond with their fans on a local level. Check the HipHopCanada review of it all after the jump.
Pemberton, BC – On Jul. 18, Tyler, The Creator hit the Mt. Currie stage at Pemberton Music Festival 2014 for a performance that would make your mamma blush. I mean, Tyler is quite the little charmer: “What’s up, assholes?” he yelled. Countless times. This is – apparently – a thing. Tyler calls everyone, “asshole.” Tyler has intentionally made himself out to be rap’s poster child for all things completely obnoxious.
Let me clarify what I mean when I say “obnoxious.” I don’t mean hard-hitting, macking-on-the-ladies-and-popping-bottles-in-VIP obnoxious. Nope. Tyler is the kind of obnoxious synonymous with N-bombs, F-bombs, and everything “Jamba” (which means “fart” in Swahili, and “marijuana” in Krio; at least, that’s what RapGenius told me). It’s all shock-value. Not really a bad thing, though. Tyler is a kid. And he reduces the most serious of grown adults to giggling juvenile rap renegades. Check the official HipHopCanada show review after the jump.
Toronto, ON – OVO Sound’s Majid Jordan have received rave reviews for their new A Place Like This EP. Views for the “A Place Like This” video single and other tracks like “All I Do” and “Forever” are quickly becoming fan favourites. Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman have seen their popularity skyrocket since appearing on Drake’s award-winning single, “Hold On, We’re Going Home” of the 2013 album, Nothing Was The Same. Majid Jordan was previously known as Good People and they released the afterhours EP in August 2013.
Support the duo now with a purchase on iTunes and stream it via Spotify after the jump. Next up for OVO Sound, PartyNextDoor will release the 12-song PartyNextDoor Two on July 29.
Vancouver, BC - Fresh off of touring Canada with Evil Ebenezer, ILL Tone is back with a new single and a new sound. The new song, “Am I Good Enough?” bridges the gap between hip-hop and EDM. Having teamed up with beatmaker Dylan Sterling, the pair have managed to achieve a unique, powerful sounding style which sounds closer to glitch hop than hip-hop. Although the single is noticeably more electronic than any of Tone’s previous releases, the Vancouver artist brings the same raw lyricism which has propelled him forward in his city’s underground hip-hop scene over the past few years.
Toronto, ON – Mississauga’s Devon Tracy recently released a dope new track called “HITBOY.” Check it out below. The post also contains the previously released, Jason “J.LBS” Pounds-produced single “Nothing But You” off Room Full Of Mirriors.
Brooklyn, NY – Former Gang Starr protege and Platinumberg frontman Bless returns with his new single, “FILTHY,” produced by Karlito Da Kid and Soundmachine. The video was shot on location in Brooklyn and is the first in a series of visuals off the Montreal MC’s upcoming Spoils of War mixtape. Check it out after the jump link below.
Vancouver, BC – We don’t know much about him but what we do know is that VanCityBeats has busy be rolling up a hefty sack of dope remixes. He claims the feedback from Van$ity State Of Mind has been positive, and we believe him – his shit is remixed to such a smooth point that it makes you fall in love with your fav tracks all over again. One in particular is the slowed down, airy meets gritty revamp of ScHoolboy Q’s “Man Of The Year.”
Check Van$ity State Of Mind after the jump and make sure to tweet him if you’re feelin’ it.
Pemberton, BC – On Jul. 18, T.D.E.’s own ScHoolboy Q made his Canadian debut at Pemberton Music Festival 2014. Q has admittedly been trying to get into our country since 2011. You know how the boarder guards are… But the king of bucket hats and dick rap was finally granted entry so he could take the midnight performance slot at Pemby Fest.
Q’s DJ started things off by pumping the jams – with excessive use of that siren sample sound effect. Ugh. So many siren samples. I hate when DJs do the siren thing. For real. You’re not playing dancehall tunes – so don’t pretend you are. It’s all kinds of deceptive. Anyways, all saltiness towards sirens in hip-hop aside, Q’s DJ got people mad hyped. The festival had been going strong for 12 hours that day, already. People were all kinds of sloppy, horny, and obnoxious; the perfect state-of-being for taking in a ScHoolboy Q show. Check the official HipHopCanada show breakdown after the jump.
Toronto, ON – On Jul. 31, our friends over at INK Entertainment and Scion Sessions Mixtape Series bring Dreamville MC Bas to Toronto’s Tattoo (567 Queen Street W). Last time Bas rolled through Canada was during J. Cole’s What Dreams May Come Tour. Bas was the tour’s official opener. But now Bas is hitting us with his own headlining show, following the April release of his Last Winter album. Which was excellent, for the record. Opening support for the evening will be provided by The 6th Letter. Doors open at 9 p.m. This is a 19-plus event, so make sure you bring your I.D.
And because we like to hook y’all up, we’ve teamed up with the INK Entertainment fam to give away a pair of tickets to the show. Find out how you can cop those free tickets after the jump.