Brampton, ON – Powered by XpressakaDJXP production – as well as a heartfelt banger produced by SLWJMZ – Brampton rising star EverythingOShaun adds to his already impressive catalogue with his new Almost Everything EP. It premiered earlier today on Now Toronto:
“His music is trappy and sing-songy, with producer XpressakaDJXP bottling some of that distant minimalism that practically flows out of the taps here, but EverythingOShaun makes it feel personal, noted NOW Magazine contributor Richard Trapunski.
Oshaun also provided the publication with some insight on the inspiration for the EP:
“The project is called Almost Everything for a number of reasons, one of them being about the central themes of the cycle of things that I’ve been going through whether throughout my life or currently. This is my second official project and it’s important to me because it gives me another opportunity to tell a story.”
Toronto, ON – One of the best songs to come out of Canada over the last few years, “Cocaine Rain” by Lais is an R&B classic that’s been on steady repeat since it dropped way back in January 2016.
The original track was produced by Dominic ‘Dot’ Okune and CVRE, and serves as a dripped out drug anthem that makes hard drugs sound a lot sexier than they actually are.
Nearly two years since the original track’s release, New York DJ-producer Rodney Hazard just flipped the track and released his own bootleg version of the song. Rodney’s version softens up the track ever so slightly by dialling down the production to put Lais’ vocals in the spotlight. It’s still got that dizzyingly faded trap vibe, but Rodney injected it with a bit more ambience. It’s a softer come down off the chemicals. Check it out below.
Calgary, AB – Over the weekend Calgary artist Harm Franklin released a new flip of Justin Timberlake’s cult classic record “Señorita.” The flip was produced by Rajah and sry., and features a verse from Atlanta artist Nessly (who came out to Calgary earlier this year to co-headline a show with Harm).
Much like its JT predecessor, “Señorita” is an essential summer anthem in appreciation of all the females out there making guys catch feelings. It’s one of those tracks you don’t expect to see flipped, and it’s also one of those songs you’re not even sure you want see flipped. But Harm came proper, adding his own emotional trap flavour into the mix.
Harm Franklin is one of few people I stay watching on the Calgary scene. And a lot of that has to do with his ability to innovate. On the production side of things, Harm has a knack for finding these ridiculously talented up-and-comers, and getting them to co-produce. Right now the production team operates under the name Top Secret and consists of Rajah, sry., Curtis Waters, and MayU.
So basically Harm gets all of this fire production while simultaneously facilitating artistic development and a really organic creation process. Instead of just lurking around SoundCloud and copping beats to record on, Harm gets his team into the studio together. And that’s where they put in the work. This is surprisingly rare nowadays. And it’s given me a lot of respect for the team. Listen to “Señorita” below, and scope our in-depth interview with Harm after the jump.
Toronto, ON – We’re thrilled to bring you another dope premiere courtesy of our friends at TopLeft Recordings. Rapper Mark Jordan releases the remix for his song “Problem” which features a hard-body verse from rising star Peter Jackson of 9-0-Nickel Entertainment. PJ just released his new single “Vacation” featuring Ottawa singer Chrissy Spratt.
The “Problem (Remix)” is the first release off Mark Jordan’s new mixtape, 23 – A Collection of Greatness, which is set to drop on September 6. You can expect a dope line-up of guest appearances including Adam Bomb, T Gramz, Church Chizzle, Yuri Koller, and more. Check out the Dummy Beats-produced record below.
Vancouver, BC – Vancouver live production duo Live Evil – consisting of DJs Marvel and Kutcorners – recently teamed up with Bay Area rapper P-Lo to drop a bouncy new banger titled “Throw It”. The mix masters recently dropped by Serato Studios in L.A to give viewers a taste of what they are all about. You can check out the impressive technique of Live Evil on DJCityTV’s YouTube or stream “Throw It” on SoundCloud below.
Toronto, ON – Our Song of the Day is the latest record from 9-0-Nickel rising star Peter Jackson and the follow up to his massive “On A Wave” single which came out earlier in the year.
“Vacation” features Ottawa’s own Chrissy Spratt and is featured on PJ’s recent project, Married 2 Success. Along with the new song, Peter Jackson fans will have a chance to win an inclusive vacation for 2 simply by helping promote the #PJVacation hashtag.
Check out DJ Marley Waters-produced tune below along with the accompanying press release.
Brampton, ON – EverythingOShauN recently dropped new visuals for “Closing In” in support of his second official EP, Almost Everything. The video for the XpressakaDJXP-produced single was directed by Montreal’s own Fatty Soprano and Shutter, who are quickly becoming some of the most sought after directors in Canada. Check out the new video below and keep it locked to HipHopCanada for the new EP.
Toronto, ON – Over the weekend Toronto artist Lou Val premiered two new tracks via Episode 50 of OVO Sound Radio: “Lil Mama (CAMEINFREESTLE MIX)” and “Rush Hour.” The tracks premiered at the very end of Oliver El-Khatib’s set before Jaegen and Toddla T each delivered a special guest mix for the episode.
One of the most exciting new wave up-and-comers, Lou Val has a distinctly soulful artistry that straddles the lines between R&B, soul, and rap. He’s got some faster bounce tracks, as well as a handful of downtempo after-hours R&B tracks. He’ll occasionally throw a little bit of melodic rap into the mix, too. “Lil Mama” rides out on a faster trap drum line that takes centre stage over Lou’s drippy mumble raps about his “Lil Mama.”
“Rush Hour” switches pace completely, taking the tempo up a few notches with one of GOVI’s electronic-dipped R&B beats. That track sounds like it could have been a Majid Jordan song. It’s got that heavy electronic influence, the melodic emotional vocal delivery, and a hook that sticks like glue: “Good is not forced/ Good is not forced.” Listen to “Lil Mama (CAMEINFREESTLE MIX)” and “Rush Hour” below, and then go scope the rest of Lou’s music on SoundCloud.
Vancouver, BC – It’s a Friday evening in the sunny coastal city, and the energetic lines of youth stretch around UBC’s Thunderbird Stadium. Promising a sold-out concert, BrysonTiller’sSet It Off Tour has brought Vancouver out in ample numbers to welcome him back for the second time to the West Coast. But among the Trapsoul fans is talk of the opening act who has drawn concert-goers impressively early to the venue. By 7:30pm the floor of the stadium is filling, and H.E.R. quietly takes the stage as the lights dim. The attention is noticeably focused on the budding songstress, and heads swivel in her direction as she voices the first notes to open the evening – backed by a full instrumental band and glowing backdrop.
What little we know about the unidentified and unnamed songstress is only what can be personally dissected from her introductory EPs – H.E.R. Volume 1&H.E.R. Volume 2. Woven between the lines of these emotionally provocative R&B songs is the story of a woman who is finding herself amidst life, love, and relatable loss. Tracks like “Losing” (which propelled her to notoriety upon its’ release almost a year ago) are brought to life on stage as she effortlessly reaches the highest notes in her set. There’s something undeniably comfortable about the warmth and depth of her voice – as if we’re listening to someone breathe the lines to our own personal love confessions. It’s after her hour-long performance that we connect backstage for our interview.
“Music should make you feel a certain way. You shouldn’t gravitate towards it because it looks ‘pretty’ or it’s ‘shiny.’ Music is a feeling, and it should always be that.” – H.E.R.
Edmonton, AB – Emerging from the depths of the Soundcloud universe, FOREVERFRIDAY comes to us from Edmonton, Alberta. You might be initially surprised at his location. The quality and stylistic interpretation of his music sounds as though he might be stationed in Toronto. The fact that he’s cultivated his thick R&B sound on his own only increases our fascination with finding out where this artist came from.
Yesterday he dropped 8SIDEWAYS which is a two part release consisting of “Bulletproof” and “Overdue.” It seemingly came out of nowhere and with little announcement online – but if you take a listen we guarantee your interest will be sparked as well. We don’t know much about FOREVERFRIDAY yet but we don’t think that will be the case for very long. Scope the tracks below.