Vaughan, ON – Abstract Learning expands its educational curriculum with a Music Production Fundamentals – Level 1 course. This four-day course is 95% hands on and focuses on real world applications of recording, mixing, and mastering music for commercial use.
The session is being facilitated by two exceptional Audio Engineers, who are recognized as a graduate of Trebas Institute and nominated for a Juno Award for their work.
Brampton, ON – Waycool vocalist Josh Dillon delivered a new single this weekend and we haven’t been able to get over it since it dropped – we’re sure you won’t be able to either. The Brampton singer starts off the fall with an emotional and impactful new release titled, “LOVER.” Speaking of his love and adoration of a female interest, Josh links up with fellow Waycool producer Martin Sole to match strong production with his haunting croons.
Dillon has come off a strong summer with strong releases, including the dynamic “SOS” & “RIVER.” But this new release is particularly vital to his artistic identity, because it proves to fans that he’s able to take his music to a vulnerable place which many aren’t able to approach. When he sings, “I’m not a fighter, you know I’m a lover/But if I’m fighting it’s because I love her/Baby you don’t know what you mean to me/I swear you don’t know what you mean to me,” we can’t help but go to those depths as well.
Stream “LOVER” below from Josh, and keep an eye out for more Waycool releases
Vancouver, BC – The West Coast is majorly been slept on, and among the voices that you should know coming out of the area is Zac Flewids. The Vancouver-based emcee might reside on an undiscovered side of the country, but his sound is polished and his bars pack punch that shows he’s no rookie to the game.
Today Zac dropped his collective project, Vaults. The album is composed of 12 previously released singles, all of which have all been produced by Sebastian Busseand written, mixed, mastered, engineered by Flewids.
A fully rounded project, tracks like “Pains Me Crazy” and “Lemme Work” portray the mind and thoughts of an introspective artist who articulates his bars with ease. A quickened pace on “Hard Feelings” proves his versatility, whereas “Immanuel” features the fastest spitting you might hear in a minute. Stream Vaults below and get acquainted with the emcee.
Vancouver, BC – After successfully imprinting themselves as a rising force on the West Coast with a slew of successful singles, MANILA GREY released their debut EP yesterday titled, No Saints Under Palm Shade. In only a few months following the drop of “Eastbound,” the lead single off the project, the Vancouver-based group has quickly grabbed the attention of audiences across Canada.
The duo wield a distinct sound which has been characterized as pop-infused hip hop – mixing bars and melodic singing with in-house production from Vancouver producer azel north. The EP, which is now available on all streaming services, is a polished project that successfully shows their versatility and elevated sound. What is sure to catch your attention upon first listen is the professionalism and musical intuition that they bring to every aspect of the delivery – from songwriting to production.
Toronto, ON – It’s been almost a year since we’ve received music from Toronto-based artist Kavale, but the time between his most recent releases seem to have manifested some heavy vibes that he’s ready to share with us. Serving up the first single from his upcoming project, “All Mines” is a strong anthem of confidence that puts forth Kavale as a contender who you won’t want to underestimate.
On this new single he raps, “I ain’t had time to rest been so long, I’ve been saying I’m next for so long/ I took the lies, but life goes on/ Now they say they love me, my city they love me, my bitches they love me, my bitches they love me.” The release is part of his larger single project VRSN 3 where the emcee is set to release a series of new tracks in the form of a digital magazine. You’ll want to keep your eye on Kavale in the coming weeks and take a listen below.
Vancouver, BC – Adding another strong addition to his weekly series, Vancouver’s Jay Moses recently dropped “Fame & Temptation” this past week. Following up our introduction to the emcee on “Bag Music” Moses raps about how fame and temptation can change people – and the greater appeal of the spotlight that distracts a lot of artists from their goals.
Moses raps,”Started out with nothing now I’m way up, I know why all you suckers trying to ride my wave/ Fame & temptation, overnight sensation, next-up rotation, industry fixation/Yeah they try to throw that dirt up on my name, I just want the money not the fame.” Stream the ckn.beatz-produced single “Fame & Temptation” below, and peep the coming weekly additions from the Vancouver artist.
Vancouver, BC – Today might be his birthday, and what better an occasion to release new music. Dave Fields dropped his newest release “On Me” – and many feel as though this is the best track yet from the West Coast artist.
Dave begins by recounting the thrill of a relationship – those subtle hints and looks you give each other; the intense attraction. Fields explains how relationships are a balance and he isn’t one to shy away from the highs and lows. He addresses the demise head on: blocked phone numbers, mixed signals, even accepting it all as a lost cause.
Fields exudes an air of confidence throughout, particularly when he croons “you like to put me in my place, so come and put me in my place.” We’ve always loved where he takes his music, and “On Me” is another dynamic release from the artist to add to your library. Stream it below.
Artwork by Jordan Gates (@year.2000) Photo by Aric Alston (@aricalston)
Miami Beach, FL – To much anticipation, the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards aired tonight with host DJ Khaled leading the way… and Cardi B and Kendrick Lamar collecting most of the hardware. The event actually took place in June but the winners aren’t publicly revealed until the night of the TV broadcast.
One thing people were looking forward to was Eminem’s 2017 “BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher” verse which zeroed in on President Donald J. Trump. This wasn’t the first time Em has gone at a sitting President, with “Mosh” taking a huge swing at George W. Bush’s administration. But this hits just as hard, if not harder, and in a different, raw format, coming at a very volatile time in history… largely because of the unpredictability of the Trump presidency. Trump is currently facing a barrage of constant criticism, even from senior members of his own party, and has many Americans (and citizens of the world) unsure of what the future will look like.
Eminem pulls no punches and you can feel the raw emotion and anger in his delivery. He even tells his fans that our Trump supporters that’s he drawn a line in the sand. It’s either you support Shady or you support Trump. It can’t be both. And if you can’t decide, he’ll help you choose. He really hasn’t lost a step in his lyrical game and this should remind people why he’s one of the great rappers of all time. Take it in, share it. It’ll be interesting to see if Trump has the cojones to attack someone like Eminem with his usual tweet-assault approach.
Along with Eminem’s contribution, Ottawa’s own Belly was also featured in a “Hip Hop Awards Cypher,” alongside Fat Joe and Cyhi the Prynce. We don’t have a YouTube link for that yet but click here to check it out on BET’s website. Click the jump link below for a full list of nominees and winners.
Toronto, ON – Along with Belly surprising fans with the sudden release of his Boi-1da-executive produced-project, Mumble Rap, the Roc Nation/XO artist let off two new epic videos. “Lullaby” was directed by Darrin Bush while the visuals for the title track, “Mumble Rap,” was directed by Karena Evans.
In total, Belly has released four videos supporting the mixtape including “Come Down Is Real,” and “P.O.P.” You can find all 4 below or click here to listen to Mumble Rap.
Toronto, ON – Belly seems to be busier than ever. Aside from feuding with B.o.B. on Twitter, and being featured in a Hip Hop Awards Cypher on tonight’s airing of the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards, he’s working overtime promoting his new release.
He ended a brief hiatus last Thursday by stopping by Zane Lowe’s show on Beats 1 Radio (Apple Music). During his appearance on the show, he announced the imminent release of a new 11-track album called Mumble Rap (which means Glorious has been postponed or this it with a new title), and also revealed that Boi-1da was the project’s Executive Producer. Mumble Rap features a guest appearance by Pusha T (on the new single “Alcantara”) and is available on all major digital platforms. You can stream it below or click here to check out Belly’s new videos for “Mumble Rap” and “Lullaby.”
With Mumble Rap quickly being embraced by listeners, and Belly’s ever-building buzz and mysterious-nature being a point of intrigue for many music enthusiasts, Billboard wisely decided to put the Roc Nation artist in the hot seat for an in-depth story courtesy of writer Nerisha Penrose. They cover a range of great topics including Belly’s process for putting together Mumble Rap, the meaning behind the title, JAY-Z’s influence, the impact Trump’s travel ban has on him and more. You can find some excerpts of the story after the jump.
On Tuesday evening, The Weeknd tweeted at Belly about the project, calling it his “best work so far.”