Vancouver, BC – Seth Kay resurfaces with a brand new single and video, representing Vancouver to Surrey in “Northside”.
While his whole Northside movement begins to gain momentum, Kay keeps it running with the re-release of “6 AM”. The track was originally previewed on the HICU Sound Tape N ° 2 but is now available for streaming on Spotify and Apple Music.
Now he’s back at it again with even more music. Which means if you haven’t had the chance to take in the 20-track listing on I Think You’ve Gone Mad (Or The Sins Of The Father), you’d better get caught up on that ASAP.
“Charge It To The WAV” was produced by Eestbound (of course) and it’s one of the hardest hitting bangers Sean has ever dropped. The hook sticks like glue: “I told my baby mama they gon’ feel this WAV!/ So much bullshit on my mind, it hurts my brain!/ So much bullshit on my mind that it’s insane!/ Charge it to the WAV!/ YA! YA! YA! YA!”
Toronto, ON – West End recording artist A.Mitch (aka Cheffie) of Music That Matters just dropped off some fresh visuals for his single “Interlude.” The new video was shot by BrownGuyMadeIT who is nominated for Director of the Year at the CUT Hip-Hop Awards. Check it out below.
Ottawa, ON – The Bourbon Room (400 Dalhousie Street) is the place to be in Ottawa tonight as Snak The Ripper continues his mini Eastern Canadian tour. Québec City’s La P’tite Grenouille hosted Snak last night along with special guests Junk, Golden, Philip Solo and Tyler Tracey.
Brought to you by Good Friday Entertainment and Snak’s own Stealth Bomb Records, the tour continues on to Toronto tomorrow night for a show inside Nocturne (550 Queen Street West), and then Barrie, Ontario the next day inside Escrow Restolounge (4 Mulcaster Street).
Toronto, ON – With his Enough album on the way, Toronto’s Meezy Musik lets off the project’s second single, powered by Young Taylor production. “Freedom” features Brampton’s BluRaae and is available for streaming below.
Calgary, AB – If you’re an Insane Clown Posse fan – a Juggalo or just a dabbler – Calgary’s Stampede Corral is the place to be between April 7th and 8th.
The annual Gathering of the Juggalos, held in the United States, has 17 years of success drawing more than 20,000 people to the annual event. Now ICP is teaming up with our friends at Calgary-based promotions company, True Rhythm, to bring a similar concept to Canada for the first time.
Calgary, AB – HipHopCanada joined Spotify in 2016 and we’ve been releasing a new playlist with two hours of music every single week.
Each Friday we’ll hit you with a Canadian urban music playlist curated by our Associate Editor In Chief, Sarah Jay. Every week Sarah will be putting together a 38-track weekly selection of new releases, classic favourites, throwbacks, and songs she’s playing heavy on rotation.
This week’s playlist includes a bunch brand of new music including 12AM’s “No Good 4 U” (off the just released new Afterparty EP, which is one of the best projects I heard this month), Sean Leon’s “Charge It To The Wav”, Dr Maleek’s Tory Lanez and The Game assisted “Don’t Say Nothin”, Dead Obies’ Naadei featured “Game Over”, HMLT’s “LOE”, Emay’s “Ibn “son””, Mickey Blue’s “Attached”, Jordan Rivers’ “Feel Me Not”, Sayzee’s “Fire”, Luu Breeze’s “La Senza”, and Seth Dyer’s “Lock.”
This week’s playlist also features a ton of music coming out of Montreal. Mostly because I was bumping the Dead Obies’ new EP titled Air Max and it was too good. And then Wasiu put me on to this amazing vocalist named Charlotte Cardin. And then I saw the “Street Gospel” video by February Cxld and felt some type of way. And then Black Atlass (formerly of Montreal) popped up on a collaboration with Moonlight Matters. Then I discovered that Lunice made a track with Angel Haze this one time and I got really excited… And so on, and so on.
Check out the playlist and tracklist for Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 25 below, and make sure you go follow us on Spotify.
Montreal, QC – Earlier this week Montreal artist Jai Nitai Lotus released a brand new self-produced single titled “Better Things.”
“Better Things” is a track about diverting focus from the negative to the positive aspects of life. We get so inundated by negative news, which leads to negative thoughts and toxicity.
Jai challenges us all to shift our priorities and our thoughts back to the “Better Things”. Whether it’s family, or the love of music, or paying it forward, Jai encourages both himself and his listeners to take a thorough look at what – exactly – they’re prioritizing. If you’re putting too much focus on the negative, it’s time to remind yourself of the things that bring you joy and give thanks.
On a technical level, this song takes a very different approach from most of Jai’s previous work. This is an “imperfect” song on many levels, and that’s the way it was intended. There’s an experimental, confused vibe to Jai’s production, which so perfectly coincides with Jai’s confusion of lyrics about trying to get back to a more optimistic mindset. The track’s cover art was also intentionally made to look off-form, featuring footage of a dictator layered under a caricature and some rough sketches.
Listen to “Better Things” below, and check out our in-depth Q&A with Jai after the jump.
Toronto, ON – Earlier this month, Toronto up-and-comer Jordan Rivers dropped his highly anticipated free Finding My Way EP.
This EP serves as a marker in Jordan’s journey to finding himself. The eight-track project goes through a 25-minute journey that explores working towards goals, losing faith, grinding, seeking faith, and avoiding all the distractions along the way. I wouldn’t label him as a Christian rapper, but Jordan Rivers definitely has a constant underlying spiritual undertone to his music. He presents an ongoing dialogue about the importance of faith, and trusting in God.
Jordan has a distinct cloud rap sound that he’s fused with different elements of boom bap, trap, and even acoustic sounds. The sound of this project so perfectly aligns with the Finding My Way theme of the EP.
You’ll notice, too, that the EP track listing also makes a nod to Jordan’s journey. The opening track is titled “I Tried”, and it leads all the way through to the closing track which is titled “I Know.” Admittedly, this wasn’t even an intentional thing on Jordan’s end. But he started off by just trying… and wound up knowing in the end. Take in Finding My Way below via SoundCloud, and scope our Q&A with Jordan after the jump.
Vancouver, BC – Vancouver hip-hop crew, The X Presidents have quickly grown a notable following and established a respected name for themselves in the West Coast music community. By blending live instruments and samples with singing and emceeing from their four members, their set is rivaled. The group is comprised of emcee Khingz, producer/emcee Matt Diamond, looping instrumentalist/singer Mark Woodyard and emcee Mic Flont.
Most notably, the crew recently finished a 17-date European Tour with The Pharcyde which extended their profile into the European market. Following the tour’s success, they recently dropped a new single titled “Pineapple Espresso,” a feature off their upcoming album, Premonition.
With obvious roots in jazz, the single touches on relatable topics like marijuana, records and beat making. The single was written and recorded while J-Swift was stuck in Canada and living with Matt Diamond. Still unable to enter the United States, Swift is residing currently in Spain.
Stream “Pineapple Espresso” below and get acquainted with the West Coast crew.