Stalley brings Ohio love to Ottawa, Rich Kidd and Cashtro talk new releases [News/Review]
Ottawa, ON – Stalley made his first stop of Canadian tour dates in the nation’s capital, headlining with support from some great Canadian talent at Babylon Nightclub on May 31st — courtesy of Building Blocks Entertainment and Maybach Music Group.
HipHopCanada caught up with Rich Kidd and Cashtro, who opened up for the Ohio rapper to get some word on ‘what’s up’ for the summer months to come.
Stalley hit the stage late in to the night, covering tracks off numerous features including his 2010 milestone mixtape, MadStalley: The Autobiography. “I play shows everywhere, I never have problems at borders, only in Canada do they give me hassles. What’s up with that, Canada?” said Stalley, breaking the ice with some humour for the Ottawa crowd.
Toronto MC-producer Rich Kidd and Ottawa-based Cashtro held down the house before the Ohio rapper closed out the night. HipHopCanada got an inside scoop on their upcoming projects.
The Toronto up-and-comer says future work with Kendrick Lamar, Jay Electronica and Kardinal Offishall is on the agenda, as well as re-connecting with k-os and Saukrates. “Lot of stuff happening, you know what I mean,” said Rich Kidd to HipHopCanada. “The mixtape is dropping soon with more EPs in progress.”
Things to look out for: Rich Kidd’s August 2 mixtape release, We On Some Rich Kidd Shit Volume 6.
Cashtro has put in his due work repping his city, opening for touring sets such as Casey Veggies’ Ottawa date in May and now Stalley. The Ottawa-based rapper also spent time in Austin, TX hammering out three live sets for the SXSW independent music festival in recent months back. “Best believe we were repping Ottawa hard,” said Cashtro.
“HipHopCanada has always been down with my music since I moved to Canada from Pittsburgh about four or five years ago,” said Cashtro following his opening set for Stalley. “They’ve always supported me and have not been bias, so I’m hoping they show some love for my new album dropping. They don’t know about that.”
BxBxB and Oxyrotin will be dropping Cashtro’s album, NKNF: No Kids, No Felonies in the coming months. The project will feature various work with local veteran MC’s as Cashtro tries to keep the Canadian connection alive. “I’m trying to work with Rich Kidd, The AntiHeroes,” said Cashtro. “HipHopCanada will be the first place to get the track listing.”
The pre-show greet-and-meet with Stalley took place at the city’s Fall Down Gallery on Bank Street. DJ Alive provided the steady flow of beats as fans got a chance to get a moment with Stalley.
Written by Zack Noureddine for HipHopCanada
Check out the video for the second single from Stalley’s Savage Journey to the American Dream, directed by Bryan Schlam. “Live at Blossom” is produced by Soundtrakk.