Top 10 Tags of 2014 (#10 – #6) – New Year’s Special [Article]
Toronto, ON – Happy New Year! Kicking off our New Year’s Special, we have the Top 10 Tags of 2014 (starting with numbers 10 down to 6 on this first page, numbers 5 to 1 will be posted soon).
Tags provide a useful way to group related posts together and to quickly tell readers what a post is about. Tags also make it easier for you to find the content you’re looking for. Each post on HipHopCanada has related tags associated with it. This is the Top 10 selected or searched tags on HipHopCanada.com of 2014.
One thing’s for sure, despite a lack of an appearance on the list by the man himself (arguably because he’s featured on every hip-hop site on the planet), Drake’s OVO line-up dominates the list. Click the jump to check it out.
Top Tags of 2014 – #10 – #6
As per Google Analytics
10. Gangis Khan
No surprise Camo is on the list. Scarborough’s Gangis Khan (aka Camoflauge) of the DeepWaters movement is a well established and respected veteran of the Toronto hip-hop scene and continues to build on an already impressive portfolio and fan-base – not to mention a growing following in the billion-plus population of India. He added 3 new videos to the catalogue including the India-based “Slum Cake,” the Third Eye Vision-backed “Got It Like That,” and “Money Ting” but a ton of heads continue to roll into the site to peep older material as well such as 2007’s Heavenly Sword-inspired banger “Ninja Swordz,” 2008’s “Now Oh Now” video, 2012’s video for “Prayers,” the Guerrillero and King Dappz-assisted “Canada to Panama,” Mayhem Morearty’s “Hood Stop (Remix)” which also featured Luu Breeze and Navy Sealz, several old mixtapes and much more. Currently Camo continues to promote his Slum Music mixtape as well as collaborations with Deep Jandu. He also just jumped on the new Scrwg Scrilla single “Enemies.” Overall, Camo has remained one of the most searched items on HipHopCanada since 2009.
Gangis Khan (aka Camoflauge) & Honey Cocaine (via Twitter)
9. Tory Lanez
The Swave Nation has been a dominating force in HipHopCanada traffic statistics for several years. Whether it’s Tory Lanez or his alter ego, Argentina Fargo, the Toronto MC/singer continues to raise his stock and build up his fan-base internationally. He’s also an ambassador for Canadian hip-hop as he spends more time touring States-side than most Canadian MCs and has joined some major tours along the way. He’s currently promoting his Lost Cause project and remains a shining example of how to harness the power of the internet to help build a career. His Instagram has just under 45K followers, his Twitter is over 70K and his Facebook page currently has over 90K likes. Tory’s dedication to his craft and career has been evident to us for years, dating back to posts he made on the HipHopCanada message board.
Tory’s biggest draw to our viewers this year was the Lost Cause mixtape, as well as the Chixtape II project which came out earlier in the year. Additionally, we had a lot of traffic around the remix to the G Eazy single “Been On” which featured Tory and Maybach Music’s Rockie Fresh. Honorable mention goes to the Lost Cause Tour details, which had more traffic than any other post for 2 weeks when it was posted in August.
Tory Lanez (via Instagram)
8. OVO KOTD – King Of The Dot
“North America’s Premier Hip-Hop Battle League” – It only makes sense that King of the Dot has re-branded as OVO KOTD. Other than Drake, KOTD has done huge things to put the Canadian hip-hop scene on the International stage, particularly in the growth in the popularity of the battle scene. To kick off 2015, OVO KOTD is preparing for their highly anticipated Blackout 5 event in February. The event will feature some high profile KOTD debuts, as well as the return of some fan favourites including Kid Twist, Hollohan and Battleaxe Warrior’s frontman, Madchild, Illmaculate, Marv Won, T-Rex, Hitman Holla, Shotty Horroh, Eurgh, Quest Mcody, Big T, 100 Bulletz, Head Ice, Tycoon Tax, Chilla Jones, Rone. The event will also feature the return to battle rap by California MC Dumbfoundead and Toronto’s own Bishop Brigante. Click here to purchase PPV access.
On HipHopCanada, the King of the Dot tag’s biggest draw was our exclusive interview with Dizaster, our review and photo spread of KOTD and GZ Battles Present: First Defense, Rosa Jason’s review of the West Coast Squad Tour Edmonton date as well as our exclusive interview with Bishop Brigante discussing the tour. The announcement of Bishop returning to the battle circuit came in close behind that along with the Pat Stay vs. Dizaster battle.
Mississauga singer-songwriter, and Drake protégé, PartyNextDoor, had quite a year that he capped off with his Las Vegas sold-out debut at Hard Rock Live on Dec. 30. It was the first stop on his PND Live World Tour after spending a good chunk of 2014 performing at sold-out PARTYNEXTDOOR TWO shows. The OVO Sound artist released the 12-track PARTYNEXTDOOR TWO project (in conjunction with Warner Bros.) on July 29 and it debuted at number 15 on the Billboard 200 chart with first-week US sales of 15,924 copies.
On HipHopCanada, PartyNextDoor’s most popular items included the video of him and Drake live at Bar None, P. Reign’s “Realest In The City” single (which featured PND and Philly’s Meek Mill), his “West District” single and his most popular single, “Recognize” featuring Drake – both the audio and video posts. An honorable mention goes to our review of PND in Vancouver – “PartyNextDoor Wins Over Vancouver” by Stevie Ross and KassKills.
6. OB O’Brien
OB O’Brien, not to be confused with the character from the long-running Channel 4 British television soap opera Hollyoaks, is part of the TOPSZN/OVO Sound team and put out a gang of big singles in 2014 – “2 On/Thotful” featuring Drake, the Nineteen85-produced “Hazelton Trump,” and the Chef Byer-backed “Steve Nash.”
Most recently, OB O’Brien dropped his TOPSZN presents “Schemin Up” featuring Drake and OVO/Reps Up’s P. Reign.
With Drake/OVO’s Topszn Regime, they expand to the sports market with even highly publicized quarterback Johnny Manzie throwing up the now famous finger rubbing hand gesture. As well as being a sort of spin-off to the OVO team, TOPSZN (pronounced “top season”) is apparently a strain of medical marijuana enjoyed by Drake’s team – OB in particular (or at least Instagram would suggest as much). But it’s still very unclear what seperates OVO from TOPSZN (if anything), and asking about TOPSZN won’t get you much of an answer other than, “it’s the regime.”
“Long story short I caught like 6 bodies for Drizzy back in the day in H Town, used to roll dice late night – not a good scene! – started getting that Sprite money, cleaned his act up – now I just test drive his groupies.” – OB O’Brien
Twitter: @itsob | Instagram: @obobrien
Tags: Argentina Fargo, Bishop Brigante, Camoflauge, Deep Jandu, DeepWaters, Dizaster, Drake, Gangis Khan, Guerrillero, King Dappz, King Of The Dot, Luu Breeze, Mayhem Morearty, OB O'Brien, October's Very Own, OVO, OVO KOTD, OVO Sound, P. Reign, PartyNextDoor, Pat Stay, Reps Up, Scrwg Scrilla, Swave Nation, Tory Lanez