Top 10 Tags of 2014 (#5 – #1) – New Year’s Special [Article]
Toronto, ON – Continuing on with Part 2 (spots #5 to #1) of our Top 10 Tags of 2014 piece. Click the jump link below to check it out.
Top Tags of 2014 – #5 – #1
As per Google Analytics
5. Jimmy Johnson
Toronto’s Jimmy Johnson (aka Jimmy Prime), continued his emergence onto the scene in 2014 with some big singles that lead up to the release of his internet sensation Eric Dingus-produced EP, In God We Trust. The featureless EP dropped in April and greatly showcased Jimmy’s talent and potential. Records like “Northern Kings” and Rolling,” or our personal favourite, “In Too Deep.” He wrapped up the year with the release of another dope project, this one called Red Ferrari which featured tracks like “A Trip To The 6” and “On The Low.” Earlier in the year there was a lot of talk about Jimmy potentially singing with Drake’s OVO Sound but so far nothing official has been announced… at least not that we’ve seen (we were admittedly a little late to the Jimmy Johnson party). But you can find him and Dingus, a 19-year-old who hails from Austin, Texas, listed as OVO Sound affiliates on the label’s Wikipedia entry. Dingus has also publicly received a co-sign from Oliver El-Khatib, co-founder of OVO Sound and creative director for Drake and October’s Very Own. Another claim to fame is that Jimmy coined the term “The 6” to represent Toronto, a fact co-signed by Drake himself on Instagram. Views From The 6 is the name of Drake’s next album. Not since the traditional T-Dot-O (T-Dot) or the Theo3 coined “Screwface Capital” has a nickname for the city caught on so quickly, but it obviously helps having a Grammy-winning multi-platinum artist co-signing it. Either way, signs of Jimmy’s popularity and influence are already quite evident. Most recently, he’s released a video for another Eric Dingus backed banger called “I Wanna,” which was directed by Tristan Prime and is featured on Red Ferrari. Check it out below.
4. Snak The Ripper
Vancouver’s Snak The Ripper, MC and CEO of Stealth Bomb Records, made huge strides in 2014 with the further growth of his label and international fan-base. This year has seen countless dope video releases from Snak and Stealth Bomb artists, as well as tours spanning across North America and Europe – not to mention his affiliation with ONYX’s 100 MAD and respect among graffiti heads. Snak has his internet / social media game on smash and he’s one of the top search terms on Google when it comes to Canadian MCs. He has countless videos on YouTube with views in the millions or hundred thousand-plus range including 2012’s “Forgotten” at close to 2.5 million and “Yup” which has passed 1.5 million. Snak is also featured on a recent Swollen Members video, “Fear,” which has passed 1.5 million views. The Snak-assisted “L.A.S.H.” by Stealth Bomb’s Merkules is close to 1.5 million and Snak’s “Vandalize Shit” featuring ONYX is close to reaching a million views. There are a ton more with 200K+, 300K+, 500K+ views etc. Late April, Snak dropped his Just Giver album which is available on iTunes. The album has been very well received by fans and has laid a solid foundation for the Stealh Bomb label to build from. Overall, Snak’s made a huge impact in a short time and 2015 should be a huge year for the rising star. The biggest Snak items on our site, in terms of traffic, included the Just Giver announcement post, our Just Giver review, an audio post for Just Giver single, “Karma,” and the video for “Eight Hours A Day.” All worth checking out!
3. Wu-Tang Clan
2014 brought in the 20th anniversary of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan as well as a controversial (but mostly uneventful) new album, A Better Tomorrow. The project was largely run by RZA but at least one member, Raekwon, has expressed disapproval over the album’s overall direction and choice of single. Our largest traffic draw for the Wu-Tang Clan tag was relating to the 20th Anniversary tour that went across Canada. We had promo in advance and coverage in the form of interviews, reviews and photos. We also had a ton of giveaways this year so make sure you stay tuned for more announcements in 2015.
2. Battle of the Beat Makers
Established in Toronto in 2015, Battle of the Beat Makers has become one of the premier hip-hop producer based competitions in the world. The amount of impressive producers that have competed is incredible – Canada’s finest including Boi-1da, T-Minus, Arthur McArthur, Burd & Keyz, Neenah (Amsterdam), Mvgic, MegaMan, Big Pops and WondaGurl and many more.”Battle of the Beat Makers is one of the few globally known and industry credited producer competition in the world. Each year, over 300 producers from around the world register for the competition/conference. The tag has been especially popular with producers and fans looking for info about the latest event. The last event was November 8 so stay tuned to HipHopCanada and the Battle of Beat Makers website for further updates. The ninth annual Battle of the Beat Makers has had an overwhelming number of registrants and was eventually narrowed down to 32 finalists. The 2014 winner was Whitby, Ontario’s Jordon Manswell who co-produced the recent Kirko Bangz single “I Then Came Dine” (featuring RiFF RAFF).
As was the case for other entries on the Top Tag list, the Number 1 spot went to an artist who has had a strong presence in Toronto for several years but used 2014 to seriously expand on the reach of his brand. Reps Up and OVO Sound’s P. Reign took a huge leap forward and looks to have a promising 2015, along with his Reps Up affiliates. The biggest move was connecting with RCA Records and releasing the Dear America EP. The release had some huge singles for the Galloway MC including “DnF” featuring Drake and Future, “Chickens” featuring Waka Flocka Flame, “Realest In The City,” featuring PartyNextDoor and Meek Mill, and the Pro Logic-produced “We Them” featuring A$AP Rocky. You can pick that up on iTunes. Dear America, along with the singles, were also the biggest traffic draw on HipHopCanada.
Most recently, he’s featured on the OB O’Brien single, “Schemin Up,” along with Drake. “The track features the same beat as Drake’s recently leaked collaboration with Rich Homie Quan, ‘Tell Me Why.’ The Boi-1da and Noah ’40’ Shebib-produced track also features the same verse from Drizzy along with a few new bars.” A few days ago, he posted on Instagram about a new video on the way for “You Know,” directed by Davin Black. Stay tuned for that one.
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