Toronto, ON – Toronto up-and-comer D-Talks drops a deep and disturbing masterpiece criticizing police brutality and the killing of unarmed black men by police. D-Talks references the names of various victims and provides eye opening statistics on the frequency of unarmed black men dying at the hands of law enforcement over the past 10+ years. The chorus chants “Black Lives Matter,” the name of a movement created in 2012 after Trayvon Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted of his charges. According to the #BlackLivesMatter website, every 28 hours a black man, woman or child is murdered by police or vigilante law enforcement. Check out “Blood On The Leaves” below.
Toronto, ON – Peter Jackson will be the solo headliner for his first Canadian tour, kicking off April 1 in Toronto. By the time it’s all said and done, PJ’s Since I Was 16 Canadian Tour will reach over 20 dates, accompanied each step of the way by a live band. Concert goers will also be treated to a performance by special guest, Sese.
So far, along with Toronto, 3 additional dates have been announced! 9-0 Nickel Entertainment and HipHopCanada proudly present Peter Jackson’s Since I Was 16 Canadian Tour, live in London on April 3, in Barrie on April 8, and in our nation’s capital of Ottawa on April 10.
The tour comes in support of PJ’s Since I Was 16 album, available online and in stores on March 31, 2015. More details about that will be coming very soon. For now, click the jump link below for the official event flyers.
St. Catharines, ON – Our Song of the Day is in honour of UTVMG producer Acres who passed away in Calgary on Sunday. This is Acres’ remix to “Recovery” by James Arthur, a singer and musician from Middlesbrough, UK, the last remix he uploaded. Along with posting the song to his SoundCloudprofile roughly 6 months ago, he included this message:
“James Arthur’s original version is powerful and inspired me in many ways. This remix is my way of saying thank you to an incredibly talented songwriter. Please share this rendition with your friends.”
Vancouver, BC – Immerze recently released the first single off his forthcoming Room 221 EP entitled “Lit.” This joint is gnarly hard. Immerze goes in over top of some grimy Mike F the Hitman production and gets us lit on life. Holy ambition, dude. Listening to this makes me want to get sh*t done.
For the record: there are two types of “Lit” joints that happen in the rap game. The first is the vibed-out weed rap track about getting lit, smoking out, and floating along in the dreamy cloud rap highlands.
The second kind of “Lit” song that happens is the really hungry song where homie gets LIIIITTTT and wilds out, and then decides to take his game to the next level and devour everything in sight. This track is the latter of the two.
Calgary, AB – Canada has lost another talented artist to violence. Producer Jaimend Roberto Orellana-Sincuir, also known as Acres, was shot multiple times on Sunday in Winston Heights, in the north-east quadrant of Calgary.
Acres, originally from St. Catharines, ON was a member of UTVMG or UnionTvMusicGroup along with artists/producers like Sese, Chui, Jmak and Thoby G. Sese, as well as other friends and family, has been very vocal on social media about the disgust for the murder and they’ve vowed to help Acres’ music “live on forever.” Acres posted his music to SoundCloud, juggling back and forth between remixes and original records. He produced on Sese’s 2013 project Age of Aquarius and was also a major contributor to the UTVMG compilation.
Phoenix, AZ – Southern rap’s new wave up-and-comer FriskOLAY just dropped the heat (and the booty) with his latest video single release titled “Booty.” Homie is not Canadian but I got to meet him in Calgary when he rolled through on the Rich Homie Quan Tour a few weeks back. And his performance set is LIVE. So when I seen that he dropped a new video, I had to post it up for you.
“Booty” is all about butts. Butts everywhere; butts clapping, butts swanging, butts bouncing, and butts popping. This in an appreciation joint that gives highest of praise to the ass. You know when you go to the club and there’s that one trappy banger that all the girls are hopping on stage and twerking on? This is that song. Check it out after the jump.
Toronto, ON - DillanPonders recently dropped the ball on us with a monster remix to “Energy” off the shell-shock that was Drake’s If You Are Reading This Its Too Late.
Dillan has a monster work flow. He always manages to be the first – if not one of the first – people to remix heat when it drops. While the rest of y’all are still penning that first verse on your “Energy” remixes or working out your first couple of bars, DP has already rapid-fired his way through the entire song and posted it up on his SoundCloud for the people to take in. His hustle sets the bar. If you decide to release an “Energy” remix (which you probably will, because – let’s face it – Drake joints are the epitome of remix material), cats are going to compare you to Dillan. My condolences.
Vancouver, BC – Brooklyn-based DJ/producer/beatboxer, Brainfeeder artist and son of Bobby McFerrin (remember “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”?) Taylor McFerrin will be making his Vancouver debut on March 1st at Gastown’s Alexander.
Presented by Timbre Concerts and sponsored by yours truly at HipHopCanada the evening will kick off with support from Tonye Aganaba and Claire Mortifee & The Mothership.
A serious house full of talent in Vancouver’s newest music venue. Tickets can be purchased here and the event poster can be found below. See you there, Vancity!
Ottawa, ON – Smif-n-Wessun are hitting the road to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their classic, debut album, Dah Shinin’ on Wreck Records. For this special Canadian tour the group will be performing the whole album and some catalogue favourites. The Duck Down duo will make stops in Ottawa (March 21), Hamilton (March 22) and Toronto (March 23). Click the jump link below for tour details and more info about Dah Shinin’.
Ottawa, ON – The National Capital Region is in for a treat this April as Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah, GZA and Cappadonna bring their Canadian Tour to Ritual Nightclub (137 Besserer Street).
The night will also feature performances by Toronto’s Scrwg Scrilla as well as The Moon Crickets which consists of Toronto’s DJ Mercilles, Lord Fury and longtime Wu affiliate, Killah Priest. The tour is brought to you by 9-0 Nickel Entertainment. Details about other Canadian dates on the tour will be posted soon.
GFK with HipHopCanada’s own Rosa Jason & Sarah Sussman, April 2014