Ottawa, ON – When the Swollen Members stepped back into the studio to record Beautiful Death Machine, they did with no preconceived notion; they weren’t worrying about the change of times or what any artist was doing musically.
Madchild, Prevail and Rob the Viking were not out for second opinions…
“That’s what made it the biggest reward,” said Madchild of the direction behind their tenth studio record to date and it’s public response. “Everything has felt like the re-birth, or the second coming of Swollen Members. I don’t mean to sound cliché, but we’re finally back.”
To celebrate Beautiful Death Machine’s March 19 release, the 4-time Juno award-winning group took upon a slew of 20 cross-country shows which started on March 15 in their native British Columbia. They reached the nation’s capital on April 16 to wrap up the month long tour at Ritual Nightclub, courtesy of Kapacity Entertainment.
HipHopCanada sat down with Madchild and Rob the Viking to discuss the intentions behind Beautiful Death Machine, the hardships and revival of the group, a new experience of touring and more.
Toronto, ON – The battle between Rone (@_Rone) and Fresco (@Frescoclean) at King of the Dot’s (@KingoftheDot) Vengeance 2 was a highly anticipated one, and deemed by KOTD prez Organik (@OrganikHipHop) to be “the white people’s dream battle.” Watch what went down below.
The next battle to be released from the Vengeance 2 event will be Skelly vs NOV on April 29th. Stay tuned!
Toronto, ON – Up-and-coming rapper Durdy teams up with Havoc of Mobb Deep for his new “The Limit” single. The record was produced by Vokab and cuts come courtesy of DJ VR. You can find the song on Durdy’s new One Way Ticket LP. Check it out below.
Halifax, NS – If you’re a Quake Matthews fan, you’re already singing along to his new Corrado project. As reported a couple of weeks back, the 14-track project, Quake’s third full-length album, was released through Robin Steele Records on April 4. Click here for more details.
One the album’s most popular songs is the J. Cardim-produced “We Can Do Better” featuring Freeway and RS Smooth. Listen to the song below via Quake’s SoundCloud or download Corrado in full at QuakeMatthews.com.
Quake is currently on tour with fellow Nova Scotian, Classified.
Toronto, ON – Don’t miss this brand new banger from iSH called, “All Fall Down.” You can listen below via iSH’s SoundCloud or download it now on iTunes. Don’t forget to follow iSH on Twitter @TheNameIsIsh.
Toronto, ON – Two young up-and-comers, Casey Veggies from LA and Travi$ Scott from Houston, will be performing live in Toronto at Wrongbar on May 27th.
Tickets are on sale now! These two guys are heating up right now and are definitely ones to watch. Don’t miss it. This event is brought to you courtesy of Union Events and Smashmouth Entertainment. To see the official flyer and to find out where you can purchase tickets hit the jump.
Vancouver, BC – Imagine mixing up all your favorite (and least favorite) television sitcom females into an animated rap video to the beat of Biggie’s “Dreams”. The result? Beverly Hoodz and the hilarious video for “Sitcom Bitch”. Written By Randy Paul and Remarcable and animated By Dylan Moore, Beverly Hoodz The Cartoon is said to be in the works so be on the lookout for that and check the video after the jump.
Toronto, ON – Tory Lanez (@Tlanez) released a mixtape (Download here) 14 months ago that bolstered 70,000 downloads and the attention of the game.
Since then he has been featured on tracks (most recently Rick Ross) but has refused to put out any records until his newest project was completed. Fortunately, for his fans, that time has now come. After a year of recording and preparing, here is “Hate Me On The Low.” This is the first record released from his upcoming project Conflicts Of My Soul. Listen and download below.
Toronto, ON – The lovely and talented Melanie Fiona is visiting her hometown on May 3rd to perform live at the Phoenix Concert Theatre. Also joining Melanie is the amazing Blues/Hip-Hop duo Charlie Red, also known as Rocki Evans and Cobaine Ivory. 1$ from every ticket sold will be donated to The Remix Project.
Our friends at Union Events have 1 pair of tickets to giveaway. For a chance to win, tweet #MelanieFionaToronto to @HipHopCanada and @TheUnionEast and you will be automatically entered into the contest draw. The contest is now open and will close on May 2nd at 12:00PM. Good luck and thank you to all who participate.
For more information on tickets hit the jump for the official flyer.
Houston, TX – OG Ron C lets off a new “Chopped Up But Not Slopped Up” remix of “Make A Mil” by OVO’s new artist, PartyNextDoor. The Houston DJ/producer also released “Chopped Up” remixes of Drake’s “Girls Love Beyonce” and DJ Khaled’s “No New Friends.” Click here to check those out.