Toronto, ON – DP is a feeling like a “Point Guard” on his new KR Productions-directed video. The visuals were shot by HAM Productionz. Peep it below.
Calgary, AB – While the last few months have been extremely dank for Calgary’s rap show fans, we’re extremely excited to announce that buzzing Atlanta artist Nessly is coming through Calgary tonight to perform a show at Morgan’s Pub with Calgary’s own Harm Franklin and Maxjulian.
Torch-bearing the new-wave ATL sound, Nessly’s music can be heard on OVO Sound Radio and is pretty much the post-Future trap sound that 2017 needs. Nessly has collaborated with the likes of Lil Yachty, Metro Boomin, Wondagurl, and more.
Harm Franklin and Maxjulian are two of my favourite local guys in Calgary. Harm’s been riding out on a trap-R&B tip lately, while Maxjulian has been sticking to his wavy cloud raps. Harm actually collaborated with Nessly last year for “Private Caller”. So fingers crossed that we get to see the two of them perform that together.
Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are available for $20 at the door, or $15 online. Scope the official event flyer after the jump, and head on over to the event’s official Facebook page for more details and updates.
Calgary, AB – HipHopCanada joined Spotify in 2016 and we’ve been releasing a new playlist with two hours of music every single week.
Each Friday we’ll hit you with a Canadian urban music playlist curated by our Associate Editor In Chief, Sarah Jay. Every week Sarah will be putting together a 38-track weekly selection of new releases, classic favourites, throwbacks, and songs she’s playing heavy on rotation.
This week’s playlist includes several brand new joints including EverythingOShauN’s “Co Sign”, VNCHY’s “Not Sure” (off the just released new EMINENT: 002A_0316 that everyone needs to listen to ASAP), Stevie Ross’ “Wonderland”, Yung Tory’s “Run It Up” remix featuring Lil Durk, XUAVE’s “Hollywood Sign” featuring Indica and Quincy Got Rich, DillanPonders’ “Crying Robots”, and Van Hill’s “Legendary”.
Volume 16 also features records from Ashton, Plaza, Roy Woods, 11:11, Ramriddlz, Jae Ari, Moka Only, and more, along with a few dope instrumentals courtesy of HERO and Fvde. Check out the playlist and tracklist for Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 16 below, and make sure you go follow us on Spotify.
London, ON – HipHopCanada has teamed up with London artist JR Fillion to bring you the premiere of this new video single titled “City Life” (directed by Sonic Sinema).
This video marks a very important milestone for JR, as it was filmed during his first ever trip outside of Canada. JR was chosen as one of a few artists to go out to New York for the TeamBackPack Cypher draft. So he decided to also make a video during his trip to mark the occasion.
“City Life” is a feel good record with a heavy dose of bounce. It’s a song about persevering and finding hope in your day-to-day. The track was produced by Milan Francis and features vocals courtesy of Istiana. Check out the premiere for “City Life” below, and scope our Q&A with JR after the jump.
Photo by Jenneka Scheele
Vancouver, BC – While the vibrant music scene of Toronto rarely waivers, there’s been a shift on the West Coast this last year. Lifestyle brand HICU caught onto these shifts in West Coast culture early, and recognized the need for a public platform as a collaborative possibility between fashion and sound. The result of the brands’ efforts were two clothing lines laying parallel to the release of two sound tapes ( Sound Tape N ° 1 and Sound Tape N ° 2) which combined promising rising Canadian artists. While the projects brought an impressive aesthetic value, they were highly noted for featuring some of the best rising artists that the West Coast has to offer.
This past Friday, January 13th saw the first ever HICU showcase held at the Alexander Gastown in downtown Vancouver. In collaboration with Hyphy events and HipHopCanada, the evening displayed sets from the local aritsts who contributed tracks to both tapes. The turnout was outstanding, and quickly surpassed capacity as people filled all three floors of the venue (with the lineup reaching well around the block even after doors opened). The energy was contagious, and a just testament to the success of a newly flourishing collective community.
Vancouver, BC – Vancity new-comer Dephiant just released the visuals for his track “Who Wanna Test” from his forthcoming debut album Up Next. The video sees the emcee taking his movement through East Vancouver streets with a feature from Stealth Bomb heavyweight Junk.
The pair trade verses on the DJ Radiohead produced track, mixed and mastered by Nato. Peep the visuals shot and edited by James Black.
Toronto, ON – Following the monstrous release of his new Acid Reign project, SmashMouth Music Group artist DillanPonders just dropped a remix of “PRBLMS” by 6LACK (produced by Nova).
Dillan came across the original record when it popped up as a side video on one of his own YouTube videos. He scoped the track and ended up playing it heavy on rotation while he was working on the finishing stages of Acid Reign. When Acid Reign finally dropped, Dillan came back to the “PRBLMS” beat to give it the Ponders treatment.
This is such a highlight of my week because one of my favourite Canadian rappers just made a remix of a track by one of my favourite American artists. Check it below, and scope our Q&A with Dillan after the jump.
Toronto, ON – Toronto-based rap group 416 TN$ – BlizzyBeats, Luke Cage and DJ Cortez – recently dropped visuals for their track “Rockstar”.
“Rockstar” is the group’s second track from their latest EP Back To Flexin. Their strong visuals have been known to set the group apart from their rap peers and this one is no different. Check out the video produced by Charlton visuals below.
Vancouver, BC – In an industry that is constructed with extremely calculated moves, there’s fewer instances where we’re faced with music that is authentically honest to the core. Chase Aaron‘s latest protect Therapy is one of the few examples of touching vulnerability. While the singer/songwriter sings about subjects of love, loss, misinterpretation, and social perception, he easily approaches perspectives that many artists fail to come near. Common R&B lyrics speak to the sensual desires of women, but not always from a male who has the general goal of placing the female as the respected, rather than just the desired, object of affection.
It’s a nice shift in lens, and the projects’ complex lyrical structure warrants a closer look. Through our conversation with Chase, it was apparent that this approach was actually much more simple than anticipated. Therapy isn’t contrived, and it isn’t a musical ploy to attain new audiences. Rather, this project is just a wholehearted representation of who Chase Aaron really is – an artist who wants to deliver truth to his fans, and for all of us to feel moved by it.
Catch a stream of the project after the drop, and our conversation with Chase Aaron where we talk about the WTFCAMP collective, his creative process, and favourite lyrics on the project.
Missouri – The last time we talked to Missouri artist, Trey Forever, he was reveling in the success of his first EP 92 Forever. It’s been shy of a few months, and the singer has been busy releasing an abundance of new music for his fans. His most recent single “Like The Plug” just dropped yesterday. The track shows some impressive growth for the singer as he easily weaves a catchy chorus and sings, “She know I got the keys, DJ Khalid with the keys.”
The song is produced by Beat Boyz Music with artwork by Triiilxgy. Trey’s voice gives life to the moody aesthetic which follows his critique of past relationships. As with previous releases, he brings a vibe that has turn-up qualities along with an approach on the vocals that also allows listeners to also vibe out to the song.
Check out “Like The Plug” below.