Toronto, ON – On Thursday night, everyone tuned in to Beats 1 Radio to cop the first listen to Drake‘s highly anticipated VIEWS album before it officially dropped on Apr. 29 via OVO Sound and Young Money Entertainment (cop it via iTunes over here).
VIEWS is Drake’s fourth studio album and comes as the follow-up to his previous album, Nothing Was The Same, as well as his more recently released mixtapes If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and What A Time To Be Alive.
The album’s original title was Views from the 6, but was shortened to VIEWS prior to its release. The album features 20 tracks including the likes of “Hotline Bling,” and “One Dance” as well as two tracks that leaked earlier this year, “Controlla” and “Faithful.”
Vancouver, BC – Vancity producers, take note. This is how you make trap influence work for you alongside rap. Larry Luxx is a local producer who’s becoming known for creating futuristic tracks which take iconic rap samples and makes them into something you would never expect.
Call it a mix of the old and new, or just a really unique ear – Luxx has an uncanny sense of combining sounds that most wouldn’t dare to tackle. “Trap God” is the latest single which denies a genre label, but gifts us with a sound that feels like it takes the best of both worlds. Check it out below.
St. Louis, MO – Taking a moment to look farther south than we usually do, duo Scrub & Ace Ha just released a new music video titled “Anita Ride” which is bound to put a little kick in your step. Even though they didn’t originate with Canadian roots, this video deserved an exception. Scrub currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri, while his colleague, Ace Ha is respectively from the Los Angeles area. Their southern routes can be witnessed in the background and landscapes that are shot throughout the video.
“Anita Ride” is that modern rap track that does similar things to the likes of Macklemore – that fur coat looks vaguely reminiscent too. The track makes you feel good, it has a super catchy hook, and the visuals for the project are cinematic in appropriate respects. If you’re looking for a jam to put you in a good mood, this track will turn your day around. If you’re one of our international readers, keep an eye out for the video as it’s set to be in rotation at all Foot Locker stores worldwide. Check out “Anita Ride” below.
Vancouver, BC – At 21 years old Tevin Douglas, known as ninetyfour, is already showing strong promise, hustle and potential for Vancouver’s budding R&B scene. With the Toronto soul sound taking over the airwaves, West coast R&B singers are often overlooked, making it harder for artists to be recognized for anything other than grimy backpack rap. Tevin is one Vancouver based artist who is likely to help develop the new wave R&B sound in the V.
Vancouver, BC – Spotty Josifis one of Vancouver’s best kept secrets. Hisrecent release is a crisp and cutting edge new banger titled “Downlow” that showcases the emcee’s diverse musical skill set. Mixed and mastered by Matthew Harvey at The Warehouse Studios the track also holds credits from Seth Kay, HRVY and Karate King.
Generating over 2,500 hits on Soundcloud over the last two days for this weighty track, it’s easy to see why Spotty should be keep on the radar. Peep his latest below.
Vancouver, BC – One quarter of Slaughterhouse, one half of Bad Meets Evil and PRhyme, the legendary Royce Da 5’9 is set to take the stage at Alexander Gastown (91 Powell St.), Vancouver this Thursday April 28th in support of his recently release album Layers. HipHopCanada is proud to be sponsoring this event that kicks off at 10pm with support from Northwest Division and Doug Crawford.
Heads up! Meet & greet is an option if you’re trying to Snapchat up close and personal so head over to ticketweb.ca to purchase tickets.
Vancouver, BC – Calling all hip-hop heads. Harlem rapper, Dave East, is coming through the 604 this coming Friday, April 29th and playing at the Alexander Gastown as a stop on his Hate Me Now Tour. Fridays at the Alexander are always a rowdy affair, and you won’t want to miss seeing this emcee make an appearance, which we anticipate to be nothing less than a worthy musical endeavour that is going to take you “All the Way Up.”
Vancouver, BC – Do you remember where you were when you heardRihanna for the first time? I remember that moment more vividly than a lot of things in my life. I was 13 years old, and skimming through Youtube when I came across the music video for “S.O.S.” I watched that video 20 times that day on repeat, and spent 5 hours trying to re-choreograph her dance moves with no such success. Needless to say, my 13 year old self was entranced with her from the very first time I saw her perform. I feel like she’s had that same effect on most people. There’s always been something alluring about watching her move on-screen, which has kept us constantly wondering about her next move. She’s a master at wielding her confidence in the public eye, and it’s been that lack of self-doubt which has won her the admiration of the world (not to mention she has incredible intuition for creating music which leads us progressively forward). As a complete rarity, she’s become an icon of everything the world isn’t – but everything we wish we could be. How could we all not love her for being brave enough to venture on her own path when we all secretly wanted to be that fearless person as well?
The last time Rihanna was brought to Vancouver it was in April 2013 for her Diamonds World Tour. After a three year break from our city, her fans were beyond amped to welcome her back. Anti, her 8th studio album, (and her most successful one yet) went platinum at record speeds and semi-broke the internet with it’s stealthy release. The announcement of her return on April 23rd for its’ following tour was excitedly anticipated. Tickets for the Vancouver show sold out months ago, resells were going for ridiculous prices, and it was anticipated to be one of the most sought after shows to hit Rogers Arena for 2016. If you could get your hands on a ticket you were lucky, because on Saturday night – Rogers Arena was the place to be. She’d also recruited buzzing emcee, Travis Scott to open for her tour – a move which promised a high energy introduction. Everything about the show held high expectation that could’ve easily been overcompensated, but the evening was not only a stunning tribute to her longevity as an artist, but was an unforgettable spectacle to everyone in attendance.
Vancouver, BC – We’re quickly approaching the summer now, and one of my favourite local groups, KIDS, are gearing up to take off on their Faust Life Tour for the next couple of months. They appropriately put on a well-deserved kick-off event last Friday, April 19th down at Media Club to send-off of their Canada-wide tour which begins this week. If there’s anything that these guys know how to do, it’s put on one hell of a live show by drawing out a turn-out of loyal fans like no other act I’ve seen in Vancouver. It’s a lot easier to fill a club on a Friday night with bodies, but every time I’ve seen these guys perform, their fans consistently show up for them and follow them wherever they go. I was especially amped for this particular evening, as it was set to feature a cornucopia of other local acts, such as: Mynamesbn, Isaac Shah, DJ Billy Bishop.