Miami Beach, FL – To much anticipation, the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards aired tonight with host DJ Khaled leading the way… and Cardi B and Kendrick Lamar collecting most of the hardware. The event actually took place in June but the winners aren’t publicly revealed until the night of the TV broadcast.
One thing people were looking forward to was Eminem’s 2017 “BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher” verse which zeroed in on President Donald J. Trump. This wasn’t the first time Em has gone at a sitting President, with “Mosh” taking a huge swing at George W. Bush’s administration. But this hits just as hard, if not harder, and in a different, raw format, coming at a very volatile time in history… largely because of the unpredictability of the Trump presidency. Trump is currently facing a barrage of constant criticism, even from senior members of his own party, and has many Americans (and citizens of the world) unsure of what the future will look like.
Eminem pulls no punches and you can feel the raw emotion and anger in his delivery. He even tells his fans that our Trump supporters that’s he drawn a line in the sand. It’s either you support Shady or you support Trump. It can’t be both. And if you can’t decide, he’ll help you choose. He really hasn’t lost a step in his lyrical game and this should remind people why he’s one of the great rappers of all time. Take it in, share it. It’ll be interesting to see if Trump has the cojones to attack someone like Eminem with his usual tweet-assault approach.
Along with Eminem’s contribution, Ottawa’s own Belly was also featured in a “Hip Hop Awards Cypher,” alongside Fat Joe and Cyhi the Prynce. We don’t have a YouTube link for that yet but click here to check it out on BET’s website. Click the jump link below for a full list of nominees and winners.
Toronto, ON – Along with Belly surprising fans with the sudden release of his Boi-1da-executive produced-project, Mumble Rap, the Roc Nation/XO artist let off two new epic videos. “Lullaby” was directed by Darrin Bush while the visuals for the title track, “Mumble Rap,” was directed by Karena Evans.
In total, Belly has released four videos supporting the mixtape including “Come Down Is Real,” and “P.O.P.” You can find all 4 below or click here to listen to Mumble Rap.
Toronto, ON – Belly seems to be busier than ever. Aside from feuding with B.o.B. on Twitter, and being featured in a Hip Hop Awards Cypher on tonight’s airing of the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards, he’s working overtime promoting his new release.
He ended a brief hiatus last Thursday by stopping by Zane Lowe’s show on Beats 1 Radio (Apple Music). During his appearance on the show, he announced the imminent release of a new 11-track album called Mumble Rap (which means Glorious has been postponed or this it with a new title), and also revealed that Boi-1da was the project’s Executive Producer. Mumble Rap features a guest appearance by Pusha T (on the new single “Alcantara”) and is available on all major digital platforms. You can stream it below or click here to check out Belly’s new videos for “Mumble Rap” and “Lullaby.”
With Mumble Rap quickly being embraced by listeners, and Belly’s ever-building buzz and mysterious-nature being a point of intrigue for many music enthusiasts, Billboard wisely decided to put the Roc Nation artist in the hot seat for an in-depth story courtesy of writer Nerisha Penrose. They cover a range of great topics including Belly’s process for putting together Mumble Rap, the meaning behind the title, JAY-Z’s influence, the impact Trump’s travel ban has on him and more. You can find some excerpts of the story after the jump.
On Tuesday evening, The Weeknd tweeted at Belly about the project, calling it his “best work so far.”
Toronto, ON – Toronto recording artist Keyon let us know earlier that one of his goals was to be featured on HipHopCanada.
Well after one listen to his impressive August EP release, The Intro, we figured there was no reason not to help him realize that goal today. The 8-track project does a great job showcasing Keyon’s versatile approach to songwriting and structuring his flows. His production is equally as diverse, allowing him to really give the audience a taste of his creative capabilities. The project is available now on iTunes, Spotify and other digital outlets.
Vancouver, BC – Celebrate this coming Halloween with The Underachievers and The Renaissance Tour. Timbre Concerts will host the tour inside Fortune Sound Club on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Along with “All Brand New Adventures of Solace and AK, The Savior,” you’ll be treated to the talents of Injury Reserve and warm brew. Tickets are available online via TicketWeb. Check out the poster below.
Toronto, ON – Artists, managers and indie labels take note! This Wednesday, Oct. 11, The Rel Carter Culture Tour lands in Toronto providing a platform for Toronto’s artistic talent. Rel Carter, the multi-faceted DJ, music manager and Roc Nation A&R executive (and Jay Z’s nephew) makes his way Toronto in search of new ground-breaking talent.
The Rel Carter Culture Tour aims to celebrate and acknowledge excellence in urban arts, fashion and media. The 4-city tour will feature live musical performances, a meet and greet and special guests. 50% of the proceeds from the showcase will go to local Toronto charity, Hope Works Connection.
It all goes down inside Revival Bar (783 College Street) with tickets costing $10 at the door.
Toronto, ON – HipHopCanada is thrilled to be on board for another round of the Bass N’ Tings Festival. Bass N’ Tings II features a heavy line-up consisting of ShaqIsDope, Staasia Daniels, EverythingOShaun, Ebhoni, Lola Bunz, Andreena, IaamSaam, Mickey Blue and Elcee The Artist. Additional music will be provided by Matic and Xpress aka DJXP.
It all goes down Oct. 19 inside Supermarket (268 Augusta Ave.) with doors opening at 8 p.m. You can purchase tickets online for $15 or you can pay $20 to grab them at the door. Check out the official promo for the event below. Bass N’ Tings II is brought to you by GSX Music and HipHopCanada.
Toronto, ON – One half of one of our favourite Canadian rap duos – The Search – is back with a dark and hard-hitting Yogidaproducer-produced single. Kayo and Michael Robinson explore the faults and bumps of their relationships… something’s out of whack and they’re looking for answers. “If not for love, if not for us, then for what?,” as the chorus goes. “Something’s Wrong” is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day.
Worcester, MA – Yesterday our friends over at KOTD released a huge battle from their #MASS3 (aka Massacre 3) event. Veteran MCs The Saurus and Charlie Clips squared off in an event that was hosted by Organik, Gully TK, Bishop Brigante, Lush One and Nikiya. Check it below.