Toronto, ON – VIBE 105.5 host DJ MelBoogie recently interview hip-hop icon Redman and veteran Toronto MC/producer Relic aka REL McCoy. Listen to both interviews in full after the jump link below. You can catch MelBoogie every Tuesday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (on Studio B) on 105.5 FM Toronto radio.
Toronto, ON – Via Linez and Lyve are VLxL – currently promoting their debut project, Trains, Automobiles & Flights. The 13-track release features a specially selected cast of accomplished guest appearances including producer-MC Junia-T (Smash Brovaz, Chef’s Plate), Tona (Naturally Born Strangers, Freedom Writers) and Tanika Charles.
“Really and truly we all evolve into something or someone. Motion keeps us from being stagnant and time keeps us from being inexperienced. VLXL’s introductory LP definitely brings those worlds together with more than just sophisticated grammar and mature content.”
“Runaway” was the project’s first single, earning the pair ample amounts of blogosphere love, and support from the fans. Today we also bring you the trailer for the PRESSMATIC-directed visuals on the way for the second single, “’77.” You can find that after the jump and stream/download TA&F via Bandcamp below.
“The best, some just caught on recent.” Drive slow.
Atlanta, GA – Brampton, Ontario-born ATL resident Zayv3r is back with a fresh new single featuring Boston’s Smoove Jee. “The Goonies” is a further prelude to Zayv3r’s G.O.O.N. project, coming soon. Check it out below.
Edmonton, AB – From Ace Hood, Kurupt, Caine and more – Dizzy has an impressive range of features on his resume. Now the Edmonton native is bringing it back home with 780’s Doom Squad in his latest video “Beast Mode.” Dizzy and the squad are the subjects in a science experiment and sip on that magic juice to bring out their inner beast. Directed by Sonik and hosted by DJ Grizz, “Beast Mode” is in support of Dizzy’s upcoming mixtape Been Dizzy. While you wait for the mixtape to drop, you can find the latest from Dizzy here. Make sure you checkout the new visuals after the jump.
Toronto, ON – T-Dot artist Jae Ari recently teamed up with Anika Marie and Erik Flowchild to release his latest single titled “Screwface Flow.”
Jae Ari uses this tune to take a stab at sheeple rappers. He lays down his bars over top of a breezy soul beat (produced by HPNOTIC718) and gives us an honest commentary on what he sees going down in Toronto’s rap scene. Or as Jae so blunty explained it to me: “This record essentially is about the issues plaguing the city of Toronto.”
Toronto, ON – We’re back with Days 6 and 7 of the 30 Songs in 30 Days Part 2 campaign from veteran hip-hop artist Bigg Ceaser. “Lion Heart” can be heard below, and the Kevin Brown-produced “Keep It Movin'” can be found after the jump.
Ceaser recently relocated to Toronto from his hometown of Ottawa, where he continues to pursue his career as a recording artist, as well as promote the graphic design and promotional services offered through his company, TDMG. Click here for more information.
Look out for an interview with Bigg Ceaser, coming soon.
Bigg Ceaser – Lion Heart
Toronto, ON – It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from Johnny Darko. But Johnny just got back from vacation in Mexico and FINALLY hit us with a new joint titled “G2G” (which – for the record – stands for “good to go”).
Johnny teams up with producer, Ramsay The Great, to hit us with this short little track that was penned en route home from Mexico. Seems the vacation left Johnny hungrier than ever to get grinding on his forthcoming Cigarettes & Sprite project.
Vancouver, BC – Get to know Vancouver battle rapper, solo artist, member of the ILL-Legitimate crew and all around rad dude, Copasetic. A member and avid participant and supporter of the hip-hop scene in Vancouver for half his life, Copasetic took time out from his many (many, many) projects to talk about his roots, what his name is not, battle rapping and his (hopefully) infamous old man costume, the hip-hop scene in Vancity now and where he hopes it ends up. His advice in a nutshell: Keep it silly. Seriously silly.
Peep the convo after the jump.
St. Catharines, ON – Nightmare Klub and UTVMG’s Sese has released the latest visuals in support of his critically acclaimed new release, The Frieza Saga. With co-signs from Drake, major hip-hop publications, and hip-hop/Dragon Ball Z fans around the world, Sese’s stock as an artist has been growing by leaps and bounds recently with no signs of slowing down.
“Invade is the first song on the project, and serves as the perfect theme music for Sese AKA Lord Frieza to up his power level and crush another planet.”
“Invade” was directed by 0therWorld Films and the song was produced by Lost Planets. Check it out now after the jump.
The annual House of PainT festival has a variety of different events, including a hugely popular poetry slam. This year’s OG 500 Poetry Slam was paired with a beat battle and special performances by Raz Fresco and City Fidelia.
Ottawa, ON – Thursday, Sept. 10 marked the second day of the House of PainT Festival of Urban Arts & Culture which quickly rolled into high gear.
Co-hosts John Andrew Akpata and Jamaal Jackson Rogers spearheaded the OG 500, a highly anticipated poetry slam competition featuring 12 of the most talented poets all chasing a $500 cash prize and opportunity to hold this year’s title as OG 500 Champion.
Apollo the Child, Andre Prefontaine & Amy Iliza