Toronto, ON – Peter Jackson releases Episode 2 of his Since I Was 16 web series. The series comes in support of PJ’s album by the same name, dropping officially on March 31, 2015. You can pre-order the project now via Bandcamp. “Episode 2: More Then Music” features PJ, The Lox and Wu-Tang’s Ghostface Killah. Check it out below.
Be sure to check out the new single “Hold Up” featuring YG and Mazze – recently posted as our Song of the Day.
PJ’s Since I Was 16 Canadian Tour kicks off on Wednesday, April 1 with special guest, Sese. Click here for full tour details.
Toronto, ON – The Scholars Entertainment production company has just released a fresh new monster collabo track titled “Big Game” featuring NIKO IS, Rello and 4th Pyramid, with production courtesy of driffy swindle. This track comes to us off Scholars Entertainment’s forthcoming Maintenance Vol. 1 EP.
I’ve been explaining Scholars Entertainment as a musical matchmaking service on every post I write about them on, and I really can’t think of any better way to describe it. Scholars Entertainment is run by big homie Scott Brownhill.
Scott scouts the darkest hidden corners of underground North American hip-hop and hand-picks Canadian and American artists to work together on collaboration tracks. Scott doesn’t seem to care about how many YouTube views or Twitter followers an artist has. And he doesn’t really care how much buzz an artist has, either. He chooses his collaborators based on craft and sound. He picks artists who are getting unjustly slept on, who have the potential to single-handedly devour the rap game for breakfast.
Toronto, ON – DillanPonders just hit us with his latest video release for “SMCG” off The Boy Who Lived. “SMCG” stands for SmashMouth Crew Gang – by the way. The track features a gnarly hard BatmanOnTheBeatz beat. So even though it’s a bromance-y crew love track, it doesn’t lose the underground griminess that we’ve come to expect from our SmashMouth fam.
I have nothing but adoring next-level love (bordering on fangirlism) for the SmashMouth guys. Huge shout-out to the big homie Brenden Hewko. He doesn’t get as much shine as he deserves but he’s the reason you f**k with cats like DillanPonders, Flex the Antihero, SeT, and the rest of the SMCG fam. But serious spoiler alert: Brenden actually has a role in this video.
The video itself was produced entirely in-house, and directed by Michael Goitanich. It has a really confusing murky storyline that involves kidnapping, Brenden Hewko’s red Ferrari, and lots of cocaine. Because – DUH – it’s DP. You gots to have cocaine. Check it after the jump.
Squamish, BC – The 2015 Squamish Valley Music Festival line-up is stacked with dope Canadian hip-hop talent. Drake is scheduled to headline on Saturday, August 8, which is day 2 of the 3 day festival.
On August 7 – Day 1, 20 artists will hit the stage including ScHoolboy Q, Chance The Rapper, SZA and more. The headline performer is Sam Smith. Drake’s headline performance the next day will also be supported by A$AP Rocky, award-winning Canadian MC k-os, award-winning Canadian DJ and record executive A-Trak, OVO/Reps Up rapper P. Reign, and a ton more. The last day of the festival is headlined by Mumford & Sons and will feature 15+ additional acts including Vancouver rising star SonReal and Haitian-Canadian electronic musician, producer and DJ – Kaytranada. Definitely a great display of what Canada has to offer!
Lastly, the day before the festival begins, August 6, there will be a opening event featuring 6 acts including a group we recently covered, The Funk Hunters. Click the jump to check out additional information about Squamish 2015. And as per a tweet from the @SquamishFest account, “Single day passes on sale Thurs, Mar 26 at 10am SHARP!”
Regina, SK – A day earlier than expected but no one’s complaining. Check out the newly released video for “The Roaches vs. The Chosen” by CJE’s Pimpton featuring Madchild and the newest addition to the Battleaxe Warriors family, JD Era. The song was produced by Merky Waters Music and the video was directed by Big Shot Music Inc. You can find the song on Pimpton’s new album, KCMKV2, available on iTunes via Propagate Records; mixed and mastered at Nebulus Entertainment. Click the jump link below to check out the video.
HipHopCanada’s Edmonton rep Rosa Jason recently caught up with Pimpton and Era on set of the “The Roaches vs. The Chosen” video shoot. Click here to check out the interview.
Edmonton, AB – In support of his upcoming album Anger Management, set to be released in April, Kryple just dropped his second music video “Same Old Song”. Kryple channels the golden era vibe with innovative instrumentals, a tight beat and (as usual) his flow is effortlessly on time. The video (directed by Sonik) is a montage of live shows and events over time which includes cameos from Hopsin, Merkules and his brothers from Doom Squad.
In between all of the glamorous and fun parts of the rap game, Kryple is also shown in the humble side of it: sitting at a table with a blunt, notebook and pen. Focused as he starts to write the lyrics of the song, there’s no days off for Kryple. Check the video after the jump.
Vancouver, BC – e.d.g.e. is giving no fucks with the first track from his upcoming mixtape NOFUXGIVEN – sponsored by Ephin, Stealth Bomb Records and yours truly at HipHopCanada.
This self-titled track goes hard with that classic e.d.g.e. fierceness and production from Golden & Ashby. Stay tuned for the mixtape dropping soon. In the meantime, peep the audio for “NOFUXGIVEN” below.
Vancouver, BC – If you were in Vancouver this weekend for the sold-out Funk Hunters and Chali 2na show, you experienced a real treat. For those who weren’t around, let this serve as a lesson to you: anytime these folks take the stage, the roof almost literally sets ablaze and you’re missing out if you don’t take part.
The Commodore Ballroom was packed to the brim for an epic dance party and our man Jamie Sands caught a few flicks of the evening. Peep them below.
Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club is hosting a very special Friday night this March 27 with super producer Lex Lugeron the ones and twos. HipHopCanada is proud to be a sponsor on this one with a handful of local DJs in the cut.
The Brick Squad/Fool’s Gold hustler will hard in the paint to kick off the weekend and tickets should be copped ASAP because this is an event not to be missed. Head over to Beat Street, Red Cat or Zulu to get those hand-to-hand copies or purchase tickets online here. Peep the official event poster after the jump.
Ottawa, ON – Ottawa rapper Kool Krys drops off an early stream to her new single, “Miss Gemini” which is set to officially drop tomorrow via her Bandcamp profile. The song was produced by Bix who has worked with Krys on her previously released projects including The Return of Diana Prince (2007), Perfume (2010), and Listen to Your Art (2012). Check out the new release below.