Vancouver, BC – Fresh off of the Loudest of The Loud tour, Billionaire B wastes no time delivering a recap of his Tour with OVO artist Makonnen! On the first night of the tour in Vancity, the duo performed to a sold out crowd and luckily the entire event was documented! Stay tuned for more vlogs from Billionaire B as we prepare for his forthcoming release, The Prestige 3.
Vancouver, BC – Originally published August 26, 2015 – Vancouver born rapper JuLS, released his new EP, Vancouver’s Own Unknown, only a few weeks ago. A prime example of some of the crazy talent and lyrical abilities residing here, Vancouver’s Own Unknown tells the story of a middle class individual struggling with identity and growth in society’s lens.
Packed with lyrics and beats that are a pretty rad representation of growing up on the West Coast, his album is definitely something to listen to if you’re down for fresh, clean, city-born beats. Download Vancouver’s Own Unknown here.
Calgary, AB - On Aug. 23, Pleuto celebrated his birthday, and the day afterwards he hit us with his latest release titled “Murder.”
Pleuto comes in on a self-produced future rap beat and kicks off the body count. Pleuto is a murderer. His discography for summer 2015 proves it. His body of work from this summer alone is more extensive than the entire lifetime’s discography of most rappers on the come-up: “Murder everything I serve up / This shit make you want to / Murder.”
Calgary, AB – The Humble Giants trio just released a fresh new single on us titled “We On Now” off their forthcoming five-track debut EP.
The HG trio of Beni J and Halfcut, along with DJ C-Sik premiered the track on Tuesday afternoon as the first new single release that the crew’s had in a minute. HG teamed up with Calgary’s best beatsmith, veteran producer J. Ricky, to deliver this monster new track. Shout out to EQJ Studios, too.
Despite the fact that the Humble Giants have been around for a minute, “We On Now” serves as an introductionary track. Yeah, the Giants have been working. But they’ve been half-assing it. This is as much of a commitment to the progression of HG as it is an introduction. Because HG is on now: “And now I’m feeling like I made it/ I mean I know I’m not there yet/ But I came so far I can’t waste it/ They tell ya to be patient/ But I’m getting sick of waiting/ ‘Cause this world’s mine for the taking/ We on now.”
Columbus, OH – Ohio rapper jSTOCK teams up with director Justin “JMillz” Milhouse for his new visuals for “The Trap Pt. 2.” The track is the lead single off his upcoming project. Since the beginning, jSTOCK has been holding it down for FREENATION, alongside fellow artist Mick Jenkins. FREENATION “promotes creative thought without accepting narrow views imposed by the powers that be.” He adheres to these values on “Trap Pt. 2″ with his lyrical prowess and discerning sense of truth.
If you’d like to catch jSTOCK in concert, you’re in luck! On Aug. 29, he will be heading to Indianapolis to join the Mick Jenkins x STWO North American Tour for 30+ dates. The tour comes to Toronto on September 1, Ottawa on September 2 and Vancouver on September 27th. You can find the official tour poster after the jump.
Salmo, BC – Hindu texts mention the village Shambhala as the birthplace of Kalki, the final incarnation of Vishnu who will usher in a new Golden Age. For me, The Village Stage at Shambhala Music Festival is the birthplace of the 7 hour hip-hop showcase, hosted yearly on Saturday afternoon to evening. It has something for everybody; from live hip-hop performances and producers to break dancing competitions and beatboxing breakdowns, Shambhala’s hip-hop showcase is an amazing escape from the usual hustle and bustle of a nightclub in some downtown area crawling with clumsy drunks (no offence, drunkies).
Vancouver, BC – Scott Jackson is inspirational in more ways than just his skill in beat boxing. Not only is he a national champion he has represented our country in places throughout Europe and the U.S, Scott also works with kids throughout schools in Canada giving anti-bullying speeches.
After watching his impressive performance at Shambhala Music Festival on August 8, 2015 I was lucky enough to catch him at Cartem’s Donuterie during a weekly cypher event called Strictly Cypher. I’ve never seen a beatboxer like him in my life and I was extremely stoked to get some time to talk with him about his work.
Check out Holly Brown Bear’s interview with Scott Jackson below.
“ It’s the people and vibes that are there are just so positive. No negativity, everybody is being themselves, there are no limitations, nobody cares if you’re dressed up, nobody cares if you dance weird – no one is going to look at you weird for anything. ” – Scott Jackson
Toronto, ON – A3C, Atlanta’s premier annual hip-hop festival, has made a point of showcasing Canadian talent for the past few years including That New North, presented by HipHopCanada back in 2013. Now with the next A3C going down in October, a next batch of Canadian artists are looking to take part in the festivities and they’re looking for your support to make it happen.
Our boy, Crossword, an MC and huge supporter of the Canadian scene, has dropped off details to an event called Mega Slam 2: YYZ to A3C. The event will serve as a fundraiser for a group of independent artists looking to reach this year’s A3C. MegaPowers is a collective of independent Toronto emcees comprised of Scott Ramirez, Rez Raida, Jaff Daniels, Don Know, Tray $tarks, Hydeff and the aforementioned Colonel Clockwork. Special guest performances will be provided by pHoenix Pagliacci and Crossword, and music selections by DJ James Redi, all night.
It all goes down Thursday, September 3 inside Toronto’s The Piston (937 Bloor St. West), doors opening at 9 p.m. Cover will run you $5 before 10:30 p.m. and $10 after. See you there! The 11th Annual A3C Festival & Conference takes place in Atlanta from Oct 7 to 11.
Toronto, ON – Not long before the untimely passing of NYC legend Sean Price, Toronto’s Casino Costa enlisted him for a feature on his latest single, “My Nigga.” With a post to his YouTube channel, the Toronto vet included this personal message for P: “This is a track this is close to home and for all the old school hip-hop heads. This one’s for you RIP Sean Price.” Take a listen below.
With four acclaimed mixtapes already under his belt (Too Fly for Tv, 2012 theory, C’no Evil, and Sex In the City), Casino has continued to advance and build upon his craft with every passing day. A true and open minded artist Casino has continually seized the opportunity to diversify his portfolio by working with a variety of producers and artists including, Rich Kidd, Northern Profit, Big Pops, Junia-T, Mason Payne, Kemikal, Arthur Mcarthur and many more. Stay tuned for his next project which is in the works!
Ottawa, ON – House of PainT Festival of Urban Arts and Culture (HoP) celebrates its 12th annual Festival with the Main Event on Saturday, September 12, 2015. Graffiti and visual artists, urban dancers, local and international music performers and hip-hop fans of all ages gather at Brewer Park to celebrate and emerge in hip-hop and urban arts.