Calgary, AB – HipHopCanada joined Spotify in 2016 and we’ve been releasing a new playlist with two hours of music every single week.
Each Friday we’ll hit you with a Canadian urban music playlist curated by our Associate Editor In Chief, Sarah Jay. Every week Sarah will be putting together a 38-track weekly selection of new releases, classic favourites, throwbacks, and songs she’s playing heavy on rotation.
This week’s playlist is loaded up with a ton a dope new music starting with Husser’s brand new single “Can’t Blame ‘Em”. The playlist also features new music from CJ Flemings, Will, Jessie Reyez (who just dropped a new project titled Kiddo that you should go take in ASAP), Infu, Johnny Darko and Fameless, OSIYM and Clairmont the Second, Spotty Josif and Ayoo Angie, Luu Breeze, JT Soul, Ebhoni, Dead Obies and Naadei, CMDWN, Merkules, Evil Ebenezer, Seth Dyer, Named Tobias, So Loki and one super dope Mississauga grime track by Dhamiri.
Volume 29 also includes a nod to our Canadian producers with the addition of GoldLink and Ciscero’s “Fall In Love” (produced by Kaytranada and BadBadNotGood), as well as Kendrick Lamar’s “LUST.” (co-produced by BadBadNotGood). There’s also a dope little instrumental beat on there titled “Groundplay” by Montreal super-producer Da-P.
Check out the playlist and tracklist for Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 29 below, and make sure you go follow us on Spotify.
Toronto, ON – Toronto artist Johnny Darko just released a brand new single titled “Unread MSGS” from his massive unreleased archive of 50+ tracks. The song was completed last year, but got shelved as Johnny started exploring his sound. Now this track is finally available for public consumption.
Although we’ve come to know Johnny as Toronto’s turnt-up slumlord, this song switches pace with a smoother, jazzy Fameless beat, and some of Darko’s softest bars yet. This track is directed at a female and was written at a time when Johnny was trying to balance the demands of being a good boyfriend while trying to put his all into his music. But the track’s message is a bit more universal than that.
“Unread MSGS” is ultimately about making yourself your own top priority, and allowing yourself to ignore all those unread messages. Everyone is always going to want something from you at some point. But sometimes you just need to go on silent mode and stop replying to those messages.
This track comes to us as Johnny gears up for the roll-out for his upcoming collaborative DnD project with Jake Bluez. DnD stands for “Dusty N Depressed” and serves as the follow-up to Jake and Johnny’s B.O.I (Broke On Insta) release. Listen to “Unread MSGS” below, and scope our interview with Johnny after the jump.
Toronto, ON – Earlier this month Toronto artist $heed released a brand new single titled “Like Me” (produced by JP Soundz). This track comes to us as $heed’s first new single since the release of the Ward 11 mixtape.
“Like Me” is a shot fired at the sheep mentality of music fans. It’s a commentary on how people only seem to want to support an artist once it’s cool to do so. As $heed pointed out, music fans like the security of knowing that they’re not the only ones putting on for an artist. Because – god forbid – you should bump an artist with no hype. Unfortunately, that’s how it goes. And that’s how it’s always gone.
And it’s not just about the music fans, either. Females and friends do the exact same thing. People only seem to catch interest once you start making moves and getting places. Take in the track below, and scope our Q&A with $heed after the jump.
Edmonton, AB – This month Hopsin returned to Edmonton for yet another unforgettable performance. The Borderline Tour hit The Ranch Roadhouse April 13 featuring local support from Aidan Murphy and Hop’s tour supporting artist Token.
Tyler Johnstone, our newest member to the HipHopCanada family, made his debut with some great shots from the show. Check out his photos after the jump.
Toronto, ON – Toronto vocalist WILL just released a visually stunning brand new video for her single “Palisades” (produced by Daniel Goldstripes).
“Palisades” is a song about beginnings and endings. WILL uses this track to transition herself into motherhood, as well as to find closure with her past. This was the only project WILL worked on in 2016, and it brought her all the way to the finals of this year’s CBC Searchlight competition. WILL was a Top 4 finalist for Searchlight, and was actually given the opporunity to perform this track live for CBC Music.
According to WILL, her experience participating in Searchlight has given her a renewed sense of inspiration for her craft. WILL had taken a brief hiatus from music and wasn’t working on a lot of new material. But being able to perform this particular song live and making it so far along in the Searchlight competition has been very reaffirming for WILL. Watch the video for “Palisades” and check out our Q&A with WILL after the jump.
Toronto, ON Toronto up-and-comer Greezy Deckz celebrates 4/20 with the release of a hot new Rebel Media-directed video for his single, “Slangin’.” The track is powered by HP Productions and fittingly features self-described soulful stoner, Boogz Boogetz, representing Far Rockaway, Queens.
“Slangin'” is set to appear on Greezy’s SG3: The Greezy Era mixtape which is scheduled to drop this summer. We caught up with the young ATCMG rapper recently to discuss the tape and other projects in the works. We’ll be posting the interview soon but for now you can check out “Slangin'” below.
Ottawa, ON – Ottawa rap pioneer Boz Faramone teams up with Macho Man Music for a new single powered by Nick Travis production. Check out the new lyric video for “Dumplyn” below.
“‘Dumplyn,’ is the first release in over a decade for this hip-hop Pioneer. Boz was an integral part of Ottawa’s scene dating back to when cassettes were king. We are proud to re-introduce him as someone who’s art and performance stand out among even the hottest stars in the world today. Bringing a flavour of Canada, Jamaica, and UK sounds, Boz is definitely creating more than most. Stay tuned for his 5 track EP Introduction Seduction coming soon!”
Toronto, ON – Toronto artist Seth Dyer just dropped a brand new self-produced single titled “Addictive.”
“Addictive” is a song about lusting and longing for someone so badly that it turns into an obsessive, addictive feeling. When your feelings develop so strongly for another human, you reach a point where your emotions manifest themselves into a physical needing. That’s what “Addictive” is all about.
This song also marks a major experimental milestone for Seth’s production work. For this beat, Seth challenged himself to make a big band jazz influenced composition with a 3/4 time signature. The end result is an intentionally unsteady swinging track that I’ve coined as orchestral, cinematic, intense R&B with a bit of pop.
It doesn’t sound like it should be a rap song, but Seth made it a rap song. Take it in below, and scope our Q&A with Seth after the jump.
Toronto, ON – Our boy Set2 returns with some dope new visuals powered by SoloProductZ. The combative and catchy “SWURV” was produced by Daniel Worthy of the Most High Collective and is the fourth track on Set2’s 10,000 Hours project to receive visual support. You can find it now on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Tidal and more.
“SWURV,” released by Motive Music, is HipHopCanada’s Video of the Day. Check it out below and be sure to take in the #10KHours project… you won’t be disappointed!