Brooklyn, NY – Wrapping up the last date of her Canadian tour, Brooklyn’s Young M.A. touched down in Vancouver Sunday evening to lead the most live event of this May-Long weekend. The show was initially slotted for the Vogue Theatre, but was relocated due to uncontrollable circumstances to Venue Nightclub. With an eager young audience stretching around the block, the evening was highly anticipated. Young M.A. has risen as one of rap’s most promising. With mature bars that bridge the gap between new-school and old-school rap, she’s finding fans in every age category.
As the first emcee (in recent memory) who has come out as gay, she’s also breaking down walls in a culture that has only embraced progressive views towards sexuality in the most recent decade. But she shouldn’t be known for her sexual orientation. She’s a confident voice in rap that our current generation needs, and someone who’s unapologetically herself and bodying anyone who tells her to be anything else.
She’s spoken out in past interviews explaining that she wants to make music that people can relate to and that’s also realistic, and it seems to be resonating with audiences. The turnout to her show on Sunday evening, and the crowd’s energy and reception of her show, was only more proof that she’s one of the heaviest hitters in rap right now.
Check out our photo gallery from the show below – including the opening performance from Vancouver’s Citto Kain and Vicky Chand, and an appearance from Leftside’s Dkay.
Winnipeg, MB – Philadelphia-based rapper LiMM is a transplant via Winnipeg, but he still has strong Canadian roots. Following the release of his dance hall-inspired single “Lost & Found” he recently dropped the visuals for the “Tokyo” Freestyle. This is the first video from his camp, and it’s been great to watch his development as an emcee and creative grow in recent months. Set in a university dorm room, LiMM is surrounded by friends as he spills his bars to the group.
Catch the new video below, and look out for more from the Canada-originated rapper in the coming months.
Ottawa, ON – It goes without saying, MuchFACT has been a vital tool in the development of the Canadian hip-hop scene. Without it, some of your favourite music videos wouldn’t exist.
As FYIMusicNews reported, the MuchFACT program routinely pumps as much as $2 million a year into Canadian music content creation. But unless something changes, that won’t be happening much longer since forced funding of the foundation has been quietly dumped in the trash by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), along with BravoFACT and MTV Canada’s $50K a year commitment to independent production companies.
Earlier today, award-winning Toronto director and CitylifeFilm co-founder, RT!, brought a Change.org petition started by the Directors Guild to our attention, along with the message, “MuchFACT has supported 100s of artists From Drake to Celine. Take 1 min & Sign to protect Canadian arts & culture.” Various members of our team signed right away. [More]
Vancouver, BC – New music from the Stealth Bomb Records camp. Junk teams up with Merkules for the C-Lance produced “This Is My World.” The song will be featured on Junk’s new album, Stupid & Ugly, which will be available for pre-order as of June 1. You can find “This Is My World” on Spotify.
Toronto, ON – Up-and-comer Casper TNG has Toronto talking right now about his new Ham Productionz-directed banger, “Burberry Kloset.” In just a few days the video has surpassed 30K views.
As you might expect, the video features Casper making a trip to the Burberry store to freshen up his wardrobe, before linking up with his crew. Canadian Dope dubbed it a “Designer Clothing Anthem.” Check out “Burberry Kloset” below and stay tuned for more from Casper as he looks to solidify his position as one of the city’s top artists.
“Burberry Kloset” is our Video of the Day. The song is available on Spotify, Apple Music, TIDAL, Deezer, and other outlets.
Toronto, ON – Earlier this month Drega teamed up with EverythingOShauN for this new collaboration track titled “In The Night Time.”
The track was self-produced by Drega, and features a minimalistic, subtle rhythm-anchored beat. There’s actually no instrumental component to the production. It’s literally just a series of drum rhythms laced underneath Drega and EverythingOShauN’s bars. So it’s got this pseudo-acapella feel to it.
“In The Night Time,” our Song of the Day is a summer nightlife anthem for everyone who comes alive in the after-hours. It’s a song for everyone who’s ready to go out when the sun goes down, and for everyone who’s out there trying to find temporary love for the night, and everyone who’s living in the moment and not worrying about the future.
Toronto, ON – Frequent collaborators Free n Losh and Terrell Morris recently released their latest collaboration titled “Pretty Life.”
As a unit, Terrell and Free n Losh have been delivering some of the best summer anthems lately, and “Pretty Life” catches that exact same vibe. It’s a blissed-out easy-listening track featuring jazzy horn instrumentals (courtesy of Busty and the Bass), and additional vocals from MorMor.
The trio’s previous collaboration “Free Problems” saw Terrell take a more bar-focused approach to his delivery. But on “Pretty Life”, Terrell switches things up with more of a melodic sing-rap delivery.
“Pretty Life” bodies all those passionate, sun-drenched desires for love and lust as Terrell asks his female to “Put your passion on me every night”… which is really just one hella poetic plea for endless summer sexy time. Listen to “Pretty Life” below.
Miami, FL – Not only was it my first time in Miami, it was also my first time EVER attending an all-rap festival. There was no expectations going into Rolling Loud 2017, I mean really, how could I expect anything for the first time?
All I can say to start off is that I had the experience of a lifetime. I saw Future, Flatbush Zombies, 21 Savage, Lil Yachty, Young Thug, Playboi Carti, XXXTentacion, Migos, and Lil Uzi Vert, just to name a few. Each rapper had their own style of set, visuals and stage effects. Not to mention each rapper brought their own vibe to the festival (we all went nuts when Lil Uzi took the stage dive).
That being said, there was one artist I have not yet mentioned and that would be A$AP Rocky with the whole A$AP Mob. They were absolutely INSANE. I cannot stress how much the crowd was vibing with Rocky and the gang. They had the energy, the fireworks, the noise and the hype to create one MASSIVE mosh pit that I almost didn’t make it out of. The set list was absolutely insanity.
Ottawa, ON – At the end of last month, Ottawa artist Night Lovellfinally dropped a new track titled “Whoever U Are”. The track comes to us following Night’s monstrous sophomore album Red Teenage Melody, which dropped last year in June 2016.
“Whoever U Are” was produced by Hector Vaé and plays out with dial tones on the beat that break the song up into little pockets of inner dialogue.
Night’s mind is in a very dark, contemplative place for this track. Lyrically, he’s all over the place as he jumps between thoughts of fake friends, hating fame, liking pain, feeling low and alone, and worrying about the (potentially) lethal consequences of his actions. He laces the verses together on the hook with the repetition of one single line, over and over again: “I want you.”