New York, NY – Born in Brooklyn to Panamanian parents, hip-hop artist, actor and entrepreneur Panama knows a thing or two about struggle. Overcoming the challenges of growing up in a broken home, Panama moved to Baltimore as a teenager and learned to make it on his own. He jump started his acting career by landing a role on HBO’s The Wire: Season 4 and with that as a recurring role, he gained exposure in the acting world eventually allowing him to cut his teeth into hip-hop. Battling his way through the hip-hop scene Panama took every opportunity to be heard by hitting up local cyphers and recording studios whenever he had time off from filming.
From his latest project Panama Canal, Panama takes it back to the basics with “Money, Power, Respect” – check the video below.
Montreal, QC – As he preps the release of a new mixtape coming early next year, Real City rapper HMAN drops off this new video directed by Michael Jacobs to hold us over. HMAN and his crew hit the streets in style while rapping over a dope beat provided by DB Koopa. Peep that below and check in for more music on the way soon!
Calgary, AB – On Nov. 30, Live Nation brought Drake to Calgary for a stop along the Would You Like A Tour? concert tour. The performance roster for the evening was stacked to the maximum: up-and-coming Mississauga OVO protege, PartyNextDoor; Freebandz hip-hop heavyweight, Future; R&B’s soulful panty-dropper, Miguel; a guest-appearance from newcomer Jhené Aiko, and – of course – the great Champagne Papi, himself. It was one of the best nights ever. Because when OVO is in the building, nothing is ever the same. See how it all went down after the jump.
Vancouver, BC – In early 2014, Vancouver recording artist SonReal will join Down With Webster for an 11-date tour across Canada. The tour line-up will also include special guest rapper D-Pryde. Vancouver’s Vogue Theatre will be the site of the first show on Jan. 29 and it wraps up on Feb. 14 inside Montreal’s Corona Theatre. Click the jump to view the official poster. SonReal is currently promoting his new “Believe” video.
Vancouver, BC – Mad Ruk Entertainment’s Peter Huang directs the new video for the 2oolman-produced single “Believe” by rising star SonReal. It’s the first follow-up to the West coast MC’s successful “Everywhere We go” video which earned rotation on MuchMusic.
SonReal performed this past Thursday at Toronto’s Rivoli along with Kayo, ShaqIsDope and Jutes. You can catch him tonight in Burlington, Ontario at Queens Head. He’s also embarking on an 11-date Canadian tour with Toronto’s Down With Webster and D-Pyrde. The tour starts in Vancouver on Jan. 29, 2014 and will wrap up in Montreal, QC on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2014. Click here for more details.
Vancouver, BC – Originally published Dec. 7, 2013 – The majority of hip-hop nowadays is comprised of dudes who see rap on TV and think “hey that looks easy” then try to emulate what they saw. The result is a watered down, mundane version of the original. Then every once in a while, that very special artist comes along who shines so brilliantly with their own originality and flare. Machine Gun Kelly is that artist; one part British Rock God, one part hip-hop disciple and one part stoner. MGK radiates sex, confidence and authenticity and his fans absolutely worship him.
The Raging With Reindeer 2 Canadian Tour hit the Vogue Theatre last night like an atomic bomb. Vancouver’s own Juvi Dizzle – with his balaclava clad stage posse – and Dilemmanade with his gong show tactics… literally – were hard to forget and Fly America did their thing warming up the spot.
Ghost did an excellent job of warming up the mic and interacting with the crowd, wild’n out and ripping stage dives. EST’s Dub-O went harder than most before MGK finally burst on stage wearing a black pea coat, white T-shirt, ripped red jeans, smoking a roach and looking like he invented swagger. Though only 23-years-old he exudes the assertiveness and courage of a veteran like no-one else. Along side him were his band, fully equipped with electric guitar, bass and a rowdy drum kit up on a 6 foot platform.
Michigan, USA – Originally published Nov. 24, 2013 – Amongst the new age of musicians spawning rapidly with the tools of social media comes the biggest breath of fresh air.
Or should I say blunt smoke?
Branding his talented group of avant-garde musicians as Team Sesh, Elmo Kennedy — stage name Bones — has been taking the underground scene by storm. He has made over 1000 songs and plans to release more than 200 this year.
Ottawa, ON – Originally published Dec. 4, 2013 – Chinx Drugz, a member of French Montana’s Coke Boys group and label, will make his first headline appearance in the National Capital Region on Dec. 15, inside Mansion – sponsored by HipHopCanada.
Along with a Chinx performance, the Far Rockaway rapper will be co-hosting the party along with Ottawa’s own OhSoGood. The evening will feature a performance by special guest Money Marlo and music will be provided by DJ Mes, DJ Alive and DJ Lao Capone.
All ticket and V.I.P. booth sales can be done trough (613) 790-8175 and BBM pin 740FB13F. You can also purchase tickets online using PayPal or TicketZone. Retail locations include NRML (184 Rideau St.), Johnny Razor’s Barbershop (631 Somerset St.) and Platinum Clothing (273 McArthur Ave.).
We’ll be doing a ticket giveaway so stay tuned for that. You can click the jump to check out the flyer.
Toronto, ON – Watch highlights from night 1 (Nov. 9) of competition at the Red Bull Thre3Style World DJ Championships 2013 in Toronto.
Competing on the night were Azerbaijan’s DJ Twist, Argentina’s Lukas Canaves, Chile’s DJ Byte, and the World Final’s first female competitor, Taiwan’s DJ Ray Ray. They had their work cut out for them. The judging panel included DJ Jazzy Jeff and Skratch Bastid, and headlining the night was Kid Koala, Toronto’s TurnStylez crew, and Shortkut of the Beat Junkies. Serious company!
After incredible set after set, it was Chile’s DJ Byte who impressed the judges with his creative mixing and track selection, earning him a spot in Saturday’s grand final.
You can watch footage from night 1 below and night 2 is available after the jump.
The Red Bull Thre3Style World DJ Championships: Night 1