Victoria, BC – While some artists show up with a mere few tracks, others realize that riding fans appreciate a little something extra to hold them over. Victoria-based rapper and Legendary Hammers artist, Discreet, graces fans with his latest album Victoria’s Secret, which is a project full of introspective and heavy-spit bars – painting a picture of success through adversity with an undertone of repping for Victoria. It’s his fourth album release thus far and the follow-up to his last project, The BARbarian. Boasting a solid 25-tracks, it’s bound to leave listeners satisfied as it doesn’t fail to touch all of the bases in subject matter either.
Brampton, ON – Originally published May 26, 2016 – Brampton artist EverythingOShauN recently released his latest video for “Now You Know” off Until Now (which you can cop a listen to over here).
The video was shot by Shadow Mill and the track was produced by frequent EverythingOShauN collaborator Xpress (aka: DJXP), who actually also makes a cameo in this video. The song itself walks us through – exactly – why EverythingOShauN does what he does and what his game plan for the rap game is.
But this track also offers up a very raw commentary on intentions – EverythingOShauN is telling us why he’s in the rap game while subtly encouraging us all to consider why – exactly – we’re doing what we do.
We all know that guy who seems to only want to be a rapper to get paper and get famous. “Now You Know” is a humble dose of food for thought when it comes to intentions. It also speaks to the importance of seizing opportunities, surpassing obstacles, and keeping your circles close. Check out the video after the jump and peep our Q&A with EverythingOShauN.
Vancouver, BC – Vancouver’s DJ Floetic has been sharing a space on the rooster of respected West Coast DJ’s for a while. He is a key member of The Dynasty Boys – a collective of young creatives who also happen to share a love for making people move with music – as well as the co-founder of Emotions Open Mic – a monthly live music series that showcases some of Vancouver’s best soul and R&B artists.
Alongside his partners at Emotions, Floetic grinds to push a movement that is inclusive and encouraging to Vancity’s rising gang of talent, “I lived in Calgary for a few years and saw how there music scene was progressing. There were outlets for local artists to get their music out and a real bond between artists which I did not notice in Vancouver. We use to have that unity in the 90’s but for my generation it seems to have drifted away. Everyone wants to be “that one” to put the city on. So when I moved back, I asked some of my closets friends from the industry if they were interested in starting an event that catered to bringing artists together and building a network that we could use to showcase talent in Vancouver. Thus far it has worked out quite well” Floetic tells us over email.
Vancouver, BC – Originally published on May 10, 2016 – They are pushing the boundaries of Canadian hip-hop and now the Stealth Bomb Records crew is taking their movement further with a roster a fresh talent.
Introducing Golden. Born in Salmon Arm, BC the 23 year old made a name for himself after moving to Kelowna post high school and is already well on his way to being one of the West Coast most vicious emcees. From early on he was a fan and follower of Stealth Bomb boss Snak The Ripper, attending every one of his Kelowna shows and running towards the goal of eventually working together, “I’ve been a fan of Snak since I was 15. I’ve just wanted to work with him and on his label since then and I just sort of manifested it” Golden admits. While the connection between Snak and Golden didn’t come immediately “he told me they were still looking and to send him some new material, stuff that was unreleased. I worked for a year and sent him some new stuff ” he tells. Eventually Snak became receptive to the young emcee’s untapped potential.
New York, NY – This past May saw Red Bull Music Academy take over the city of New York for a month of lectures, workshops, concerts and interviews which brought the most innovative minds of music and art together. Red Bull recently released some event recap footage, and iconic to the recent Academy was the interview with Madlib, hosted by Chairman Mao.
Check out the video below, where the two talk about Prince, the importance of doing taxes, the death of his Quasimoto alter-ego, collaborating with Kanye West, and his love of industrial music.
Toronto, ON – NXNE just announced that they’ve added Freddie Gibbs to the Friday evening line-up at NXNE Port Lands on Jun. 17 alongside ScHoolboy Q, Mick Jenkins, Ghostface, Daniel Caesar, and more.
Gangsta Gibbs is such a proper addition to the night. Gibbs hails from Gary, Indiana, and it probably – on a technical level – one of the best rappers in the game right now. He’s set to perform at 2:20 p.m. on the main stage, right after Tasha The Amazon performs at the South Stage. Check after the jump for more details or head on over to nxne.com to keep up-to-date on everything NXNE.
Halifax, NS – East Coast rapper Quake Matthews was just announced as a Top 5 finalist for Casino Nova Scotia’s Artist in Residence Program 2016.
The Artist in Residence Program is a collaborative effort between Music Nova Scotia and Casino Nova Scotia. The program provides $20,000 to the finalist in assistance with career development. For artists on the come-up, a chunk of change that big allows for investment in areas that often get cut when you’re operating on an indie musician shoestring budget (recording, marketing, and live performance opportunities, management, etc).
Quake will advance to the performance round of the selection process which takes place on Jun. 10. You can put in your vote online from May 26 though June 9 to help Quake place as the finalist. So go vote for him now.
Vancouver, BC – It’s been four years since independent Seattle emcee, Macklemore, performed in Vancouver. August 12th, 2012 saw the send-off show for his North American Tour at the Vogue Theatre, only one week after the initial release of his Grammy Award winning album The Heist. It was a sold-out show, and a challenge to find last-minute tickets for those hoping to catch a glimpse of an artist who was about to take off to increasing heights. The energy was unforgettable, and so was his performance that evening. To this day, it remains one of the best live shows that I’ve ever seen – and the cause of my (and many others) anticipation of his eventual return.
Four years later, and the emcee made his final return to our city this last Wednesday evening and again chose Vancouver to be the first stop on his new North American tour. This time he returned with his new album This Unruly Mess I’ve Made under belt, and accompanied by a much larger show in tote. A sold-out crowd of 5,000 people was a deserving jump in capacity that left the PNE Forum packed from front to back. These numbers well-reflected the exponential amount of growth in international support that we’ve witnessed the rapper navigate over these last few years. And on Wednesday evening, the rapper fully stepped into his own to embrace his current state of success with another live performance and memorable show that hinted at even further creative progression.
Vancouver, BC – If cleanliness is next to godliness consider Snak The Ripper the devil’s sidekick. From his upcoming and widely anticipated album From The Dirt Snak brings out the goon squad for a full out party in the mud. Stuey Kubrick directs the visuals for the album’s title track “From The Dirt”.
From The Dirt is set to release mid June and will hold features from the likes of Crooked-I, Ill Bill, Outlawz, Dope D.O.D and Stealth Bomb mates Merkules and Jaclyn Gee. Peep the video below.
London, ON – Following the release of the Wake Up mixtape, KIV teamed up with Thomas to release this double video drop for “Flying High” and “Wake Up.”
The duo teamed up with director-videographer Koel Anderson (from OMG 519) for a two-parter video shot entirely inside a storage unit. The duality of these two songs makes for a very heavy viewing experience.
Here’s how KIV explained it to me: “When Thomas and I are working on tacks we spend a lot of time throwing around ideas and opinions on what we’ve seen in the news, or things we’ve both experienced in everyday life….and then try to incorporate the interesting topics into songs. “Flying High/Wake Up” is basically a brain storming session we would have over a beat.”