Toronto, ON – After starting to get his name out through working with Kardinal Offishall, Dartmouth singer-songwriter Chaisson returns with a new song, “Caught Up In Darkness.” The single features Melly.D and pays tribute to their mutual friend, Nathan, who passed away on Easter Sunday (although it is unclear which year). Check it out now after the jump.
Montreal, QC – Fresh off a trip to the mecca that is Montreal, BBC Radio 1’s Benji B dedicated an entire show to Montreal on Mar. 17 and it was one of the greatest things ever. The three-hour-long show (which you can peep over here) included an interview with Montreal production kingpin Kaytranada, as well as interviews with Lunice and Jacques Greene. The show also included guest mixes, courtesy of A-Trak and Tommy Kruise.
The playlist for the show included a monstrous line-up of some of our favourite artists. On the production side of things, we got to peep music from Kaytranada, Da-P, A-Trak, Lunice, Shash’U, High Klassified, Pomo, Jacques Greene, and Dear Lola.
We also got a listen in on some of our favourite MTLien rappers including The Posterz, Jai Nitai Lotus, CJ Flemings, CeasRock, and more. The programming also included the track “Montreal” by The Weeknd…because of course it did.
Oh…and Kaytrana dropped a world premier from his new LP; a sweet little collaboration with Karriem Riggins and River Tiber titled “Bus Ride” (which you can listen to over here).
Calgary, AB – With JUNO Week well underway in Calgary, HipHopCanada was treated to a behind-the-scenes media tour this morning (courtesy of the good folks over at CTV). We got a sneak-peek into the set-up at the Scotiabank Saddledome, as well as a backstage tour (which – I should mention – definitely included a peep at the artist dressing rooms and seating arrangements).
Towards the end of the tour, we got a few minutes to chop it up with one of the most influential figures in the Canadian music industry: Allan Reid, the current president and CEO of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), the JUNO Awards and MusiCounts.
It’s not every day that you get a chance to chat with someone so important to the growth of music within Canada. So we jumped on the opportunity and spoke with Allan about the push to spotlight genres like rap and R&B, as well as the JUNO effect on Calgary. Allan also took the time to plug the MusiCounts charity; a CARAS affiliated initiative that provides children with access to music within schooling and community programs.
After our interview wrapped, Allan disclosed to us that although it hasn’t yet been announced, Canadian rap O.G. Kardinal Offishall is going to be making a surprise appearance during the JUNO Awards broadcast on Sunday.
While Allan couldn’t confirm whether or not Kardi would be performing, he did confirm that Kardi has some sort of surprise cooked up that we’ll get to see during the broadcast this weekend. Stay woke!
Photo courtesy of CARAS
“When the JUNOs come to a city, there’s this giant spotlight that comes with it. All the industry comes and all the artists are here. So smart cities use that as a way to kick off a culture strategy” – Allan Reid
Vancouver, BC – The Sad Boys will be in the building at The Vogue Theatre this Thursday as Yung Lean takes over the all-ages venue with guests Thaiboy Digital and Tommy Genesis.
Our friends at Timbre Concerts have offered up a pair of tickets to the March 31 show and we want to help you get at them. Hit up the contest details after the jump.
Quesnel, BC – Fresh off tour and riding off the buzz from his previous project The Dirty One EP, Dirty Frazier hits hard with the latest video from his recent project Hooks EP. Teaming up with Starving Marvel the pair bring the grimy and hard-hitting visuals for “Make A Couple Dollars” breathing some real life into the phrase “fuck you, pay me”.
Peep the visuals below and cop Hooks EP here.
Calgary, AB – Today is the official kick-off to JUNO Week in Calgary, which all leads up to the 2016 JUNO Awards on Sunday, Apr. 3.
We’re super stoked to announce that HipHopCanada’s own Sarah Jay and Rosa Jason will be live at the JUNO Awards this year, bringing you coverage of everything hip-hop related. We want to send a huge thank you to the JUNO Awards for allowing us to be a part of the festivities this year.
If you’re going to be in Calgary this week and want to get your fill of hip-hop during JUNO Week, we’ve put together this handy-dandy guide for you to check out.
We combed through the JUNO schedule to find the must-attend events for Canadian hip-hop fans – whether you’re a die-hard Stealth Bomb Records devotee, a SonReal superfan, or a day one follower of E! and MUCH host Tyrone “T-Rex” Edwards (who – need I remind you – is one of the most important pillars in Canadian rap); you’ll find that this year’s JUNO Awards actually have quite a few things to offer us Canadian hip-hop fans.
Los Angeles, CA – Coming in support of The Eh List Volume 4, Divo and GMJ release new visuals for “Angels Fly Remix,” which is featured on the mixtape. The record is a more laid back version of the original and offers hope to those dealing with the loss of a loved one.
And while Divo is originally from the Kitchener-Waterloo region of Ontario, he traveled to the other side of the continent to get the video made:
“Because the song is titled ‘Angels Fly’ it made sense that I shoot the video in the City of Angels,” said Divo who also directed and produced the music video through his own creative agency Artesano Studio.
Check out “Angels Fly Remix” after the jump, or click here to check out The Eh List Volume 4, presented by our good friends at Bring Ya Eh Game.
Toronto, ON – With their new single “Cien %” (featuring the legendary Tony Touch and cuts by the newest member of Los Poetas, DJ Grouch) having been premiered last night on CBC Radio’s The Strombo Show (with host George Stroumboulopoulos), Los Poetas waste no time in releasing some intimate visual support.
Aside from the incredible catalogue of music they continue to build on, Los Poetas have made a huge impact with their high quality video work. Teaming up once again with Alex Narvaez of Narvaez Productions, the music video is intentionally presented as a “behind the scenes” look at the creation and performance of the song.
Having worked with Los Poetas for so long, Narvaez understands the inner workings of the group and has played a huge role in telling their story visually. With this latest project in mind, he wanted to take a more candid approach:
“I’ve had the pleasure of creating the visuals for this group since their first self-titled single. We’ve released 3 music videos together which were a lot of fun to collaborate on. This time around I really wanted to capture them in their element while they’re creating the music. So having Tony Touch in Toronto for this collaboration was a bonus, we figured it was a great time to capture the creative process in the studio. I would say this is more of a ‘behind the scenes’ video than an actual music video. Something to show the viewers a more candid side of the group they wouldn’t normally get to see.”
Toronto, ON – Originally published March 26, 2016 – One of my favourite Canadian up-and-comers right now, Derek Wise just released this 4 Pack of new songs on his Glam Wave playlist: “Ready 2 Go”, “When We See You”, “Drop Life”, and “Sad $1’s”.
These four songs utilize some monstrous production, exclusively composed by Canadian producers: High Klassified, Geoff Wood, Daniel Worthy, FrancisGotHeat, Urs Truli, and Chef Byer. As Derek explained it to me: “All the producers on Glam Wave are the hardest working dudes in Canada. [The] sound speaks for itself.”
At this point Derek’s solidified his sound as one of the most noteworthy sounds in the Canadian rap game. You know when you’re listening to a Derek Wise joint because it’s the Canadian spin on progressive future-trap rap. These songs just go to show that the man is virtually unfuckwitable at this point.
Kitchener-Waterloo, ON – MC-producer Ramsay Almighty just dropped this dope new video for his track “Miami” (produced by Aaron Francis) that dropped at the very beginning of 2016, and it’s one of my favourite videos from this month. This video was filmed by Photobyastral and marks a huge milestone in Ramsay’s career; it’s become his mark on the international market.
We see plenty of guys drop nods to the likes of New York or Compton or whatever. It’s pretty common to name drop a dope city in the U.S. But rarely do we see guys actually try to take it to that next level.
As Ramsay explained it to me: “These songs were all affirmations: I wanted to rap it and real life it. After a recent trip to Los Angeles, I was inspired to create sounds that brought listeners to a different place.”
Obviously that place was Miami. And not only was Ramsay able to bring his listeners to that place; he was actually flown out to perform in that very same place.
“Miami heard the song; they believed the vision! They [Cranium Clothing] literally flew me out there to host and perform at the Congress Hotel, South Beach. I performed one song and mobbed out with Lil Yachty at a roof-top party. But it all began with a song on my laptop and a vision for where I wanted to go.”