Vancouver, BC – Florida born rapper Fresh Money comes at us with the the music video for his new single “No Time”. The music video features the scenic backdrops of New Westminster where it was shot by Aaron Do and Spe4cer of Baby Fresh Productions. Fresh Money started recording music in the city around 2007 and linked up with Bay area producer Burner Boy in 2010, who’s who’s worked with artists like Mac Dre, Glasses Malone, & 211.
Vancouver, BC – It’s been a hell of a year for Vancouver-based experimental group, So Loki. Geoffrey Millar and Sam Lucia have made quite the name for their duo by delivering tracks that are something out of the normal in all of the right ways. They’ve managed to become their own voice within the Vancouver scene, and their introductory project, Supermanic was the perfect example of how to make your own individual mark on the industry (and one that’s strong enough to keep people talking about you).
Courtesy of Owake Records, the duo follow up with their newest release (and in my opinion, my favourite one yet) titled “Birthday”. This might just be the best early birthday present they could have given us. The track is catchy enough to carry over into all of their live shows that they’ve been booking, and we’re excited to see if this one makes the roster for their upcoming performance with Rome Fortune on September 10th at Alexander Gastown.
Check out the track below, and we hope to see you out as well. (Spoiler alert – they always kill it live as well).
Vancouver, BC – We last saw Atlanta’s Rome Fortune hit the stage at the Alexander Gastown in early May, and if you keep up with the music scene in Vancouver you probably heard that he put on a great show. We’re excited to announce his return on Saturday, September 10th and we’re fully anticipating an equally as live experience.
Local favourites, So Loki were recently announced as the opening act, and we couldn’t be happier for the duo who have made significant moves over this last year. Their sets are engaging and high energy, meaning that this isn’t a show you’ll want to miss. Bring your friends, bring your cousins, bring your friend’s cousins.
Vancouver, BC – CGB is one of the few versatile emcees who reps for both sides of Canada as a Vancity transplant who originally came out of Ottawa. After working on music in Vancouver for 2 years, he recently made the trek back to his hometown to work with longtime friends and collaborators Red Couch Boyz on his most recent release, “Blessings”. This new track is the first official release following his debut EP Homegrown and features electronic influenced production by Mantra.
With obvious electronic influences which are similar to those of Flume, the dance track features an electronic backdrop with quick and witty wordplay from the rapper. The song features an atmospheric beat that is independently enticing (props to Mantra for tackling electronic properly), and CGB weaves catchy bars to create a track that will easily have you vibing. His voice is smooth on this number, and the overall track is even smoother.
Vancouver, BC – Bbno$ (pronounced “baby no money”) isn’t like any other artist that you’ve heard before. He describes himself as a “zany up-and-coming rapper out of Vancouver, Canada” but his music is justly comparable to intelligent, yet belligerent banter. His music typically mixes harder hitting beats with quirky bars and catchy punches from the left field. The newest release, “all in a week” was produced by Belgium producer, Rare Akuma who is better known on the internet rap scene for his work with Suicideboys before their come-up.
Toronto, ON – To close out a hot summer, KarmaXwave is putting on one last show tonight at Adelaide Hall. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the event promises to be a good one with guest performances by Toronto’s own, J Soul, Top 5, as well as up and coming Karma artists: Dutch, Stevie, Khan, and Nike. The event is 19+ only.
Since opening a store at 1230 St. Clair Ave. W this summer, KarmaXwave has proven itself to be a force to be reckoned with. Combining music, fashion, health, and fitness, there’s really no other place like it in the city. Between celebrity meet and greets, artist showcases, and fashion-photography and film shoots, don’t be surprised if this isn’t the last time you’ll be heart the name KarmaXwave.
“We live by Karma, we worship Karma. Karma is all we know” – Karma Jones
Calgary, AB – With only a few weeks left until the annual One Love Music Festival, we’re getting super excited to see rap take over the city of Calgary for a whole entire weekend.
This year’s festival line-up is all over the map; everyone from Atmosphere, to Tyler The Creator, Big Sean, Jhené Aiko, and more. Lil Wayne was originally slated as a headliner, but will no longer be making an appearance at the festival. In lieu of Weezy’s cancellation, Logic has been added to the line-up.
The only demographic that got left out of the festival this year is the old-school hip-hop fans. There’s no OG representation at the festival this year. I think Atmosphere is the most old-school act on the bill; and they’re not really old-school.
The festival is also introducing a One Up stage (in partnership with 10 at 10) this year. The stage will be showcasing local and regional artists from in and around Alberta.
So we’ve got two full days of international, national, and local talent. And it’s only a few weeks away! Check out my Top 5 list after the jump, and leave us a comment letting us know who you are most excited to see this year.
UPDATE: Tickets for Battle of the Beat Makers 2016 can be purchased online via BattleOfTheBeatMakers.com.
Toronto, ON – Originally published Aug. 10, 2016 – Producers and hip-hop fans take note… Battle of the Beat Makers returns on Saturday, Aug. 27! 32 producers will compete for a chance at winning $5,000 in cash and prizes, as well as a huge boost to their career as a beatsmith. Registration is still open so if you’re looking to compete in this year’s event, make sure you visit BattleOfTheBeatMakers.com before this Saturday, Aug. 13. The event will feature two special guest judges – both alumni of BBM in their own right – Grammy Award-winner, Boi-1da, and WondaGurl, who has produced for the likes of Jay Z, Drake, Rihanna, Redway (R.I.P.) and rising star Sean Leon, to name a few.
HipHopCanada is working with Sound Supremacy to giveaway a pair of tickets to the event, so make sure you click the jump link below for details on how to enter. You can also find the official flyer for the event.
Toronto, ON – Coming in support of his upcoming EP, #NoRefunds, GSC/Oracle Recordings artist Dre Specz drops off new visuals. “It’s On” was produced by Philthy Pro, who produced the entire EP, and the video was directed by 416 Prince Beatz. Check out the video after the jump link below.
Calgary, AB – With less than a month until the highly anticipated One Love Music Festival, the festival organizers just announced two major changes to this year’s line-up: Lil Wayne has cancelled his appearance. But in lieu on Weezy’s cancellation, Logic has been added to the bill.
Depending on what kind of rap fan you are, this is either really really really dope news or really really really devastating news.
In case you’re not familiar, One Love Music Festival is presented by Live Nation and Two Towers, and is Alberta’s biggest (and only) annual hip-hop music festival. This year’s festival takes place in Calgary from Sept. 10 – 11 featuring two full days of international and Canadian hip-hop performances at Elliston Park (1827 68 Street SE).
The 2016 festival is headlined by Big Sean and Logic, with additional performances from Tyler The Creator, Jhene Aiko, A$AP Ferg, Action Bronson, Atmosphere, Earl Sweatshirt, Ty Dolla $ign, Jazz Cartier, Marc E. Bassy, Earthgang, and J.I.D.