Toronto, ON – What happens when 16 poets enter a boxing ring, for a head to head elimination slam? You get the Last Poet Standing, presented by Dwayne Morgan and Up From The Roots. Don’t miss the 2014 edition of the show, where one poet will leave $500 richer. Canadian Idol’s Farley Flex was recently added to the list of judges which also includes Priya Ramanujam, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Urbanlogy, and CP24′s Nneka Elliott. The event will be kicking off on Sunday, March 30 at 7 p.m. inside The Great Hall (1087 Queen St. W.). Click the jump for more details including the list of poets you can expect to see.
Vancouver, BC - Hugo Kafumbi ”Trippy Fusion” Live at Hooke’s Green! From the debut mixtape Vancity’s Most Wanted – hosted by DJ BAD of Coast2CoastMixtapes. – check the video after the jump!
Brampton, ON – Haviah Mighty just dropped her first music video, “We Can’t Be” off her second EP, Dominant 7eventh. Check out the Tristan Zerafa directed-shot-edited visuals below! You can listen and download to the entire EP at HaviahMighty.com/.
If your from London, Ontario, you can catch Haviah on stage at the HipHopCanada-supported show on March 29 at The APK. As The Consignment Show presents SmashMouth Mentality Showcase featuring live performances from The Antiheroes, Richie Blackz, DillanPonders, Jimmy B, SeT, Haviah Mighty, Jay Downz, EGAA, The Bass6, and DJ DoubleDown. RSVP on Facebook.
Enfield, NS – Our Song of the Day connects three artists from across the country for the new Mike Boyd album. Mike enlists Madchild of Swollen Members and Toronto vet D-Sisive for the third single off his …Note To Sarcasm project which is officially out tomorrow on Halflife Records. “Small World” was produced by Mike’s big bro, Classifed. Check it out below.
Enfield, NS – Reminder: East Coast rapper Mike Boyd – brother to MC-producer, Classified, is releasing his second full-length album, …Note The Sarcasm, tomorrow, March 25. Along with Class, this 11-track project features Madchild, D-Sisive, Shad, Kayo, and Naledge of Kidz in the Hall. Along with the guest appearances, Classified handled the album’s production from top to bottom.
In anticipation of his release, Mike has released an infomercial-style promo video for the lead single off of this project entitled “Mr. Mike” (available now on iTunes). Check the vid below and pre-order Note the Sarcasm here.
Toronto, ON – Originally published January 11, 2014 – In today’s hip-hop scene, there are few rappers who can do what Kanye West can. For years he has successfully pushed the boundaries in terms of music, clothes, interviews, attitude and after witnessing his live show in Toronto this past Sunday (December 22), it too is no exception.
Vancouver, BC - One of the most influential and in demand artists of the last 10 years was welcomed to Vancouver’s VENUE last night as part of the 34-Date I Am T-Pain Tour. The buzz had time to build for several hours as there were no scheduled openers for T-Pain. While the house DJs did their thing, it started to look more and more like lunch period in high school as small groups of people started to collect near the stage. The brave, lone soul who attempted to light a J got swarmed by security faster than the last piece of meat in the Serengeti and was promptly shown to the exit.
Toronto, ON – Originally published March 20, 2014 – Let’s take it out to the West Coast. Vancity, to be specific; where a duo, previously known as Defenders of The Faith have been recognized as hip-hop veterans with work in the game for over 10 years. You may also know them by their names, Checkmate and Concise.
With their current real and nothing-less-than-street sound, the pair has ventured into new ground by creating an imprint, Defenders Music, which will soon become home to some of Canada’s finest. I got a chance to speak with Concise while he was in Toronto about the most recent Checkmate and Concise (Defenders of The Faith) album and imprint. We also talked about what Canadian hip-hop needs in order to expand. What began as a family trip stemmed into business, where Concise decided to push the latest record, Love and War. He also got to link up in the studio with long-time friends, Choclair, Rochester and G-Vine, who are staples to us out east. Though I’m sure you can hardly wait to hear the banger they came up with, this is going to have to tie you over for a while!
Continue reading the interview with ‘Cise after the jump.
“If you ain’t making songs – lots of dope songs- then this whole thing is not gonna work.” – Concise
Edmonton, AB – The COB Canada crew (rappers Yak Dollaz, Dubz, Instinc, Young Tox, K-Blitz, and Rome Angel, along with DJ Gamegirl) just released visuals for their eight-and-a-half-minute-long track entitled “The Circle.” COB stands for Circle of Bosses, by the way. COB crew manager, Justin Schelpe, explained that Cali mega-rapper and Slaughterhouse member, Crooked I, helped him select “six of the deadliest MCs and one of the top DJs” to form COB.
So think of this video as an introduction to the Circle; the circles of bosses. It’s a hungry track. When Nicki Minaj released “Lookin Ass N*gga,” I felt like she was on a hungry destruction path and ready to devour everything in sight. I feel similarly about this joint. And I always say this – but I love how the cats in Edmonton are always game to build with other artists. Holdin’ things down for E-Town. Check it out.
Edmonton, AB – The good people over at Pearl Entertainment have teamed up with Hot 107 and Virgin Radio to bring king auto-tune, himself - T-Pain - to Encore at West Edmonton Mall. And it’s all going down tonight. And you know what that means, right? It means that basically every club song that you’ve ever popped-it-off to is going to be performed – live.
Opening support for the evening will be provided by Dizzy, Evrlove, KBH Ent, Kozikoz, Liberty, Mitchell Lawler & Conch, Muta Mouraine, and Toxsic. Gamegirl will be DJing throughout the evening. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45, and available for purchase online, as well as at Foosh, Quantum Leaf, The Occulist, and FS Skate.