Vancouver, BC – Originally published April 10, 2015 – All ears are on L.A. when it comes to laid-back bangers with a voice speaking for the ‘hood. He’s been making major moves for a minute now and California emcee/producer Problem is finally taking his grind into the spotlight.
Calgary, AB – Calgary’s OG duo, Dragon Fli Empire, just released fresh new visuals for “Superhero” off their latest Mission Statement album release. The track was produced by Barkode, with cuts courtesy of Cosm. The video was directed by Jennie Vallis and Pat McNinch of Itoko Images, and sees Teekay and DJ Cosm as comic book superheroes navigating the great YYC.
Here’s the condensed version of the storyline: a kid reads a DFE superhero comic book (starring our dudes Teekay and Cosm) that gives him the power to stop a man from robbing a convenience store. The superhero-ing escapades of Teekay and Cosm in the comic gave this youngin’ some sort of power via osmosis. Actually, it wasn’t osmosis. DFE led by example and the kid wanted to emulate them.
This is exactly how things go down in Calgary’s hip-hop scene. Rap cats have come up watching Teekay and Cosm make their moves, and that has set the tone for so much of Calgary’s hip-hop. DFE are superheroes: “Our hero must respond to a call for help/ ‘Cause he’s all about the others never in it for self.”
Vancouver, BC - Originally published February 10, 2015 –
A message from our pals at #BlueprintLive: “Due to unforeseen circumstances the Problem show in Vancouver on April 23rd has been cancelled. Refunds are available at point of purchase.”
Compton’s own Problem will be making a stop in Vancity this April at Venue Night Club, presented by Blueprint Live and sponsored by HipHopCanada.
Two handfuls of locals with be on deck April 23 to support the Diamond Lane Music Group emcee including Money Hungry, Juvi Dizzle, Ayetown with KV, Shane Mac, Vancity Prince, No Regrets, C-Stylez and Rashad Rawkus.
Ticket are available online here and the event poster can be seen after the jump.
Vancouver, BC – Travi$ Scott is undoubtable one of the hottest young artists in the rap game right now. From coming up under the influence of major players like Kanye West and T.I., to his work with Very G.O.O.D Beats/G.O.O.D Music and countless records with most of the game’s current major hitters, he’s basically unavoidable. He owns his sound and production and has an innovative and out-of-the-box take on the rap game. Although he may be deserving of a grand ego, his attitude during his recent show in Vancouver was overly magnified.
Calgary, AB – Calgary hip-hop pioneers Dragon Fli Empire (aka: Teekay and DJ Cosm, aka: lords of the boom-bap) recently announced that they will be heading off to tour British Columbia for their Mission Statement West Coast Tour, which kicks off on Friday night in Fernie.
The tour is in promoting of DFE’s latest Mission Statement album which reached #2 on the Canadian Earshot campus radio hip-hop charts and #3 on the U.S. CMJ campus radio hip-hop charts. As well it should have. Dragon Fli Empire are so essential to Calgary hip-hop. And while all the new school cats are hopping on to the new wave of trap, DFE still delivers classic Cosm-produced boom-bap that nods to the golden era.
DFE has been murking Canada’s underground hip-hop scene for a minute. So obviously the album features some amazing Canadian collabos with the likes of def3, Ghettosocks, Birdapres, and Relic, along with appearances from American favourites like Sadat X (Brand Nubian) and Qwazaar (Typical Cats). Check out the official tour flyer and peep all tour dates after the jump.
Moose Jaw, SK – Ursa Maja just hit us with his latest single release titled “Mouses” off his forthcoming Age of Ignorance mixtape. This song is about rapper beef in the age of the Internet: “You’re the loudest in your houses with your keyboards and mouses (Mice!)/ But in person you’re as quiet as mouses (Nice!)/ I just rhymed two lines with the same word (Twice!)/ Wordplay got you scratchin’ your head like you got… (Lice!).”
For the record: I love that Ursa did a 4/21 release on this instead of 4/20. I feel like 4/21 is such an underrated day of the year. Every rapper ever drops something on 4/20 and then 4/21 gets slept on. Good call, my dude. The track was produced by Young Beatz; with recording, mixing, and mastering courtesy of Jared Robinson at Nebulus Entertainment. Check it out below.
Vancouver, BC – Grammy Award winning Canadian producer Boi-1da is making his Vancity debut on May 8th at Republic Nightclub – presented by New Amsterdam Vodka & AKA Paradise and sponsored by yours truly at HipHopCanada.
The man responsible for some of hottest bangers from Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Jay-Z, Nas and more will be bringing the heat all the way to Vancity with specials guests AKA Paradise DJs. Tickets can be purchased here and official event poster can be found below. Don’t miss out on this event, Vancity, it’s going to be 100 flames emojis fire.
Calgary, AB – In case you’ve been sleeping, Rick Ross is coming to Calgary on Saturday and we’re losing our ish.
The good people over at Two Towers, One Entertainment, and Union Events have teamed up to bring one of the biggest dudes in the rap game (and I mean “biggest” in terms of both hype AND belly girth) to the BMO Centre in Calgary for an all-ages show. Cats have been talking about this show for months and now the big day is almost here. Shoot.
And since we like to hook y’all up with free tickets, we’ve teamed up with the Two Towers fam to give away a pair of tickets to the show. That’s right – free tickets to Rozay for you and a person of your choosing. That’s the best ever. Check out full contest entry details after the jump.
Montreal, QC – When you’re stepping into the shoes of Action Bronson over a 40 instrumental, you’d best come correct. Well tonight, Real City emcee Krazy K does just that with his new freestyle over Mr. Wonderful’s “Actin Crazy” single produced by 40.
Without breaking a sweat, Krazy K flows flawlessly over the laid back beat and proves that he could hang with the best of them. Take it in below and look out for his Small World album coming sooner than you think.
Vancouver, BC – JC Subliminal is back harder than ever and he’s making his mark by spreading “The Truth”. His latest video has Subliminal confessing over a Vago beat, laying to rest any questions of his realness.
A true player in the game, JC teams up with Self Hired Productions for the lead single “The Truth” from his upcoming album by the same name. Cop a free download of the single on Soundcloud and check out the video below.