Ottawa, ON – It started as the first stop of a 3-date Canadian leg for Slim Jesus’Young & Ignorant tour, but an altercation on stage during his performance lead to the Toronto and Montreal shows being cancelled.
The “Drill Time” rapper was more than halfway through his set at Ritual Nightclub when local artist Jarrett Lopez, aka Black Jesus, stormed the stage and wrestled the mic out of Slim Jesus’ hand, loudly proclaiming, “Support Real Hip-Hop, Bitch.” He dropped the mic and left the stage on his own accord.
Slim Jesus was stunned at first, and then seemed to laugh in disbelief at what had just occurred. What was visibly missing was security but it ended up not being an issue. The lack of The show carried on without any further interruption and no one was injured at the event. Despite this, the Toronto and Montreal promoters (or, as rumour would have it, the police) cancelled their respective dates. But before heading back to the States for a show in Reading, Pennsylvania, Slim Jesus spoke exclusively with HipHopCanada’s Ottawa rep, and CapCityHipHop founder, Lil Thrilla. Click the jump to watch the interview now.
Montreal, QC – JRed The Doctor aka Doctor J drops off the latest release from his upcoming mixtape,“Wheel Talk”. The song, named after PGA legend Vijay Singh, might just be stuck in your days after hearing it once. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Check it out below and tune in for Real City emcee’s new project coming in the next couple of weeks!
Vancouver, BC – 2015 has been the year of Toronto musician Abel Tesfaye, better known to the world as The Weeknd. His soulful voice has been dominating the radio waves with raunchy lyrics for quite some time now. The Weeknd has been quite the surprise. Vancouver got lucky a second time this year. We got an encore performance this week from his headlined FVDED in the Park this past spring. The release of Beauty Behind the Madness saw The Weeknd break all sorts of sales and stream records. It was no wonder that his return to Vancouver last night was highly anticipated and the tickets had been sold-out well before the date. Roger’s Arena was packed with fans looking to groove to that smooth Weeknd sound and the man of the hour generously delivered.
Vancouver, BC – Up-and-coming Vancouver artist Matt Storm recently teamed up with Tobias (formerly Bias Truth) to release this new song titled “Something’s Changed.”
The song was produced and mixed by Matt, who also delivers vocals throughout the track. Matt is heavily influenced by funk, hip-hop, pop, and reggae – and you can totally feel that. Matt and Tobias met at a gallery opening in Vancouver earlier on in the summer. They exchanged information but it wasn’t until recently that they connected.
Matt had the idea for the song so they linked and made it happen. Funny how fortuitous things are, right? Tobias just randomly found himself at an art gallery opening and that’s where he met the guy who he would later collaborate with.
Saskatoon, SK – J Staxx, not to be confused with controversial Toronto rapper with a similar name, releases his highly explicit visuals for the buzz record, “My Hoverboard.” The track features the Saskatoon rapper going in on Migos’ “Versace” instrumental, originally produced by Zaytoven and further popularized by Drake’s catchy remix.
The video sees 27-year-old Staxx flanked by three scantly clad exotic dancers, flaunting their tongue split piercings and extravagant body ink, paying homage to a Hoverboard 360, the main star of the show.
J Staxx is originally from Riverside, California, roughly an hour outside of Los Angeles but moved to Canada September 2010 to escape his previous lifestyle. As he told Noisey in a recent interview, “I had a near-death experience [in California]. I had gotten away with doing a lot of stupid shit for a long time. I finally woke up and realized it’s a miracle I’m still alive.” With family already living up north, Saskatoon seemed like the most obvious destination for him to get his life in order and kick a cumbersome heroin addiction holding him back.
While the Cali transplant is reaching new milestones with this latest single, this certainly isn’t his first kick at the can. In 2013, before letting heroin get the better of him, Staxx released the Sex, Drugs & Hip-Hop project with hosting by Lil Whyte and Hollywood Showoff. You can still find it now on Bandcamp.
Calgary, AB – On Dec. 5, our friends over at King of the Dot bring #FrostBite2 to Distortion in Calgary. The event is hosted by Sketch Menace and Dizaster, and features a main event battle between Chedda Cheese and Kid Twist. #FrostBite2 also takes things back to KOTD’s roots with a slew of Ground Zero battles featuring newcomers and up-and-comers on the scene. Doors open at 7 p.m. and battles begin right at 8 p.m.
In case you missed it, we recently caught up with KOTD’s Alberta Division president – Sketch Menace – and main event battler Chedda Cheese to get the down-low on the event. Obviously the Kid Twist versus Chedda and Sun Tzu versus Pay Day battles are the top must-sees for the evening. But the Ground Zero battles are also going to be pretty supreme. There’s a sick match-up between KOTD OG Words (formerly edWORDS) and Danny Epic, as well as a match between two fresh-faced newcomers: Just Jordan and Bannock Kardinal.
And since we’re giddy as f**k about #FrostBite2, we’ve teamed up with the KOTD fam to give away two tickets to the event. Check out contest entry details and peep the full event line-up after the jump. And head on over to the official Facebook event page for more event details.
Calgary, AB – In case you missed the memo, King Of The Dot‘s highly anticipated #Frostbite2 event is taking place in Calgary on Dec. 5 at Distortion.
The event is hosted by Sketch Menace and Dizaster, and features a long overdue main event battle between Calgary’s Chedda Cheese and Toronto battle vet Kid Twist. The event also features a battle between Sun Tzu and Pay Day, as well as a handful of Ground Zero battles between battlers on the come up.
Montreal, QC – It’s kind of a rarity to see producers drop videos for their beats so we’re super excited to announce that HipHopCanada is premiering a dope new video by Montreal’s own producer and RAW Records co-founder, Dear Lola, titled “No Chance.”
You’ll probably recognize the beat from Wasiu’s single titled “No Chance” which dropped at the beginning of the summer. The beat samples the cult classic Justin Timberlake song of feeling all the feelings, “Cry Me A River.”
As Dear Lola explained it to me, “Cry Me A River” is pretty much a perfect song to rearrange: “Cry me a river is an undeniable classic. I remember when I started getting into producing and I actually realized how brilliant the beat was. I just picked it because I love its soundscape: the trance-y synth, JT’s killer vocal harmonies, the drums, Timbaland’s beatboxing, etc. There are lots of different elements that are given a lot of space to breathe which make them perfect to sample.”